Delights of Portugal: From Art Tiles to ‘Pão de Ló’ Sponge Cake


Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Time: 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 
Location: Zoom and West Campus, Communications Center (Building 5, Room 156) 

You’re invited to travel to Portugal with Professor of Portuguese Richard Sansone and his students as they explore the coastal town of Ovar, known as a living museum of decorative tiles called “azulejos.” The guide on the voyage will be local graphic artist Maria Almeida whose passion for art and history will bring the presentation to life as participants visit homes, public buildings and churches all covered in these beautiful ceramics — an art form handed down from the Moors who occupied the Iberian Peninsula from 711-1492.

The iconically Portuguese blue and white “azulejos” represent Portuguese culture throughout the world, and Maria will delve into their past. She will also visit a local pastry shop where students will learn how a local baker makes a sponge cake typical of Ovar named “Pão de Ló.”

If you have the opportunity to join the Zoom event from the West Campus Communications Center, you will be able to taste the delicious “Pão de Ló” and other delights created by our friends at our local Brazilian bakery Pão Gostoso.

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