Students Prepare Baroque Banquet for Guests with Vienna Visiting Professor

| March 26, 2015
Baroque Banquet at Webster Vienna

Webster Vienna guests enjoyed a truly educational, multi-sensory event at the Baroque Banquet, the culmination of food historian and author Ken Albala’s visit as Elizabeth Chopin Visiting Professor.

Ken Albala with Webster students

Cooking was done by Albala and his Webster students, using recipes from a cookbook published in London in 1660.

The atrium of the Palais Wenkheim was the site of a special Baroque Banquet that drew journalists and academics from other institutions to Webster University Vienna on March 24.

The inspiration for the event was food historian and author Ken Albala, Webster Vienna’s Elizabeth Chopin Visiting Professor 2015, who taught one week of a four-week food history course, and led his students in preparing the historical meal.

Approximately 40 people attended Albala’s introductory lecture and enjoyed the Baroque Banquet that followed for a truly educational, multi-sensory event.

”It was a truly exceptional experience,” said Arthur Hirsh, Webster Vienna director.

Students in the Culinary History course had Albala as a guest lecturer in an intensive one-week segment of the course, where his passion for the history of nutrition allowed students and guests to gain a better understanding of human civilization and cultural developments.

“I was extremely impressed with the commitment the students displayed,” Albala said. “I have never experienced this extent of dedication in students before.”

As Webster Vienna’s academic director Regina Kecht put it: “Apart from his great publication record, Albala is a true intellectual, something we often miss in academia–there was no hubris, no arrogance but sincere inquisitiveness and joy of sharing this sentiment.”

Read more about the event and see photos of the banquet, the students’ food preparation and music in this story at Webster Vienna.

The Dr. Elizabeth Chopin Endowed Visiting Professorship, donated by Mag. Reinhard Ortner, was created in honor of Chopin’s long history of service to the University and the community. Chopin was the director of Webster Vienna from 1988-99. The endowment allows Webster Vienna to attract world-renowned professors in the fields of academics, business, politics and social services to teach and share their professional experiences through public forums.

Baroque Banquet at Webster Vienna

Guests were treated to an elaborately served meal in the style of the English Restoration era of King Charles II, with the young Quantz Quartett playing baroque music.

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