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Leading Authority on Russian Cooking and culinary Arts Darra Goldstein presents “Dining with the Tsars” at Detroit Institute of Arts: Talk followed by a Russian tea reception and book-signing

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

(Detroit)—Darra Goldstein, Francis Christopher Oakley Third Century Professor of Russian, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, and founding editor and editor-in-chief of Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, will present the talk “Dining with the Tsars” at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. The lecture will be followed by an imperial Russian tea reception featuring loose-leaf black tea and a selection of sweet and savory Russian treats. Goldstein will also sign copies of the 30th anniversary edition of her cookbook A Taste of Russia, widely hailed as the “definitive modern cookbook on Russian cuisine.”


Peter the Great introduced European cuisine to Russia as part of his 18th-century reforms, and by the time of Catherine the Great (1729–96), the Russian aristocracy was infatuated with all things French. Goldstein will discuss 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.


The lecture is free with museum admission. Those wishing to attend the reception are asked to purchase tickets online at Tickets are $15 for DIA members and $20 for non-members.


Since earning her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University, Goldstein has published numerous books and articles on Russian literature, culture, art and cuisine and has organized several exhibitions, including Graphic Design in the Mechanical Age and Feeding Desire: Design and the Tools of the Table, 1500–2005. She is also the author of The Georgian Feast (winner of the 1994 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Julia Child Award for Cookbook of the Year), The Winter Vegetarian and Baking Boot Camp at the CIA (finalist, IACP Award). Goldstein has consulted for the Council of Europe as part of an international group exploring ways in which food can be used to promote tolerance and diversity and under her editorship, the volume Culinary Cultures of Europe: Identity, Diversity and Dialogue was published in 2005 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the European Cultural Convention.


Goldstein has also consulted for the Russian Tea Room and Firebird restaurants in New York City and is currently food editor of Russian Life magazine. She served on the board of directors of the International Association of Culinary Professionals from 2006 to 2008 and is general editor of California Studies in Food and Culture (University of California Press), a book series that seeks to broaden the audience for serious scholarship in food studies and to celebrate food as a means of understanding the world.


“Dining with the Tsars” is sponsored by the Bernard J. Reilly Fund and is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Faberge: The Rise and Fall, The Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, on view through Jan. 21.


Hours and Admission

Museum hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors, $4 for ages 6-17, and free for DIA members and residents of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties. For membership information call 313-833-7971.



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