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Culinary Historians

Jun 25, 2014

sgabriel winery 300x186 Culinary Historians San Gabriel Valley history Pasadena history Matt Hormann lucky baldwin local history history of wine in san gabriel valley History Buff free lectures free events culinary lectures culinary history culinary historians of southern california charles perry Allendale library allendale branch library  photoThey are “dedicated to pursuing food history and supporting culinary collections.”

The Culinary Historians of Southern California was founded in 1995 as an affiliate of the Los Angeles Public Library. Today, 250 women and men—chefs, writers, academics, product purveyors, restaurateurs, as well as people in the fields of entertainment, business, and culture—”have fun learning about food history, trends, and social implications of what and how we eat.

They present free monthly forums and contribute to LAPL’s culinary collections, which is 18,000 strong, including 1,000 cookbooks published right here in our home state and the largest collection of Mexican cookbooks in the entire nation.

Now, president of CHSC and “renowned” food historian Charles Perry, who’s also an L.A. Times food section staff writer, will be crossing the public library line. He’ll be at the Pasadena Public Library Allendale Branch on June 28th to speak on “when the San Gabriel Valley was California’s wine country.”

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Charles Perry; photo courtesy of Allendale Branch Library

In the late 1880s, L.A. was producing more table wine than either Napa or Sonoma, and its wines were exported to the East Coast and Europe. (CityofPasadena.net)

Read another of Matt Hormann’s invaluable, entertaining, informative history articles, “The Bordeaux That Nearly Was” to obtain some background.

San Gabriel Valley’s Wine Country
Saturday, June 28th, 2 p.m.
Allendale Branch, 1130 S. Marengo Ave. 91106
Event is free
For complete info, visit CityofPasadena.net
Or call 626.744.7260

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Vineyards in Hastings Ranch in the late 19th century. Courtesy of the Archives, Pasadena Museum of History (A2-15-1)




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