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Durham University

Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (IMEMS)

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IMEMS/Blackfriars: Eat Medieval: Heritage and Hospitality, Medieval and Modern

7th November 2020, 11:00 to 11:00, Blackfriars Banquet Hall, Newcastle

The European Middle Ages produced one of the world's great cuisines. In this talk Andy Hook, proprietor of Blackfriars Restaurant, and Giles Gasper, Professor of Medieval History at Durham University, discuss their work over the last ten years to bring this gastronomic tradition into the modern restaurant. How research into medieval food and food culture are supported at Blackfriars, the importance to interpreting medieval recipes of the chefs and stand at the restaurant, and how to feed curiosity and change public perception about medieval food are amongst the topics to be raised. The theme of hospitality runs through the heritage initiatives at Blackfriars and was central to medieval culture. In that spirit we will also introduce the Dominican Friars who founded Blackfriars, the purpose of their order, and their attitudes towards charity and hospitality. From the early thirteenth to the early twenty-first century, we will show the incredible inspiration from the past for the present, and the ways in which past experience can be harnessed and brought to life.

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