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Thanksgiving food and feasts

2011-10-13

Queen’s University English professor Heather Evans is available to speak about the history of the Thanksgiving meal and the cultural significance of feasting.

“As Canadians gather together this weekend to share roast turkey with gravy, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie, we’re also initiating a long festive season during which we obsess over food, unearth family recipes, shop, cook, eat, and diet,” says Dr. Evans. “Ritualized feasting allows us to step away from our day-to-day eating patterns and food concerns and helps to reinforce the relationships and social status of individuals, families, and communities.”

Dr. Evans is an expert in food history, food writing and gastronomy. She is available for phone interviews only.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Christina Archibald at 613-533-2877 or Christina.Archibald@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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