For those who wondered what I was doing on that ferry, I was heading to Ann Arbor for the Second Biennial Symposium on American Culinary History: Regional and Ethnic Traditions.
Conference website via Internet Archive
It started Friday morning with a trip to Zingerman’s Deli. A place not to be missed, and one I had been looking forward to getting to since my brother shot by it without stopping coming home from ALHFAM at Henry Ford a few years ago. They had a special tasting set up with different cheeses, olive oils, vinegars, etc. We were one of the first to arrive and were escorted upstairs by Ari Weinzweig himself. After that we braved the town’s parking ramp system, and finally found a place we were allowed to legally park. Luckily all of the U of Michigan students we asked for directions over the weekend were very nice and knew their campus. Honestly I live in a college town and THIS paarking was about 100 times worse.
The lectures were in Rackham Auditorium which is a beautiful room that looks something like an alien Senate out of some Sci Fi movie. For a full report and summary of the speakers see the webpage link above. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to add some more highlights tomorrow.
UPDATED May 5 2017: I added several links and fixed the conference website link with Internet Archive. I also added a photo and the current signature block. I added a couple of sentences for clarity.
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