Lectures, Signings, and Classes
Visitors from my other sites (rumhistory.com and airfoodhistory.com) please note that I’ve consolidated my various schedules here in one place to make it easier to maintain. If you are interested in booking an event, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 January – “Dickens, Queen Victoria, and California Christmas Celebrations” at the Banning Museum, Wilmington CA (Membership event)
24 January – Presentation on the history of food in flight at the Airline Symposium in Huntington Beach (corporate event)
27 January – Host at “The Thoughtful Feast” Global Burns Night at Redbird in Los Angeles, 7 PM
28 January – “Food and Drink at Shakespeare’s Table” at the Washington Irving Branch Library, Los Angeles, 11:30 AM
01 February – “The Elizabethan Mind” at the Westwood Public Library, Westwood CA, 6:30 PM
09 February – “History of Dining in LA’s Beach Cities” at the Hermosa Beach Historical Society, 7 PM
20 February – “History of Drinking in Los Angeles” talk for Historical Society of Crescenta Vallley at Center for Spiritual Living., 7 PM
22 February – Host and Speaker at The Thoughtful Feast “Spirit of Old California” dinner. Sausal Restaurant, El Segundo CA. Info HERE.
05 March – Host and Speaker at The Thoughtful Feast “Lost Basque Cuisine of Los Angeles” dinner, A Basque Kitchen, Redondo Beach CA.
25 March – “Cooking and Dining in Victorian Southern California” at Rancho Los Cerritos Historic Site, Long Beach CA, 10 AM
18 April – “Food, Drink, and Manners at Shakespeare’s Table” at the Claremont Public Library, Claremont CA, 6:30 PM
11 August – “How Prohibition Changed America” at Society of Wine Educators Conference, Portland OR. (Exact time TBA)
08 October – “Drinking With Jane Austen” at Jane Austen Society of North America General Meeting, Newport Beach, CA.
16 January – “From Tubes and Cubes to Space Espresso” for Culinary Historians of San Diego, Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego, 10:30 AM.
05 February – History of Food in Flight presentation for Zodiac Aerospace (corporate presentation).
12 February – “Seven Gifts From LA Kitchens To The World” talk at Joslyn Center, Manhattan Beach, CA, 10 AM.
27-28 February – “Rum, Gin, and Other Spirits in Victorian England: Celebration and Abuse” at the Riverside Dickens Festival, Riverside CA.
15 March – “Seven Gifts From LA Kitchens To The World” at the Claremont Public Library, Claremont, CA, 6:30 PM.
16 March – “The Victorian English Diet” talk at the Pasadena Village Club, Pasadena CA, 3 PM.
30 April – “Victorian-Era Cooking in Southern California” talk at Workman Temple Homestead Victorian Fair, City of Industry CA. 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, and 4:30 PM.
01 May – “History of Food in Flight” talk for Delta Pioneers, Marina del Rey CA.
11 June – “Great and Awful Moments in the History of Aerial Dining” at the William Allen Theater, Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, 2 PM.
12 June – “From Tubes and Cubes to Space Espresso” at the William Allen Theater, Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington, 2 PM.
13 June – “Myths, Mysteries, and Misconceptions From The World of Rum” at La Isla, Ballard WA, 6:30 PM. More information and tickets are HERE.
18 June – “Food, Drink, and Manners at Shakespeare’s Table” for Culinary Historians of San Diego, Neil Morgan Auditorium, San Diego, 10:30 AM. Talk is in conjunction with a display of an original First Folio of Shakespeare’s plays.
23 July – “Seven Gifts From LA Kitchens to the World” presentation at Topanga Library, Topanga CA. 2 PM
15 August – “Myths, Mysteries, and Misconceptions About Rum” at Westbound in Los Angeles. Includes cocktails, food, and lecture – tickets at the Museum of the American Cocktail website.
18-20 August – “How Prohibition Changed America And Spawned The Tiki Movement” at Tiki Oasis, San Diego
21 August – Live radio interview with Flavors radio show on KSCO, also a podcast at FlavorIsEverything.com
10 September – “Victorian-era Food in Southern California” at the Banning House Museum, San Pedro CA, 10 AM. (Private event)
01 December – Introduce and host a Thoughtful Feast event: “A California Whiskey Dinner” at 1212 Restaurant in Santa Monica. 6:30 PM
04 December – “Victorian Food in Southern California” at the Workman-Temple Homestead Museum – 3 talks, Noon, 2 PM, and 4 PM.
07 December – “The Victorian English Diet” at Palos Verdes Peninsula Village, 11 AM
08 December – “The Elizabethan Mind: What Shakespeare’s Audiences Knew” lecture at the Pacoima Branch Library, 6:30 PM
17 December – “Victorian Cooking in Southern California” at the Pacific Palisades Library, 2 PM.
17 January – “From Tubes and Cubes to Space Espresso” lecture for OASIS (Organization for Space Industrialization and Settlement), A-Man Science Discovery & Learning Center, 101 South La Brea, Inglewood, 3:30 PM
24 January – Book signing at LAX Airline Expo, Long Beach CA
27 January – “Technology of Food in Flight” lecture at Cal State Dominguez Hills, 10 AM
31 January – “Drinking With Jane Austen” lecture at Jane Austen Ball, Pasadena CA. More information at janeaustenevening.org
01 February – “History of Tea” lecture for the Victorian Tea & Dance Society, Pasadena, CA
21-22 February – “Lady Clutterbuck and The Dickens Family Table” lecture given twice daily at the Riverside Dickens Festival, Riverside CA. (10:15 am and 4:15 pm.)
01 March – Panelist on “World Of Longbourne” program at the Santa Monica Public Library, 2 PM
09 April – “Drinking With Jane Austen” program at the Bay Shore Library, Long Beach CA 6:30 PM
11 April – Moderator for food writing panel at Literary Orange festival, Irvine, CA. Website at literaryorange.org.
21 April – “When Luxury Floated Through The Skies” program for Del Amo Flyers. Torrance CA
03 June – “When Luxury Floated Through The Skies” program for OLLI Institute, Cal State University Dominguez Hills, Carson CA
06 June – “Seven Gifts from LA Kitchens to the World” lecture at Japanese American National Museum, 100 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles CA, 2 PM
07 June – Appearance at Author Fair, El Segundo, CA Public Library, 1 PM
08 June – “Seven Gifts From LA Kitchens To The World” lecture at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, 2 PM
09 June – “Myths, Mysteries, and Misconceptions about Rum” at Hey 19 Restaurant, 4525 Calle Mayor, Torrance CA, 6:30 PM. Dinner and cocktails $45. Reservations at 310-378-8119.
13 June – “From Tubes and Cubes To Space Espresso” lecture for Culinary Historians of Southern California, Los Angeles Downtown Central Library, 10:30 AM.
25 June – “Seven Gifts From LA Kitchens to the World” at the Alma Reaves Woods -Watts Branch Library, Los Angeles, 3:30 PM.
03 July – Conduct Los Angeles food history tour for Chinese business group.
06 August – Panels and programs at Farm To Table International Symposium, New Orleans, LA
14 August – “Myths, Mysteries, and Misconceptions from the World of Rum” talk at Tiki Oasis, San Diego, CA. More information on this three-day extravaganza is at their website.
19 August – “Drinking With Jane Austen” talk at Westwood Public Library, Los Angeles, CA, 6:30 PM.
29 August – “Seven Gifts From LA Kitchens To The World” lecture at the Venice Public Library, Venice CA, 11:30 AM.
01 September – “Manners and Ritual at the World’s Tables” for OLLI Institute at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA 10 AM
17 September – “Tasting The Past: Challenges in Culinary History” lecture at the North Hollywood Regional Library, North Hollywood CA, 6 PM.
22 September – “Technology Of Inflight Dining” lecture at Flight Path Museum, El Segundo, CA 10 AM
17 October – “Imbibing LA” lecture for “L.A. As Subject” symposium, Doheny Memorial Library, USC Campus, Los Angeles. 4:15 PM.
22 October – “From Tubes and Cubes To Space Espresso” lecture for Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society, 6012 Tyrone Ave, Van Nuys CA, 8 PM. Open to the public, talk follows short meeting.
24 October – Interview about history of food in flight on So Cal Restaurant Show with Andy Harris, KLAA Los Angeles, 11 AM.
05 November – “Seven Gifts From LA Kitchens” lecture for Las Vecinas Club, Palos Verdes Estates, CA, 1:30 PM
12 November – “From Tubes and Cubes To Space Espresso” presentation for SpaceX Speakers Series, SpaceX Headquarters, Hawthorne CA.(Not open to public.)
03 December – “History of Food in Flight” lecture at Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, New Zealand. More information HERE.
09 December – “Drinking With Jane Austen” lecture sponsored by the Wagga Wagga City Theatre, Wagga Wagga, Australia – More information HERE.
12 December – “Drinking With Jane Austen” talk for Jane Austen Society of Australia, 99 On York Conference Centre, Sydney AU.
16 December – “Drinking With Charles Dickens” talk at the Westwood Public Library, 6:30 PM.
19 December – “Imbibing LA” talk at Pacific Palisades Public Library, 2 PM.
Past events – 2014
22 January – “Dining At Shakespeare’s Table” lecture at Lifelong Learning Institute – Carson, CA.
30 January – “Challenges In Culinary History” lecture at California State University, Dominguez Hills CA.
22-23 February – “Dining in Dickens’ Era” lectures twice daily at Riverside Dickens Festival in downtown Riverside, CA.
22 March – “Drinking With Jane Austen” at the Jane Austen Tea, Yorba Linda Public Library, Yorba Linda CA.
03-04 May – Talks on Rum, Victorian Libations, and the 19th Century English Diet at Gaslight Gathering, Town and Country Hotel, San Diego CA.
20 June – Shakespearean Culture evening at the Altadena Library – Wren plays Elizabethan music, followed by Richard Foss lecturing on Elizabethan food and drink.
02-04 August – Panels and programs at Farm To Table Conference, New Orleans, LA
17 August – “Challenges of Culinary History” lecture at San Pedro, CA Public Library, 2 PM
18 August – “Dry With A Twist: How Prohibition Changed America” lecture – Museum of the American Cocktail event at Roxanne’s in Long Beach, CA, 6:30 PM. Information at cocktailmuseum.org.
10 September – “Challenges and Rewards of Culinary History” lecture at Cal State Dominguez Hills, 10 AM
17 September – “Cuisine in the Ancient World” lecture at Vermont Square Library, Los Angeles. 4 PM
18 September – “Drinking With Jane Austen” lecture at Claremont Public Library, Claremont CA. 7 PM.
20 September – “How Prohibition Changed America” Lecture for Culinary Historians of San Diego at San Diego Central Library, 10:30 AM.
15 October – “American Fermented: The History of Alcohol in Colonial America” lecture at Sherman Oaks Public Library, Sherman Oaks CA. 6:30 PM
20 October – “Diet That Built Western Civilization” at Venice Public Library, Venice CA.
21 October – “Food and Culture of Shakespeare’s England” at Granada Hills Public Library, 6:30 PM
22 October – “How Prohibition Changed America” lecture at Sherman Oaks Public Library, 6:30 PM
22 November – “Rum Master” at the Stroke Recovery Center Benefit, Riviera Hotel, Palm Springs, CA
05 December – How Prohibition Changed America” Repeal Day celebration at Del Monte Speakeasy, Venica CA, 7 PM. Whole pig roast, live jazz quartet.
06 December – “Dickensian Feasts and the Victorian Diet” lecture at the Torrance Public Library, 1 PM
15 December – “Festive Libations of Dickens’ Era” at the Venice Abbot Kinney Library, 6:30 PM
20 December – “Dining Aboard Zeppelins” lecture for Culinary Historians of Southern California, Pacific Palisades Library, CA
21 December – “Dickensian Feasts and the Victorian Diet” lecture at the San Pedro Library, 2 PM
Past events – 2013
31 January – Omnilore Lecture at Palos Verdes Country Club – “Challenges in Culinary History” – 12 Noon –
01-02 February – Two daily lectures on “Dickens Favorite Punch and the Libations of His Times” at the Riverside Dickens Festival -1 PM ad 4 PM.
26 February-19 March – 500 Years of American Food classes at Osher Institute – UCLA Extension – Tuesdays at 1 PM.
16 March – “How Prohibition Changed America” lecture at the Torrance Public Library, 3301 Torrance Boulevard. No charge, begins at 2 PM.
20 April – “How Prohibition Changed America” lecture at the Pacific Palisades Public Library, 861 Alma Real Drive. No charge, begins at 2 PM.
07 June – “Los Angeles Culinary Traditions” lecture at Joslyn Center, 1601 N. Valley Drive, Manhattan Beach, as part of Osher Lifelong Learning’s program. Lecture begins 10 AM, free admission.
17 June – “How Prohibition Changed America” lecture at Forbidden Island, 1304 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda, CA. Begins 7 PM, followed by a rum tasting. Free admission.
19 June – “Culinary Culture of Spain” lecture at the Yorba Linda Public Library’s “Reading Is Delicious” event (also featuring flamenco dancers and guitarists). 7 PM, 18181 Imperial Highway, Yorba Linda, begins 7 PM, free admission.
22 June – “How Prohibition Changed America” lecture at the Big Bear Library, Big Bear, CA. Lecture begins 1 PM, free admission.
25 July – Lecture on Culinary History of Los Angeles, Torrance Public Library, 3301 Torance Blvd. No charge, begins at 7PM
03 August – Moderator on “Food and Cultural Identity” and “Farm to Table Restaurants” panels at 1st Annual Farm to Table Conference, New Orleans.
10 September – OLLI Lecture at Carson Community Center – History of Spanish Cuisine.
12 September – OLLI Lecture at Cal State University Dominguez Hills – Flavors Of The Past – Challenges In Culinary History.
17 September – OLLI Lecture in Torrance – How Prohibition Changed America.
28 September – ((Minneapolis lecture canceled, sorry.))
01 November – History of Spanish Cuisine lecture at Altadena Library, 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena. Tapas served, live flamenco music and dance performance.
21 December – Raising A Glass With Charles Dickens – Lecture on Victorian drinks, with an emphasis on those mentioned in Dickens’ work. Pacific Palisades Public Library, 861 Alma Real Drive. No charge, begins at 2 PM.
Past events – 2012
03 May – Rum book debut and signing at Pages Bookstore, Manhattan Beach CA. 7 PM
10 May – Dining With Shakespeare lecture and Elizabethan tavern dinner at South Bay School of Cooking, Redondo Beach CA.
26 May – Lecture: ”American Fermented: Five Alcoholic Beverages in American History.” Torrance Public Library, 3301 Torrance Boulevard, Torrance CA. 2:00 PM.
14 June – Colonial American Cooking lecture and 18th Century American dinner at South Bay School of Cooking in Redondo Beach, CA. Guest lecturer Simon Spalding will explain cooking in period kitchens and play 18th century favorites on fiddle.
24 June – Lecture: “Reflections on Rum, Spirit of the Cane” for the Culinary Historians of Washington DC. Bethesda/Chevy Chase Services Center, Bethesda MD, 2:30 PM http://www.chowdc.org/
25 June – Edible Conversations program at the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City, 7 PM.
Title: A Drinkable Conversation: Vodka and Rum
Description: For the past four centuries, spirits have played crucial roles in American and world history. Three authors of recently published books will tell the tales of how rum and vodka have changed history and will discuss the importance of these beverages today. Speakers are Patricia Herlihy, Professor Emeritus of History, Brown University, and author of Vodka: A Global History, and Richard Foss, teaches Culinary History at Osher Institute/UCLA Extension, and author of Rum: A Global History. Moderated by Andrew F. Smith. Cost: $64.29, including a four course tasting menu inspired by the books, beverages and copies of both of the authors’ books. To register: www.vodkaginrum.eventbrite.com
26 June – Culinary history program at the New School in New York City, 6 PM.
26 June – Lecture for National Arts Club: ”Drinking With Jane Austen,” at National Arts Club, New York City, 8 PM http://www.nationalartsclub.org
11 July – Book signing at Smuggler’s Cove Rum Bar, San Francisco – 650 Gough Street, 6 to 8 PM.
12 July – Lecture for the Culinary Historians of Northern California at Omnivore Books in San Francisco, 6 PM – Reflections on Rum
13 August- Lecture at Big Bear Library, CA: “What Shakespeare Left Out: The Elizabethan Mind,” 7 PM
08 September – Lecture for Culinary Historians of Southern California, Los Angeles Central Library, 10:30 AM.
27 October – Lecture at Tryon Palace, New Bern North Carolina: “Drinking With Jane Austen,” 2 PM
28 October – Lecture at the Main Library, Wilmington NC: “Reflections on Rum, Spirit of the Cane” 2 PM
02 November – Lecture at The History Place, 1008 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC. “Reflections on Rum, Spirit of the Cane” 7 PM.
03 November – Lecture at Tryon Palace, New Bern North Carolina: “American Fermented,” 2 PM.
28 November – Lecture at Manhattan Beach Public Library – “Drinking With Jane Austen.” 7 PM.
Richard Foss is an instructor for the Osher Institute/UCLA Extension program, where he teaches the following classes:
“American Fermented” five-session in depth class on the history of American attitudes to alcohol.
“What Shakespeare Left Out”
This class is not about Shakespeare’s plays, it is about his audiences. What did they know that modern audiences don’t, and what was daily life like in their society? We will cover the philosophy of their time, the nature of their class structure and economy, the justice system, and other topics, and how these were reflected in the plays of Shakespeare and his contemporaries.
“Culinary History – An Overview”
How have people’s diets changed through history, and how have their attitudes to food affected their culture and religion? This class will look at the spread of ideas about food and drink around the globe, the ways that the quest for spices and food supplies have motivated exploration and conquest, and the exotic roots of what we consider everyday dishes. Each session will have 90 minutes in a classroom setting, then we will adjourn to a restaurant for an authentic traditional meal with explanations and commentary from the chef, owner, or an expert in the cuisine.
“500 Years of American Food”
How has the American diet changed, and what factors led it to evolve? This class will study the cultural impacts of waves of immigration, technology of cooking and food preservation, changes in cost of transportation, food fads, and other elements that led to changes from 1600 to the present day. The final session will explore how American food is likely to change in the coming century.