The Friends of the Oxford Symposium support projects the Trustees deem important to the Symposium. Specifically, the Friends fund activities that enrich the Symposium’s intellectual purpose. Over the last few years £21,000 have been donated by Symposiasts. These funds have been spent on special projects and scholarships to students and young chefs.
The first project of the Friends was to digitise all past Proceedings and publish them both at Google Books and at our own Oxford Symposium website. As of July, 2015, 117,000 people have looked at the Proceedings online downloading 1.2 million pages. In comparison, approximately 6,000 people have attended the Oxford Symposium since its inception. All online proceedings are also fully downloadable and free. The best way to access past proceedings is at our website as there is a convenient search box that lets you access the material efficiently. You may wish to bookmark this link to the Oxford Proceedings going back to 1981.
Funds from the Friends support several grant programs: Student Research Grants, Best Student Paper Presentations, and the Young Chef’s Grant. Together, these grant programs ensure that innovative young people continue to attend the Symposium, enriching the Symposium experience for all of us.
The Friends also fund website upgrades.
The next big project we are considering is providing live video casting of the Proceedings so people who cannot attend can do so in real time.
Please donate to the Friends of the Oxford Symposium to support the Trustees efforts to continually improve the Symposium’s programs. If you are a UK taxpayer, your donation will qualify for Gift Aid, which will benefit the Symposium even more.
If you wish to volunteer with the Friends please contact William Rubel.
£10 Bread & Butter
£20 Salt & Pepper
£50 Olive Oil
The American Friends of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery is a tax-exempt U.S. foundation organized to promote the Symposium and its aims in the United States.
The American Friends of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery administers the Cherwell Food History Studentship, which supports food research by young scholars and the Julia Child Foundation Grant for students.
The American Friends’ directors are:
- Cathy Kaufman, president
- Barbara Wheaton, vice president
- Doug Duda, secretary
- Renee Marton, treasurer
- Bruce Kraig
- Charles Perry
To make a U.S. tax-deductible donation to the American Friends, or to express interest in contributing time or other support, please email or write to:
The American Friends of the Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery
718 Broadway 10A
New York NY 10003