March 15 – is referred to as “The Ides of March.” The name traces its roots back to ancient times, specifically the Roman Calendar, with “ides” referring to the first full moon of a given month, which usually fell on the 15th of the month. The ides took an ominous turn in 44 BC, when Roman ruler Julius Caesar was assassinated on March 15. Legend has it that Plutarch had warned Caesar that evil would overtake him by the Ides of March, something the over-confident Roman leader dismissed. History says the conversation went something like this: “Well, the Ides of March are come,” Caesar said. “Aye, they are come,” responded the seer, “but they are not gone.” Shortly afterwards, Caesar was stabbed to death. His murder sparked a civil war in Rome, ensuring the Ides of March’s ominous reputation for history. We will dine on snails with wild mushrooms and tomatoes, cured tuna with lovage and mint sauce, rabbit ragout with chestnut pasta and finish with cheeses. We will taste Grecchetto, Sangioves and Cesanese.
This class meets in the Culinary Arts Center in the Education Wing.
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