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edible Monterey Bay Summer 2016

www.ediblemontereybay.com 7 a gin and tonic designed as an “emblem of complex trade,” Birnbaum said. e Bombay Sapphire was meant to illustrate Britain’s crown jewel. Both malaria and scurvy were huge issues facing early global trade, so the tonic water’s relevance came from the quinine—a medicine used to prevent malaria—that it contains, and the lime, from its vitamin C, which addresses scurvy. e Assam tea simple syrup in the drink referenced the tea battles between China and England, and sugar, native to New Guinea and produced with forced labor, was a reminder of the integral role of slavery in the period. ere were seven more courses to ponder, equally layered in meaning. All of this learning while eating very much cultivates conversation, a focus on the relevance of what we are feasting on and a reverence for it, which is really the point of all of it. Birnbaum is encouraging us to look deeper, to keep pulling at the thread, the story, the exploration, transforming the way we eat. ere are many more curated food adventures to come, starting with a traveling feast on June 19 in San Francisco. is may be the beginning of more on-the-road endeavors, possibly with internationally known chefs overseas. Food matters everywhere, but the points of reference are different. Taking the concept of storytelling through a meal to different audiences and seeing how it might resonate in different cultures excites Birnbaum. Meantime, sign up for Birnbaum’s newsletter to find out when her next local event will happen. Her most recent research has focused on flower mythology, the history of winemaking and more botanical imperialism…all of which will continue to bubble up in a variety of outlets both near and far. Also still simmering is a look at our local food heritage and history close to home. Amber Turpin is a freelance food and travel writer based in the Santa Cruz Mountains. e Curated Feast thecuratedfeast@gmail.com • 847.275.0121 • www.thecuratedfeast.org


edible Monterey Bay Summer 2016
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