Public Meetings


Join Us For Our Tenth Season of Free Educational Seminars, 2022-2023

The public is invited to join us for presentations on the third Saturday of most months, starting at 10:30am. This season’s meetings will be held in the Neil Morgan Auditorium on the ground floor of the San Diego Central Library, located at 330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101. Underground parking is available via the 11th Street entrance of the Central Library building. The following parking rates are currently in effect: First two (2) hours free with validation for library users. Validation is available in the first floor lobby.

Our Tenth Season: 2022-2023

Sep 17, 2022 – “A Brief History of Ice Cream” by Valerie Campbell
Oct 15, 2022 – “From Mesopotamia to Pompeii: A Tale of 1001 Agricultural Bites” by Barbara Baxter – Re-Scheduled
Nov 19, 2022 – “From Mesopotamia to Pompeii: A Tale of 1001 Agricultural Bites” by Barbara Baxter
Jan 21, 2023 – “1001 Fritters: Food in the Arabian Nights” by Charles Perry
Feb 18, 2023 – “A History of San Diego’s Mexican Restaurants” by Martin S. Lindsay
Mar 18, 2023 – “The Great Gelatin Revival” by Ken Albala
Apr 15, 2023 – “Foie Gras: The Divisive Delicacy” by Andrew Coe
May 20, 2023 – “How British Silversmithing Shaped our Dining Tables” by Carrie Tillie
Jun 17, 2023 – “3000 Years of Spanish Food in One Hour” by Richard Foss

Announcing Our Eleventh Season, 2023-2024

Sep 16, 2023 – “Made in California” by George Geary
Oct 21, 2023 – “The Kolymbethra: The Food Basket of Ancient Agrigento, Sicily” by Mary Knight
Nov 18, 2023 – “The Whole Schmear: The History of Cream Cheese in America” by Rabbi Jeff Marx
Jan 20, 2024 – “Beef Stew for 2500: Feeding Our Navy from the Revolutionary War to the Present” by Rudy Shappee
Feb 17, 2024 – “The Remarkable Medical History of Beer, Wine, Spirits and Cocktails” by Camper English
Mar 16, 2024 – TBD
Apr 20, 2024 – TBD
May 18, 2024 – “Food in the Air and Space” by Richard Foss
Jun 15, 2024 – TBD


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