Eating with Hedonism or Morals?: Aesthetics & Ethics From Vegetarianism to Cannibalism


Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lector, especially the television incarnation, is an expert chef, serving food at the triple Michelin Star level. He is also the consummate villain of the modern age, and the dishes he creates are the height of evil. 

Join me for this talk on the difficult position we are put in by one of the most charismatic villains ever created as we look at vegetarianism, ethical farming, locally sourced foods, New York City restaurant culture, 19th century painting, and ultimately the relationship between our natural impulses toward hedonism and a love of beauty on the one side -- and our desire to live a good life on the other. 


Recommended reading from Penguin Press:

The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food by Dan Barber

Not since Michael Pollan has such a powerful storyteller emerged to reform American food.” —The Washington Post




Location: Blue Apron - Flatiron

40 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

"Blue Apron provides a lifestyle upgrade, granting subscribers access to well-balanced meals without the stress of meal planning. It's the joy of cooking distilled to its essence...Its team of recipe developers works with farms months in advance, creating a planting schedule that best suits their soil..." - Eater




Interdisciplinary Learning with the Best Professors


Think Olio is not about learning a new skill or adding credentials to your resume. It is about getting together with other people and expanding our worldview. It exists as a conduit for fruitful discussions, a dissent from the regurgitation of facts, and an embrace of new perspectives.


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Other upcoming Olios


Jun 19

The (Un)Enlightenment and What it Means to be Modern

Taught by Lev Moscow
7:30 p.m. at Living Room

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Jun 20

Believing is Seeing

Taught by Briana Toole
7:30 p.m. at Berg'n

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Jun 22

OlioHouse | Breaking Bread: An Olio Salon Dinner

Taught by Brian Lewis
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Jun 23

Female Power and Desire in Shakespeare after #MeToo

Taught by Christina Katopodis
1 p.m. at Threes Brewing // Greenpoint

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Jun 25

The Artist in an Alternative World

Taught by Ward Regan
7:30 p.m. at Nowadays

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Jun 25

OlioTour | Federal Hall & African Burial Ground

Taught by Jamie Warren
6 p.m. at Federal Hall

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Jun 26

Jun 27

The Long History of Selfie Culture

Taught by Ted Barrow
7 p.m. at Strand Bookstore

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Jun 29

OlioHouse | Happiness & Hedonism Weekend

Taught by Skye Cleary
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Jul 7

Museum Trip | 'The 80s Show' Private Tour

Taught by Charles Riley
2 p.m. at Nassau County Museum of Art

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Jul 13

OlioHouse | The Power of Ego, The Stillness of Spirit

Taught by Michael Haltenberger
2 p.m. at OlioHouse | Wassaic, NY

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Jul 25

Frida's Fragrance: Art, Scent, & Persona

Taught by Jessica Murphy
7:30 p.m. at The William Vale Hotel

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Sep 19

OlioTrip | Cienfuegos, Cuba

Taught by Teresita Levy
10 a.m. at Cienfuegos, Cuba

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