Upcoming Programs


 Culinary Historians of Chicago:
  • January 17, 2015:  Colleen Sen, 5 Myths About Indian Food
  • February 28, 2015: Peter Reinhart, Bread Revolution
  • March 21, 2015: Kevin Pang, Chicago Tribune
  • April 11, 2015: Jennifer Amdur Spitz, Food Patriots (film)
  • May 2, 2015:  Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation
  • June 20, 2015: Dr. Michael Fenster
Chicago Foodways Roundtable: 
  • January 31, 2015:  Amelia Katanski, American Midwest Foodways Scholar’s Grant recipient.
  • March 15, 2015 (Sunday): Lynne Shapiro, Food, Family and Tradition – Hungarian Kosher Recipes and Remembrances
  • March/April TBA:  Making matzo at Central Avenue Synagogue
  • April 11, 2015: Jennifer McLagan, Bitter (afternoon)
  • September TBA: Charles Baker-Clark on Montenegro

Find Culinary Historians of Chicago on Twitter as CulinaryHistory, on Facebook and Pinterest.

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:

  • February 8, 2015:  High Tea with Estee Lauder
  • March 7, 2015: Cynthia Clampitt, Midwest Maize: How Corn Shaped the U.S. Heartland
  • TBA: Learning Tour to Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • TBA: Corn Symposium
Find Greater Midwest Foodways on Twitter as MidwestFoodways, on Facebook and
       www.GreaterMidwestFoodways.com for more information.

“The Bread Revolution”

Much Kneaded Information from Bread Guru
Peter Reinhart, author, teacher, baker

Peter Reinhart is one of the nation’s most acclaimed authorities on bread and he will have us rolling in dough as he shares the story of his life in bread. As a man who has made a living from “loafing,” Chef Reinhart will let us view (and taste) the next frontier in the world of flour, especially sprouted flour, which he calls a “nutritious and delicious game changer.” He will also discuss whole and ancient grains, nut and seed flours, alternative flours (such as teff and grape skin), and allergy-friendly and gluten-free approaches to bread baking. Continue reading

The Impact of American Indian Boarding School Education on Great Lakes Indigenous Foodways

A Case Study of the Lac du Flambeau Reservation

By: Amelia V. Katanski
$3000 Recipient of an American Midwest Foodways Scholar’s Grant

The US has a clear history of limiting Indian people’s abilities to harvest, hunt, fish for, or access their traditional foods in order to assert control over Indian communities and advance national policy objectives. Indian boarding school education is one significant way federal actions attempted to subvert native foodways. Students spent half of their time in the classroom and half working on the school farm, learning mainstream agricultural practices in the context of a boarding school curriculum that devalued indigenous knowledge and supported allotment, in which tribally-owned reservation land was broken into homesteads intended to be owned by individuals and run as family farms, producing food that mirrored European-American dietary norms and supplanting endangered traditional foodways. Continue reading

Currying Your Curiosity: Five Myths about Indian Food

Popular dishes such as tandoori chicken, butter chicken, and so-called “Moghlai cuisine” that are familiar to every Indian restaurant devotee occupy only a tiny section of the vast and diverse world of Indian cuisine. (And some are relatively recent creations to boot.) Like Chinese cuisine just two decades ago, Indian restaurant food in the west is limited to just a few regional traditions and suffers from many misconceptions. Continue reading

Illinois Has a Lot to Wine About: A Toast and Tasting to Our State’s Great History


Illinois has a thriving wine industry although this may come as a surprise to many residents of Illinois and beyond. Clara Orban, author of Illinois Wines and Wineries: the Essential Guide (SIU Press, 2014) will present the history of Illinois wines, with some little-known facts about an industry that dates back more than 150 years. She will also compare Illinois to other Midwest States and then see how the Illinois wine industry compares to that of the West Coast powerhouses. She will give an overview of the different wine regions of Illinois, the current status of grape varieties, and look into the future of Illinois wine.

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In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East

In Remembrance of Me: Feasting with the Dead in the Ancient Middle East, shows how the living cared for the dead and how the ancients conceptualized the idea of the human soul in ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, and the Levant.

The show is built around two themes: the offering of food and drink on regular occasions to nourish the dead in the afterlife, and the use of two or three-dimensional effigies of the dead, often made of stone, to preserve their memory and to provide a means of interaction between the living and the dead. Continue reading