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Modern Food History and Tastings

*There is an additional fee of $20 to cover food materials payable to the instructor. Based on her newly minted podcast with American Public Television, Claudia shares fun facts and tasty recipes that will premier in Season One of her new PBS show. If This Food Could Talk: a History Show for Everyone who Eats is a brand new, family-friendly podcast series that transports listeners back in time to learn the origin stories of some of today's most beloved and delicious dishes from around the world. Host and Executive Producer Claudia created the series to share her culinary knowledge and passion with a much broader audience across the country. By partnering with APT to produce an on-demand series of 30-minute, food-focused episodes-covering everything from fermented foods to Napolean Pizza & Persian Flatbread -she aims to cultivate a worldly group of foodies who approach global cuisine-and culture-with open minds. Each class will go into the rich history of some of our favorite foods: think modern day coffeehouses and how they transformed European modern history; the very accidental discovery of yogurt thousands of years ago on the Silk Road; or how Persian soldiers created the very first pizza using their shields on an open fire while waiting for war to break. Each class will be historical in nature, but will be accompanied by a tasty recipe or two - so we can replicate the Persian pizza with goat cheese and dates. I hope you consider trying/tasting/joining in the discussion that will change the way many Americans approach our kitchen table. Claudia Hanna is the Creator, Host and Executive Producer of a new food history podcast for American Public Television, the lead content creator for PBS. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and MBA in Corporate Finance from Emory University. She was a Management Consultant and Finance professional for years before slipping off the power suits and donning flip flops and beach sarongs for a simpler, healthier life in Cyprus. She now writes her own blog (Live Like a Goddess), is a Lifestyle Writer for C'ville Weekly, Mind Body Green, Women Who Lives on Rocks,, and Sivana Spirit. Claudia teaches Mediterranean cooking classes at the University of Virginia, James Madison University's Lifelong Learning Institute, the Discover More Children's Museum and in around her community. She teaches people ages 5 - 80+ in a simple, comprehensive, and easy to follow steps for developing a healthy palate using natural, local, and sustainable products. She leads culinary and cultural tours to Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece, where she loves sharing the warm culture and foods of these ancient lands. Quadra-lingual in Arabic, Greek, Turkish and English, Claudia loves sharing food history, language, culture and leans on her expertise, contacts across the globe for a truly authentic experience to her projects.

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