Food History

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.


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February 2019

Mushroom Discovery Class Series

February 8, 2019 to February 10, 2019
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden, 3450 Dairy Creek Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405 United States
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Are you mystified by the seasonal appearance of mushrooms? Have you always been interested, but daunted by the complexity of fungal forms? Well, now is the time to get some in-depth and hands-on training on mushroom identification!

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Sarah Lohman, Food Historian

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.

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Dining Out in SLO County 1994

Jill Anderson's Dining Out in San Luis Obispo County Fifty Favorite Restaurants in SLO County - 1994 as described by Jill Anderson, former restaurant reviewer for the San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune. Archie McLaren, noted wine consultant and connoisseur,...

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Eating our Emotions: A Brief History of Funeral Food

The history of food and mourning begins with the actual consumption of the deceased – cannibalism. Over time, it changes to the concept of providing food for the departed. Then, by the Middle Ages, funeral food focuses on feeding the living mourners.

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Past Events

Harvesting Seaweed

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.

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