March 2021
As we get ready to celebrate our 40th year, symposium Chair Elisabeth Luard takes us back to the beginnings of OSFC
Wind the clock back forty years to 1981. Assembled at St Antony’s College, Oxford, is random collection of philosophers, historians, scholars, non-scholars, readers, writers, scientists, biologists and (mostly) subscribers and…
October 2020
Announcing the first OFS Kitchen Table: Tickets available
Book now to pull up a chair at the very first OSF Kitchen Table on Tuesday October 20th for our first informal, interactive gathering by special request from this year’s…
September 2020
Alan Davidson and the Symposium's Turkish connection
Charles Perry pays tribute to the diplomat and food historian Alan Davidson, an incurable romantic who changed the course of food history Elisabeth Luard writes: In celebration of our Turkish…
July 2020
The First Voyage of Starship V-Symp
Naomi Duguid: Final Report from a Crewmember Each year the Symposium is like a vigorous green garden of aromatic and sometimes spicy conversations and ideas. And this year, magically, even…
July 2020
Baking and Filming for the V-Symposium
Symposiast Gerhardus Geldenhuis volunteers his services with the movie-camera and the bread-oven I was filled with excitement when I was asked to film an opening piece for the V-Symposium with…
July 2020
The Story of Amaro: Foraging for Bitter Greens in Sicily
Symposium Chair Elisabeth Luard introduces one of the evening events at the V-Symp Fabrizia Lanza, owner and director of Anna Tasca Lanza, the world-renowned cooking school and centre of culinary…
June 2020
V-Symp guest chef David Tanis shares his Oxford Food Symposium Experience
My Oxford Symposium Experiences Thus Far My first Oxford Symposium experience was in 2019. I had long wanted to attend, but the opportunity never arose until last year, when I…
June 2020
The Stubborn Cuisine of Fogo Island
Symposium Chair, Elisabeth Luard, introduces our Friday evening v-chefs Not all chefs with a barrowful of culinary laurels would consider taking on a challenge such the Fogo Island Inn, brain-child…
May 2020
Meet V-Symposium Guest Chef Asma Khan
Symposium Chair Elisabeth Luard talks about life, liberty and food with this year’s guest chef Asma Khan Asma Khan is a powerhouse for change in the restaurant world. Radical by…
May 2020
Cooking for the Symposium
Tim Kelsey, Head Chef at St Catz, talks about the experience of cooking for 250 Symposiasts for the last fourteen years This year, with the Symposium going virtual, lock-down seems…