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Swedish culinary archaeologist offering brunch

Daniel Serra, a culinary archaeologist from Sweden, will be in New York Mills to prepare a unique community brunch Saturday, Oct. 6. (Submitted photo)

Daniel Serra, a culinary archaeologist from Sweden, will be in New York Mills for a very unique community brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6.

Serra travels to archaeological dig sites where he explores old cooking sites to discover what our ancestors were eating. He analyzes the remains of meals and food remnants left in kitchen vessels, then re-creates recipes based on this very minimal evidence.

The Viking Age, between 793 - 1066 AD, is Serra's main interest, and he has published a cookbook, "An Early Meal: A Viking Age Cookbook and Culinary Odyssey," in which readers learn what was prepared and eaten during that time. His new book, focusing on foods of Medieval Scandinavian cuisine, will be published soon.

Serra will be cooking three dishes for all to sample on Oct. 6 at the New York Mills Senior Center in. Local citizens will be adding their own history to this event by bringing ethnic dishes of their own to share. There will be dishes from Poland, Finland, Germany and more. The public is also invited (but not required) to bring a dish to share at this event that celebrates all cultures and the foods of our heritage.

Serra is one of the Scandinavian artists the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is sponsoring as part of a three-year grant they have received. He is stopping in New York Mills thanks to Viking Connection (www.vikingconnection.org), a program of the Historical Society of Clay County. The Cultural Center is pleased to host Serra in New York Mills as he tours throughout the Midwest.

This "Tantalizing Taste of the Past" is open to all, though space is limited. The Senior Center will do its best to make room for all who are interested. A freewill offering will be collected to help offset expenses. Call the Cultural Center at 218-385-3339 or visit kulcher.org for further information.

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