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Six@Six: Student Series- King Solomon's Kitchen
Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center
Covington, KY
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Monday Oct 27, 2014 6:00 PM - Monday Oct 27, 2014 7:00 PM | Free - $6.00


Six@Six: Student Series- King Solomon's Kitchen
Presenter: Katherine Crawford-Lackey
graduate student, public history

Monday, October 27, 2014
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center

Lecture Description

King Solomon's vast, biblical empire mixed cultures and religions. With that came diverse influences on the king's kitchen. Over the centuries, the Near East has remained a cultural crossroads, continuously influenced by new people and new rulers. Katherine Crawford-Lackey will explore the impact of man and nature on the region's culinary diversity. She will begin with King Solomon, progress through Greek and Roman rule up through the Ottoman Empire, and conclude with the comparatively recent formation of the state of Israel, which married Arab and Jewish dishes. You'll gain a deeper understanding of how the cuisine in this region became diverse while simultaneously retaining a degree of homogeneity.

Katherine Crawford-Lackey
Raised in Columbus, Ohio, all Katherine Crawford-Lackey wanted to do was travel; she had big dreams for college.  Allured by Middle Eastern history and culture, she applied to the American University in Cairo, Egypt.  Her parents did not share her enthusiasm for an overseas adventure and insisted she stay State-side for her undergraduate career.  She reluctantly put her travel plans on hold and accepted a scholarship to the University of Cincinnati where she double-majored in history and anthropology.

Katherine cannot exactly pin-point where her interest in Middle Eastern originated.  Born Catholic, she was raised in a Jewish community and became fascinated by the culture and customs of her neighbors.  She spent much of her final two years as an undergraduate at the American Jewish Archives in Clifton, Ohio researching Jewish immigration and the affect assimilation has on individual as well as communal Jewish identity.    

Towards graduation Katherine ironically met and fell in love with an Israeli.  For the past two and a half years he has introduced her to a variety of foreign dishes, from Kibbeh to Kanafeh.            

In January 2013, Katherine accepted into Northern Kentucky University's Public History Master's Program.  Her primary focus is undergraduate education.  Upon graduation she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in Near Eastern and Graduate Studies at Brandeis University in Boston.


Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center (View)
620 Greenup Street
Covington, KY 41011
United States



Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!