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The Thoughtful Feast: A Repeal Day Dinner...with Cocktails!

  • J. Trani's Ristorante 584 W. Ninth St. San Pedro, CA 90731 United States (map)

More than 80 years after it was repealed, many misunderstandings about Prohibition, beginning with when and why it was enacted – it had more to do with sexism and hostility to immigrants than it did with alcohol – persist. On the fifth of December, Repeal Day, an occasion celebrated annually and across the United States and beyond, the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum (PacFAB) presents revelers with the rare opportunity to experience a culinary evening in the Roaring Twenties, courtesy fourth-generation restaurateur Dustin Trani, Chef-Owner of J. Trani's Ristorante, serving the San Pedro district of Los Angeles for over 90 years!


Working from his great-grandfather's menu, Chef Dustin will recreate an Italian-American dinner of the period. Each course will be paired with cocktails – five in all – in a sequence that demonstrates how drinking changed before, during, and after the dry decade. After dinner, author and PacFAB Curator Richard Foss will present an illustrated talk on how our society, our tastes in food and drink, and other aspects of American culture changed during that period. This evening of fine food, drink, and storytelling presents a delicious and humorous look at how the "noble experiment" came to be, the many ways the law was circumvented, and how the era affects us to this day.

We encourage costumes – come as your favorite flapper, bootlegger, or temperance crusader! There will be prizes!!!

Filippo Trani opened the Majestic Café in 1925, and bootleggers did business from the restaurant's rear entrance. The name of the establishment was changed to J. Trani’s in the 1980s, when the restaurant moved down the street, but a Trani still commands the kitchen.


  • Appetizers
    • Steamed clams with garlic, parsley, white wine, and a hint of chili
    • Local calamari salad
    • Sicilian pine nut balls with raisins and tomato
    • Sausage and peppers. 
  • Classic Cesar Salad
  • Majestic Stew: Braised short ribs in tomato stock with carrots and potato
  • Fruit cocktail with Champagne and sherbet


Dinner is $75 for all National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) and Culinary Historians of Southern California members, or $85 for non-members, and includes tax and gratuity. Space is strictly limited, and reservations are required. NatFAB membership is available to all at

All sales are final. Because our host restaurants require non-refundable deposits and reliable guest counts, we cannot issue refunds on our curated dinners. We regret any inconvenience this may present and appreciate your understanding.

For questions about the dinner and ticketing, please call 323-813-1730.

A portion of all proceeds support NatFAB, home of PacFAB, The Museum of the American Cocktail, and Southern Food & Beverage Museum.

Earlier Event: December 2
In the SoFAB Kitchen with Liz Thorpe
Later Event: December 9
In the SoFAB Kitchen with SoBou