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Anglo-Saxon Culinary Expressions: A Cultural Odyssey

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Amy Riolo

Step back into the world of the Anglo-Saxons through culinary history! Learn what foods Anglo-Saxons ate and how they prepared for daily meals or elaborate feasts. You’ll even prepare and taste some samples yourself. Led by culinary expert Amy Riolo, participants will enjoy an overview of the history of Anglo-Saxon cuisine, experience a guided tasting, and practice preparing foods common in England over 1,000 years ago.

Advance registration is required. Please email NatGeoMuseum[at]ngs.org to register.
The event will take place in the Museum’s M Street building, located at 1600 M Street NW.

This workshop is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold from England’s Dark Ages.

About the Presenter
Amy Riolo is an internationally recognized expert known for fusing the worlds of cuisine, culture, and history in her work. An award-winning author, popular lecturer, food historian, food writer, culinary consultant, and cooking instructor, she was dubbed the “Cook to the Kings” by a Cairo newspaper in 2008. Her mission is to accurately portray cultures through cuisine.

Amy has developed curriculum, lectured, and taught the importance of cuisine and culture at colleges, universities, culinary schools, cultural institutions, embassies, and museums. Her most recent lectures have taken place at Georgetown University, The Smithsonian Institution, and The Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt.

She has appeared on several media outlets, including CBS, The Travel Channel, and Martha Stewart Living Radio. She regularly teaches cooking classes at Sur la Table in Arlington, Virginia, CulinAerie in Washington, DC, and Open Kitchen in Falls Church, VA. She is currently working on 3 new restaurant concepts, 2 new books, and a television show pilot.

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