Gastronomy Tour Brings Italian Students to Campus

September 01, 2009 - Campus Bulletin

A group of third-year students from the Università di Scienze Gastronomiche (UNISG), the school founded by the slow food movement's chief, Carlo Petrini, is on campus this week as part of a tour to learn about southern Ontario’s food culture.

Here they’ll be learning about U of G’s role in Canada’s food systems as well as hearing about food innovations, history and culture in Canada. Professors taking part include Spencer Henson and John Cranfield, Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics; Kerry Godfrey and Simon Day, Hospitality and Tourism Management; and Art Hill and Massimo Marcone, Food Science.

Sue Bennett, University and community relations director, is serving as one of the group’s tour guides during their visit, which wraps up Sept. 11.

The group will also visit U of G’s Human Nutraceutical Research Unit, the Alma Aquaculture Station, the Vineland Research and Innovation Centre, the Guelph Food Technology Centre, Sleeman Brewery and even Tim Hortons headquarters in Oakville.

“Ontario’s food traditions, growing regions and educational institutions have both differences and parallels to our reality in Italy,” said UNISG director Carlo Catani. “Bringing students into this context helps us give them a more comprehensive and global gastronomic perspective.”

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