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NCFIS Gastronomy Research Day held at ITT Dublin

On Monday the 4th of April, the first NCFIS Gastronomy Research Day was organised by Mr. Brian Murphy in IT Tallaght under the auspices of the National Centre for Franco-Irish Studies. It attracted a wide range of participants from various backgrounds with an interest in things gastronomic.

Topics covered included the role of place, story and identity in the marketing of French wines, the physiology of taste, the influence of French haute cuisine on public dining in Dublin between 1900 and 2000, the socio-cultural significance of manuscript cookbooks and recipes, high-class victualling in Georgian Dublin, and the changed eating habits in the Ireland of the Celtic Tiger.

The French angle was very pronounced (which was inevitable in some ways, given the topic) and the presence of Dr. Claude Detrez, Attaché de coopération scientifique et universitaire of the French Embassy in Dublin, was most welcome. The group plans to meet again in Cathal Brugha Street in the autumn.

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