Food Core is an invitation for Montreal foodies to taste, explore and learn, thereby contributing to our collective knowledge of food staples. It is a collaboration between a chef and a scholar to present a basic food item before it has been overly processed and demonstrating how it can transform in magical ways. Together, our presenters will break it down to its basic chemical components, explore its social and historical contexts and surprise us with its possibilities.
In a playful gourmet environment and with a democratic approach, participants will be invited to explore the featured food hands-on and explode preconceived ideas around it: Where does it come from? What does it say about us? What directions can it take us in?
On the menu are three angles of exploration:
1. Chemistry and nature: What are the food’s chemical components? For example, what makes olive oil olive oil?
2. Historical and social backdrop: How has this food been produced and enjoyed (or not) over time?
3. The element of surprise: Does this common food still have any potential to surprise us, and how?
This edition will explore corn as a basic ingredient.
Tuesday, September 11:
In the presence of chef Aaron Langille and author Maya Hey.
Hosted primarily in English.
Wednesday, September 12:
In the presence of chef Simon Mathys and journalist Ève Dumas.
Hosted primarily in French.