Special Events / Music and Festivals / Lectures and Workshops

A People’s History of Southern California Foodways

Friday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m. and Saturday, October 12, 2019, 10:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.

The Autry in Griffith Park

Friday $30 / Saturday $100 / Full conference $125 / Autry Members $115
Reservations Recommended

About the Event

This symposium is a public exploration of the contributions that immigrants and people of color have made, and continue to make, to the development of California cuisine. These stories are too often missing or marginalized from mainstream narratives about the state’s food history. As a result, white food producers disproportionately benefit financially, while accumulating cultural capital, from stories told about the state’s foodways. By understanding the ways people of color and immigrants actively participated in the evolution of the state’s foodways, we can better understand the ways in which these populations have impacted California culture as a whole. Tickets include food. Alcohol not included.
For more information www.socalfoodways.org.


Full Conference: Reservations

Friday: Reservations

Saturday: Reservations


Friday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Ticket includes light reception. 
6:30 p.m. Reception curated by Evan Kleiman
7:30 p.m. California Jubilee: A Conversation with Toni Tipton-Martin about food, narratives and going beyond labels, hosted by Tien Nguyen 

Saturday October 12, 10:00 a.m.–7:30 p.m.
Ticket includes morning and afternoon presentations, lunch, dinner, and admission to the museum. 
Meals curated by Diep Tran and Evan Kleiman 
10:30–11:00 a.m. Coffee and pastries
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Speakers
12:30–1:45 p.m. Lunch (prepared by Thai Town Market Place)
1:45–3:15 p.m. Speakers
3:15–3:30 p.m. Coffee break
3:30–5:45 p.m. Speakers
6:00–7:30 p.m. Dinner (prepared by Miry's List)
Confirmed speakers include: 
Lolis Eric Elie, writer and food historian
Josh Kun, Chair of Cross-Cultural Communication, University of Southern California
Chancee Martorell, Thai Community Development Center
Natalia Molina, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, University of Southern California
Carlos Salgado, Chef, Taco Maria
Frank Shyong, Los Angeles Times
Speakers and exact schedule subject to change