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I am avialable for a variety of in-person and virtual events, especially related to food and food history. Contact me by email to tell me more about your event.

Past Events

Walsh Library

Seton Hall University

March 13, 2024

6:00 PM

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The Alberto Italian Studies Institute is pleased to present author Ian MacAllen on his book, Red Sauce America: How Italian Food Became American.

The Alberto Italian Studies Institute is pleased to present author Ian MacAllen who will offer a lecture on his book, Red Sauce America: How Italian Food Became American, on Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 6 p.m. in the Walsh Library Beck Rooms.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library

New York Public Library, NYC

October 18, 2023

6:30 PM

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Join Ian for a presentation about "Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American."

Woodland Park Public Library

Woodland Park, New Jersey

March 9, 2023

6:30 p.m.

Ian presented "Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American" to local patrons.

Miss Manhattan Reading Series

Niagara Bar

September 12, 2022

7:30 p.m.

Ian joines Rachel E. Gross and Heather Domenicis for a night of nonfiction. RSVP on Facebook.

Ringwood Public Library

Ringwood, New Jersey

October 20, 2022

6:30 p.m.

Ian MacAllen returns to his hometown library to present Red Sauce with presentation and Q&A.

East End Books

August 24, 2022

Provincetown, MA


This event took place waterfront at the East End Park.
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Coffee House Club Lecture Series

July 13, 2022



Ian presented the narrative of Red Sauce: How Italian Food Became American and took questions from the audience.

Tickets included the lecture and a prix fixe dinner.

Summer Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella
with basil vinaigrette

Chicken Cacciatore
with Broccoli & saffron rice pilaf
Spaghetti & Polpette
Long simmered red sauce with mini meatballs

Berries with Zabaglione Freddo
Assorted berries with cold whipped custard cream

Ditmas Lit Reading Series

Hinterlands Bar

May 25, 2022

8 pm

Ditmas Park, Brooklyn


Joining me will be Vanessa Chan, Andres Cordoba, and Megan Milks.

Franklin Park Reading Series

May 9, 2022

8 pm

Franklin Park


Joining me is Maud Newtown, Chloe Cooper Jones, Susan Shapiro, Edgar Gomez, and Leah Goodridge

WORD Bookstore Jersey City

May 11, 2022

7 pm

Jersey City


Ian MacAllen talks red sauce at WORD Bookstore in Jersey City

Joined in conversation with Jonathan Corcoran, author of The Rope Swing

Ditmas Lit

February 19, 2020



I joined the reading at the last minute after one of the readers dropped out.

Ditmas Lit

Aug 15, 2018


8 pm


Readers: Alizah Rose Salario, Ian MacAllen, Brad Wetherell, and James Yeh.

H.I.P Lit Summer Series

July 10, 2018



H.I.P Lit's summer series hosted me along with Kris Waldhe, Simeon Marsalis, Mychal Denzel Smith, and Catherine Carberry

Manhattanville Reading Series

Nov 29, 2016

Unnameable Books

7:30 pm


The Manhattanville Reading Series is a Franklin Park Reading Series-affiliated event for emerging writers. Readers were Isaac Fitzgerald (Buzzfeed Books Editor) and emerging stars Joy Baglio, Ian MacAllen, and Darley Stewart.

The Disagreement Series

Nov 22, 2016

Hi-Fi Bar

8 pm


Readers: Stu Watson, Sarah Wang, Jen Levitt, and Ian MacAllen

English Kills Review Reading

Sept 28, 2014

Mellow Pages Library

7 pm


Ian at Mellow Pages

I hosted Melissa Adamo, Alex Norcia, Melissa Swantkowski, and Dana Jaye Cadman at the Mellow Pages Library for a reading celebrating English Kills Review. Photos from Big City Sasquatch