Public Meetings

The public is invited to join us for presentations on the 3rd Saturday of most months, starting at 10.30am.  The meetings are held in the Neil Morgan Auditorium at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Boulevard, 92101. 

Upcoming Public Meetings  Subject to change without notice

  • ​Sept. 21 - "Feasting and Fasting Along Morocco's Kasbah Trail" - Kitty Morse
  • Oct. 19 - "What's So Controversial about GMO Foods?" - John T. Lang
  • ​Nov. 16 - "From Chuck Wagons to Food Trucks" - Richard Foss
  • Jan. 18, 2020 - "The History of Chinese Food in America" - Yong Chen
  • Feb. 15 - "The History of French Bread" - Jim Chevallier
  • Mar. 21 - "Jamming Through the Ages" - Christina Holder
  • Apr. 18 - "Our Daily Bread: Food in Western Christianity" - Rev. Sharon Sheffield
  • May 16 - "Tasty, Tasty Ox Heads; Or, How We Invented The Backyard Barbecue" - Charles Perry
  • June 20 - TBD
  • Sept. 19 - TBD
  • Oct. 17 - TBD
  • Nov. 21 - "The History of Rum" - Richard Foss


Previous Presentations  

  • The History & Science of Kimchi - June 15, 2019 -  Hae Jung Cho
  • Bloody  Food Rackets — 1930s New York" May 18, 2019 - Andrew Coe
  • Wine & Power, 8500 Years Ago - April 20, 2019 - Barbara Baxter
  • Craft Beer & Spirits: American Origin & Evolution - Mar. 16, 2019 - Yuseff Cherney
  • Cuisine of Azerbaijan: History and Diversity - Feb. 16, 2019 - Feride Buyuran
  • Out in Paris Before Restaurants - Jan 19, 2019 - Jim Chevallier
  • ​Dickens, Queen Victoria, and Christmas in 19th Century California - Richard Foss
  • Ninety Years of San Diego Tiki - Sept. 15, 2018 - Martin Lindsay
  • ​Seven Days in the Valle de Guadalupe... All in an Hour - June 16, 2018 -
    ​W. Scott Koenig & Michael Gardiner

  • History of the Wedding Cake - May 19, 2018 - Jill O'Connor
  • San Diego Wine Country - April 21, 2018 - Richard Carrico
  • Cuban Cuisine and Culture - ​March 17, 2018 - Richard Feinberg
  • Baking Powder Wars - Feb. 17, 2018 - Linda Civitello
  • Tagines and Couscous: A History - Jan. 20, 2018 - Kitty Morse
  • ​Culinary Herbs and Spices for Health & Healing - Nov. 18, 2017 - Vicky Newman
  • Chop Suey: A Culinary History of Chinese Food - Sept. 16, 2017 - Andrew Coe
  • Circumventing Prohibition - June 17, 2017 - Ernest Miller
  • From Iron Horse to Iron Chef - ​May 20, 2017 - Betty Fussell
  • A Square Meal: Dining During the Great Depression - Andrew Coe
  • Jail House Cuisine - Mar. 18, 2017 - Louise Mathews
  • Not for You - Feb. 18, 2017 - Nandita Godbole
  • On the Chocolate Trail - Jan. 21, 2017 - Debbie Prinz
  • The Edible Gold Rush - Nov. 19, 2016 - Ernest Miller
  • What is an Aphrodisiac Food? - Oct. 15, 2016 - Amy Reilly
  • Native Food vs. Conquistidor - Sept. 17, 2016 - Linda Civitello
  • Beef Stew for 2500 - Rudy Shappee - July 17, 2016 (at Coronado Library)
  • Dining at Shakespeare's Table - Richard Foss - June 18, 2016
  • Wines of the Valle de Guadalupe - Ray Magnusson - May 21, 2016
  • Flowers – Kitty Morse and Nan Sterman - Apr. 16, 2016 
  • Beef Stew for 2500 People – Rudy Shappee - Mar. 19, 2016
  • Chili, Chilies, and Hot Sauce – Ernest Miller - Feb. 20, 2016
  • Dining In Zero Gravity – Richard Foss​​ - Jan. 16, 2016
  • Sustainable Seas – Andrew Spurgin – Oct. 2015
  • Kosher Fusion – Michael Gardiner – Sept. 2015
  • California Olive Oil:  The Next Gold Rush – Mary Platis and Laura Bashar – May 2015
  • Japanese Cuisine (Washoku) & Table Etiquette – Mineko Moreno – Apr. 2015
  • Food Stories from India – Prem Kishore – Mar.  2015
  • The Rise, Decline and Rise of Food Preservation – Ernest Miller – Jan.  2015
  • The History of Cheesecake – George Geary – Nov. 2014
  • Sushi: Past, Present, Future – Mineko Moreno & Judi Strada – Oct. 2014
  • How Prohibition Changed America – Richard Foss – Sept. 2014
  • From Postum to Food Porn – Betty Fussell – June 2014
  • Art and Chocolate – Will Gustwiller – May 2014
  • Fresh from the Baja – Chef Deb Schneider – Apr. 2014
  • The Story of SoFab – Philip Dobard – Mar.  2014
  • 5000 Years of Tea – Russ Graf – Feb.  2014
  • A Taste of the Kasbah – Kitty Morse – Jan.  2014
  • Cookbooks and the Women Who Wrote Them – Arlyn Hackett – Nov. 2013
  • Cheese Through Time and Space –Andrew Spurgin – Oct.  2013
  • History of San Diego’s Tuna Industry – Kenny Alameda – May 2013