May 2022
Chair Elisabeth Luard introduces Dr Lizzie Collingham, invited speaker for our upcoming Symposium on Portable Food
Dr Lizzie Collingham, our distinguished Plenary Speaker on Saturday at the Oxford Symposium Weekend – July 8th-10th 2022, as if you didn’t know! – is one of the UK’s most respected…
April 2022
Chair Elisabeth Luard introduces Corby Kummer, invited speaker for our upcoming Symposium on Portable Food
Expect wit, erudition and the view from the sharp end when Corby Kummer, our distinguished invited Speaker, addresses us all at the opening event of this year’s Symposium weekend at…
March 2022
Update from our Chair, Elisabeth Luard, on Keynotes and Guest Chefs
Greetings and good news, Symposiasts, old and new!  We’ll be back at St. Catz July 8-10, 2022 (all things being equal) for the first time since our gathering in 2019.  Although we’ve…
February 2022
In our second literary musing relevant to this year’s theme, Portable Food: Food Away From The Table, our president Claudia Roden CBE describes a memorable outdoor feast
It is part of the introduction to her book Picnics, first published by Jill Norman Ltd, 1981. “Visions of paradise have always been of the great outdoors, of trees laden…
January 2022
We begin the New Year with a handful of literary musings relevant to this year's theme, Portable Food: Food Away From the Table.
The first of these is an edited extract from a privately-printed pamphlet by Lorenzo Millo Casas of the Spanish Gastronomic Academy dated Christmas 1987 (translated and edited with the author’s permission).   Elaboration on why the paella is never served at…
December 2021
Season's Greetings from your friendly neighbourhood blog-hosts, OFS Trustees Elisabeth Luard and Gamze Ineceli, and the merriest-possible New Year to everyone who's stuck with us through thick and thin throughout 2021.
Our monthly gatherings at the Kitchen Table carry on apace (programme news will be on its way shortly).  And while we don’t record the actual talk-fests – what’s said at…
November 2021
From the virtual OFS editing-suite with Elisabeth Luard and Gamze Ineceli: Final Volume
Herewith we wrap up the series of edited chatlines from Food & Imagination at the 2021 Symposium Weekend From Keynote Speaker Eric C. Rath’s Chatline:   Defining “cuisine”:  How could anyone say…
October 2021
From the virtual OFS editing-suite with Elisabeth Luard and Gamze Ineceli: Volume 3
From the Chatline with Chef Skye Gyngell of Spring Restaurant in London, at the 2021 Symposium Weekend on Food & Imagination: Reconnecting to the Past:  I have a wonderful photo…
September 2021
From the virtual OFS editing-suite with Elisabeth Luard and Gamze Ineceli: Volume 2
Elisabeth Luard and Gamze Ineceli take another wander down memory lane with the chatlines from Food & Imagination at the 2021 Symposium Weekend From Keynote Speaker Rob Hopkins chatline:  If…
September 2021
From the virtual OFS editing-suite with Elisabeth Luard and Gamze Ineceli: Volume 1
This is a new series of questions and comments from this year's Food & Imagination chatlines. While we don't record the discussion-sessions, the chatlines are recordable by everyone present.