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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.
Being half-Austrian and half-American, Chris has lived, worked and studied in the US and Austria. He feels himself truly at home in countries, but Vienna has never really let go of him and he has spent most of his life in this city. He spends his professional life as an economics lecturer at Webster Private University Vienna, where he has also had a 16-year stint as Department Head for Business and Management. However, he also has a passion for history and food, which first found an outlet in History of Economics and has since transitioned to Culinary History. In Chris' current seminars, he covers social aspects of European culinary traditions (with focus on Roman, Medieval and Baroque times) and cooks authentic period recipes with his students. This love for history has also turned him into an aspiring historical fiction writer, and he has just completed a novel set in 17th-century Austria. Having grown up with Vienna's history, stories and folk tales and having walked its streets for decades, Chris has explored every nook and cranny and enthuasiastically shares this love with visitors.
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