“The History of Rum” by Richard Foss
The Culinary Historians of San Diego present “The History of Rum” featuring Richard Foss, at 10:30am PT on November 20, 2021, LIVE at the San Diego Central Library’s Shiley Suite, 330 Park Blvd.
This Live Event is free and open to the public. Note: No live streaming will be offered, but it will be recorded.
Myths, mysteries and misconceptions about rum — What you know about rum is probably wrong: it wasn’t invented where or when most books claim, and the famous sea chantey about it was composed by an author, not a pirate. The truth is more interesting: rum helped spark the American Revolution, was currency in Australia, a health tonic for Victorians, and is still a sacramental offering among voodoo worshippers. Rum made sea voyages bearable in the 1850s and Tiki hip in the 1950s. It once fueled half the world’s economy. This is the history of a beverage that was reviled by temperance groups and celebrated by the rich and powerful.
10:30am – 12:00pm Pacific Time
Saturday, November 20, 2021
Shiley Event Suite, 9th Floor
San Diego Central Public Library
330 Park Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92101
About Richard Foss
Richard Foss has been writing professionally since 1986, when he started reviewing restaurants for a Los Angeles newspaper. He has contributed to more than 40 publications, taught “500 Years of American Food” and “American Fermented” at Osher Institute/UCLA Extension, and is a Culinary Historians of Southern California board member.
His books include Rum: A Global History, and Food in the Air and Space. Foss is currently working on a history of immigrant cuisines in California in conjunction with a museum exhibition he is curating at the Autry Museum of the American West.
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.
Richard FossAuthor, Speaker
Richard Foss has been writing professionally since 1986, when he started reviewing restaurants for a Los Angeles newspaper. 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 a member of the board of the Culinary Historians of Southern California. His book on the history of rum, Rum: A Global History, was published in 2012. Food in the Air and Space was released in 2014. He is the Executive Director of Collage: A Place for Art and Culture, a nonprofit arts center located in San Pedro, California.