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Brightwater FREE Community Class: Ancient Greek Feast | Oct. 11


Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food will be offering a FREE community class titled Ancient Greek Feast, hosted by NWACC Professor Dr. Sevin Gallo and Brightwater Chef Aria Kagan. This class is the beginning of a series of affordable monthly community classes to be offered by Brightwater.

  • When: October 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Where: Brightwater facility’s culinary theater on 8th Street Market. 
    Address: 801 SE 8th St #71, Bentonville, Ark.
  • Cost: FREE

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Dr. Sevin Gallo and Chef Aria Kagan will take a deep and delicious dive into ancient Greece. Dr. Gallo will kick off the Ancient Greek Feast community class by sharing wild stories about Greek culture, the Symposium and the ancient art of feasting. In the Greek tradition of community and conversation, Aria and Sevin will share a Greek table filled with small plates (Meze) of vibrant food. No alcohol will be served.

NWACC Professor Sevin Gallo and Brightwater Chef Aria


About Dr. Gallo: 
Dr. Gallo is a professor of world history at NWACC. She teaches history through the lens of food for the NWACC Honors Program. Her classes meet at Brightwater: A Center for the Study of Food and at local restaurants. In these non-traditional environments, students examine different historical processes while considering how food systems and food culture shape the human experience.

Sevin has a Ph.D. in modern Middle East/world history from the University of Akron in Ohio. Her research focuses on gender, nationalism, popular culture and state-formation in the Kurdish regions of the Middle East---particularly Turkey. She also does comparative research and teaches the history of Latin America. She has a BA and MA in European history from Kent State University.  In addition to teaching world history, Sevin works as the Global Studies Associate of Arts degree coordinator at NWACC, and she leads study abroad programs focused on the Mediterranean World that travel to Greece, Turkey, Spain, and Morocco.


About Chef Aria: 
Aria began her culinary career at her parent’s restaurant at the age of 10. As her interest in cooking grew, so did her passion for farms and local ingredients. Her love for food led her to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. She also holds a holistic health coaching degree from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. Aria moved to Bentonville one year ago from Miami, Florida. She worked as a private chef for the last 15 years cooking and traveling with clients. She now teaches world cuisine at Brightwater and is excited to have the opportunity to teach the next generation of culinary professionals.