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Culinary Adventures





Culinary Adventures is an OLLI Special Interest Group (SIG) for those who share a mutual interest or curiosity about food and things culinary.

Culinary Adventures began with 20 OLLI members who formed a Food Group in fall 2009. Their goal was to learn something new about food while having a good time. Now there are 156 members, the name has changed to Culinary Adventures, and there have been more than 50 culinary-related events,     

Group Planning and Coordination
The SIG has a four-person steering committee. Each month a different member of the committee takes responsibility for planning and coordinating an adventure on a particular culinary-related topic.

Typical Activities
There's a mixture of monthly visits to ethnic restaurants, culinary-related talks, museum exhibits, tours, demonstrations, wine tastings, food banks, and classes. Here’s a venue sample from 2018-2019:

  • Sid Wainer & Son ~ Guided tour of specialty gourmet store & herb farm
  • Powisset Farm ~ Visit and cooking demo at CASA farm owned by The Trustees of Reservations
  • The Industry ~ Local fare restaurant
  • Jacob Worth ~ One last visit before the ole' establishment closed
  • Flaming Grill ~ Chinese, Japanese, American buffet
  • Belle Isle Seafood ~ Closest clam shack to Boston serving fresh local seafood.
  • UMass Club Boston ~ private university club stablished in 1970 
  • Hyannis Yacht Club ~ Captain's Table with great food and spectacular views of Lewis Bay
  • Noodle Barn & JP Seafood ~ Japanese food boxes and Vietnamese specialties

Membership and Attendance
Announcements of Culinary Adventures events come out monthly from the OLLI office. While the member list is large, 20-30 members typically attend each event. The week of the month and day vary, and events generally last about 2 ½ hours. Public transportation is almost always available. If not, car-pooling is arranged.

To learn more: Contact one of the members of the Steering Committee. They will be happy to talk with you.

To join us: Contact the OLLI office at 617.287.7312 or at

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