Saints, Feasts, and Sicily, with Fabrizia Lanza


A Sicilian feast is never just about food; it’s a rite that encompasses various histories and traditions. Fabrizia Lanza returns to Boston University from Sicily to discuss the special relationship between food and the feast celebrating Santa Lucia. Legend has it that tremendous famine once came to Siracusa, and the people were so hungry that they had lost all hope of survival. Then a miracle happened: a mysterious ship appeared, loaded with wheat. The grateful citizens took the grain to their homes and cooked it as it was, without grinding it into flour first. Fabrizia will show a short video on the Feast of Santa Lucia and speak about her project to preserve disappearing food traditions in Sicily.


  • General Public: $10.00


  • Fabrizia Tasca Lanza (Presenter)
    Fabrizia Lanza, daughter of Anna Tasca, has a degree in Art History, and currently teaches culinary arts at the Regaleali cooking school. Currently, she is compiling an archive to document the ingredients and production of foodstuffs, the methods and tools used by farmers and cooks, and the preservation of food and foodways in Sicily. She is especially interested in the anthropological meanings of traditional cake making, as a ritual, in addition to its social and economic context.
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Meets at Boston University: 808 Commonwealth Ave., Demonstration Room, Room 117 at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 05, 2013 (1 meeting)

  • Tuesday, November 05, 2013