Speakers Bureau

Besides the events held at the downtown Los Angeles library, the culinary historians also run a regular series at the Pacific Palisades Library and other programs at different libraries, schools, and other institutions. There are a remarkable number of qualified speakers living in the greater Los Angeles area, and our speakers bureau assists in arranging programs on their behalf. A partial list is below as a PDF, though this may not be up-to-date because more are being added. If there is a topic that your group is interested in, we may be able to find someone to address it. Though some programs that involve culinary demonstrations and tastings may not be practical in a Zoom format, many of these may be presented online.

For information about this program, please send an email to [email protected]

Other Programs

Our programs at the Pacific Palisades Library have not been recorded, but a partial list is as follows:

December 21, 2019
“The Strangest Cooking Methods in the World” by Richard Foss
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

October 19, 2019
“We All Scream For Ice Cream: Ice Cream and Frozen Desserts from the Roman Empire to the Present Day” by Valerie Campbell
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

August 17, 2019
“Surrealism, Cubism, Modernism, and Food” by Carolyn Tillie
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

June 15, 2019
“THE GOOD COMPANIONS: The Unlikely Journey of Fish & Chips, from Meso-America to Yesterday’s Newspaper” by Simon Majumdar
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

April 20, 2019
“A Thousand and One Dinners” by Charles Perry
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

February 16, 2019
“King Citrus: Oranges and the California Dream” by David Boule
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

December 15, 2018
“Food on the Move in the American West” by Richard Foss
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

October 20, 2018
“Authentic Aztec versus Conquistador Cuisine” by Linda Civitello
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

June 16, 2018
“Dining Out Before Restaurants Existed” by Jim Chevallier
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

April 21, 2018
Fat is Back: How it Started, Why it Left and Where It’s Going by Ernest Miller
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

February 17, 2018
The History of Kimchi by Hae Jung Cho
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

August 19, 2017
Jamming Through The Ages with Christina Sleeper
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

June 17, 2017
The Jewish Culinary Tapestry with Faye Levy
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

October 22, 2016
A California Culinary History of Curry with Sarah Lohman
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

April 16, 2016
A Culinary Journey to Azerbaijan with Feride Buyuran
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

February 27, 2016
Tanks, Tacos and Twitter: How Food Trucks Feed and Shape Southern California with Mark Vallianatos
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

December 19, 2015
Free program: Imbibing LA – Boozing It Up in the City of Angels by Richard Foss
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

October 18, 2014
“Our Daily Bread: The Intersection of Food and Western Christianity” with Reverend Sharon Sheffield
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

August 23, 2014
Scenes From A Culinary Revolution: Piero Selvaggio Surveys Four Decades of Italian Dining in Los Angeles
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

August 17, 2013
In Search of the Origins of California Cuisine by Mark Thompson
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

June 15, 2013
Man Bites Dog: History of the Hot Dog by Bruce Kraig
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

April 20, 2013
How Prohibition Changed America by Richard Foss
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

February 16, 2013
Café du Monde, Hubigs Pies, and Louisiana Food Traditions and Stories by Peggy Sweeney-McDonald
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

November 17, 2012
Continental Style from Caesar to Thermidor: Classic Dining in America by Peter Moruzzi
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

September 15, 2012
Gin, from Rotgut Booze to Cocktail King by Lesley Jacobs Solmonson
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA

August 18, 2012
American Tuna: Its Rise and Fall, lecture by Andrew F. Smith
Pacific Palisades Library, 861 Alma Real Drive, Pacific Palisades, CA