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A Taste of Slovenia: Sylvia gave a talk on Slovenian food and wine, providing a very useful overview of the culinary regions, key characteristics of the food and cuisine and sources for cooking books and ideas for travel in the country. We were also delighted to be joined by the Slovenian Ambassador, Tadej Rupei, who provided an introduction.
Sylvia P. Onusic, PhD, CNS, LDN, has lectured on Slovenian Traditional Foods at national conferences and for various groups across the country. Her paternal grandfather and grandmother were born in Slovenia, in the Lož Valley, near the Castle Sneznik. Based on her doctoral work on the health status of Slovene Americans, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Slovenia and later worked six years for the Minister of Health in Ljubljana. During that time, she traveled extensively throughout Slovenia. On the weekends, her family “lived local” at a country home in the village of Kozarišče, near the Castle Sneznik. She holds a BS in Home Economics Education, and a PhD in Public Health Education. She is a certified nutrition specialist, CNS, and licensed dietitian-nutritionist LDN. Her research and teaching focus is traditional foods.