Pepper: A Guide to the World's Favourite Spice

Joe Barth's Cover of Pepper BookLearn about Pepper, the world’s most popular spice.

Pepper is an ingredient found in every kitchen and as a condiment on virtually every dining table. It is used in the preparation of countless recipes and is sprinkled on foods as a condiment, often without much thought.  Beyond its culinary uses as a spice, pepper plays an important role in the preservation of cold meats.  The essential oil of pepper contains piperine, a pharmacologically active ingredient used in medicines, insect repellents and popular perfumes.

In this seminar you will learn about the fascinating history of pepper from ancient times through the present and follow pepper as it make its way from the growers to the kitchens and dining tables around the world.  The seminar covers different kinds of pepper, quality assurance, grading and the best ways to buy and use pepper commercially and in the home.  Knowing more about pepper will enhance your enjoyment and appreciation of this ubiquitous and surprisingly impactful spice.

This seminar leader is Joe Barth, and includes a copy of his recently released book, Pepper:  A Guide to the World’s Favourite Spice.


Tuesday, February 4, 2020


5 - 7 PM


Macdonald Stewart Hall at the University of Guelph. PJ's Restaurant

University of Guelph campus map. (Building - Macdonald Stewart Hall)


$40* + HST ($5.20) = $45.20

Includes: Instruction and book.

How to apply

Complete the online application form.

For payment, contact Lisa at 519-824-4120, ext. 56116 with credit card details.

Registration deadline

February 3, 2020

Seating is limited, please register early.


If cancellation occurs within 6-10 days prior to the course start date, an administration fee of $10 per seminar will apply. No refunds within 5 days of course start.


Lisa Fodor
Logistics Coordinator
School of Hospitality & Tourism Management
Macdonald Stewart Hall
University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120, ext. 56116