Taking food and youth with Rabelais

Encouraging the young to appreciate good food is the subject on the menu at the 15th Rencontres (“Meetings”) François Rabelais, held in Tours at the Villa Rabelais – named after the Renaissance writer – on November 22 and 23.

The “meetings” about food science and taste are organized annually by l'Institut Européen d'Histoire et des Cultures de l'Alimentation (the European Institute of History and Food Culture). They examine contemporary and future cuisine from the perspectives of history, geography and society. The Institute describes them as “a true open university, addressed to the widest public, for all those who are convinced that cooking rhymes with culture.”

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This year, the Rencontres will discuss the measures in place to educate young people about food and taste. They are supported by the French national education ministry and presided over by Jacques Puisais, who has been involved in educating children about food since the 1970s.

Fifteen or so round tables and workshops are organized around several questions: How to pass on good nutritional habits to young children, at school as well as at home? How to make children aware that cooking can also be a cultural exchange that encourages openness? How to decode advertising slogans? How can children express their tastes?

Researchers, teachers, pediatricians, psychologists, producers, child minders, journalists, cooks, doctors, canteens: people from many fields will join the discussions. The event is a unique forum for open dialogue between the intellectuals of gastronomy and its professionals.

The event is free subject to registration.

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Useful information
Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd November 2019

Villa Rabelais, 116 boulevard Béranger
37000 Tours
Amphithéâtre Thélème de la Faculté des Tanneurs