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Charcuterie and Cheese Class presented by Olsson’s manager, Michele

Event: Charcuterie and Cheese Class presented by Olsson’s manager, Michele

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Time: 6 – 7 pm

Venue: Zoom meeting

Cost: $50

RSVP to Mo Chen ’80 by October 1 for Zoom link and Olsson’s information

Minimum participants required: 6


Description of Event

This 45 min- 1 hour class will focus on the basics of charcuterie board making. Lead by the head cheese monger and manager from Olsson’s Fine foods, Michele, this class will take you through various cheeses, charcuterie items as well as accompaniments. Michele will also guide the class though any questions they have about cheese and she will give history and fun facts about cheeses.

This class is interactive and lead via Zoom. The class materials will be available for pick-up a few days before the class and will include pre- cut cheeses, sliced meats and other accompaniments including crackers, olives, fruit etc. Materials cannot be shipped. Princeton Delivery is available for $5 a kit in 08540 and 08542 and 08525

Michele will lead the class through making a charcuterie board that you can enjoy later (or during the class) with your favorite beverages.

The class is $50 a person and includes a Palm leave platter, (for $10 additional a wood cutting board will be included).

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Charcuterie and Cheese Class presented by Olsson’s manager, Michele ( Saturday, October 9, 2021 - 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM )
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Summer Wine Tasting

PA3 cordially invites you to a

Alternative Summer Wine Tasting

Saturday, June 26, 2021

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm.

Via Zoom


When choosing wines for summer barbecues, outdoor parties or impromptu picnics, it’s easy to fall into the habit of picking the same bottle over and over. But summer is a time for exploration. So to help spice things up, we’ve chosen our favorite summer wines from across France, Italy and Spain. These may not be the first bottles you think of, but these are delicious alternative summer wines you’re going to want to have on hand for refreshing sips with your friends and family.

Optional Cost: $72 plus tax for four bottles of wine plus a seminar with a certified sommelier and educator. It is not required to purchase the wines or buy all 4 bottles.  See below for cheese pairings.

For Zoom instructions, RSVP with affiliation by June 22nd to Mo Chen ’80 at


Wine Details

We have again arranged a wine tasting in partnership with Public Wines, 23 Witherspoon St. Our certified Sommelier and educator for the evening will be Sebastian Koncurat, who has 20 years of experience in the wine and culinary industries.

Click here for the description of the four summer wines and how to purchase them 

Please purchase or reserve wines by noon on Tuesday, June 22nd. This will help Public Wine order enough in advance.

Please note that if you buy 12 bottles or more, you can get a 15% discount by using promotional code PA3.

Public offers free delivery to the following zip codes: 08502, 08504, 08525, 08528, 08534, 08536,08540,08542,08553, and 08558. Promotional code: Freeship

If you live outside these zip codes, please order online or call and pick up at the store. If you have questions for Public Wine, please call 609 924 0750 and they will be happy to help you. Please mention PA3 wine tasting.


Olsson’s link for pairing cheese platter


Please note pick up dates when you check the link. If you have questions, please contact Michele at 609 924-2210 or

You can also buy the cheeses individually. Michele will be joining us for a few minutes to talk about the cheeses.

 Here is a quick list of the wine/cheese pairings:


Petit Basque - Sheep's Milk France - CHAN DE ROSAS DRY MOSCATEL 2016 - SIERRA DE MÁLAGA / SPAIN

St. Angel triple cream - Cow's milk from France - LES CHEMINS DE BASSAC L'INCANDESCENTE 2020 - LANGUEDOC / SOUTHERN FRANCE








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Appreciating the Dunhuang Buddhist Caves: Stories of Art, Religion, Politics, and People



A joint event by the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P) and the Princeton Area Alumni Association (PA3)


Dora Ching *11

Associate Director of the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University

Wednesday, June 23rd, 0830 pm EDT


Register in advance for this meeting:

Click here to register

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


We are delighted to host Princeton University’s Tang Center for East Asian Art Associate Director Dora C. Y. Ching *11 for a fascinating presentation of the Dunhuang Buddhist Caves on Wednesday June 23 at 8:30 PM EDT.  These Silk Road caves date from 400 - 1400 A.D. Dora's work has recently been published in a nine-volume set by Princeton University Press. Here is an excerpt from this amazing accomplishment: 
"Situated at the crossroads of the northern and southern routes of the ancient silk routes in western China, Dunhuang is one of the richest Buddhist sites in the world, with more than 500 richly decorated cave temples constructed between the fourth and fourteenth centuries. The sculptures, murals, portable paintings, and manuscripts found in the Mogao and Yulin Caves at Dunhuang represent every aspect of Buddhism. From its earliest construction to the present, this location has been visualized by many individuals, from the architects, builders, and artists who built the caves to twentieth-century explorers, photographers, and conservators, as well as contemporary artists." 


Speaker Profile

Ph.D., Princeton University, 2011

Dora Ching has been associate director of the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art(link is external) at Princeton University since 2002. She is a leading specialist in Chinese portraiture and the characteristics that distinguish this genre from its European and American counterparts. Before and during her time at the Tang Center she has been deeply engaged in book editing and publication, with more than a dozen books to her credit as coeditor or managing editor. She is the author of numerous published book chapters and articles and has co-curated three major museum exhibitions.

During her graduate years at Princeton, Ching served as research assistant at the National Palace Museum in Taipei and as an editor of the National Palace Museum Bulletin. She also worked at the Princeton University Art Museum on the exhibition The Embodied Image: Chinese Calligraphy from the John B. Elliott Collection. She held the Jane and Morgan Whitney Art History Fellowship at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, working on 19th- and 20th-century Chinese painting. The wide range of her research and study experience is reflected in the books she has worked on, from early Shang archaeology through family issues in Chinese art, calligraphy, and contemporary Chinese arts.

Selected Bibliography for A4P and PA3

 Agnew, Neville, Marcia Reed, and Tevvy Ball, eds. Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road. Los Angeles, CA: Getty Conservation Institute, 2016.

 Ching, Dora C.Y.,ed. Visualizing Dunhuang: Seeing, Studying, and Conserving the Caves. Princeton: P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University, in association with Princeton University Press, 2021.*          

Hansen, Valerie. The Silk Road: A New History. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.

 Hopkirk, Peter. Foreign Devils on the Silk Road: The Search for the Lost Cities and Treasures of Chinese Central Asia. London: Murray, 1980.

Rong Xinjiang. Eighteen Lectures on Dunhuang. Translated by Imre Galambos. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2013. 

 Whitfield, Susan. Silk, Slaves, and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road. Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2018.

Whitfield, Roderick, Susan Whitfield, and Neville Agnew. Cave Temples of Mogao at Dunhuang:

Art and History on the Silk Road. 2nd ed. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, 2015.


* Available from Princeton University Press 20% discount through 31 August 2021. Enter code FRDUN at checkout.


Dora C.Y. Ching                                                                                    2021-06-30




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June 2021 Propeller






Please Join Us with Cocktails & Hors d’oeuvres


7 P, EASTERN TIME (USA) -- TUESDAY, June 8th, 2021
“Vertical Urban Farming:  A Technological Solution to
Framing in the 21st Centure & Beyond”

Speaker: Paul P. G. Gautier

Director R&D, New Products and Systems Innovations,
Bowery Farming


Amid accelerating climate change, with global human population projected at 9 billion by 2050 --- 80% in urban areas --- achievement of food security has grown ever more urgent. To meet this demand, crop yields would need to go up by 60%, yet agricultural land is not expanding. Vertical urban farming, offers a solution, thanks to recent advances in Al, robotics & LEDs. With the potential to optimize: plant growth, crop yield, protein value, supply chains, market access, and land use with minimized disruption to native plants and animals, this technology has captured the attention of industrial, federal and private investors alike. Our speaker will discuss its history, current status of the technology; hydroponic, aquaponic & aeroponic techniques; and then delve into the industry's future challenges to increase: energy efficiency, crop diversity and nutritional value.


ZOOM LINK will be sent to the first 300 who register by June 6th at

NEXT PRINCETON PROPELLER: Tuesday, September 14th, 2021 (7 P)


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The Origins and Architectural Grandeur of Princeton’s Iconic Eating Clubs

The Origins and Architectural Grandeur of Princeton’s Iconic Eating Clubs

Date and time:  Friday, May 21, 2021 - 1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

A 2021 Princeton Virtual Reunions Event via Zoom

The fascinating evolution and architecture of the eating clubs, along with archival images and spectacular photos, will be presented by Clifford W. Zink, award-winning author of The Princeton Eating Clubs book* published in 2017. There will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Sponsored by the Alumni Council Committee on Princetoniana and Princeton Prospect Foundation.

*Available on Amazon, and the PU Store and Labyrinth Books in Princeton.


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