When in Rome: Dinner Lecture event to feature Aldrete, traditional cuisine

Award-winning Prof. Greg Aldrete will headline a Roman Feast Dinner Lecture Series event June 11, taking audiences back in time with a traditional Roman banquet. But before your thoughts turn to spaghetti marinara, remember this is an authentic meal the way it once was — and tomatoes (not to mention potatoes, corn, chocolate, certain fruits and peanuts) are not on the menu. You’ll learn why during the event, which begins with a gathering and cash bar at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and presentation from 6:30-8 p.m. Attendees will learn what the Romans would have eaten, seen, heard and done at such a feast, and sample many traditional foods for themselves. The menu includes a variety of appetizers; soup with onion; carrots with herbs and a touch of honey; apple-stuffed pork loin with apple cider cream sauce; a mystery egg/vegetable dish; and honey custard for dessert. Beverages included; cost is $24 per person. The event will be held in the Union’s Phoenix Room — and yes, togas and sandals are welcome. More info.