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Violinist and Young Woman (70.167) — Edgar Degas

Dining with the Tsars

Saturday, December 08, 2012 |2:00 PM

  • For Everyone

Darra Goldstein

Frances Christopher Oakley Third Century professor of Russian, Williams College, Williamstown, MA

Founding editor of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture


Peter the Great introduced European cuisine into Russia as part of his eighteenth-century reforms and by the time of Catherine the Great (1729-1796), the Russian aristocracy was infatuated with all things French. Culinary historian Goldstein discusses 200 years of Russian haute cuisine from its start in the 1700s to its demise in the early 1900s, when the Russian Revolution brought an end to gastronomic glory.


This lecture is part of the Bernard J. Reilly Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Bernard J. Reilly Fund

**This lecture is free with museum admission.

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