The Romans were never regarded as a “naval power” though that didn’t stop them from capturing the territories around the Mediterranean over a span of some three-hundred years. They had to learn to become masters of the sea to defeat the Carthaginians in the Punic Wars, to pull in the Greek territories, and to vanquish so-called traitors in Egypt. As Rome grew from upstart Republic to Europe’s first global Empire, its navy helped to encircle the Mediterranean with the Roman eagle — some even refer to the Mediterranean as “the Roman Lake.” The Romans, however, called it Mare Nostrum, or “Our Sea” in Latin. This sometimes tempestuous body of water was the heart and highway of the Roman Empire for some 500 years, with ships criss-crossing the waves with spices, wine, oil, slaves, books, and even religion and politics. Even today, some two-thousand years on, we can still feel the waves of this trade lapping the shores of those former Roman provinces: Spain, France, Italy, the Balkan states, Greece, the Levant, and north Africa. The cuisines and culture of these places are directly tied to Mare Nostrum.
It is with this notion in mind, that we are collaborating with Amilinda to offer a dinner which celebrates the cuisine from these old Roman shoreline provinces. Our chefs will present modern interpretations of ancient dishes with a wine pairing.
And while we know the food and drink will be wonderful, we also have a higher purpose in mind for this dinner event: a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Malta-based organization MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) which assists floundering migrant vessels in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas. #SafeAndLegalRoutes #MareNostrum
“Our Sea: Cuisine Inspired by Mediterranean Rome” will be held at Amilinda (315 E. Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee, WI) on the evening of Sunday 24 September, 2017. The dinner is five courses + dessert and wine pairings for $85 per person. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to MOAS. Seating for this event is limited. Please click the “Buy Now” button below to reserve your seat today!