Pacific Taste

Pacific Taste is an ongoing series of culinary talks and workshops hosted by the Pacific Food & Beverage Museum in venues across Southern California. Research Fellow Linda Civitello, Curator Richard Foss, Chef Ernest Miller, and others deliver lively lectures and lead hands-on workshops demonstrating the rich culinary traditions and distinctive cuisines of the Pacific Coast and American West. 

Upcoming Lectures

Emily Dickinson: Baker & Poet

 A Culinary History & Tasting | Linda Civitello

Saturday, April 1 from 2:30 to 4 PM at Westwood Branch Library, Los Angeles, CA

Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) was a woman, poet, and baker. Join culinary historian and author Linda Civitello for an exploration of the connection between the creativity and zen of baking and of writing. What was baking like during her life? What 19th-century attitudes connected to women, writing, and baking are still with us?

Linda is author of the award-winning book Cuisine & Culture: A History of Food and People. Linda developed the curriculum and taught the History of Food at the Art Institutes in LA and Orange County, and Le Cordon Bleu in Pasadena; she also taught the History of Chocolate at UCLA Extension. She has spoken at Harvard University, appeared on television on Bizarre Foods, and on NPR. Her new book, Baking Powder Wars: The Cutthroat Food Fight That Revolutionized Cooking, will be out in June 2017.

Dickinson's own recipes will be prepared with heirloom flours courtesy Grist & Toll, Pasadena. 


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All about Avocados: A Children's Workshop| Ernest Miller

Saturday, April 8 from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM at The Huntington Library, San Marino, CA

Did you know that the state fruit of California is the avocado? Kids can discover more awesome avocado facts in this hands-on workshop with Chef Ernest Miller, while learning how to make avocado ice cream and delicious guacamole using local ingredients. Ages 7–12. Fee includes one accompanying adult. Members: $35. Non-Members: $45.