Boston University Seminars in Food, Wine, and the Arts Educate and Entertain

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(Boston) – The weather might be cooling down, but Boston University Metropolitan College’s fall 2006 Seminars in Food, Wine, and the Arts are just heating up.

Offered through MET’s Lifelong Learning program, this special series of seminars is designed to educate and entertain and includes nearly 40 programs, special events, classes, and day-long excursions. From walking tours of Boston’s culinary neighborhoods to bread making to cheese and wine tastings, there is something for everyone.

Highlights of the fall season include an Italian cooking demonstration by noted chef and television personality Mary Ann Esposito and an evening remembering Pierre Franey with Jacques Pepin. Interested participants can also register for a harvest-time trip to Sudbury’s beautiful Siena Farms or learn about the wonders of middle-eastern cuisine with award-winning cookbook author Claudia Roden.

“There is still time to register for any one of our programs or events,” said Rebecca Alssid, director of the Lifelong Learning and Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy programs at BU. “Each promises to be an informative, fun, and unique way to spend some leisure time. For individuals interested in perusing careers in food, wine and the arts, Metropolitan College also offers master’s or certificate programs in these areas.”

A comprehensive listing of the fall seminars is available at Additional featured events include:

The Mystery of Fermentation: Bread, Cheese, and Wine with Priscilla Martel, Charles van Over, Ihsan Gurdal, and Alex Murray
The ancient process of fermentation will be explained and demonstrated, and participants will partake of the wonders produced. Priscilla Martel, author and teacher, along with Charles van Over, awarding-winning author, will demonstrate with bread. Ihsan Gurdal, world renowned expert on cheese and proprietor of Formaggio Kitchen, and Alex Murray, wine teacher and writer, will address fermentation in their respective fields. Attendees will learn how fermentation has made it possible for man to subsist and survive throughout the ages. $60
Date: Thursday, October 5
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Farm Tour with Chris Kurth
Delight in the harvest of an authentic farm. Join Chris Kurth at Siena, his beautiful farm in Sudbury. Chris will be joined by his wife, Ana Sortun, to teach participants about the in-season produce available at harvest time as well as about the culinary uses of the farm’s products. Chris supplies some of Boston’s most exclusive restaurants, and sells his produce at the Copley Square and Dewey Square open markets. $60
Date: Saturday, October 14
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

A Scrumptious Antipasti Buffet with Mary Ann and Guy Esposito
Luminary teacher, author, and television personality Mary Ann Esposito returns to Boston University to show participants how to prepare a delicious buffet. Mary Ann will take recipes from her many cookbooks to put together a spread that is sure to impress. Her husband, Guy, will pair wines for the festive occasion. $70
Date: Thursday, November 2
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Arabesque with Claudia Roden
Award-winning cookbook author and teacher Claudia Roden celebrates her newly-published cookbook, Arabesque, a composite of the cuisines of Morocco, Turkey, and Lebanon. Participants will hear Ms. Roden talk about the various native cultures from which the recipes are derived. She will also demonstrate some of the dishes for tasting. $60 (includes copy of the cookbook)
Date: Thursday, November 9
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

On Writing Memoirs with Alex Prud’Homme and Bill Buford
Alex Prud’Homme, co-author with Julia Child of the acclaimed My Life in France, and Bill Buford, noted author of Heat (An Amateur’s Adventures as Kitchen Slave, Line Cook, Pasta-maker, and Apprentice to a Dante-quoting Butcher in Tuscany), will talk about their experiences writing memoirs. Refreshments will be served and book available for sale. $20
Date: Wednesday, November 15
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Jeannie Rogers Hosts Friends from Italy
Jeannie Rodgers, co-owner of the highly acclaimed restaurant Il Capriccio in Waltham, is an expert sommelier and a recognized expert on Italian wines. Join her as she hosts Lorenzo Corino and Isabella Peverati from Italy. Lorenzo is a soil scientist and vineyard owner in Costiglione d’Asti. He researches grapes and vines for the Institute in Asti and makes wines in the traditional method from older vineyards – Barbara d’Asti is his specialty. Isabella, known for her Moscato d’Asti, has her own argriturismo in Cassine. She is a specialist in Piedmont cuisine with Ligurian influences. Come sample their foods and wines. $65
Date: Monday, November 20
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

An Evening Remembering Pierre Franey with Jacques Pepin
The much admired French chef, Pierre Franey, whose influence on the food industry in the United States was tremendous, was a great mentor to Jacques Pepin both at the Pavilion (known for haute cuisine in the 50s and 60s) and Howard Johnson’s, a pioneer in fast food. Join Jacques at Lumiere in Newton as he reminisces about his friendship with Pierre. Chef Michael Leviton and his talented staff at Lumiere will create a five-course menu with paired wines, celebrating great dishes from the Pavilion and favorite treats from Howard Johnson’s. $125
Date: Tuesday, November 28
Time: 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.

Monday Night Health Lecture Series: Obesity in Children
Linda Bandini, clinical professor of Health Sciences at Boston University’s Sargent College, is the principal investigator of a study examining the relationship of energy expenditure to growth and development in pre-adolescent girls. Dr. Bandini will address the issue of juvenile obesity and share her insights on future prevention.
Date: Monday, December 11
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

As one of the 17 degree-granting bodies that comprise Boston University, Metropolitan College (MET) offers part-time, full-time and international students a remarkable range of choices for study to enrich their lives and advance their careers. MET offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, diploma and certificate programs, and individual courses for the student who needs a more creative setting, whether that means part-time study, evening classes, or convenient locations. For more information on Metropolitan College visit

Note to editors: For a comprehensive listing of seminars and events, contact Beth Forrest at 617-353-9853 or or visit

Interviews are available with guest chefs, authors, or event speakers upon request.