Tasting and Talk: Bread and Boothby

An evening with the new book Iconic San Francisco Dishes, Drinks, and Desserts



Wednesday, October 24, 2018 6:00PM

<p>Tasting and Talk: Bread and Boothby</p>
<p>An evening with the new book <em>Iconic San Francisco Dishes, Drinks, and Desserts</em></p>
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Tasting and Talk: Bread and Boothby

An evening with the new book Iconic San Francisco Dishes, Drinks, and Desserts



Where: California Historical Society Headquarters, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Cost: $5 General Admission, Free for CHS Members and one guest per membership.

“Tasting and Talk: Bread and the Boothby" - Celebrate with local author Laura Smith Borrman some of San Francisco’s classic culinary treasures featured in her new book, Iconic San Francisco Dishes, Drinks, and Desserts. Borrman will lead a panel discussion and food and drink tasting with Cathy Goldsmith of the Cheese Board Collective; Erica Peters of Culinary Historians of Northern California; and John Burton of Santa Rosa Bartending School. Revel in tales - and tastes - of sourdough bread and a San Francisco original, Bill Boothby, and his namesake cocktail.

Schedule of Activities

  • Begin with a tasting of our featured local culinary treasures - sourdough bread and the Boothby cocktail.
  • Panel introductions and passage reading.
  • 40-minute panel discussion.
  • 10-minute audience Q&A.
  • Book signing.
  • About the Author:

    California native Laura Smith Borrman is a writer, editor, story gatherer, lover of food and drink and author of two previous books - Discovering Vintage San Francisco (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015) and Wine Country Chef’s Table (Globe Pequot Press, 2012). She has worked in many industries, spanning pastry kitchens, culinary travel, public radio, research and the corporate world - and was honored as a 2017 Library Laureate by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. She’s a mother of two and lives with her husband and children in Oakland. She writes about the city and the people who’ve shaped it at discoveringvintagesanfrancisco.com and about food memories, recipes and motherhood at cravingsofhome.com.

    About the Panelists:

    Erica J. Peters is the director of the Culinary Historians of Northern California and the author of San Francisco: A Food Biography (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) and Appetites and Aspirations in Vietnam: Food and Drink in the Long Nineteenth Century (AltaMira, 2012). In 2015 she co-edited a special issue on "Food in French History" for the journal French Historical Studies. She received her bachelor’s degree in history and literature from Harvard University and her doctorate in history from the University of Chicago. Recently, Peters designed and taught "Introduction to Food Studies" and "Local Food History" for the University of the Pacific's Food Studies MA program. She has also taught at Stanford University, Santa Clara University, San Francisco State University, Portland State University, and the University of Maryland University College.

    John C. Burton is a bar management consultant in Northern California, assisting bar owners to set up and furnish new establishments; aiding fairgrounds and other organizations with service policies and procedures; providing curriculum development for vocational bartending schools across the United States; and consulting for caterers, wineries and local casinos. Burton is a life member of the United States Bartenders Guild, having served as the California chapter’s educational director and helping launch the San Francisco area chapter. He has delivered keynotes at Nightclub and Bar in Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla., and at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Burton is also a current member and former president of the Northwestern Antique Bottle Collectors Club, on the Board of Directors of the 49er Chapter of the Beer Can Collectors of America, and is an active supporter of local museums and historical organizations. Burton is acknowledged as a leading authority on the Grace Brothers brewery (1897 – 1966) Santa Rosa, California, and pre-Prohibition Sonoma County breweries and soda bottlers. He authored and published Grace Bros. Breweries, History and Memorabilia in 2017.

    Cathy Goldsmith has been a member of the Cheese Board Collective in Berkeley, Calif., for 24 years. Over that time, she has participated in all aspects of the Cheese Board’s business and community. Her roles have included creating new bakery products, acting as principal cheese buyer and co-authoring an acclaimed cookbook, The Cheese Board: Collective Works (Ten Speed Press, 2003); contributing to design of the store remodel; spearheading the purchase of new equipment; helping create and manage the collective’s website; helping establish the community parklet; developing new approaches to retirement; planning retreats, social outings and special events; and representing the Cheese Board as a board member at the neighborhood’s business improvement organization. She has recently joined the Arizmendi Cooperative policy council. She lives and works in Berkeley, and worked as a chef prior to joining the Cheese Board. Goldsmith has a degree in education from the University of Michigan.


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