Food, Wine Culture: A Conversation on EU and California Foodways

Panel Discussion | November 8 | 5-7 p.m. |  David Brower Center

 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

 Elaine Chukan Brown, Award-winning wine journalist; Fabrizia Lanza, Director, Anna Tasca Lanza School, Sicily

 Institute of European Studies, European Union Center, Department of Italian Studies

As a rare nexus where public policy, politics and pleasure all meet, food has become a focus of today’s professional and scholarly world. This event will focus on the economic viability of food systems through a comparative lens in a conversation that joins voices from the EU and California. In particular it will explore how culture and identity dialogue with food systems and the positioning of local, specialized markets in a globalized economy.


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Elaine Chukan Brown is a celebrated wine journalist who currently serves as the American Specialist for, and as Contributing Writer to Wine & Spirits Magazine. In 2019, the Wine Industry Network named Brown one of the 9 Most Inspiring People in Wine, and she was named by the International Wine & Spirits Competition and VinItaly as one of five of the top Wine Communicators of the Year in the world. Prior to her career in wine, Elaine was an academic philosopher who focused on questions of indigenous identity. She was a Charles A Eastman Fellow at Dartmouth College, and a Tomlinson Fellow at McGill University, where she received her Ph.D.

Fabrizia Lanza is the director of the Anna Tasca Lanza School in Sicily and the author of two books: Olive, A Global History (2011) and Coming Home to Sicily (co-authored with former Gourmet magazine editor Kate Winslow, 2014). She frequently lectures in the US and across Europe on food policies and practices as well as the traditions that underpin these activities. Under Fabrizia’s direction, the Anna Tasca Lanza School’s teaching program has been extended through the Cook the Farm program where students spend ten-weeks exploring the gaps between eating, cooking and farming and understanding food from the global, Mediterranean and Sicilian perspectives.

Danielle Callegari holds a Ph.D. in Italian Studies from New York University and is a Certified Specialist of Wine. Her research and publications focus on the history of Italian food and foodways, from the medieval to the modern period. She is currently Lecturer in the UC Berkeley Department of Italian Studies and co-hosts the podcast Gola. She is also affiliated with the Berkeley Food Institute.

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