Museum offers Natural History of Food Series


CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Museum of Natural History will begin the Natural History of Food Series Nov. 8 at the museum. A reception will start at 6:30 p.m., with dinner at 8 p.m.

The evening will provide an exploration of the natural history and cultural influences of the cranberry.

The cranberry is one of only three commercially grown fruits native to North America.

Derrick Marsh and Phil D’Angelo, team leaders in the produce department at Whole Foods Market Cedar Center, will discuss the natural history of this little red fruit.

Guest chef Bob Sferra, owner of Bob Sferra Culinary Occasions, will then create a seven-course dinner that highlights the cranberry’s culinary versatility.

Sferra and wine purveyor Mary Lapham will provide commentary on each course and its complementary wine.

The remaining three dinners of the series are History of Chocolate, Feb. 7, 2009; Natural History of Spices, April 18, and Natural History of Peppers, June 20.


The cost of single evening tickets is $150 per person; all four evenings is $500 per person.

To make reservations call 216-231-1177 or register online at

Seating is limited to 100 per evening.

Notification of any food allergies or dietary restrictions can be made when making reservations. If registering online, type your restrictions in the comments box during check out.

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