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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

March 25, 2008

Food author will speak on church suppers April 3 at UW-Green Bay

Photo: Terese Allen.

GREEN BAY-Green Bay native Terese Allen, food columnist, cookbook author, and local and sustainable foods activist will speak on "Specialties of the Lord's House: Food and Folklore at Wisconsin Church Suppers" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in the Phoenix Rooms of University Union at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr.

Allen says church suppers not only raise funds for church and community projects and foster camaraderie, but also communicate cultural values. She'll lead the audience on an ethnic tour around the state, discussing booyah picnics, ham hock and sauerkraut suppers, Armenian madagh memorial meals, and other events traditional in Wisconsin. Some of the dishes she mentions will be available for sampling after the talk.

The program is sponsored by the Friends of the Cofrin Library at UW-Green Bay and is free and open to the public though the assistance of the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Allen credits the rich cultural food traditions of her native Green Bay with a lifelong interest in regional food and culture. She was educated at St. Joseph Academy and St. Norbert College, received culinary training at The Restaurant School of Philadelphia, and was a chef at the former Ovens of Brittany restaurant in Madison for nine years. She previously presented a program, "Have Tastebuds, Will Travel," in April 2005 at UW-Green Bay.

Allen is food editor for Organic Valley cooperative, a columnist for "Isthmus" newspaper, a past-president of the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin, and chairperson of the REAP (Research, Education, Action and Policy) Food Group of southern Wisconsin, among other activities.

Her books include "Wisconsin's Hometown Flavors: A Cook's Tour of Butcher Shops, Bakeries, Cheese Factories and Other Special Markets," "Wisconsin Food Festivals: Good Food, Good Folks and Good Fun at Community Celebrations," and "Home Cooked Culture: Wisconsin Through Recipes."

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