04/26/18: Past — “From Cambridge,” A Benefit for the Cambridge Historical Society

Enjoy good company, music, hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer donated by Cambridge Brewing Company. Support the work of the Society at our Spring Benefit, and celebrate this year’s theme, asking ‘Where Is Cambridge From?”

Special Guests

Hear from two local restaurant owners and an urban anthropologist about their experiences with clientele, food, and belonging in Central and Harvard Squares. What makes you feel welcome at a restaurant, or in a neighborhood? Can a restaurant be for everyone? Join us in our year of asking “Where is Cambridge From?”

Merry (Corky) White: Merry White is a food anthropologist at Boston University. From Minnesota and Chicago, she arrived in Cambridge in the early 1950s and is still considered to be “from away.” Her area specialty is Japan, and her many publications include (besides two cookbooks) books on Japanese education, family, social policy, women, and most recently a book on coffee and café culture in Japan.

Kari Kuelzer: Kari Kuelzer is part owner and general manager of long-standing Harvard Square restaurant & bar, Grendel’s Den. She grew up in Cambridge and after some time in Los Angeles in the entertainment industry, moved back to Cambridge to keep Grendel’s, a family-owned business, going. Now the proud mom of a soon-to-be CRLS Junior, Kari knows she made a good move.

Hector Piña: Hector Piña is the co-creator and owner of La Fábrica Central in Central Square. This new fixture in Central Square, from the same team behind Merengue in Roxbury, Vejigantes in the South End, and Doña Habana in Newmarket Square, Boston, offers Caribbean cuisine and cocktails, dancing, and an exciting cultural crossroads in the middle of Central Square, Cambridge.


Traditional Middle Eastern music from the band Club Mediterranean. Since 2013, Cambridge-based Club Mediterranean has been playing traditional tunes from Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Palestine, Morocco and elsewhere.


Register here on Eventbrite.

Questions? Visit cambridgehistory.org, email Rosemary Previte at rprevite@cambridgehistory.org, or call 617-547-4252.

Limited on-site parking. Please follow all parking markings and restrictions, and do not block the front door of red building near bridge. Overflow parking across Gerry’s Landing Road at BB&N. 6-minute walk from Mt. Auburn Hospital bus stop.

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Unless you notify us otherwise, by attending a Cambridge Historical Society event, you agree to allow us to use images or video in which you appear for publicity and archival purposes. These images may be published without restrictions online, on our website or social media, or in print, in our newsletter or promotional materials. The images become the property of the Cambridge Historical Society and are not subject to compensation.

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