Culinary Historians of San Diego will present “The Cafeteria: Golden Darling to Dreary Dining,” featuring Charles Perry, at 10:30 am April 16, at the San Diego Central Library, 330 Park Blvd. The cafeteria was invented in Los Angeles in 1905 and was quickly accepted as the epitome of modern, sophisticated dining. Many cafeterias had fine architecture and featured live music. Now, the words “cafeteria food” strike fear. Join our audience to find out why. A tasting will follow the presentation. Charles Perry, grandson of a silent film screenwriter and great-grandson of Gold Rush pioneers, is an Internationally known food historian. He is the president of the Culinary Historians of Southern California, was a major contributor to The Oxford Companion to Food and served two terms as a trustee of the annual Oxford Symposium on Food and Cookery. Perry is the author of numerous publications in the fields of food and the Sixties.