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Creating Bacalhou: Portuguese Fishwork and Global Foodways

Date:  Thursday, April 27, 2023
Venue: Ria Mar Restaurant & Bar – 25 Whitehead Ave, South River, NJ 08882
Time: Networking 5:00 pm | Dinner 6:00 pm | Speaker 7:00 pm (NOTE: Dinner begins before the Speaker Presentation)
Topic: Creating Bacalhau: Portuguese Fishwork and Global Foodways
Speakers: Jack Bouchard, Ph.D. – Assistant Professor, History Department – Rutgers NB
Fee: $60 IFT Member & Children who select from the Adult Menu | $65 Non-members | $30 Students, Retired & Unemployed
****$30 for Children under 10 who select from the Children’s Menu ***

Special Note: Bringing Your Son or Daughter to this dinner meeting is Optional

Transportation Policy for NYIFT Student Members

About the Topic:

Historians of the early modern period have long noted the outsized global impact of Portuguese foodways, from chicken vindaloo to peri peri sauce to tempura. Often overlooked is the importance of Portuguese mariners and fishworkers to developing a culture of commercial fishing and fish consumption in the Atlantic basin between the fifteenth and seventeenth centuries. From fishing off the Rio do Ouro in Africa to the development of a fishery at Terra Nova to the popularized of bacalhau, modern western fish consumption was heavily shaped by the choices of Portuguese peoples during their age of overseas expansion.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Jack Bouchard is an Assistant Professor of History at Rutgers University – New Brunswick. He teaches environmental history, with an emphasis on global and premodern perspectives. Dr. Bouchard is interested in the histories of premodern maritime environments and foodways, and researches commercial fishing, island/coastal ecologies and changing global foodways in the 15th-16th centuries. He is currently working on his first book, Terra Nova: Food, Water and Work in an early Atlantic World, a history of the northwest Atlantic in the sixteenth century.  

Join us for an evening of learning, networking, and dining!

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