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July 28, 2024 5:00PM PDT

Online presentation: Camper English - Drinks in San Francisco from the Gold Rush to Today

Cocktails made famous in the San Francisco Bay Area include the Pisco Punch, Irish Coffee, Mai Tai, Lemon Drop, and Tommy’s Margarita, among many others. In this talk, cocktail writer Camper English will review the highlights of the last 175 years of mixed drinks in the City by the Bay, the mixologists who created them, the bars in which they were born, and the influences on the California style of cocktails created then and now.

This talk is presented with support from Hotaling & Co.


Camper English (@alcademics) is a San Francisco-based cocktails and spirits writer and educator who has contributed to publications including Popular Science, Saveur, Details, Whisky Advocate, Drinks International, The Oxford Companion to Spirits & Cocktails, and many more. He is the author of Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails (2022) and The Ice Book: Cool Cubes, Clear Spheres, and Other Chill Cocktail Crafts (2023). His work has been cited in at least 30 other books. He teaches classes to consumers and bartenders nationally and internationally.

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Please note: Unfortunately the planned presentation by Diana Willis Bottomley had to be postponed. We look forward to her talk during BACH's calendar 2025 season.


August 25, 2024 5:00PM PDT

Online presentation: Sara Evenson - Culinary Material Culture at Fort Ticonderoga


What was the culinary world of an eighteenth century military installation like? Fort Ticonderoga, originally built as Fort Carillon, is uniquely situated to inform us on the ways that culinary practices were carried out within an eighteenth century military setting during the French and Indian War, American Revolutionary War, and even the interwar period while garrisoned by a small contingent. Drawing on archaeological records, this talk will explore cooking methods and how we can use material culture to better understand the culinary past.

Sara Evenson (she/her) is a public historian and doctoral candidate at the University at Albany. Her current research explores kitchens and food labor in eighteenth and early nineteenth century New York, and how modern historic sites utilize kitchens as interpretive spaces. In her free time, Sara can be found teaching open hearth cooking classes, and experimenting with historic receipts in her kitchen.

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September, 22 2024 5:00PM PDT

Online presentation: Richard Foss - The First California Cuisine

None of the cooking techniques or popular items of either the first people of California or the Mission period are common today. Why? How did the native people survive, and how did the introduction of agriculture change their lives? What delicacies did the pleasure-loving Californian Dons enjoy in their haciendas, and why did their cuisine die out so quickly after the USA annexed the territory?

Richard Foss has been writing professionally since 1986. He has contributed to over forty different publications, including the Encyclopedia of World Food Cultures and Oxford Companion to Sweets. Richard has taught culinary history in extension programs, done lecture tours in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, been a culinary consultant for museums, and is on the board of the Culinary Historians of Southern California. 


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October 23, 2024 7:00pm

Screening of the movie GATHER plus a presentation.

GATHER is an intimate portrait tracing the intentional destruction of Native American foodways and the renaissance and resilience, the inherit right, to reclaim it.


The result of a three-year collaboration between First Nations and award-winning director Sanjay Rawal, and executive produced by Jason Momoa, production partner Brian Mendoza, and Sterlin Harjo, GATHER builds international awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the Native American food movement, which will ultimately bolster support in improving policy and the regulatory environment for long-term sustainability.


The film features the work of First Nations’ grantees and partners, and supports tribes and Native communities as they build sustainable foodways that improve health, strengthen food security and increase control over Native agriculture and food systems.


The film will be shown at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, CA.

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December 7, 2024 5:00PM PDT

BACH Holiday Party


As in prior years, we will have one event for November/December, which will be our annual holiday party. This year we will be hosting Anthony Buccini, culinary linguist, who will be speaking on Christmas in the Italian culinary calendar.

Details are being finalized, but it will be a potluck dinner held either in Montara, CA or Oakland, CA.

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