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April 28, 2024 12:00 noon

We will enjoy an in-person tour by Kathleen Thompson Hill of the Kathleen Thompson Hill Kitchen Memories Collection at Elizabeth Spencer Winery, 1165 Rutherford Rd., Rutherford, CA. Please note that this is our usual 4th Sunday, but not our standard meeting time.

Kathleen’s vast collection of vintage culinary artifacts, spanning more than 50 years of selected acquisition from all over the world, is among the largest exhibits of its kind in the United States. The collection weaves together threads of nostalgia, innovation, and culture. Kathleen will walk us through her cherished kitchen memories reflected in the collection that she has assembled over her lifetime.


Elizabeth Spencer Winery provides the perfect backdrop for this gastronomic rendezvous, creating an atmosphere that celebrates the artistry and camaraderie of the culinary world. After the talk attendees can choose to join together for lunch at the winery. Lunch will be pre-ordered from the Oakville Grocery located next door. The cost for this optional lunch will be $30 per person, plus tax, tip, and any beverages.


Kathleen Thompson Hill is the former food and wine editor of the Sonoma Index-Tribune and co-author of dozens of travel guidebooks to various wine regions of the west coast. She hosts The Kathleen Hill Show on KSVY-91.3 where she shares some of her own history (ask about the time she prepared lunch for M.F.K. Fisher and Julia Child!), and chats with notable literati in the food world.


May 26, 2024 5:00PM PDT

Online presentation: 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? Lindsay will explore 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.

Register for tickets on Eventbrite.

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June 23, 2024

An in-person potluck early Roman dinner and presentation by BACH member Shannon Wells. At a private home in Oakland, CA. Exact location will be provided to registered attendees.

2000+ years ago, ancient Roman writers on food were having some of the same debates as today. There were snooty foodies who wanted the most exotic ingredients and fanciest preparations for their meal, versus the snooty pastoralists who idealized the simplicity of country life and its food, criticizing the excesses and poor taste of the nove divites (that's nouveau riche for you plebians). This meal will focus mostly on the latter types of dishes. We'll be creating our own interpretations of dishes described by Cato the Elder, Apicius, Pliny the Elder, and others, with help from modern historians. 

As we develop the menu with Shannon, she will offer recipes for others to prepare while she provides the main entrées.

Stay tuned for details on location, menu items, etc.

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July 28, 2024 5:00PM PDT

Online presentation: Diana Willis Bottomley - Selling an Imagined Culinary History to Hipsters 

Stay tuned for more details.


August 25, 2024 5:00PM PDT

Online presentation: Sara Evanson - Comparing culinary artifacts uncovered at Fort Ticonderoga and other Revolutionary War military kitchens in New York's Hudson River valley.

Stay tuned for more details.

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