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The Glorious American Soda Fountain by Charles Perry

“The Glorious American Soda Fountain” by Charles Perry

The Culinary Historians of San Diego presents “The Glorious American Soda Fountain,” with Charles Perry, at 10:30 am PT May 15, 2021, via Zoom.

Technically, the soda fountain no longer exists, but it embodied fundamental traits of our national taste. Beginning as a way of getting health food — why soda fountains were located in drugstores — it evolved into a gleaming chromed temple of lush pleasure and a theater of gastronomic creativity. There, the banana split was invented in 1910 and spawned 25 major versions within the next decade. Journey back to the days of the hot maple sundae, the Waldorf parfait, the Hoboken (chocolate ice cream with crushed pineapple) and that goblet of perfection, the root beer float. The soda fountain’s spirit can never die.

10:30am – 12:00pm Pacific Time
Saturday, May 15, 2021

About Charles Perry
Charles Perry, grandson of a silent film screenwriter and great-grandson of Gold Rush pioneers, is the president/co-founder of the Culinary Historians of Southern California. He majored in Middle East studies at Princeton and UC Berkeley. After a detour as a roommate of a famous LSD millionaire and eight years as a staff writer at Rolling Stone (1968-76), he became a food writer and served as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times food section (1990-2008). Perry has written widely on Middle Eastern and California food history.

About the Culinary Historians of San Diego
Culinary Historians of San Diego (CHSD) is a nonprofit organization that provides the public with a history of food and drink and their roles in society, both locally and worldwide. Membership in this non-profit organization supports both CHSD activities and the culinary collection of the San Diego Public Library.

Smiling young soda jerk serving ice cream cone at a soda fountain, 1950s. Photo, Camerique / Alamy.

Date

May 15, 2021
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Time

10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location

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Culinary Historians of San Diego

Organizer

Culinary Historians of San Diego
Email
[email protected]
Website
https://chsandiego.org/

Speaker

  • Charles Perry
    Charles Perry
    Author, President, Culinary Historians of Southern California

    Charles Perry, grandson of a silent film screenwriter and great-grandson of Gold Rush pioneers, is the president/co-founder of the Culinary Historians of Southern California. He majored in Middle East studies at Princeton and UC Berkeley. After a detour as a roommate of a famous LSD millionaire and eight years as a staff writer at Rolling Stone (1968-76), he became a food writer and served as a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times food section (1990-2008). Perry has written widely on Middle Eastern and California food history.