Monday, April 27, 2020

Calendar of virtual food history talks

There have been over 4,400 virtual food history talks, demos and tours by museums, historical associations, small businesses, groups, and others.

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!

ARCHIVE 2020 list of all past talks - taped & untaped HERE
ARCHIVE 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
ARCHIVE 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
ARCHIVE 2023 list of all past talks - taped/untaped Jan-Feb HERE

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

MARCH EVENTS -- Eastern time zone
80 / 70 start of month.

Links for new virtual talks are added as I find them, so keep checking back. Also added at end of my weekly blog posts.

***Please donate to the non-profits and support small businesses.***

Women cookbook authors upcoming and taped talks blog post HERE
Irish taped talks and writings post HERE

Mar 1 Wed 11-12:30 Champagne! A Sparkling History of French Bubbly. Edith de Belleville. New York Adventure Club. $10 1 wk replay HERE

Mar 1 Wed 1:45 The Earth Transformed – An Untold History. “how a changing climate has profoundly shaped human history.” Peter Frankopan author The Silk Roads. How To Academy £16.08 HERE

Mar 1 Wed 6 Ireland's Great Famine in Irish-American History: Memory and Meaning. Mary C. Kelly. Wiggin Memorial Library NH HERE

Mar 1 Wed 6-7:15 Umami Heroes: Soy Sauce, Miso, Koji & More. Japan's culinary heritage is built on a history of complex fermented ingredients. Matthew Card and April Dodd. Milk Street Live Online Cooking School HERE TAPE may be HERE

Mar 1 Wed 8 A Bit About Tea. “history, basic processes, facts and stories.” Char Thompson. Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin (CHEW) link HERE TAPE HERE

Mar 1 Wed 8-9:30 Maple Syrup: A History. Sarah Lohman. Brooklyn Brainery $10 HERE

Mar 2 Thu 11:30AM Julia Child. “French Chef to life in this portrayal, where Child discusses everything from her relationship with her husband to the mishaps of cooking on television.” Dr. Leslie Goddard. Niles-Maine District Library IL hybrid HERE

Mar 2 Fri 12 Lightning talks: Polish cookies (Gretchen Kurtz), American burgers (Danielle La Scala), and British eggs(Joel Mead). The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) HERE TAPES may be HERE

Mar 2 Thu 2:30 Histories in Homes: the development of the house from the medieval to modern. Ross Cook. Abbey Cwmhir Heritage Trust. Donation. HERE TAPE may be HERE

Mar 3&4 Fri/Sat From Table to Text: Borders and Boundaries in Food History. Conference. History Department, University of California at Santa Barbara. Schedule HERE Registration HERE

Mar 4 Sat 9pm Macau Food Tour. “journey through history through food.” Heygo HERE

Mar 5 Sun 1 Quesada: Cantabrian Food & Culture. Cheescake Spain. Heygo HERE

Mar 5 Sun 3 Talks with Desert Dames. “discussing some native ingredients and how to use them!” Les Dames d'Escoffier, Phoenix Chapter $25 HERE

Mar 5 Sun 5 Dinner with Socrates: Feasting in Ancient Greece. Francine Segan. Context Travel $26.50 with tape 30days HERE

Mar 6-7 M&T FIT Symposium. Various speakers ie. Dr. Paul Freedman on Cuisine as an Academic Subject, Johnson and Wales U, College of Food Innovation & Technology. Hybrid $50 HERE

Mar 6 Mon 11AM Chocolate: A Sweet and Bitter Tale. Michael Krondl. Context Travel $26.50 with tape 30days HERE

Mar 6 Mon 12 Mordechai the Villain: The Shocking Story Behind Drinking on Purim. origins of the custom to drink alcohol on Purim. Rabbi Ayalon Eliach. My Jewish Learning HERE TAPE HERE

Mar 6 Mon 1 Plant Hunting and Plant Transfers - The Early Passion for Plants. Toby Musgrave. The Gardens Trust £5 HERE

Mar 6 Mon 8-9:15 Food Porn: A History of Images in Cooking. Sarah Lohman. Brooklyn Brainery $10 HERE

Mar 7 Tue 5-6:30AM Garden Technology: Things ‘that noye Gardens’ – a History of Pest Control. Jill Francis. 6 talks in series. The Gardens Trust £5 HERE

Mar 7 Tue 6:30 America’s Breakfast Foods. Francine Segan. AARP not need to be member HERE

Mar 7 Tue 6:30-8 Myth of Milk as Superfood. “milk from the Stone Age peoples who domesticated cows, goats, and sheep to today’s troubled dairy industry.” Anne Mendelson author Milk: The Surprising Story of Milk Through the Ages (2008). Culinary Historians of New York $10 HERE

Mar 8 Wed 6 Can I Get You A Drink? Stories of Female Poisoners. Erin E. Moulton. Nesmith Library NH HERE

Mar 8 Wed 6:15 Northern Indigenous Food Ways: Learning Circle Series. Julian Napoleon. Farm to School BC Canada HERE

Mar 8 Wed 7 Croûte aux Champignons from the Swiss Canton Vaud. Chef Debra Pletscher. Swiss-American Society of Houston HERE

Mar 8 Wed 8:30 Drink Me, I’m Irish. “…Irish Whiskey different from bourbon or Scotch, …Irish ingredients into cocktails, including Bailey’s Irish Cream and Guinness Stout.” Tammy’s Tastings $19 HERE

Mar 9 Thu 12 American Bread Part III, the 20th Century. “Factory breads…first decades of the 20th century… today's artisan bread movement…immigrant breads -- bagels, "Jewish rye," and tortillas -- and I will touch on subsistence cornbreads -- but my focus for this talk is factory bread…” William Rubel. 0-$10 HERE

Mar 9 Thu 2 More than Parcels : Wartime Aid for Jews in Nazi-era Camps and Ghettos. Many speakers. The Wiener Holocaust Library HERE TAPE HERE

Mar 10 Fri 9AM The Prize Papers: a New Frontier in Global and Maritime History. The National Archives. Pay as can HERE

Mar 11 Sat 10:30-11:15AM History in the Kitchen. “Every 45-minute session spotlights a dish eaten by one of the following groups: the Mason family, people enslaved at Gunston Hall, and the white laborers, shopkeepers, and tenant farmers of Virginia.” Kids 10-18, adults. Gunston Hall HERE

Mar 11 Sat 12:30 Cooking the Incas menu, Guinea Pig. “ancient cooking techniques and learn the history behind this dish.” Heygo Food Academy. HERE

Mar 11 Sat 4 Chef Ericka Sanchez Shares Her Mexican Recipes. “and the stories behind them.” Ericka Sanchez. Los Angeles Public Library HERE

TIME CHANGE: Mar 12 Sun 2AM *** UK/Western Europe: Mar 26. so for two weeks, they are 4 hours ahead of Eastern, instead of 5

Mar 12 Sun 12 Edible Art! Sicilian Bread Workshop. “These ornate loaves are an important part of the altar traditionally made on St. Joseph's day in Sicilian culture.” Creative Edge Travel HERE

Mar 12 Sun 2 The Great Gelatin Revival. Savory Aspics, Jiggly Shots, and Outrageous Desserts. Ken Albala. CHOW Culinary Historians of Washington DC HERE TAPE HERE

Mar 13 Mon 1-2:30 Plant Hunting and Plant Transfers - Economic Botany and Plant Exchange. Toby Musgrave. The Gardens Trust £5 HERE

Mar 13 Mon 4pm London Windmills and Watermills “from ones which have been restored to those that exist as street names only.” Rob Smith, Footprints of London £10 HERE

Mar 13 Mon 7-9 Guns, Ships, and Cows: The Spanish in the American Revolution. From “1779-1782, Spanish rangers from the region around San Antonio herded more than 10,000 cows over 500 miles to Louisiana to help feed Spanish soldiers fighting the British” Dr. Richard Bell. Historic Annapolis. $15 tape for 2 wks HERE

Mar 13 Mon 8 The Multiple Heritages of Irish Soda Bread. Lucy Long. Chicago Foodways Roundtable. HERE TAPE HERE

Mar 14 Tue 6:00-7:30AM Garden Technology: A Glittering Tale - a History of the Glasshouse in Britain. James Rothwell. 6 talks in series. The Gardens Trust £5 HERE

Mar 14 Tue 1:30 The potato: emblem of modernity. “its connections to the advent of capitalism, and its nationalist power.” Rebecca Earle. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) HERE TAPES HERE

March 14 Tue 6:30 Sugar & Rum. Catherine Prescott, Mary Tsaltas-Ottomanelli. Keeler Tavern Museum. donation HERE TAPE may be HERE

Mar 14 Tue 8 5 Great Teas of Sri Lanka. “unique flavors of black teas grown in this tropical island country formerly known as Ceylon.” Bruce Richardson. $25 HERE

Mar 15 Wed 3:30 Gardens in the Age of Chivalry (Medieval). Michael Brown. Friends of St Peter's, Marefair HERE TAPE may be HERE or HERE

Mar 15 Wed 5:30 Amelia Simmons and America’s First Cookbook 1796. Pamela Cooley. Oneida County Historical Society NY HERE TAPE may be HERE

Mar 15 Wed 7 Crackers, Crepes, and Cheese: Jewish Culinary Traditions From Passover to Shavuot. Walnut Street Synagogue, Chelsea, MA HERE

Mar 16 Thur 12 Egyptian Bread Working Group. “to develop plausible Pharaonic recipes in a two-week push. We will be looking at images and discussing recipe approaches.” William Rubel HERE

Mar 16 Thur 4 The Journey for a Lost Oat. Pillas (pill-corn, naked oats) “Long-ago abandoned by farmers, but once significant in parts of Britain and Ireland and surviving in seedbanks, this little-known hulless oat…” Harriet Gendall. The Sheffield Wheat Experiment. HERE. Article by the speaker with pics HERE. Other videos and TAPE may be HERE

Mar 16 Thu 5 Seasonal Foraging: Part 1. Julieann Hartley. “easy-to-find, beneficial plants …in the spring.” Concord Food Co-op NH HERE

Mar 16 Thu 7 Women in the Trades. “women working in nearly every trade, owning businesses, running taverns, printing a newspaper, buying and selling goods, and engaging in all aspects of the colonial economy.” Teacher Institute of Colonial Williamsburg HERE

Mar 18 Sat 7-12AM North Africa and the Grain Supply of the city of Rome. “How Ancient North Africa got rich from supplying grain to the city of Rome.” Dr. Birgitta Hoffmann. MANCENT, The Manchester ContinuingEducationNetwork £35. 5 hours HERE

Mar 18 Sat 12:15 Sugar Bush and Maple Syrup Tour. “Sugar Bush at Agape Valley, located in the Niagara Peninsula near the village of Fonthill, Ontario.” Heygo HERE

Mar 19 Sun 4 Tea for Dummies. authors Lisa McDonald, Jill Rheinheimer. Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor Hybrid livestream HERE. livestream and TAPE may be HERE

Mar 20 Mon 1-2:30 Plant Hunting and Plant Transfers - Victorian Excesses. Toby Musgrave. The Gardens Trust £5 HERE

Mar 20 Mon 6:30 A Culinary History of Montgomery County, Maryland. authors Claudia Kousoulas, Ellen Letourneau. Kensington Park Library. HERE

Mar 21 Tue 6-7:30AM Garden Technology: From Scythes to Cyber – 190 Years of the Mower. Keith Wootton. The Gardens Trust £5 HERE

Mar 21 Tue 6:30-8 Fishtown, USA: The Rise of Fall of New York's Wholesale Fish Market. “From the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s… largest fish and seafood center in the US” Jonathan H. Rees author The Fulton Fish Market: A History. The Gotham Center for New York City History HERE

Mar 22 Wed 1 The Global Impact of Bees and Beekeepers. “ways in which honey bees, and the beekeepers that manage them, influence our world.” Mary Bammer. Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) [wildlife hospital in Lee County, FL] HERE

Mar 22 Wed 3 Bucket mill seeks twin! Conserving Finzean's Historic Water Mills. Sian Loftus. Aberdeen City Heritage Trust. £10 HERE

Mar 22 Wed 7 Maple, New Hampshire's Medicine of Connection. Damian Costello. Chocorua Lake Conservancy HERE or HERE

Mar 22 Wed 8:30 Ladies Sling the Booze. “golden age giants like Ada Coleman (head bartender at the Savoy in London), to wartime Bessie the Bartenders, to modern…” Tammy’s Tastings $19 HERE

Mar 23 Thu 1:30 Concealed from the eyes of the banquet’s guests: The ‘Officers of the Mouth’ at the court of Ercole II d’Este, Duke of Ferrara (1534–1559). Jorgina Català Jarque The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) HERE TAPES may be HERE

Mar 23 Thu 2:30 Eating Italian: the mystery of simplicity. Olga Cuckovic. City of Westminster Libraries & Archives UK HERE

Mar 23 Thu 3 The Impact of European Colonialism on Global Plant Redistribution. Bernd Lenzner. Linnean Society of London HERE

Mar 23 Thu 5 The Politics of Food, Then and Now. Chloe Sorvino, author of Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed, and the Fight for the Future of Meat. Alex Prud’homme, author of Dinner With The President: Food, Politics and the History of Breaking Bread at the White House. Marion Nestle, author of Slow Cooked, An Unexpected Life in Food Politics. Tanya Holland California Soul. NYU Libraries HERE

Mar 23 Thu 6:30 A Taste of Old Colony History: Soda Bread. Old Colony History Museum HERE

Mar 23 Thu 8pm Cooking Alla Guidia. “how the Jews changed Italian food” Benedetta Jasmine Guetta. Gordon Jewish Community Center HERE

Mar 24 Fri 9AM London in Five Dishes. Historical Discussion Group. “some iconic dishes and drinks that originated in this city” Shoe Lane Library HERE

Mar 24 Fri 12 How the Other Half Eats: The Untold Story of Food and inequality in America. Priya Fielding-Singh. Boston University Gastronomy Program. HERE

Mar 24 Fri 4 The Flavors of Italy: A Celebration of Food and Culture. Dr. Joseph Luzzi. Context Travel $26.50 with tape 30days HERE

Mar 25 Sat 10:15AM-12 The 1830 Beer House Act. “Act and its effect on Hertfordshire pubs.” Jon Mein. Hertfordshire Family History Society UK HERE

Mar 27 Wed 6 Dinner with the President: food, politics, and a history of breaking bread at the White House. author Alex Prud'homme. Mass. Historical Society hybrid HERE TAPE may be HERE

Mar 28 Tue 5-6:30AM Garden Technology: What Made our Gardens Grow? a History of Poo. David Marsh. 6 talks in series. The Gardens Trust £5 HERE

Mar 28 Tue 5-6:15 Montana Dreamin’: Booster Fantasy and Farm Building in the Twentieth-Century Homestead Boom. author Sara M. Gregg. Mass Historical Society. Hybrid HERE TAPE may be HERE

Mar 28 Tue 8 Five Great Teas of India. Bruce Richardson. Elmwood Inn Fine Teas $25 HERE

Mar 29 Wed 6:30 A Recipe For Success: Finding Women Through Community Cookbooks. Erin E. Moulton. Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library. HERE TAPE may be HERE

Mar 29 Mon 8 The Bloomsbury Book of Indian Cuisine. Colleen Taylor Sen. Culinary Historians of Chicago. HERE TAPES may be HERE

Mar 30 Thu 12:30 Wild Washoku: On traditional hunting-foraging Japanese recipes. Miguel Angel Pelayo Prieto. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) HERE TAPE may be HERE

Mar 30 Thu 2 Feeding the Poor and Feasting with the Wealthy. Paul Couchman - The Regency Cook £17.50 HERE

Mar 30 Thu 8 All About Mexican Candy. “From amaranth bars to creamy confections and spicy chamoys, the evolution of candies in Mexico…” Maite Gomez-Rejon. ArtBites $25 HERE


Feb 21-Mar 28 Tue 5-6:30AM Garden Technology. 6 talks in series (Tools, Plant breeding, Pest Control, Glasshouse, Mowers, Poo). £24. The Gardens Trust HERE

Mar 6-7 M&T FIT Symposium. Various speakers ie. Dr. Paul Freedman on Cuisine as an Academic Subject, Johnson and Wales U, College of Food Innovation & Technology. Hybrid $50 HERE

Mar 18 Sat ?7 -11 North Africa and the Grain Supply of the city of Rome. “How Ancient North Africa got rich from supplying grain to the city of Rome.” Dr. Birgitta Hoffmann. MANCENT, The Manchester ContinuingEducationNetwork £35. 5 hours HERE

Ap13-Jun1 10-12 Eight Meals that Changed the World. 8 weeks of talks. Lifelong Learning Mississauga CA$40 HERE

Apr 14 Fri 4AM-12 Climate, Food & Famine in History. many speakers. Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester. HERE. Program HERE

Ap 15 Sat 4:15AM-12 Cambridgeshire Beekeepers' Association One Day Seminar 2023. 8 hours, £15 tape for two weeks and film. 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"