"Food at the Fair":
Food played a huge part in the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. Visitors to the fair learned about new fruit hybrids, cookware innovations, leading Napa wines, and many other wonders in the Palace of Food Products; they tasted the winners of PPIE culinary competitions such as Larraburu sourdough bread; they snacked on enchiladas, chop suey, and clam chowder at the fair; and they explored San Francisco's restaurants during their stay in the city.
The Culinary Historians of Northern California is partnering with the California Historical Society to host a panel discussing the edible elements of the Exposition experience. Attendees at this event will be offered light refreshments including a sampling of relevant historic dishes.
* Pam Elder, a founding member of the Culinary Historians of Northern California and a long-time collector of books on food, wine, and spirits, will present her research on PPIE culinary ephemera.
* Jeannette Ferrary, author of M.F.K. Fisher and Me: A Memoir of Food and Friendship, Out of the Kitchen: Adventures of a Food Writer, and The California-American Cookbook: Innovations on American Regional Dishes
* Julia Lavaroni, grand niece of Harold Paul, the long-time owner of Larraburu Brothers Bakery; Julia is currently producing a film on San Francisco's iconic Larraburu bread, which won first place at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition.
* Erica J. Peters, Director, Culinary Historians of Northern California, and author of San Francisco: A Food Biography.
When & Where
California Historical Society
Our mission is to inspire and empower Californians to make the past a meaningful part of their contemporary lives.
The California Historical Society holds one of the richest collections of primary and secondary materials in the state on the social, cultural, economic, and political development of California.
The Gallery provides public access to the collection through changing exhibitions, Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 to 5:00 p.m.
The North Baker Research Library provides public access to the collection, Wednesday through Friday, 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.