Endangered Eating: Coachella Valley Dates

at Brooklyn Brainery - Prospect Heights

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$13 6 seats left
Start Date:

Thu, Jan 30, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
190 Underhill Ave
Btwn Sterling & St John Places
Brooklyn, New York 11238
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Sarah Lohman

What you'll learn in this lecture class:

This lecture series is a semi-secret preview of Sarah Lohman’s upcoming food history book, Endangered Eating: Exploring America’s Vanishing Food! Over the coming months, she’ll lead eight classes, each focused on a single chapter of her book. It’s your chance to get the scoop on Sarah’s work, help her with questions and feedback, and learn a curious story about America’s food past! Samples are included in this lecture.

This month, Sarah will bring you the story of Coachella Valley’s Date Palms. Today the area is better known for an epic music festival, but in the 19th century it was an agricultural paradise made to mimic the Middle East. In the early 20th century, the USDA sent agents abroad to collect plant specimens – notably, David Fairchild, who sent back hundreds of species of plants, including dates from the markets of Baghdad. As dates were planted in Coachella, and the date industry brought money to the region, cities were named “Mecca” and sports mascots “The Arabs.” In 1947, the Date Festival became an annual event celebrating the connection between California and the Middle East. 

But, starting in the late 1970s, political events sullied the relationship between America and the Middle East. With this shift in culture, the Coachella valley became less popular, and so did its Middle Eastern products. Now the date varieties grown in this area are becoming rare.

Travel with me to Coachella, forgoing concerts for the Date Festival, to search for remnants of this American Middle East.

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If you're looking for a refund or class credit, you need to back out of the class a full week before it starts. (No exceptions!) We know it's draconian, but since we aren't charging an arm and a leg and have to buy all our materials in advance, it's kinda hard to deal with last-minute bailings.

We also can't transfer registrations to a future session of the class. Sorry!

Instead of dropping out if you have a schedule conflict, a better idea is to ask around and see if any of your friends want the spot. We can't give you a refund less than a week out, even if there's a wait list for the class. 

Regarding bad weather, we generally only cancel classes if the subway system stops running. If traveling during snowstorms might be an issue for you, please take this into account before registering for a class.  


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