Sunday, August 22, 2021

Dining out - Restaurants, Diners, Fast food, Street food, Picnics, Trains and Taverns virtual talks

Tapes of talks on restaurant histories, types of restaurants, eating on trains and ships, WWII municipal restaurants ('British Restaurants') and Paris' Cabarets of Death.

Apr 28 Thu 6:30 Transfer Restaurant. A Taste of Old Colony History. “looking back at menus from the Transfer Restaurant and whipping up some of their classics…” Old Colony History Museum MA Apr 28 2022 HERE TAPE may be HERE

Restaurant history

Table Matters: A Social and Cultural History of Restaurants. Dr. Katie Rawson, Dr. Elliott Shore. Wagner Free Institute of Science Au 3 2020 TAPE HERE

Table Matters: A Second Helping of Restaurant History. Dr. Katie Rawson, Dr. Elliott Shore. Wagner Free Institute of Science Sept 16 2020 TAPE HERE

Restaurants - UK

The curious history of government-funded 'British Restaurants' in World War II TAPE and info HERE

First Catch Your Gingerbread plus UK Supper Clubs, what are they? author Sam Bilton. (pub 2021) Chicago Foodways Roundtable. Oc 30 2021 TAPE HERE

History of Indian Restaurants in Cambridge. Shahida Rahman. Open Cambridge. Se 10 2021 10min TAPE HERE

Currying to tunes: musical tales from Bengal in the curry houses of Britain. “Dean Mahomed hailing from a Bengali Muslim family famously opened the Hindoostane Coffee House in London in the early nineteenth century, now widely considered to be the first ‘Indian’ restaurant in Britain…” Budhaditya Bhattacharyya. Brick Lane Circle UK Oct 7 2021 TAPE HERE

Classic Restaurants of Durham. authors Chris Holaday and Patrick Cullom. Durham County Library NC Apr 2021 TAPE HERE

Cabarets of Death. “From 1892 until 1954, three cabaret-restaurants in Paris’ Montmartre district enraptured tourists with their grotesque portrayals of death in the afterworlds of Hell, Heaven, and Nothingness. Each had specialized cuisines and morbid visual display…” Joanna Ebenstein. The Viktor Wynd Museum & The Last Tuesday Society. Oc 28 2021 Rent $6.84 TAPE HERE

Restaurants - US & Canada

Dining Out in Boston by author James C. O’Connell. 200 years Belmont Historical Society 2017 TAPE HERE

The Automat, a documentary about Horn and Hardart. Talk and unreleased clips with Lisa Hurwitz. Lawrence Family JCC, San Diego. Various resource links HERE. May 2020 TAPE HERE. Mel Brooks song about coffee At The Automat TAPE HERE

Howard Johnson - 28 Flavors - Anthony M. Sammarco HCTV Lectures 2011 TAPE HERE

Ice cream. Pleasure, Parlors, Phosphates, and the Pastoral: Ice Cream Consumption Sites and “Spa” Culture in 19th Century America. (Hannah Spiegelman). Celebrity Chefs, Ice Cream Makers, and White Supremacy: Global Food and Cooking in London Homes, 1850-1914. (Dr Laura Humphreys). IHR Institute of Historical Research. U London Je 2021 TAPE HERE

Little John’s Kitchens & Restaurants, Food Insecurity Disrupters. “Chef Dave Heide started Little John's 501(c)(3) as a way to innovate the food insecurity “industry” by transforming food excess into nutritious and delicious chef-quality meals that everyone - regardless of their means.” CHEW Culinary Historians of Wisconsin Je 2 2021 TAPE HERE

Nuevo Laredo in the 1920s. Unfold layers of stories from the beloved Cadillac Bar while you prepare a simple meal inspired by its menu.” Maite Gomez-Rejón. The Laredo Center for the Arts Se 2020 TAPE may be HERE

A Tale of two Caesars: Salad and Pasta. “Caesar’s salad (Alex and Caesar Cardini, Tijuana) to Caesar’s beloved pasta and brown mushroom sauce (Caesar Pastore, San Diego)” Culinary Historians of San Diego. Mr 20 2021 Info, recipe HERE and TAPE HERE

Chinese restaurants

Ashkenazi Jews and Chinese Food. Andrew Coe. YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. Dec 22 HERE TAPE HERE

The Evolution of Chinese restaurant food in Southern California. c1960 to the present. Dr. Jong Chen author of Chop Suey, the Story of Chinese Food in America and Pamela Tom. China Society of Southern California Je 23 2021 HERE/ TAPE HERE

Chinese New Year Celebration: American Chinese Restaurants. Chinese food in Midwest, Jewish American connection, restaurants in South & Central America. By the authors of American Chinese Restaurants Society, Culture and Consumption. Chinese Historical Society of America. Feb 13 HERE TAPE HERE

Chinese Restaurants in Madison before 1980 . Ann Waidelich. CHEW Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin. Dec 2 TAPES HERE

A Wok Through Chinatown. Toronto's “restaurant scene with its diverse regional Chinese cuisines.” Leo Chan. Heritage Toronto. Canada. Oc 7 2021 TAPE HERE

Blog posts on Chinese food and restaurant talks HERE


Food, Diners, New Jersey and Much More. Peter Genovese author of Jersey Diners and other books. Union (NJ) Public Library De 21 2020 HERE TAPE HERE

Pennsylvania Diners and Other Roadside Restaurants. a 1993 documentary created by Rick Sebak. TAPE HERE

From Lunch Carts to Mega-Restaurants: The Evolution of the American Diner. Larry Cultrera photographed 900 diners in 40 years. Diner Hotline Weblog HERE. Society for Commercial Archeology HERE. Jun 1 2022 TAPES for members (anyone can join) HERE


Dining on the Rails. “Train chefs prepared food from scratch. Dining cars were set with fine china, crystal and silver. Earlier train travel, however, wasn’t so posh.” Marilyn Sommerdorf. Renaissance Society Sacramento CA HERE Renaissance Café May 18 2021 TAPE HERE

Dyspepsia on the Railways: Eating practices, complaints and rebelling bodies in Britain in the Nineteenth Century. Chloe Shields. The Institute of Historical Research (IHR) UK Fe 4 2021 TAPE HERE


Maiden Voyages: Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled and Worked Aboard Them. Siân Evans. Hudson Library & Historical Society. Se 2 2021 TAPE HERE

Fast food

Taco Trucks: How Mexican Street Food Is Transforming the American City. by author Robert Lemon. Chicago Foodways Roundtable Je 2 2021 TAPE HERE

Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America.. author Marcia Chatelain. Filson Historical Society KY Nv 2020 TAPE HERE

Picnics, Shops

Ontario Picnics: A Century of Dining Outdoors. Author reading Lindy Mechefske. Alice Munro Festival of the Short Story Je 6 2021 TAPE HERE

Sweet Greeks: First-Generation Immigrant Confectioners in the Heartland. Ann Flesor Beck. Chicago Foodways Roundtable. Nov 2020 HERE / TAPE HERE


America Walks into a Bar: A Spirited History of Taverns and Saloons, Speakeasies and Grog Shops book talk by Christine Sismondo. Fraunces Tavern Museum. NYC Tape HERE

Ferries and Taverns During the Revolution. social life. Washington Crossing Historic Park curator Kimberly McCarthy. HERE TAPES HERE

Women and Taverns in Colonial Maryland. Rod Cofield. Historic Londontown MD TAPE HERE

Blog posts Drinks and Taverns talks HERE

Photo from Library of Congress. "The Modern Diner in Pawtucket, Rhode Island is one of two known surviving Sterling Streamliner locomotive-style diners still in operation... 1940..."

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