Legendary Hotels & Restaurants of Los Angeles

Fifty and Better Winter Session

Legendary Hotels & Restaurants of Los Angeles

This course will explore the social history of our city through legendary hotels and restaurants that have attracted guests since the 1850s. We will focus on the trends and stories behind the Hollywood hot spots.

Sharon Boorstin is a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Times, specializing in lifestyle, food and travel. In 2019, she won Visit California’s Eureka Award for Best Newspaper Travel Article. In the 1970s and '80s she was the restaurant critic of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, and in the '90s she edited the annual Gayot Guidebooks for Los Angeles and other cities. She also wrote for magazines including Bon Appetit, Smithsonian and Town & Country Travel. With her husband, she wrote dozens of screenplays for feature films. Her memoir/cookbook, Let Us Eat Cake: Adventures in Food and Friendship (Harper-Collins 2002), was a selection of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club. Raised in Seattle, Washington, Boorstin moved to Los Angeles in 1966 after earning a California Lifetime Teaching credential at U.C. Berkeley. She taught high school history, English and social studies in Los Angeles for 11 years.

Registration is required by Jan. 14. Cost is $40 per course. If you buy three courses, you get two free.

The Fifty and Better program was designed to offer university-level courses (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for individuals age 50 and older.


Register by Jan. 14

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