Lectures, Signings, and Events

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Photo by DavidFairchildStudios.com

I’m a journalist and author who has been involved in culinary history for a few decades, and I have lectured at venues ranging from the National Arts Club in New York and the Tryon Palace Museum in North Carolina to a historic speakeasy in Venice, California and a tiki bar in Alameda. Among the talks I present on the topic of food in flight are the following:

  • When Luxury Floated Through The Skies: Travel Aboard Zeppelins
  • Technology of Food in Flight, from the Hydrogen Balloon Era to the Concorde
  • Selling Seats With A Knife and Fork: Food in Airline Advertising
  • Great and Awful Moments in the History of Aerial Dining
  • From Tubes and Cubes to Space Espresso – Fine Dining Comes to Zero Gravity

Some of these talks can be combined to create fund-raisers, with food made from recipes published by airlines over the years. Other lectures can be also presented on request. If you’re interested in an appearance at your air or space enthusiast event, museum, or other venue, please feel free to contact me at richard@richardfoss.com.

The list below includes all my scheduled talks, not just the ones related to food in the air and space.

2014 Schedule

21 December – “When Luxury Floated Through The Skies” at the Pacific Palisades Library, Pacific Palisades, CA, 2 PM

2015 Schedule

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, Holiday Inn, Long Beach CA

27 January – “Technology of Food in Flight” lecture at Cal State Dominguez Hills, 10 AM

29 January – Book signing and talk at Pages Bookstore, Manhattan Beach, 6:30 PM

31 January – “Drinking With Jane Austen” lecture at Jane Austen Ball, Pasadena CA. More information at janeaustenevening.org

21-22 February – “Victorian Household Management and The Dickens Family Table” lecture given twice daily at the Riverside Dickens Festival, Riverside CA.

01 March – Participant in “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. Website at literaryorange.org.

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

22 September – “Pretzels to Prime Rib: History of Food In Flight” lecture at Flight Path Learning Center at LAX, El Segundo CA, 10 AM

05 December – “Prohibition in California” talk at The Townhouse, Venice CA, 7 PM