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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Famous female poisoners the topic of Beacon Salon Speaker Series talk

Noted food author Sarah Lohman will explore the roles of historical female poisoners at Beacon College’s Salon Speaker Series at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Venetian Center in Leesburg.

Beacon salon seriesWhen love goes wrong, out comes the Victorian obsession with female poisoners. Delicate and seductive, these ladies made headlines in the age of yellow journalism for killing their lovers with poisoned food. Come hear their stories.

The event is free and a boxed meal is provided. Registration is requested at https://secure.qgiv.com/for/slfh/event/853115/

Lohman is originally from Hinckley, Ohio where she began working in a museum at the age of 16, cooking historical food over a wood-burning stove. She graduated with a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2005. For her undergraduate thesis, she opened a temporary restaurant/installation that reinterpreted food of the Colonial era for a modern audience. Lohman moved to New York City in 2006 and worked as Video Producer for New York magazine’s food blog, “Grub Street.” She chronicled her personal explorations in culinary history on her blog, “Four Pounds Flour,” from 2008-2018.

Lohman’s first book, “Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine,” was released by Simon & Schuster in December 2016. She is currently based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. Over her career, Lohman’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, as well as on “All Things Considered,” CNN, Gimlet Media, and NHK Japan. She appeared in two seasons of The Cooking Channel’s “Food: Fact or Fiction.”

Formerly the Curator of Food Programming at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, she currently works with institutions around the country to create public programs focused on food. She has presented at The New York Public Library, the Museum of Science (Boston) and the Smithsonian Museum of American History to name a few. Her current book project, Endangered Eating: Exploring America’s Vanishing Cuisine will be released by W.W. Norton & Co. in January 2023.

In its sixth year, the Beacon Salon Speaker Series at Beacon College is the school’s flagship community education outreach program. The Speaker Series brings in speakers, educators, authors, and entertainers from Florida and around the country to educate, edify, and entertain by exploring Florida history, waxing poetic, delving into popular culture and clenching the polictical third rail. Channeling its ethos from the Parisian salons of the Enlightenment, the Speaker Series honors the college’s sacrosanct duty as an institution of higher learning to uplift the community in which it operates, spark engagement, and sow seeds of conversation and discovery.


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