rann-of-kutch.jpgMonday, August 20-- Some Remote Corners of Gujarat, India

Gujarat is a dynamic and most diverse state holding many hidden secrets. Some parts have been exposed to the western collectors via its incredible textile crafts and legends. There are many minority tribes throughout the state but some are hidden in various regions that are restricted or not accessible. Those are the ones I was looking for.

A remote area in the southwestern part of Gujarat is the Dang area and was the first of my objectives. This area has at least ten minority tribes. The second destination was the Great Rann of Kutch.

Many of the tribes in that region are displaced nomads moving and searching for suitable living areas for their animals and families. The Fahirani Jat nomads have a very austere form of religion and keep very much away from the main routes of other nomads, so are always on the move. Hard to locate. I did.

The region near the Pakistan border is restricted but provided me with some of the most interesting challenges and discoveries. -- Pierre Odier

Free; begins at 7:30 PM. RSVP 626.449.3220











Monday, August 27-- A Culinary and Cultural Journey through Greece: Voyages of Discovery

An exploration of Greece’s rich culinary heritage with notes on culture, historic sites, local lifestyles and traditions, and spirit of place through some of Greece’s lesser known regions. 

Recently returned from a three month journey in Greece and the Mediterranean, Lindsay is eager to share stories, tips, and inspirations from her latest travels to this enduring and vibrant destination. On this trip she met with archaeologists, professors, wine producers, chefs, home cooks, dancers and musicians, guides, and ‘alternative tourism’ professionals eager to provide an authentic ‘real taste’ of Greece to visitors. 

Greece is surprisingly diverse; from its myriad islands to its many historical sights, to the dry, rocky landscape and unique tower houses of the deep Mani, to the wild mountains and gorges of northern Greece, variations abound.

The history is deep here, and the flavors are vibrant. The sea, the sun, and the soil seem to enrich Greece’s tables with their very essence, as they have for centuries. This talk will highlight some of Greece’s culinary specialties by region, as well as reference geography, history, culture, and personal stories.

Free; begins at 7:30 PM. RSVP 626.449.3220.

About the speaker:

Lindsay is a travel coordinator, guide, writer, and destination researcher specializing in Greece and the Mediterranean, though her work extends beyond the shores of the beautiful blue Med. She coordinates small group trips with a culinary focus and works with individuals to facilitate meaningful, unique, customized travel experiences. She also organizes theme dinners, wine tastings, hands-on cooking workshops, and small private events that highlight the cuisine of a particular region. Recently returned from a research trip in the Mediterranean including Greece, Italy, and the Balkans, she is eager to share some stories and a small taste of Greece’s rich culinary traditions and its ancient vine-clad soils.