Los Angeles

Event Announcement: The Mother of All Food Fairs: The Salone del Gusto

Slow Food Los Angeles is pleased to share the news that the Culinary Historians of Southern California will present a program by Slow Food member Allana Elovson on Slow Food’s biennial Salone del Gusto, to be held in Turin in October 23-27, 2008.

Dr. Elovson will speak about the Salone, a five-day celebration and exploration of artisanal food and wine, and share slides taken during the 2002, 2004, and 2006 Salones. Whether you’re curious about the Salone and about Slow Food, or whether you’ve been planning for the last two years to attend the 2008 Salone and would like a sneak peek at what’s in store, this program is for you:

When: Saturday, June 14, 2008 beginning at 10:30am. A reception with themed refreshments will follow the talk at approximately 11:30am.
Where: The Mark Taper Auditorium of the downtown (central) branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles
Cost: Free. Reservations are not required; seating will be on a first-come basis.

In addition to her work in the field of psychology, Dr. Elovson has written articles for Cooking Light and other publications and given lectures and radio interviews on subjects such as the deconstruction and symbolic meaning of the contents of Indian masalas, the judicious use of herb and spice combinations, and the enormous impact on world cuisine of the foods of the New World. She has also given cooking classes at Montana Mercantile on Vegetarian Dishes of the World, the Wok in Western Cooking, and World Herbs and Spices.

For several years she conducted tours of L.A.’s landmark ethnic markets, and, based on the conviction that the unexamined meal is (almost!) not worth eating, conducted a course for UCLA extension entitled “Six Spectacular Cuisines, a historical and gustatory survey of the foods and food cultures of North & South India, Indonesia, Morocco, Iran and Ethiopia”.

She and her husband John have been members of Slow Food for more than eight years, and the 2008 Salone Del Gusto will be their fourth. They’ve already got their plane tickets, and advise you to get yours, too!

The Culinary Historians of Southern California is a not-for-profit organization that supports the culinary collections at the Los Angeles Public Library. For more information on the Culinary Historians of Southern California, visit their website.

(Images courtesy of Slow Food International, from the 2006 Salone del Gusto.)