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 Masters 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.
Miriam has her roots in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany's leading wine land, and has been a wine lover since the first drop. She studied translation and interpreting in Cologne, but pursued continual development in the specialist fields of wine-growing/wine, including creation and translation of websites and advertising texts for the wine industry. Now based in Vienna, the world's only wine-growing metropolis, she is a leader of guided wine-tastings in multiple languages at the premises of renowned producers and has trained and received certification at the Weinakademie (Austrian Wine Academy). She has enthusiasm and passion for helping visitors to experience some true Viennese “Gemütlichkeit” at a Heurigen restaurant over a glass of typical Viennese wine and to feel how wine is regarded not only as an important economical factor for the country, but also as part of the cultural heritage and something inseparable from Vienna.
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