The Toe of the Boot: Calabria and Cuisine with Katie Parla

The Toe of the Boot: Calabria and Cuisine with Katie Parla


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Join acclaimed food and travel writer Katie Parla to explore Calabria in southern Italy. We’ll travel around the region, known for decisive flavors and beautiful scenery, in search of local specialties and home-grown favorites.

Calabria, the so-called “toe” of “the boot” of the Italian peninsula, is a long and mountainous region known for its eggplant, pasta, and pork-driven cuisines. Calabria’s geography begets decisive flavors in the form of torpedo-shaped onions from Tropea and piquant licorice from Rossano. Vast national parks run through the center of the region, and they are thick with trees ideal for spawning mushrooms, while the Tyrrhenian and Ionian Seas, which meet at the port city of Reggio Calabria, wrap around the toe and support small-scale fishermen, who catch cuttlefish, swordfish, and tuna in their waters. This talk will dive deeply into the history, geography, and culture of Calabrian cuisine, investigating how Greek, Roman, Arab, Spanish, Jewish, and most recently Italians have left indelible impressions on what and how we eat in Calabria today.

Led by an expert on Italian food and culture, Katie Parla, this interactive seminar will explore the Italian region of Calabria. Designed to inform curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of how history and geography have shaped the food culture of southern Italy.

Katie Parla, a New Jersey native, is a Rome-based food and beverage journalist, culinary guide, and educator. She is the author of the Saveur Award–winning food and travel site KatieParla.com, the ebook Eating & Drinking in Rome, more than twenty travel guides, and the coauthor of cookbooks including American Sfoglino, Flour Lab, and Tasting Rome. Parla has appeared on and produced Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern and F*ck, That’s Delicious with Action Bronson, and served as a culinary consultant on Season 2 of Netflix’s Master of None. Her travel writing, recipes, and food criticism appear in the New York Times, Food & Wine, Saveur, Australian Gourmet Traveller, the Guardian, AFAR, Condé Nast Traveler, Punch, Eater, and more. She co-hosts the Gola, a podcast about Italian food and culture, with Dr. Danielle Callegari.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Based on 6 reviews
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J.P.
Calabria

Excellent presentation. I have seen Katie Parla in person and the online presentation was very good. The videos added just enough spoken Italian to the presentation.

M
M.M.
Spectacular, Warm and Informative Introduction Calabria

As expected, knowledgeable and talented Katie Parla teaches about the region, it's history, it's beauty, it's people and of course it's food in this session that connects anyone interested in Italy with this less known but unique and fascinating must visit.

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D.
Lots of cuisine, very little Calabria

The title of this session, "Calabria AND Cuisine" led me to think that we would learn about the region and where to visit, as well as the food. But it's really just about the food. .If you are looking for guidance on what to see and do, this is not the right conversation. The title should really be "The Cuisine of Calabria".

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A.F.

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M.M.
Fabulous Kate Parla in Southern Italy

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
83%
(5)
0%
(0)
17%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
J
J.P.
Calabria

Excellent presentation. I have seen Katie Parla in person and the online presentation was very good. The videos added just enough spoken Italian to the presentation.

M
M.M.
Spectacular, Warm and Informative Introduction Calabria

As expected, knowledgeable and talented Katie Parla teaches about the region, it's history, it's beauty, it's people and of course it's food in this session that connects anyone interested in Italy with this less known but unique and fascinating must visit.

D
D.
Lots of cuisine, very little Calabria

The title of this session, "Calabria AND Cuisine" led me to think that we would learn about the region and where to visit, as well as the food. But it's really just about the food. .If you are looking for guidance on what to see and do, this is not the right conversation. The title should really be "The Cuisine of Calabria".

A
A.F.

Guest did not leave comment

M
M.M.
Fabulous Kate Parla in Southern Italy

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