When in Rome: Aldrete event features culture, cuisine of ancient feast

Award-winning UW-Green Bay Prof. Greg Aldrete, Humanistic Studies, entertained and informed a full house in the Union’s Phoenix Room Tuesday (June 11), keynoting the latest installment in UW-Green Bay’s Dinner Lecture Series. The event, “When in Rome,” featured the cuisine of a traditional Roman feast, including eggs, olives, roast pork and lentils, along with honey custard for dessert. The lecture portion of the evening started with Aldrete dressing an audience member in a toga, and ended with eager questions from attendees. In between, Aldrete discussed the staples of a Roman diet (surprisingly, no marinara or tomatoes), the intricacies of a high-end feast and the all-important wine-to-water ratio (along with some stomach-churning info on a seriously disgusting fish paste commonly consumed by poor and wealthy alike). For more details on the event, along with a great photo gallery, check out our news feature.