Just as wine pairs with food so Wine History pairs with Food History.
The Food History Project is a study group sponsored by the Wine History Project that researches and discusses the food and agricultural history of the Central Coast. The Food History Project meets the second Monday of the month from 5:30 to 7:00 at SLO Provisions and holds lectures and special events including Food History Weeks throughout the year.
Please check the calendar for an updated schedule.
Our thanks to Dwyne Willis and Steve Bland
for making SLO Provisions available.
Save the Date for the September 2018 Food History Week. Check back for event listings.Find out more »
Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian the author of Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. Sarah is a Food History Project advisor. She visits the Central Coast multiple times a year to conduct Food History Week lectures and events.read more
A continually updated resource of publications, both general and local, blogs, and podcasts related to food history.read more
Several miles east of the Finney dairy is the beautiful Ranchito, famous for its picturesque scenery and its rich cheese. We enter this ranch from the south, following the north fork of Arroyo Grande, the largest stream in this part of the county. The way...read more
The Swiss Italians settled on the Central Coast between Cambria and Cayucos with their dairy cows grazing on the Estero bluffs in the 1860s. Farmers had switched to raising cattle after the fires and droughts of the 1860s made farming difficult to sustain....read more
March 2018: Christine Maguire of Rinconada Dairy and Libbie Agran gave talks on local cheese making past, present, and future.read more
February 2018: Phil Tillman gave two talks – one on the Chinese families who settled along the Estero Bluffs on up into Cambria where they harvested and dried a specific light green seaweed and another on the environmental destruction caused by Navy Bean in Arroyo Grande.read more
January 2018: Libbie Agran explores the hidden history of women and food. Read a summary of the lecture.read more
Professor Tom Neuhaus, founder of Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates, will give a special presentation on chocolate and chocolate tasting.read more
April 2018: Jerry Rutiz shared the history of Rutiz Family Farms and agriculture in Arroyo Grande.read more