September Food Events

Image from: we kick off the fall 2012 semester, add not only all your assignment due dates to your calendar, but also some of these great food events.

From lectures on sustainable agriculture, spoons, and American terroir to festivals celebrating food, wine, and of course fluff, there’s something for everyone. And while the Julia Child Centenary Symposium is currently full, you can register for the wait list.

Events are continually added, so check the Events section of the blog often.


Join us as Katie Dolph, candidate for the MLA in Gastronomy, defends her thesis, entitled “Willamette Valley Wines: Sustainability, Terroir and Place Making.”

4 pm, Fuller Building, 808 Commonwealth Ave, Room 122


What will the tomato of the future look like? The landscape of modern agriculture and our food system is constantly evolving. The Farm Bill, the organic food industry, and small-scale local farms all play a role in what ends up on our plate every day.

Rachel Black, Gastronomy Assistant Professor and Academic Coordinator, will participate in a Sustainable Agriculture Panel along with Nathan Phillips, BU Associate Professor of Earth & Environment; Kate Stillman, Farm Proprietor at Stillman’s at the turkey Farm—Hardwick, MA; and Britt Lundgren, Director of Organic and Sustainable Agriculture for Stonyfield Farms. The panel will discuss the current state of agriculture and what the future may hold. Refreshments will be served.

To learn more about sustainability efforts at BU, visit

6 pm, Sargent College, 635 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 101


The Taste of WBGH: Food & Wine Festival will feature more than 100 wineries, local chefs, restaurants, and local artisanal foods, produce, and purveyors across three delightful days.


Warren Belasco, Visiting Professor of Gastronomy, will present a special lecture, titled,  “Can Food Save Washington? Inventing Terroir for the Nation’s Capital.”

6 pm, SHA Auditorium, 928 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston


Siting Julia, a Julia Child Centenary Symposium is hosted by the The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Distinguished speakers will focus on three “sites” that Julia Child inhabited, learned from, and influenced: Post–World War II Paris; Cambridge, Massachusetts; and National Television.

The event is currently at capacity, but you can register for the wait list.

9:15 am, Radcliffe Gymnasium, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA


As part of the Pèpin Lecture Series in Food Studies and Gastronomy, Mary Beaudry, professor of Archaeology, Anthropology, and Gastronomy, and chair of BU’s Archaeology department will present There’s a Spoon for That! The Lives and Times of an Ubiquitous Utensil.

She will explore the myriad forms of—and uses for—spoons, from ancient times to the present, looking at the ways in which the qualities of “spooniness” take on cultural significance.

Please register here.

6 pm, 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 117, Boston


The “What the Fluff?” Festival, dedicated to the delicious marshmallow spread, features events, performances, games, and more. The festival is free and open to the public. Note September 30 is the raindate.

3-7 pm, Union Square, Somerville

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