I’m geeking out right now and am really jealous I don’t have the time or money to make it to Davis for their grand opening event on September 16. This is a Chinese food writer’s dream come true.
“UC Davis and China’s Jiangnan University, along with China’s Ministry of Education, are establishing the world’s first Confucius Institute devoted to Chinese food and beverage culture on the Davis campus.”
“‘Food brings all of us together,’ said celebrity chef and restaurateur Martin Yan, who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in food science from UC Davis. ‘Food is also history, culture, anthropology.… From studying food, from enjoying food, we can talk about tradition, heritage.… Food is a reflection of culture, history, religion and many other things,’ he said.”
Charles Shoemaker, the professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology at Davis will be the director of the institute while Linxia Liang, director for Asian international programs at UC Davis and a scholar in Chinese law, will serve as co-director.
According to the site, programs include
- lectures on the lure of Chinese tea and cuisine, and the mores of social drinking
- workshops on Chinese cooking, Chinese holiday food and doing business in China;
- food-tasting events
- intensive Mandarin-language learning camps for high school students
- graduate student and faculty research opportunities
Alright. Where do I sign up?
For more info, check out my piece in the LA Times.