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Past Events

Videos are available for many of our past online events. In-person events are not recorded.

May 26, 2024 - Martin S. Lindsay - A Century of Caesar's Salad.

Many have claimed to, but who really originated Caesar’s Salad? And where is Baja-Mediterranean style cooking from? In this talk Lindsay explored the culinary legacies of the Caesar and Alex Cardini brothers, from culinary apprenticeships at Italian lakeside resorts to their invention of Caesar’s Salad in Tijuana, Mexico.

Video not yet available.

October 22, 2023 - Ihor Lylo - Ukrainian Gastronomic Identity vs. the Russian Invasion

Ukrainian professor Ihor Lylo, formerly of the Ivan Franko National University in Lviv,  spoke on the history of the cuisine of Ukraine and the way it has forged a cultural identity that is helping to keep the people of Ukraine united during this terrible time. He writes, "Today, as many years ago, Ukrainians courageously fight for their freedom against Russian imperialism and tyranny. A crucial part of their struggle is their gastronomic identity."

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June 25, 2023 - Ken Albala - The Great Gelatin Revival

Historian Ken Albala described the process of writing his most recent book, The Great Gelatin Revival, while giving us an overview of the world history of the culinary use of gelatins. We got to see photos of some of his most amazing gelatin creations and hear how they came to be.

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February 26, 2023 - Donna Green-Tye - All about the West Coast Culinary Symposium (WCCS)

Donna regaled us with stories from the 2023 event, as well as exciting moments from years gone by. She also spoke about how the SCA and WCCS help to bring culinary history alive and add to our knowledge and understanding of early foodways.

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October 13, 2022 - Shelley Handler - Chez Panisse: Evergreen (the Early Days at Chez Panisse)

Shelly Handler spoke on the early days of the seminal Berkeley restaurant Chez Panisse and the way this restaurant helped to usher in the era of California Cuisine.

Video on YouTube.

August 11, 2022 - William Rubel - Smoked Milk of the Samburu Tribe of Kenya

William Rubel describes the unique milk handling tradition of "smoked milk." He also presents the almost total collapse of the culture of the Samburu people as ecological devastation is wiping out their way of life.

Video on YouTube.

May 12, 2022 - Carolyn Tillie - Travelling Silver for Those Not to the Manor Born

BACH co-founder Carrie Tillie presented a dress rehearsal of her presentation for the Oxford Food Symposium 2022, entitled "Travelling "Silver" for Those Not to the Manor Born: Old Sheffield Plate and Electroplated Silver in Travel Equipage and Cutlery from 1730 to the Belle Epoque."

Video on YouTube.

March 24, 2024 - James Edward Malin - Dining Together, Cooking Apart: the Missing Culinary History of Apartment Hotels.

Food history researcher James Edward Malin presented on dining in "Apartment Hotels" in New York City and San Francisco. Marketed to the burgeoning upper-middle class, an apartment hotel was fundamentally an apartment building, but avoided anti-tenement regulations by leaving out kitchens. Instead, they provided food to their residents from centralized kitchens, either as room service or in a shared residential restaurant.

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July 23, 2023 - L. John Harris - Tales of the Gourmet Ghetto

Food journalist, garlic activist, and cookbook publisher L. John Harris regaled us in words and cartoons about his experiences of the Berkeley food scene in the 1970s and 80s, his publishing business, and anecdotes of local gastronomic luminaries.

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May 28, 2023 - Lizzie Stark - Egg: A Dozen Ovatures

Lizzie Stark shared stories from her recent book Egg: A Dozen Ovatures about the world's largest cellular workhorse, from chickens to penguins and art to crime. A lively discussion followed.

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January 22, 2023 - Pam Elder - Historic Postcards from San Francisco Restaurants

Rarely seen San Francisco restaurant postcards and a discussion of some of the changes that have happened to dining out over the past 150 years.

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September 8, 2022 - Maryellen Burns - A Taste for Comedy

Long before the first creamy custard pie was thrown in the face of Ben Turpin in the 1909 silent film Mr. Flip, food and comedy has been a staple of western literature and remains a mainstay of popular media. Maryellen Burns, writes about food in an often-humorous vein, and will guide us through some of history's most iconic comedic bits in which food takes center stage.

Video on YouTube.

July 14, 2022 - Oliver Pollak - Rebbetzins, Faith and Food (Simulcast virtual event on Zoom and in-person potluck)

Oliver Pollak presents on the cookbook, The Jewish Home Beautiful and its relationship to the Jewish Conservative movement in America.

Video on YouTube.

April 14, 2022 - Peter Hertzmann - Escoffier and a Spoonful of Umami

Peter Hertzmann, culinary historian and BACH member gave the first BACH Concerto. He presented to us his paper that was previously published in Petits Propos Culinaires #104.

Video on YouTube.

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