Please note: tonight's event will be starting at 6:45, 15 minutes later than the originally advertised start-time.
Sharing food is a beautiful way to explore someone else’s culture – and your own.
Thinking through food has acquired an unprecedented power in the last decade where journalists, academics, us mere mortals, yearn to grapple with the eternal question of Are We What We Eat?
Russian Revels, well known to the Pushkin House audience for their chic take on Slavic dining, are starting a series of interactive talks where they will be inviting well known writers, scholars and journalists to ponder and taste modern day Russia through its chrevo, belly, gut, soul.
Dacha Idylls: Living Organically in Russia's Countryside
Russian Revels are continuing their ‘Russia through its belly’ talks with tastings with a visit to that semi-mystical, evocative and spiritual of Russian marvels – Russian dacha.
Join food anthropologist Melissa Caldwell to discuss – and eat – what Russians eat at the dacha and why it matters so much culturally, economically and historically.
An interactive talk accompanied by little tastes from the Russian dacha – prepared by Katrina and Karina from Russian Revels.
Melissa Caldwell is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California and Editor of the iconic Gastronomica: The Journal of Critical Food Studies.
Melissa’s research, writing, and teaching focus on the role of food in political processes in Russia and the former Soviet Union. She has written on food nationalism, culinary tourism, fast food and globalisation, gardening and natural foods.
Melissa was one of the first scholars to visit post-Soviet space to study how Russian consumers have ‘domesticated’ McDonald’s by simultaneously drawing aspects of the chain’s into the intimate spaces of their everyday lives and personalising the public McDonald’s experience.
The talk will be curated by Katrina Kollegaeva, the co-founder of Russian Revels and a graduate of MA Anthropology of Food.
Russian Revels are the designers of unique gastronomic experiences that combine chic Slavic dishes, story-telling and immersive theatre.
Over the last two years they have partnered with, amongst others, Calvert gallery, Mari Vanna restaurant, Academia Rossica, Bourne and Hollingsworth Group (agents provocateurs of the London party scene), and Pushkin House, to transform the image of Eastern Europe in London.
Russian Revels have been featured, amongst others, in Time Out London, BBC Russia, Australian Times and Russian major tv channel NTV. Most recently they have catered for Her Imperial Highness Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Romanova at the event co-hosted by the Russian Embassy.