The Masters of Social Gastronomy Present: Spooky Halloween Mushrooms
Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian and the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. She focuses on the history of American food as a way to access stories of women, immigrants, and people of color, and to address issues of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Her work has been featured inTheWall Street Journal andThe New York Times, as well as onAll Things Considered; and she has presented across the country, from the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC to The Culinary Historians of Southern California. She is also 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy, a monthly food science and history talk at Caveat NYC, with Brainery co-founder Jonathan Soma.
Soma was born in the South, is what someone from the North would say. He co-founded the Brainery, is the sciencey half of Masters of Social Gastronomy, has more hobbies than can dance on the head of a pin, and loves Waffle House about eighteen times more than you.
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Slimy otherworldly organism that thrive on death or delicious forest floor specimans that contribute to a vibrant ecosystem? No need to debate -- for our Halloween MSG, we'll explore all sides of your favorite fungi!
We'll explore the darker side of mushrooms and their presence in historical folklore and fiction. You'll learn why Toad from Mario Kart is one of the most deadly mushrooms on the planet, what causes a "fairy ring," and when "toadstool" became an insult.
Then, if you aren't scared off just yet: basic lessons for mushroom foraging!
Culinary historian Sarah Lohman and resident food scientist Jonathan Soma are the Masters of Social Gastronomy. Each month, they fearlessly take on a curious food topic, breaking down the history and science behind what we eat.