Calling all Symposiasts and well-wishers –
let’s invest in our future!


The Oxford Symposium on Food & Cookery is an annual gathering at St Catherine’s College in Oxford. With inspiring speakers, papers and food on the table we enable and stimulate an ever-expanding worldwide discussion about food and cookery.

In 2020 the world changed dramatically, so we created a virtual space and broadened our community even more. Our new spaceship is fuelled by vision, dedication, imagination and love – but it also needs constant maintenance and money to keep it going.

Please invest in the future of our community now. Thank you.

We are equally grateful for your support of our educational aims, helping to facilitate our outreach programmes. For a donation of £20 or more we are happy to send you a lapel-badge with Jake Tilson’s elegant Symposium logo.
Wearing your badge will signal your place in a community of like-minded people and prompt many more inspirational discussions and connections. So please donate as much as you can, wear your badge with pride and spread the message wherever you go. As co-habitees of our vulnerable planet, we need to talk.

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 OFS Rising Scholar Award, which supports research by young scholars and The Julia Child Foundation Grant, which traditionally supports students and, in 2020, offered significant financial support towards the building of V-Symp spaceship.

The American Friends’ directors are:

  • Doug Duda, president

  • Cathy Kaufman, secretary and acting treasurer

  • Richard Shepro, director

To make a U.S. tax-deductible donation to the American Friends, or to express interest in contributing time or other support, please contact us at