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Imbibing LA: Boozing It Up in the City of Angels

  • Lost Property Bar 1704 N. Vine St. Hollywood, CA 90028 (map)

From the wine-loving Spaniards who settled Los Angeles to the cocktail quaffers of the jet age, Angelenos' taste in alcoholic beverages has shifted over time. While the city has long been a center of winemaking and brewing, the region's creativity really took flight in the age of the cocktail. Intoxicating potions were celebrated by movie stars and hunted down by prohibitionists, while both finely balanced drinks and abysmal concoctions were crafted by bartenders and celebrities alike.

Via the endlessly entertaining storytelling of culinary historian and author Richard Foss, and over the course of five cocktails and delicious food parings, courtesy Jeremy Lake and Rhino Williams, "Imbibing LA: Boozing It Up in the City of Angels," takes a spirited look at this era of drinking in Los Angeles. The evening covers the period spanning 1778 to 1933, from the pious monks who established California's missions to the law-dodging, Prohibition-flouting revelers who were anything but reverent.


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About the Presenters

Richard Foss has been writing about food and drink professionally since 1986, when he started reviewing restaurants for the Los Angeles Reader newspaper. Since then he has contributed to over twenty different publications, including articles in the Encyclopedia of World Food Cultures (Greenwood 2011) and the Oxford Companion to Sweets (2015). He has taught "500 Years of American Food" “American Fermented,” and "What Shakespeare Left Out" at Osher Institute/UCLA Extension, is on the board of the Culinary Historians of Southern California, and is the California Curator for the SoFAB Institute and Museum of the American Cocktail. His book on the history of rum was released by Reaktion Books in April of 2012. “Food in the Air and Space; the surprising history of food and drink in the skies,” was released in December 2014. A history of the Farm-To-Table movement will follow in 2015.