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Culinary series Pompeii’s Table will recreate ancient menus

Written By Scott Joseph On October 26, 2020

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Saturday, Oct. 24, marked the 1941st anniversary of the eruption of Vesuvius and a really rotten day for the citizens of Pompeii.

On Monday, Pompeii: The Immortal City, a touring exhibition about the destruction of the city and the 18th century excavation that brought it back, begins a three-month run at the Orlando Science Center.

In association with the exhibit, local food writer Joseph Hayes is presenting Pompeii’s Table: Sublime and Ancient Food that Survived Vesuvius’ Fury, a series of dinners and culinary events inspired by the food and beverage trends of 79 A.D.

Don’t take the title literally – the dinners won’t feature foods that actually survived the blast. First, really past the expiration date. Second, totally burnt.

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Instead, Hayes has conducted exhaustive research into the culinary habits of Pompeiians and has collaborated with Central Florida chefs to recreate recipes and menus.

The first of six events will be Nov. 11 at Ravello at Four Seasons Resort Orlando. Imperial Rome Reinvented will feature a menu from executive chef and Italian native Fabrizio Schenardi that might have been served at a patrician banquet back in the day. Tickets are $125 per person, plus wine.

Other events will be held throughout the exhibit’s stay and include a tasting of ancient ales and a latter-day version of the festival of Saturn, a precursor to Christmas.

The full schedule of culinary events and ticket information can be found at pompeeistable.com.

For information about the exhibit at Orlando Science Center, which runs through Jan. 24, visit osc.com.

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