Browse Exhibits (8 total)

Current Issues: Food Culture


This exhibit collects all in-class discussions, presentations, and research work by students in the CEG390/ITAL299 course.

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Medieval Tastes — Maestro Martino


In this exhibition, students analyze some of Maestro Martino's recipes.

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The Coffee House


The play the Coffeehouse by Carlo Goldoni and translated by Jeremy Parzen takes place in the 1700’s at a coffee shop and gambling house in venice, Italy. This play is about the lives of Ridolfo, the coffee shop owner, Trappola, Ridolfos boy who works for him as a server, Don Marzio, a neapolitan gentleman, and Eugenio, a merchant, along with a few other side characters whom I mention throughout the presentation. Throughout this play we see the everyday lives of these people and how they function throughout the day. We learn their jobs, how they act, and the coffee they consume. These men all belong to a middle social class I would say, they aren’t peasants nor are they royalty, they are just casual everyday workers, who make enough to get by. 

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The Constantinople by Edmondo De Amicis was first published in 1877 and was later published in English in 1896, translated by Stephan Parkin. Edmondo De Amicis, born October 21, 1846 in Oneglia, Imperia, Italy, was an Italian novelist, journalist, poet and short story writer. His most popular piece of writing was his book called “Cuore”, it was a children's novel. The “Constantinople” is basically just a journal of his journey through Constantinople, Turkey and his experience with their culture and customs. He talks a great deal about the landscapes of where he had visited and the types of Cafes and food he indulged in, along with the traditions and roles each Turk had to follow in their lives as a Turkish citizen. 

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The Importance and History of Coffee: World War II

My essay topic was the importance and history of coffee in World War II. At the beginning of my essay, I talked a good amount about the history of coffee and how it became one of the most popular drinks in the world. I explained how it was discovered and by whom and the time period of which this happened along with other factors that made it was it is today. I then spoke about the importance of coffee in World War II. I talked about how alcohol had been banned in the navy and armies at the time and coffee was the next best thing. To many soldiers, coffee was a gift and instead of fogging their minds and bodies with alcohol, it gave them the extra boost of energy they needed to defend our country. Towards the end of my essay, I touched upon the social status aspect of coffee and what type of drink it was considered when it was first introduced to the world, and what it turned out to be viewed as in today's time. Overall the biggest goal I was trying to reach in my essay was to prove and show how important coffee is to so many people and how it has affected the course of our history, especially during World War II. 

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The Changing Significance of Food

In an article by Margaret Mead, the author discusses the interrelationship between the diet of Americans as well as their capacity to provide for the poor aqnd starving at home as well as in other countries. 

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ITL Research Paper: Roman Catholicism, Intersectionality, and Food in Italian Culture

 Roman Catholicism, Intersectionality, and Food Culture in Italy 


The thematic use of food in Roman Catholicism is used to create an intersectional identity within modern Italian Society and Culture.  

Catholicism food in italian culture/identity  

Fasting in Lenten times 

Economic and Cultural

Bread and Wine as Holy Consumption 

Intersectionality of Religion and Culture in Italian Identity 

From towering mountains to warm beaches, the landscape of modern Italy stretches far and wide within its borders.This mysterious country is home to some of the most diverse sights and landscapes in all of Western Europe. Ranging from mountain tops to some of the most advanced architecture in Roman times, Italy has seen centuries of innovation and change. But, put aside the geographical landscapes of Italy and you will find that the traditions and values of its people have still remained embedded in their culture. We find these deep Italian roots within the religions and foods that are deeply a part of cultural and social aesthetics. Roman Catholicism and the palettes of Italian cuisine have driven modern day culture in Italy since the birth of newfound Italian Nationalism (post WWII). From the way religion has impacted Italian food policies, economics, and aesthetic attitudes, the thematic use of food in Roman Catholicism is used to create an intersectional identity within modern Italian society and culture. 

Roman Catholicism places itself in the center of Italians lives by becoming a point of intersection between religion and culture. While devoutly religious Italians and Italians who try to honor tradition within their culture both subconsciously apply Roman Catholic food ideologies to their lives, the intersectional Identity of Italians is born. This is where tradition is automatically born from religious values  as we see in the use of bread and wine as foods of worship and staples of a traditionally Italian diet. Because of the way Roman Catholicism is imprinted into Italian life through the way food is themed throughout the Bible, the lives and identities of Italians are shaped by the mixing of religion and culture. This intersection is a quintessential part of what makes Italians and the culture they participate in what it is today.  The deep roots of Italian  culture will forever be embedded in the practices that Italian’s values are born from. These values are represented through the religious practices, food culture, and intersectionality of the two in the Italian identity.

Reinventing Stracchino

Local Food Products- Made for Global Consumption

  • Alternative Food Networks 
  • Relationship with Slow Food


  • Local Food>Mass Industrialized Food 
  • Relationship with 21st Century Consumerism 

Cultural Values, Identity, and Food Industrialization 


“this Slow Food campaign built on shared cultural discourse, using visualization to evoke a complex sensorium, rendered through shape, colour and wording. 

Designed to credit regional artisanal foodways against industrially produced and distributed foodstuffs, the ‘keep kalm’ postcards voice a bold call to establish no less than a new sensory order, as well as to revise everyday practice: 

shall we then use Strachitunt for our toasties during the office lunch?”

Quality Control: Language of Taste

  • Cheese Tasting classes offered to Farmers for free to ensure quality and taste


  • Sensorial Stress and the affects on a consumer 


  • Marginalized tastes based on dialect and regional Italian heritage 

Food Network Monopoly


“the demise of active farming in the last twenty years, quality cheese-making in Val Taleggio in marketable quantity is practically only possible either for the dairy cooperative or for one single family enterprise, that of the celebrated ‘saviour’ of Strachitunt.”