Roman Food Event at Aldborough

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Roman Food Presentation and Food Tasting will be the subject of a talk for Friends of Roman Aldborough on Saturday 11th August, 2.30pm at Aldborough Village Hall. The talk will be given by Sally Grainger, Roman Food Expert.

Sally began her career as a pastry chef. With that background she has now become a very well-known hands-on food historian. After a decade working as a chef she took up Classical Studies as an undergraduate at Royal Holloway College, and, while doing so, held her first reconstructed Roman banquet.

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Having taken her degree in 1993, Sally began to build a new career in reconstruction archaeology and food writing fed by continuing research. It took time to become known in the academic world of archaeology, with the help of increasing participation in conferences, frequent presence at schools and at historical sites, regular television appearances and a series of invitations to cook and present ancient meals. She has since also taken an MA in Archaeology.

Sally has worked with the British Museum (a Roman meal there coincided with the Pompeii exhibition), the Museum of London, Fishbourne Roman Palace, the Roman Baths at Bath, and Colchester Castle. Not to mention the Getty Villa near Malibu, where-as food consultant she has organized three large scale meals, Greek, Roman and Byzantine, in a uniquely authentic setting. She has often been seen on Time Team, also on Neil Oliver’s A History of Ancient Britain, Rome’s Lost Empire with Dan Snow; she has fed the Hairy Bikers.

Meanwhile she and her partner Chris Grocock, a medieval Latinist, have produced what is now the standard bilingual edition of Apicius, the Roman cookbook, and a practical companion, Cooking Apicius. These were both published by Prospect Books in 2006.
Sally will be introducing us to the fascinating world of Roman food, telling us more about the ingredients and methods of cooking and also giving us the opportunity to taste!

Cost: Visitors £5.00 Friends of Roman Aldborough members free.

Property Developer provides Boost for Local Tennis Club

harronAs part of their community outreach programme, property developer Harron Homes have recently donated £500 to the Boroughbridge Tennis Club.  With several developments across North Yorkshire including Hockley Croft in Boroughbridge, Harron Homes were delighted to be able to support the localcommunity.

Boroughbridge Tennis Club is a friendly, community tennis club with recently upgraded facilities which include 3 artificial grass courts with flood lights. Welcoming players of all ages and abilities, whether you are the next Novak Djokovic or Angelique Kerber, or simply want to try a new way of keeping fit, Boroughbridge provides an enjoyable and welcoming setting.

Through the continued dedication, and the admirable ambition of the staff at Boroughbridge, the tennis club is fast becoming the pride of the town. Chairman, Ian Andrews, commented: “It is our aim to provide great facilities for the local community. Harron Homes’ generous donation will help us bring our 1960s club house into the present day! “Taking part in sports should be a priority to people of all ages, and it is great to see Harron Homes realising the importance of the work we are trying to do here.” (Contact Ian on 07966 103 999)

Katie Charlesworth, Sales and Marketing Director at Harron Homes Yorkshire, commented, “At Harron Homes, we recognise the importance of community groups and Boroughbridge Tennis Club provides an excellent service to people of all ages in Boroughbridge. We are delighted to be able to support them, so they can continue their great work.”
For more information on Harron Homes please visit www.harronhomes.co.uk