September 27, 2010
Read Enjoy And Discuss

This project is one of Food for Thought’s newest partners. Interested in becoming a partner? Submit an application by Sept. 30.

 Read   Enjoy  And  Discuss = A Community Reading Project
Funding for Steuben READ Express is provided by the Humanities Institute at Trine University and the Steuben County Community Foundation.

Our broad theme this year is food—in affiliation with a two-year Indiana Humanities Council program Food for Thought.

Selected texts: 

John Grisham’s Playing for Pizza, a fast-moving account of a failed NFL quarterback who goes to Italy to play American football and how he reacts to an entirely new culture (in which food and the companionship in the consumption thereof play a major part).

Bill Buford’s Heat:  the first half takes you behind the scenes in Mario Batali’s Babbo & shows you what it’s really like in the pressure-cooker kitchen of a major restaurant, while in the second half Buford pursues advanced studies in Italy with Batali’s expert teachers, from pasta chef to butcher.

All events are FREE (with the exception of the Nov. 6 dinner);  the public is invited to all!


Monday October 11   8PM
The Café, University Center, Trine University

“The Chemistry of Proper Pasta Preparation”
Dr. Allen Hersel, immediate past chair of Chemical Engineering, shares the long-guarded chemical (perhaps alchemical) lore which will help you to conjure up perfect pasta.

Saturday October 16  Halftime
Thunder vs. Alma in Zollner Stadium

“Passing for Pizza”
Enjoy the thrills as students go for distance in a pizza-passing contest for pizza prizes.  Guaranteed hand-tossed!

Monday October 25   7PM
Fabiani Theater, Trine University

“Chefs Panel on Heat
Culinary Institute of America-trained Chefs Jeff Dahms (Bon Appetit) & Chris Nixon (The Boathouse), Cordon Bleu-trained caterer Sherry Fulk, & Liat Peters of the First Family of food in Steuben Co.(Caruso’s) will pass judgment on the events in Mario Batali’s kitchen and on Buford’s advanced education in Italy.

Monday November 1   7PM
Fabiani Theater, Trine University

“A Quarterback Coach takes a look at Rick Dockery—and Italian Football—and Culture—and Food”
Thunder quarterback coach Dan Simrell, who coached the Bologna Warriors for two seasons, recounts his experiences in Italy & will tell us if Grisham got it right.

Saturday November 6   5:30PM
Fabiani Theater, Trine University

Big Night 
The luscious food film starring Tony Shaloub &  Stanley Tucci takes us not only into the difficult managerial side of surviving in the precarious restaurant business, but also into the kitchen and then to table for a magnificent banquet.

Tympano Dinner   7:30PM
The Café, Trine University

$12.99 per person;  tickets must be purchased in advance at Caruso’s or the Steuben County Community Foundation. 

Only 80  seats available.  Secure yours early.

Make yours a really big night by finishing it off with the main course from the film you have just enjoyed, a wonderful Italian concoction dramatically presented.  Prepared by Liat Peters of Caruso’s Catering.

Thursday November 18   7PM
Fabiani Theater, Trine University

“Can You Take the Heat?  A Food Entrepreneur Gives his Take on Heat & the Food Industry, from Fast Food to Upscale.”
Chairman, President, & CEO of Rhoads Holdings Ltd., Mitch Rhoads has an extensive background in the food industry, from corporate executive positions in Burger King & IHOP to proprietor of Le Peep Restaurants and a Honduran coffee plantation.

2010 Steuben READ Express Committee members:
Ben Christensen
Jeff Dahms
Sherry Fulk
Liat Peters
Karen Sanders
Anne Watkins 

The Board of the Humanities Institute:
Dr. Alan Hersel
Theresa Hornbacher
Dr. Dennis Petrie
Dr. Jeanine Samuelson
Dr. Tom Tierney
Dr. Bob Whelchel
Professor Justin Young

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