It’s mid-November, and the end-of-semester crunch is upon us. Papers are piling up, you have more reading than you know what to do with, and that 20-page research paper deadline is looming in a few weeks. But don’t let all of your school stress burn you out – sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself (and your studies!) is to give yourself a little time away from your work. A lot of great, food-centric things are happening this week around the city – take advantage of this gorgeous weather and give your brain a bit of rest. I promise, when you get back to work you’ll find yourself refreshed and ready to take on those papers.
Plus, later this week we’ll be launching a great contest, just for Gastronomy students. Our department needs t-shirts, and we’d love your help designing them. More information on this contest is on its way, but start thinking about what you’d like to submit and you may win a shirt of your own!
Check out some of the great events happening at BU and around Boston this week, including an outing with the Student Association on Wednesday night, and give yourself a break!
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16
Student Association Night Out! Join us at Island Creek Oyster Bar on 500 Commonwealth Ave and enjoy some of the city’s best cocktails, appetizers, and (of course) fresh oysters. Meet around 8pm, but come any time you can, even if it’s after your classes. Contact Emily Olson with questions.
Cultivating Food Justice book discussion with co-editors Alison Alkon and Julian Agyemen. Learn and discuss about creating a fair, sustainable food system, looking at the issues and possible solutions through a number of different lenses. 6:30-8:30pm, Asian Community Development Corporation – Community Room at the Metropolitan, 38 Oak Street, Boston. Admission is free but please RSVP online.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17
Food and the City, Session 3: “Access: How is Food Distributed in the City?” Featuring a panel discussion with David R. Leslie, Phil Bannatyne, and Eileen O’Shea, this is the final session in this series, co-hosted by Metropolitan College’s graduate programs in Gastronomy and City Planning. 6-8:30 at the School of Hospitality Administration, 928 Commonwealth Ave, room 110.
Kopali on Fair Trade Chocolate, with Kopali Organics co-founder and CEO Zak Zaidman. Learn about creating a company with values, and participate in a discussion of the social and environmental implications of sustainable agriculture in developing countries. You’ll even get a delicious treat, just for coming! 5pm at MIT, 100 Main St. in Cambridge. Free admission.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Beer Summit Harvest Fest, with one session Friday evening and two on Saturday. Enjoy a craft beer tasting, featuring over 50 different local brewers and over 200 beers to try. Held in Park Plaza Castle on Columbus Avenue. $42.50 session fee, buy tickets online.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Boston Food Swap! Share your own creations and swap autumn and Thanksgiving goodies with other local food creators, cooks and crafters. Tickets are free, but pre-registering is required. 2-4pm at Space With a Soul, 281 Summer St, Boston.