Presented by the Culinary Historians of Southern California. During the Gold Rush, Many made a good living "mining the miners" -catering to their desire to consume conspicuously. Soon a host of immigrants were enticing San Franciscans into trying the cuisines of Mexico, China, France, Italy, Great Britan, and Croatia. Erica J. Peters, one of the founders of the Culinary Historians of Northern California, is the author of San Francisco: A Food Biography and Appetites and Aspirations in Vietnam: Food and Drink in the Long Nineteenth Century. Free and open to the public.