“A History of Connecticut Food and American Eating”: A savory evening with UB’s Eric Lehman and Amy Nawrocki at the Wilton Historical Society on November 15

University of Bridgeport English Department professors and food authors Eric D. Lehman and Amy Nawrocki will speak about the history of American eating and Connecticut food at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 15, at the Wilton Historical Society, 244 Danbury Road, Wilton.

Lehman and Nawrocki are co-authors of the books A History of Connecticut Food and A History of Connecticut Wine.

They will tell stories behind nearly four centuries of American eating and drinking—the choice of crops cultivated, livestock raised, and seafood that has formed what’s become distinctive New England and Connecticut cuisine. They’ll also shed light on the emergence of wine production in Connecticut.

“Connecticut has such a fascinating history in terms of food and wine,” says Nawrocki. “It’s remarkable how much the wine industry has taken off in Connecticut in the last five or ten years. That has a lot to do with the Winery Act, which was passed in Connecticut in 1978 and gave landowners permission to make wine.”

Nawrocki and Lehman also will speak at 6 p.m., Friday, December 7, at the Fairfield University Downtown Bookstore, 1499 Old Post Road, Fairfield, and on an upcoming Faith Middleton Show.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu