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Passport Series Ventures to Black Sea

January 11, 2012 – The “Passport to the World” series ventures to the Black Sea Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Author Sharon Hudgins will present “The Black Sea as a Culinary and Cultural Crossroads” from noon-1:30 in room H227 at Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Hudgins is a former university professor who is also an award-winning author and journalist.  As a writer for several publications in the United States and Europe, she has published more than 700 articles about food, travel, and cultures around the world.

Since 1997 she has been the food columnist for German Life magazine and since 2007 the food editor of "European Traveler" website. Her most recent book is The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East and she is currently writing a Russian cookbook.

Hudgins has also been a lecturer on several international tours offered by National Geographic Expeditions, Lindblad Expeditions, Silversea Cruises, Road Scholar, University of Maryland, Austin College, and other organizations. In 2010, she led a Road Scholar tour around the Black Sea, from Turkey to Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria.

Her illustrated lecture about the Black Sea will include a history of the many people who have lived around its shores, from ancient times to the present, with a focus on how those different people and cultures have influenced the foods eaten in that part of the world today. A selection of typical Black Sea regional foods will also be served.

All “Passport to the World” events are free and open to the public.

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