Monday, April 27, 2020

Calendar of virtual food history talks

The Calendar will continue in a very limited form, since I must cut back on the long hours I have spent on it the last three years.
There have been over 4,500 virtual food history talks, demos and tours by museums, historical associations, small businesses, groups, and others.

Some months during the past three years had over 250 talks. About a fourth of the talks are taped and will continue to be freely available in the posts by topic/subject. If you know of any other talks, please use the "contact form" to the right. ENJOY!

2020 list of all past talks - taped & untaped HERE
2021 list of all past talks Jan-Feb HERE /t/ March HERE /t/ April HERE /t/ May HERE /t/ June HERE /t/ July & Au HERE /t/ Sept & Oct HERE /Nov & Dec HERE
2022 list of all past talks - taped & untaped Jan HERE / Feb HERE / Mar HERE / Apr HERE / May HERE / June HERE / July-Aug HERE / Sept-Oct HERE / Nv-De HERE
2023 list of all past talks - taped/untaped Jan-Feb HERE / Mar-May HERE / June- HERE

African American /// Alcohol, Prohibition /// Art / Barns, farms /// Bees / Bread, flour, salt, horno /// British // Chinese /// Chocolate /// Cookbooks, Manuscripts // Cows / Dining out /// Family Recipes / Farms // Fish /// Food aid /// Foraging // Gardens, Farms /// German /// Halloween / Hearth cooking, ovens /// Holiday Christmas /// Holiday Easter Eggs /// Holidays Nv // Home Ec / Ice Harvesting /// Indigenous /// Insects / Irish /// Italian /// Jewish // Korean /// Maple Sugar // Maryland / Medical /// Medieval foods, gardens // Mexican //Mills // Rationing // Rumford // Scotland // Tea // Women authors

DECEMBER EVENTS -- Eastern time zone.

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20 talks/ month

Dec 5 Tue 6:30 Holiday Traditions & Treats Around the World. AARP HERE

Dec 6 Wed 2:30 From peace to pigs in blankets: the British Christmas from 1945 onwards. Dr Annie Gray. The National Archives UK £15 tape for 2 days HERE

Dec 6 Wed 3-4:30 All Nature's Face, is dug, pitch'd up & tore': The Loyalist Environmental Imagination from Occupied New York City. “occupying army, “…nothing escaped their hands, and in the course of six weeks not a lamb, nor a calf, a duck, not a goose, a turkey, a pig, nor a dunghill fowl, was to be seen in the town; nor a potato, a turnip, nor a cabbage, in the fields.” Blake McGready. American Philosophical Society HERE

Dec 6 Wed 6 Creating Christmas. “how Christmas, a centuries old European celebration, became something uniquely American.” Mickey DiCamillo. Wharton Public Library HERE

Dec 6 Wed 7 Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State from Colonial Times to the Present. Glenn Knoblock. NH Humanities HERE

Dec 6 Wed 8 The Dane County Farmers’ Market Cookbook: History, Recipes and Stories. Terese Allen. CHEW Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin HERE TAPE may be HERE

Dec 7, 14, 21 Thu 2 History of Christmas Customs, Feasting and Food. “Christmas customs, traditions, myths, legends and fabulous food explored in a three-week course.” Paul Couchman - The Regency Cook £40-50 HERE

Dec 8 Fri 12:30 Dutch trade and credit in the Barbados Sugar Boom of the 17th Century. Joris van den Tol. Economic… IHR HERE

Dec 10 Sun 2 What Can We Learn from the Study of Food Words? Judith Tschann. CHoW Culinary Historians of Washington DC HERE

Dec 11 Mon 7 A History of the World in 10 Dinners: 2,000 Years, 100 Recipes. Jay Reifel author. Culinary Historians of Chicago . TAPE may be HERE

Dec 13 Wed 1 Anecdotes from the Archive including festive recollections of Christmas-time at Royal Worcester. Julia Letts. Museum of Royal Worcester UK HERE

Dec 14 Thu 8-8:45AM Revisualising Colonial Past in John Smith's Generall Historie of Virginia. Dr Rachel Winchcombe. John Rylands Research Institute and Library UK HERE

Dec 14 Thu 12:30 Recipes of Gendered Entanglements: Culinary Transformations in Princely Rampur. “Rampur...1774 evolved as a cultural centre of north Indian Muslim culture. An important aspect of this cultural transformation was the curation of a ‘haute’ cuisine…” Tarana Husain Khan. Food History Seminar IHR HERE

Dec 14 Thur 2:30-3:45 The Welsh Community in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, circa 1860-1914 “which attracted hundreds of Welsh colliers as it grew as a coal mining town.” Glamorgan Family History Society HERE

Dec 14 Thu 5:30 Uncovering America's Victorian Era Holiday Celebrations. Becky Libourel Diamond. New York Adventure Club $10 tape one week HERE

Dec 18 Mon 1 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (and other deer) of the European Ice Age. “their distributions, diet, and how they were used by humans.” Dr Angharad Jones. Creswell Crags. Donation HERE

Dec 21 Thu 4 Trade Lists. When Two Worlds Met book series. Gail White Usher, Conversation Club. Stanley-Whitman House. CT HERE

Dec 24 Sun 11AM Jane Austen Mince Pie Bake-a-Long. “A Christmas Mince Pie class held online on Christmas Eve. Bake-Along or watch and enjoy the food & history.” Paul Couchman - The Regency Cook £20 HERE



Ice harvesting 1889 (click to enlarge)
During the past three years I have written many posts highlighting subjects from the main calendar or related to the lockdown. Taped talks continue to be added to subject posts and eventually talks not taped will be deleted (except in Archives lists). Due to the ever increasing number of talks (over 200) each month, I have removed all the info and links from the end of this main post, perhaps make new post or add back when fewer talks.

Acorn Mush cooked in basket HERE
African American Foodways HERE
Alexis Soyer - more than just a celebrity chef HERE
Art and Food, Chinese porcelain HERE
Bank Barns, Pennsylvania Barns HERE
Bees and eating Insects HERE
Banqueting sweets for a Prince of Wales c1610 HERE
Bees and edible insects HERE
Being Human, humanities festival, UK HERE
Bread, flour, salt, ovens HERE
British Foodways HERE
Calendar of virtual talks... retrospective HERE
Canada - Food Day Canada - Aug. 1 HERE
Capitol in DC - Civil War bake ovens HERE eating, lodging HERE
Cattle, Dairy, Cheese, and Butchers virtual talks HERE
Chocolate HERE
Clarissa Dillon’s One Cool Colonial series (gardening, hearth cooking) HERE
Cookbooks, Manuscripts HERE
Cooking historically at home – online cooks’ sites, and recipes (ie Ben Franklin) links list HERE
Day of the Dead - Dia de MuertosHERE
Drink up! Taverns, Beer, Wine, Mead, Whiskey, Cocktails HERE
Dublin Gastronomy Symposium – 50 talks, papers, free HERE
Early lockdown virtual food history talks retrospective & tapes HERE
Edible England - national festival and UK talks 2021 HERE
Family Recipes and Traditions post HERE
Farm fences – Stone walls, Hedgerows, Waddle fences HERE
Fishing, River restoration, Seafood, Roman Fish Sauce talks HERE
Food aid. Feeding the poor and needy. HERE
Foraging HERE
German foodways - in Germany and US HERE
Glass bee hives 1772, 1828 ... and 1650s. HERE
Halloween - Snap-apple, snapdragon, turnip lanterns, Colcannon Night, (Soule) Cake Night and Day of the Dead HERE
Hearth cooking, ovens demonstrations HERE
Holiday: Christmas HERE
Holiday: Day of the Dead HERE
Holiday: Easter Eggs & Hot Cross Buns HERE
Holiday: Fat Tuesday - Pancake Day, Doughnut/Kinkling Day HERE
Holidays: Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Stir-up Sunday HERE
Holiday: Twelfth Night HERE
Holiday: Washington’s Birthday Wash. Cake, Wash. Pie HERE
Home Economics HERE
Ice Cream Freezing Pots, Sorbetieres, Ice Cream Makers & Freezers from 1751 to 1916 HERE
Ice Harvesting film clips start 1898, taped talks, images HERE
Ideas for pair-ups museums and local businesses HERE
Indigenous Foodways HERE
Irish food, famine, and drinks talks and tapes HERE
Isotopes - From bones to diet to migration HERE Italian foodways in Italy and America talks HERE
Jewish Foodways HERE
JSTOR free - scholarly journals, ebooks, images HERE
Korean foodways HERE
Manuscripts: Medical, Manuscript Cookbooks Survey HERE
Manuscripts: Medieval, Renaissance HERE
Maple Sugaring HERE
Maryland HERE
Medical and culinary manuscripts HERE
Medieval foods, manuscripts, gardens HERE
Mexican foodways HERE
Mills HERE
Mustard seeds and vinegar makers in 1765 HERE
Oral history project on foodways during quarantine HERE
Ovens demonstrations HERE
Peat harvesting HERE
Prohibition HERE
Quarantine sign 1911 “Notice to Milkman! HERE
Rations and rationing HERE
Restaurants, Diners, Fast food, Street food, Picnics, Trains and TavernsHERE
Salt production in Adobe ovens pictures, Bread, flour, salt HERE
Scotland HERE
Sourdough Library - Puratos World Heritage Sourdough Library in Belgium HERE
Transcribing manuscript recipes – volunteer! HERE
Victory and War Gardens, Plants, Farms HERE
Women cookbook authors talks HERE

Flour barrels rolled down stairs to Civil War bake ovens in US Capitol 1862
2020 HERE and 2021 HERE

©2023 Patricia Bixler Reber
Researching Food History HOME


  1. Thank you for these wonderful resources.

  2. Pat, Thank you so much for keeping this list of wonderful presentations up to date. You are the greatest!

  3. Thank you SO much for this list! I've been checking out this list every few weeks for months now and it's always a delight to see an interesting event coming up. It's often the highlight of my day.

  4. Amazing! Thank you so much! John Ota.

  5. I did this tour when I was in Paris last year and it was FABULOUS! Wear comfortable walking shoes. " Food Tour: The Belly of Paris. “Les Halles, home to one of the best market streets of Paris. Built in the 1100’s… Stohrer, including the macarons, the oldest pastry shop of Paris, a place opened in 1730 where the baba au rhum were invented…” Heygo HERE"