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TABLE TALK: Lisa Haushofer on Wonder Foods & the History of Healthy Eating

November 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Eating healthy is important to many of us, but contemporary ideas about what is considered nutritious food have emerged only relatively recently. In a time before calories, vitamins, and nutrients, what foods were considered healthiest, and why, tells a fascinating story about our complicated relationship to what we eat. Historian of nutrition, food, and science Lisa Haushofer explores the fascinating history of healthy eating, from balancing Humours, to the discovery of nutrients and their use/misuse to support Empire-building, to bizarre Victorian health fads like meat concentrates, pre-digested foods, and fanatical chewing!

Dinner by Len Senater
Tonight’s menu explores different conceptual models of nutrition
Balancing Humours: Roasted Red Pepper Bisque with Chipotle Crema & Garlic Croutons
Economic & Chemical Nutrition: Polenta with Creamed Spinach, Roasted Mushrooms and Fried Egg, with Kale & Kohlrabi Slaw
Digestion & Absorption: Ovaltine Malted Milk Mousse with Caramelized Pineapple
#GF #vegan options available

Doors open at 6pm, talk starts at 7pm
Includes dinner and coffee or tea.

$35 (includes HST)


This Table Talk is presented in collaboration with Artery
Every space is a stage. Artery lets anyone bring creative experiences to life, in places you may not expect.

Lisa Haushofer is a historian of science, food, and economic life and a medical doctor. She is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Culinaria Research Centre of the University of Toronto, where she is working on a book of past ‘Wonder Foods.’

Every month The Depanneur invites a local food personality to talk about something that interests them while Dep founder Len Senater cooks dinner for everyone.

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November 5, 2019
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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The Depanneur


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