Santa Monica Public Library presents Santa Monica Eats!

September 19, 2017

Santa Monica Public Library presents Santa Monica Eats!

Santa Monica, California – Santa Monica Public Library presents Santa Monica Eats!, a six-week buffet of programs, screenings, hands-on activities and displays exploring the food culture of Santa Monica. Programs take place at the Main Library and all four Branch Libraries and are offered for foodies of all ages. The series runs from October 5 through November 11, 2017.


Santa Monica’s rich culinary history runs the gamut from the fanciful food for beachgoers (Hot Dog on a Stick was founded here in 1946) to the sublime cuisine of many of the country’s top chefs today. The City has been at the vanguard of the sustainable food movement, with the Santa Monica Farmers Market’s emphasis on local organic produce and Heal the Bay’s efforts to promote ocean-friendly seafood.   


The series kicks off with the following events. For a complete list of programs, see:


Handmade Cookbook Workshop

Debra Disman teaches you how to create an accordion-style cookbook to collect your favorite recipes. For adults, teens and children ages 10 and up.

SAT, OCT 7, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm / Main Library / 601 Santa Monica Blvd.


Author/Illustrator Talk: Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix

June Jo Lee and graffiti artist Man One discuss their children’s biography about famed local chef Roy Choi. An art demonstration and activity follow.

SAT, OCT 7, 4:30 to 6:30 pm / Virginia Avenue Park / 2200 Virginia Ave.

Sustainable Seafood

Nick Fash, sustainable seafood expert and oceans advocate, discusses the history, future of, and issues surrounding our love affair with seafood and offers tools for making ocean-friendly choices. Co-presented with the Office of Sustainability and the Environment.

TUE, OCT 10, 7:00 pm / Main Library / 601 Santa Monica Blvd.


Mobile Meals: Street Food, Pop-ups and Meal Kits

Local food writers dish on the latest food trends. With Farley Elliott (senior editor at Eater Los Angeles and author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History from Tamaleros to Taco Trucks), Bill Esparza (James Beard Award-winning writer at Los Angeles Magazine and author of L.A. Mexicano), Tien Nguyen (co-author of L.A. Son: My Life, My City, My Food with Roy Choi and Natasha Phan, and founder of Coffee L.A.) and Katherine Spiers (food editor at L.A. Weekly and host of the food history podcast Smart Mouth). A book sale and signing follows.

THU, OCT 12, 7:00 pm / Main Library / 601 Santa Monica Blvd.


Photos of historic Santa Monica restaurants, a slideshow of vintage menus from local eateries, and magazine spreads showing food trends and advertisements from decades past will be on display at the Main Library throughout the six-week series.


Funding for Santa Monica Eats! is provided by the Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library. Programs are free and open to the public. Space is limited and on a first arrival basis, unless otherwise stated. The Santa Monica Public Library is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, call Library Administration at (310) 458-8606 at least one week prior to event. All Library locations are served by the Big Blue Bus. Bicycle parking racks are available at the library.


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