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The Regent's Banquet, Brighton, 18 January 1817, was served by "Celebrity Chef" Antonin Carême (1784-1833)

see also
Festival Foods
Aztec Feasts

Category: Social events
List of festivals
List of festivals in the United States
Liturgical year
Moveable feast

In the News . . .

  • Albala, Ken. The Banquet: Dining in the Great Courts of Late Renaissance Europe. The University of Illinois, 2007.

  • Ancient Sorcerer's "Wake" Was First Feast for the Dead? -- National Geographic News (30 August 2010)

  • Baker, James W., and Peter J. Gomes. Thanksgiving: The Biography of an American Holiday. New Hampshire, 2009.

  • Blow out! History's 10 greatest banquets -- The Independent (10 February 2007)
  • Bray, Tamara L. The Archaeology and Politics of Food and Feasting in Early States and Empires. Springer, 2003.

  • "The Coronation Ox," Ch. 6 of Bringéus, Nils-Arvid. Man, Food and Milieu: A Swedish Approach to Food Ethnology. Tuckwell, 2001.

  • Dietler, Michael and Brian Hayden (Eds.). Feasts: Archaeological and Ethnographic Pespectives on Food, Politics, and Power. University Alabama Press, 2010.

  • First Clear Evidence of Organized Feasting by Early Humans -- ScienceDaily (30 August 2010)

  • Fraser, Evan D.G., and Andrew Rimas. Empires of Food: Feast, Famine, and the Rise and Fall of Civilizations. NY: Free Press, 2010.

  • Lia, Kari (Producer), & Lia, K. (Director). (2009). Mexico. [Video/DVD] BBC Worldwide. Retrieved from

    Directed by Kari Lia, Narrated by Stefan Gates, Produced by Kari Lia, In Feasts, 3 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2009) 52 minutes

    Stefan goes on a wild emotional and spiritual rollercoaster ride, starting with a teenage girl’s bizarre coming-of-age ceremony and ending with the Day of the Dead, a cacophonous cross-cultural festival of the senses during which Mexicans truly believe that their loved ones come back from the dead for three days every year to spend the day with them. In Oaxaca, he is dressed up as a dead woman and made to dance like a lunatic at the head of a procession as it makes its way through town. He is turned into an emotional wreck at the moment the dead return, bursting into tears as Dias de los Muertos makes him experience grief and loss for the first time. But then in the next breath, the family Stefan is living with teach him to celebrate and laugh at death. They turn his views on their head, allowing him to embrace and conquer his fear of death through an extraordinary sensual onslaught of food, flowers, songs and smells. The sight of the graveyards overflowing with flowers and mescal-drinking revellers is a truly life-changing experience.

  • Naccarato, Peter, and Kathleen LeBesco. Culinary Capital. Bloomsbury/Berg, 2012.

  • O'Connor, Kaori. The Never-Ending Feast: The Archaeology and Anthropology of Feasting. Bloomsbury/Berg, 2013.

  • Sutton, David E. Remembrance of Repasts: An Anthropology of Food and Memory. Bloomsbury/Berg, 2001.

  • Toussaint-Samat, Maguelonne. A History of Food. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons/Blackwell 2009.

  • Wiessner, Polly, and Wulf Schiefenhövel, (Eds.). Food and the Status Quest: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. Anthropology of Food & Nutrition Series. NY: Berghahn, 1996.

The Banquet of the Monarchs, ca. 1579, by Alonzo Sanchez Coello: ‘high food culture’ in the middle ages. Photograph: Album/Alamy

How early humans' quest for food stoked the flames of evolution -- The Guardian (07 March 2021)

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