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Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 6-8:30 PM EDT
Food Matters No-Waste Formula Cooking Night

Join Food Matters to learn how to cook a range of recipes that can help reduce food waste! We'll cook and eat dinner together. These "formula-cooking" dishes allow you to substitute out ingredients and flavorings based on what you have on hand, to be able to use up what you have and not have to buy new! They also let you modify dishes to cook with what's in season or available at the farmers market. Wallace Hall, Rm. 405. RSVP on GobblerConnect here


Wednesday, February 14, 2024, 2-3 PM EDT
Nona Yehia on Vertical Harvest. Zoom--Register Here

Join the VT Food Studies Program and the School of Architecture to learn from Nona Yehia of Vertical Harvest. An accomplished architect by training, and principal of GYDE Architects in Jackson Hole, WY, Nona designed North America’s first vertical hydroponic greenhouse and founded Vertical Harvest Farms. Alongside her co-founder, Caroline Croft-Estay, Nona pioneered an inclusive, customized employment model for people with physical and/or intellectual disabilities. Vertical Harvest grew from Nona's experiences growing up with a brother with developmental disabilities, love of fresh and local food, obsession with great design, and long-standing community involvement. Event will take place via Zoom; please REGISTER HERE:

Friday, February 16 - Sunday, February 18, 2024
Inaugural Food Studies Writing Retreat

The application date has passed. Please contact Marcus Weaver-Hightower for more details.


Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 6pm ET
Food Matters Indian Cooking Night

Join Food Matters to learn how to cook a range of Indian dishes! We'll cook and eat dinner together. We plan to have dishes like Roasted Butternut Tikka Masala, Restaurant-Style Dal Tadka, and Palak Paneer, plus rice and naan! Wallace Hall, Rm. 405. RSVP on GobblerConnect here


Thursday, April 4, 2024, 5-6:30pm ET
"Women in Appalachia" Closing Reception

Special Collections and University Archives and the VT Food Studies Program invite you to attend the closing reception for the exhibit "Women in Appalachia: Food, Drink, and Community in the Twentieth Century." The exhibit highlights a slice of women’s history in the Appalachian region focusing on food, crafting, and activism. Join us to check out the exciting exhibit, enjoy light refreshments, and chat with curator Kaitlynn Harless, history graduate student who researches women activists during the West Virginia Mine Wars. Come enjoy a final walk-through of the exhibit! Thursday April 4, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm, in the exhibit space located on the fourth floor of Newman Library. Read more about Kaitlynn and the exhibit here.

Sunday, April 21, 2024, 12-6pm ET
International Street Fair

Food Studies and Food Matters will have a booth at the International Street Fair. This is a great community event where you can learn about customs and traditions from international and cultural student organizations at Virginia Tech. Visit the booths and be transported to countries with demonstrations, cultural displays, music, dance, and displays of beautiful traditional wear. The 63nd International Street Fair will take place on April 21, 2023, from 12-6 p.m. on Alumni Mall at Virginia Tech. We'll be selling food-themed crafts as a fundraiser, passing out literature about the club and program, and leading a trivia activity. Stop by and see us.


In addition to these one-off events, we are also working to build a durable community within the Food Studies program. The anchor of this is a biweekly Food Studies Breakfast Discussion Series, supported by a Faculty Writing Group Grant from the Provost’s office. Please contact Anna Zeide,, for more details or if you would like to join.

We would love to have you at our events. 

Contact Anna Zeide with input or proposals for future events.

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