Sunday, August 22, 2021

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

Dining Out with 18th cen. Georgians, WWII municipal restaurants(UK), "A Wok through Chinatown," curry houses, old Hollywood restaurants and Paris' Cabarets of Death.

Upcoming talks

Aug 24 Tue 9AM More than Just Buns: Dining Out with The Georgians. 18th to early 19th century, “dined out in pubs, French Ordinaries, and Confectioners. They ate all kinds of street food and had an almost insatiable appetite for buns.” Dr Peter Ross. Guildhall Library UK HERE

Aug 25 Wed 10:30 AM A History of Royal Dining. “etiquette coach William Hanson and antiques expert Steven Moore as they discuss how royal dining has evolved… from the Middle Ages onwards with particular emphasis on the dinners given by George IV, Victoria and Elizabeth II” The English Manner £5.98 HERE

Au 26 Thu 10-11:30pm Old Hollywood's nightspots Virtual Cocktail Hour with George Geary, author of L.A.'s Legendary Restaurants and this year Made in California [food, eateries] … “discuss food & drink menus of some of Old Hollywood's most legendary star haunts.“ April Clemmer of Old Hollywood Walking Tour $18 HERE

Se 10 Feb 6 AM Eating outside the home off the ration. “Municipal 'British Restaurants' in WW2 and beyond.” 17 in Portsmouth. Deborah Sugg Ryan. The D-Day Story, Portsmouth UK HERE

Se 10-> The History of Indian Restaurants in Cambridge. Open Cambridge UK Edible England. HERE

Oc 7 Thu 1:30-3:30 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 HERE

Oc 7 Thu 6-7:30pm A Wok Through Chinatown. Toronto's “restaurant scene with its diverse regional Chinese cuisines.” Leo Chan. Heritage Toronto. Canada HERE

Oct 13 Wed 3-4:30 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 £5.82 – £11.04 HERE

Oct 30 Sat 11 First Catch Your Gingerbread plus UK Supper Clubs, what are they? author Sam Bilton. (pub 2021) Chicago Foodways Roundtable HERE

Taped talks

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

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

Creating the Parisian Café, 1660-1800. Thierry Rigogne. Library of Congress. 2012 TAPE HERE

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

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

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

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

Fast food

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

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

Drive-Thru America: A Culinary History of the Fast Food Industry. Marcia Chatelain author of Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America. AARP One Day University (not have to be AARP member) Feb 10 2021 TAPE HERE


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

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

Selected talks this week

Calendar of food history talks HERE

Au 23 Mon 1-2:15 A Virtual Taste of Jerusalem's Famed Shuk: Machane Yehuda. “outdoor food market… It reflects the history of modern Jerusalem while providing food…” Joel Haber. Whizin Center for Continuing Education. $25 HERE

Au 24 Tue 8-10 When Sitting Bull Came to Dinner...An Immigrant Homesteader's Experience. “Sharon Hudgins… delves into her [Dell] family history and uncovers the documented life of the Dells on the last frontier in the 1800s.” Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois. In-person or via ZOOM $7 HERE

Au 25 Wed 8 Live from Taliesin, Eat Like a Planet. "future of food and give us a mini-tour of this national landmark [Frank Lloyd Wright’s home Taliesin in Spring Green, Wisconsin] where she has created a work-study program for the estate’s garden and cafe. Odessa Piper. Culinary Historians of Chicago HERE

Aug 26 Thur 9PM Karabakh Galya. Karabakh cuisine is an integral part of traditional Azerbaijani national culinary culture. … open and closed hearths are used in Karabakh cuisine: tandir (oven made of clay in a hole in the earth), chala (pit), ojag (bonfire), saj (iron disk for baking bread), chargrill, bukhari (fire-place) and kura (furnace). Multicultural Cooking Class. Waverley Library. Australia HERE

Blog posts on Chinese food and restaurant talks HERE; 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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