The Latin/Greek Institute continues to host fundraising events for our scholarship funds.

These fundraising efforts are in part to publicize the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Grant awarded to the Latin/Greek Institute that enables students from all backgrounds to attend.

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Photo by Nikias Painter - Marie-Lan Nguyen

Photo by Nikias Painter – Marie-Lan Nguyen

Tastings From the Text

September 18, 2019
7–9 p.m.

The Home of Jon and Cindy Calder, Brooklyn Heights, New York

Join us for an evening of tasting dishes inspired by the literature of ancient Greece and brought to life by classicist and chef Mary Jean McNamara. Wine pairings will be offered alongside the food of Homeric heroes and ancient doctors. As we nurture our palates and imaginations, Professor Brian Sowers will present an accessible talk entitled “From Ancient Letters to Instagram: How Cuisine in Social Media Feeds Friendships.”


  • Suggested donation: $75; current students $30
  • To make a tax-deductible donation online, visit our Donate page.

About the Latin/Greek Institute

This event is held in support of the Latin/Greek Institute, a beyond-the-intensive summer language program that offers more than two years of college-level training in Latin or Greek in a single summer. It is ideally situated to help level the playing field for students of diverse backgrounds. One hundred percent of donations will benefit the LGI’s scholarships fund, which provides tuition fellowships to students who would otherwise be unable to afford the program.


Stationary Food
  • Pear, Pomegranate, and Apple Relish (Odyssey 7)
  • Thracian Cole Slaw (Adapted from Mneshitheus, medical writer from the fourth century BCE)
  • Sicilian Cave Cheese With Olive Bread (Odyssey 9)
  • Figs and Walnuts (Athenaeus, Deipnosophistae, 2)
Passed Hors d’Oeuvres
  • Roasted Lamb With Barley Bread (Iliad 9)
  • Corn and Pomegranate Cakes (Homeric Hymn to Demeter)
  • Toronaean Tuna With Cumin-Coriander Sauce (Archestratus, fourth century BCE)
  • Sesame-Seed Honeycakes (Galen, On the Properties of Foods)
  • Almond Itria (“Itria” is defined as “presents; nibbles, biscuity shapes” in Hesychius’s Dictionary)
Rome: Port of Call

Rome: Port of Call

Rome: Port of Call

October 3, 2018

6–8 p.m.
Midtown Manhattan

All are welcome.

Suggested Donation

  • $75
  • $30 (current students)

One hundred percent of donations for this event will benefit our scholarships fund. Make a tax-free donation to support student scholarships.


Wine pairings will be curated by Alex Conison, Ph.D. in ancient history and brand manager of Josh Cellars, Deutsch Family Wine and Spirits.

Hor d’Oeuvres
  • Tuna Steak With Herbs
  • Roasted Lamb With Dried Dates
  • Sea Bream in Coriander Crust
  • Glazed Shrimp
  • Columella Salad
  • Olive Relish
  • Moretum Pizzette
  • Pickled Vegetables
  • Figs and Almonds
  • Cheesecake With Blackberry Sauce
  • Honey Cake With Quince
Tastes of Ancient Rome

Tastes of Ancient Rome

Tastes of Ancient Rome

A benefit to support student scholarships at the Latin/Greek Institute. The future of the study of Latin and Greek lies in creating opportunities for students who are eager to devote themselves to the classical languages but who do not have the financial means to do so.

September 27, 2017

6–8 p.m.
Midtown Manhattan

All are welcome.


Wine Pairings

Alex Conison began doing marketing in the wine and spirits industry in 2012 and is the brand manager of Josh Cellars at Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits. He holds advanced certification from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust and earned a Ph.D. in Greek and Roman history from the University of Michigan in 2012. His dissertation focused on the economics and organization of the Roman wine trade.

Hors d’ouevres Inspired by Ancient Roman Cuisine

Catering by Mary Jean McNamara, who completed the basic Greek program in 2001. She studied Thucydides while trying to stay above water in the program. Recently she earned her M.A. in classics from the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is currently a doctoral student. Her interests include Athenian citizenship and Latin pastoral poetry. In addition to studying Greek and Latin, she has worked as a chef in both restaurants and private residences.

Sample menu items include:

  • Grilled flatbreads with moretum and mushrooms
  • Lupini bean salad with farro and goat cheese
  • Toasted wheat bread with pecorino and Ligurian honey
  • Grilled shrimp with olives and chickpeas on rustic bread
  • Polenta cake with fig and apple compote
  • Quinces poached in falernian wine

Suggested Donation

  • $75
  • $25 (current students)

Make a tax-free donation to support student scholarships today!

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