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¡Fiesta! The History of San Diego’s Mexican Restaurants, by Martin S. Lindsay

The Culinary Historians of San Diego will present “¡Fiesta! The History of San Diego’s Mexican Restaurants” with Martin S. Lindsay, at 10:30 am February 18, 2023, in the Neil Morgan Auditorium of the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92102. The event is free and open to the public. A tasting will follow the presentation.

San Diego has long been called “the birthplace of California” and Mexico’s rich cultures and cuisines have influenced our food choices since the city’s beginnings in 1769. Martin’s fast-paced visual presentation celebrates the history of local San Diego restaurants borne from Hispanic, Mexican, and Latinx cultures. Some you may never have heard of, and others that have become classics over the years. What’s your favorite?

10:30 am
February 18, 2023
Neil Morgan Auditorium
San Diego Central Library
330 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92102.
Martin S. Lindsay, AIGA, is an art director, food historian, writer, speaker, and board chair of the Culinary Historians of San Diego. Martin wrote Ninety Years of Classic San Diego Tiki, 1928-2018, contributed to Tim Ferriss’ bestseller The 4-Hour Chef, and blogs about history & food. He was the recipient of Save Our Heritage Organisation’s People In Preservation “Culture Keeper” award in 2022.

His new culinary history with co-author Gregorio Pantoja, Fassionola: The Torrid Story of Cocktails’ Most Mysterious Ingredient, will be published in August 2023.

About the Culinary Historians of San Diego

Culinary Historians of San Diego (CHSD) is a nonprofit charitable organization that provides free lectures at the San Diego Public Library. Topics about food and how it relates to history and culture are presented by speakers from around the nation.


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Feb 18, 2023


10:30 am - 12:00 pm




Neil Morgan Auditorium
330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101

Neil Morgan Auditorium is located downtown in the San Diego Central Library.

Culinary Historians of San Diego


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