Armchair Travel Lecture: Mara Papatheodorou

"Fun, Facts & Folklore: Cuisine and Culture of French Polynesia"

Join Mara Papatheodorou, a former travel editor at Bon Appétit and culinary expert, on a virtual journey to French Polynesia, in celebration of SBMA’s upcoming tour there. Learn all about Tahitian culture and cuisine, tastes and traditions, fact and folklore. A popular guest lecturer, commentator, panelist/judge, and presenter about food, travel, and entertaining, Papatheodorou promises to transport guests across the Pacific Ocean to the islands of French Polynesia to explore its rich culinary history and culture.

As a 12-year Contributing Editor at Bon Appétit magazine, Mara scouted and produced the Entertaining with Style section that highlighted how real people entertain around the country and the world. She also was editor of their annual international editions. She contributes to National Geographic Traveler magazine and is the author of the coffee table book Moments in Time, The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa.

Mara lectures regularly about the history of cuisine and culture and consults for and travels on a number of cruise lines. As contributing editor for Regent Seven Seas Cruises, she wrote and created the Sail, Sip & Savor series, which educates travelers about the distinct flavors and flair of each destination. She is also the Culinary Specialist for travel company Destinations & Adventures International, where she cultivates and designs food & wine experiences.

Before Bon Appétit, Mara lived in London for twelve years and was a columnist and editorial producer for the European edition of W and Harpers & Queen. She attended UCLA, University of Paris La Sorbonne and La Varenne Cooking School where her food and travel adventures began. She is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and the International Association of Culinary Professionals.

SBMA Travel’s armchair lecture series takes you on a trip to otherworldly destinations, all from your armchair on a Sunday afternoon. We have a robust Museum Travel program to all corners of the world, and our Armchair Travel series brings those travels to you.
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