Festive Viennese Spirit
Warm Up with Sweet Treats
Katerina Nussdorfer, born Pejovska, has lived in Vienna for 7 years. Originally from Macedonia, she has lived in the USA and England and has been teaching English for 15 years. She has two Master's degrees (English/Literature and International Economics) and has also studied on a full scholarship at Roosevelt University in Chicago, majoring in Liberal and Performing Arts. Her constant obsession with everything food, since as early as she can remember, has led her to pursue a doctoral degree in the anthropology of food, more specifically food as ethnic identity in North American 21st-century immigrant memoirs, which she is currently finishing at the University of Vienna. She continues to actively present papers on food-related topics at numerous academic conferences and has contributed to several edited volumes of food encyclopedias and reference book. Her areas of expertise include (national) meal cultures, food, diaspora and ethnicity, food in literature, street food, culinary nostalgia, food and tourism, food and technology, and of course, Austrian and Macedonian food. Her (food) interests include Jewish food, American foodways, food memoirs, the ethnography of food, food fads, the symbolism of food in religion, the semiotics of food, and the work of Joe Bastianich.
Born in Innsbruck, Regine is a trained historian and art historian with a degree in diplomatic studies. She has worked for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vienna, for the United Nations in Vienna and in Tanzania, East Africa, as well as a lecturer for and as the head of the tourism department at the Divine World University in Madang, Papua New Guinea. About 10 years ago, she settled in Vienna and took up work as a history and art history lecturer, tour designer and licensed guide for different river boat companies. In 2015, she self-published her first book with the title “Maria Theresa of Austria: Full-Blooded Politician, Devoted Wife & Mother-to-All”. Having grown up with a father who was a conservator and specialist in Dutch paintings of the 17th century, she loves sharing her passion for the fine arts in all museums of Vienna. Another of her specialties is to introduce her guests to the architectural beauties of downtown Vienna, with its grand, sometimes hidden, always fascinating features, and to make the spirit of the Viennese lifestyle palpable for the traveler.
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