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Indian Cuisine with Simon Majumdar

Plants are intimately linked to our cultural identities and food traditions. Plants tell us where we are, and who we are in how we use them to feed ourselves. When we migrate, we carry our culture and cuisine with us. In this virtual series, renowned chefs, culinary historians, and authors from cultures around the world discuss how plants shaped their foodways.

Indian food is as varied as the country is vast and reflects ageless cultural exchange. Different parts of plants from leaves, seeds, nuts, bark, and of course, the fruits and vegetables they produce provide deep, complex flavor and seasoning in Indian Cuisine. Simon Majumdar will explain the importance plants have on forming Indian culture and the reflection it has on the food.

Participants are invited to join the Conservatory’s free watch party 6-8pm, please select this option when registering. There will be a social hour as well as light refreshments and cash bar.


This class is part of a virtual series titled “Plants, Cuisine and Culture” created in partnership with Chicago Botanic Garden, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden, and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden.

Simon Majumdar Simon Majumdar is a broadcaster, food writer, speaker, author, and cook who has dedicated the second half of his time on this planet to fulfill his ambition to “Go Everywhere, Eat Everything.” He’s written three books and is the creator, writer, and host of the food history podcast, "Eat My Globe: Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Foo

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can register for these classes?

Organized by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Missouri Botanical Garden and Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, registration for these classes is open to anyone.

Do I need to register for all of the classes in the series?

No. While this is a connected series, registration is separate for each individual class. You can register for one class, all classes in the series, or any number in between. Each individual class is $12, $10 for members

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Are these classes virtual?

These are lecture-style classes that registrants will join virtually; however, the Conservatory will host a free watch party for each class for anyone who selects the option during registration. The watch party will include a social hour, light refreshments, and a cash bar. 

Please indicate if you’d like to attend the watch party when registering. Participants are still welcome to enjoy the series from their homes if they prefer.