Feast: Extravagant Dining in Medieval and Renaissance Europe | Newberry

Feast: Extravagant Dining in Medieval and Renaissance Europe

Led by Sarah Kernan. One session, 1 - 4 pm.
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Saturday, February 24

1 - 4 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $70
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $77

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.

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Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

The medieval and Renaissance feast was a grand showcase of wealth and power, designed to stimulate all the senses and improve or confirm one’s social standing. In this seminar we will explore several historic feasts, including the Feast of the Pheasant, meetings of the Order of the Golden Fleece, and royal weddings. Focusing on historic accounts, we will delve into a world of spectacular sugar sculptures, fire-breathing boars’ heads, and extravagant musical and theatrical performances. One session.

Sarah Peters Kernan, independent culinary historian, holds a PhD in medieval history from Ohio State University.

Materials List


  • There are no required materials for this class.

First Reading:

  • There is no reading assignment for the first class.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.