Study Abroad in Global Cuisine, Study & Travel Program

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Global Cuisine: Itinerary

AIFS Flight Dates

Outbound: May 14 to London | Inbound: June 2 from Italy

Global Cuisine

Academic Program: May 15 - June 1

Friday, May 14

Optional overnight flight from U.S. to London.*

Saturday, May 15

Arrive London. Transfer to accommodation.* Orientation and group welcome meal.

Sunday, May 16

Morning class: Introduction to the course and to food culture in the U.K. Guided sightseeing tour of London.

Monday, May 17

Morning class: England’s markets and farming, including the rise or organic farming and small producers. Afternoon class: Food culture as an indication of gentrification followed by a visit to Borough Market, a European/International food market and iconic in British culture. There has been a market on this site since the 12th century and the focus will be on its historical development and what that tells us about the changes in U.K. society.

Tuesday, May 18

Morning class: English cuisine and its relationship to immigration. Afternoon class: the origins and evolution of ‘national dishes’ followed by a visit to Brick Lane, East London to visit the South Asian culinary community.

Wednesday, May 19

Morning class: European legislation on food standards with particular reference to the UK, Spain and Italy and the implications of the UK’s departure from the E.U.. Visit to Smithfields meat market.

Thursday, May 20

Flight to Barcelona. Transfer to accommodation. Walking tour of Barcelona followed by guest speaker talk on tapas culture in Spain.

Friday, May 21

Morning class: An introduction to Spanish Gastronomy and the foundations and benefits of the Mediterranean diet followed by cooking class (includes lunch). Guided sightseeing tour of Barcelona.

Saturday, May 22

Morning class: Markets and their role in daily life followed by visit to Barcelona’s iconic and historic food market the Mercat de la Boqueria. Afternoon class: Legislation on food classifications and how the food industries in the Spain, Italy and the U.K. and others in the EU promote and protect regional food sources and products.

Sunday, May 23

Full day excursion: olive oil and cava tasting excursion outside of Barcelona.

Monday, May 24

Morning class: Traditional Catalan and Spanish dishes followed by cooking class (includes lunch) . Guided walking tour of the Gothic Quarter, ending with ‘chocolate y churros’ at a famous churrería.

Tuesday, May 25

Study day.

Wednesday, May 26

Flight to Florence, Italy. Transfer to accommodation. Walking tour of Florence’s historical center.

Thursday, May 27

Morning class: Introduction to the role of food in Italian culture followed by visit to one of Florence’s fresh produce markets, including tastings. Afternoon class: The development of the “slow food” movement in Italy and its influence on the food culture in the U.K. and Spain.

Friday, May 28

Morning class: The social, economic and cultural factors behind making local produce. Visit to Biscotti di Prato for a factory tour and lecture on the history of this famous local speciality Italian cookie.

Saturday, May 29

Full day excursion to the Chianti wine region. Visit two local wineries with tour of their vineyards and presentation on their production processes, including Tuscan lunch.

Sunday, May 30

Morning class: The role of food culture in addressing global issues such as health and farming. Afternoon class: Traditional three course Italian cooking class, including dishes such as homemade pasta.

Monday, May 31

Morning class: Overview of course. Study time.

Tuesday, June 1

Morning: Final class/exam. Free afternoon and farewell dinner.

Wednesday, June 2

Optional return flight from Italy to the U.S.*

AIFS reserves the right to modify the itinerary. Dates are subject to change.

*Included for students on the AIFS Flight Package only.


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