Our events are usually at Kendall College (directions and parking) on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am until noon. Occasionally, our event time varies or we meet at a different location. These variances will be highlighted below in ‘Upcoming Programs,’ though please read the full event notice for details.

Upcoming Programs:
Culinary Historians of Chicago:
  • March 11, 2017Cuba!: Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen with Dan Goldberg and Andrea Kuhn
  • April 15,. 2017: Hello, My Name is Ice Cream with Diana Cree
  • July TBA, 2017: Meathead: The Science of Great BBQ and Grilling with Craig ‘Meathead’ Goldwyn
Chicago Foodways Roundtable: 
  • March 25, 2017:  Sicilian Wine Today: Reviving Old Grape Varieties and The Return of Mamertino
  • June 7, 2017: US Foods test kitchens, Rosemont, Illinois
  • September, 2017: An Anthropologist’s Field Study of German Food and its Meaning in Chicago with Nadja Huffmann

Find Culinary Historians of Chicago and Chicago Foodways Roundtable on Twitter or Facebook.

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:
  • February 18, 2018: Annual High Tea

Find Greater Midwest Foodways on Twitter, Facebook or our website.

Sicilian Wine Today: Reviving Old Grape Varieties and The Return of Mamertino

Presented by Kathryn Occhipinti, MD

Long-time Culinary Historian member Kathryn Occhipinti opened the New York Times Magazine to find an article about a Sicilian winery bearing her family name. She learned from articles in the New York Times and Wine Spectator the Occhipinti family was making world-class wines. Continue reading

Crossing Into Cuba: Two Chicagoans Take Us On a Cultural and Culinary Journey

Presented by Dan Goldberg and Andrea Kuhn
Authors, Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen

Friends Dan Goldberg and Andrea Kuhn fell in love with Cuba at first sight, on their first visit three years ago. They decided to write a cookbook to celebrate the spirit of the country and visited Cuba three times during their journey to document a place they have grown to love so much. Their book, Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen, details their adventures, the food they ate, and the recipes they were inspired to create back home.

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The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Family

Presented by Adrian Miller
Food writer, attorney and certified barbecue judge

It’s a return trip to the Culinary Historians for James Beard award–winning author Adrian Miller, who first spoke to us in 2014 on soul food. Today he’s back to tell us about his just-released second book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas. Mr. Miller will share the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. We will learn how these remarkable men and women were simultaneously marvelous cooks, family confidantes, and civil rights advocates. Continue reading

What Makes Fat Rice Tick? Culinary Tell-All Behind Logan Square Eatery

Presented by Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo
Partners, Fat Rice restaurant, and Authors, The Adventures of Fat Rice

Fat Rice is one fat success. Ever since this intimate Macanese restaurant opened in Logan Square in 2012, it has been exposing its legions of diners to its delectable Portuguese/Southeast Asian-influenced cuisine. Join us as Fat Rice partners Abraham Conlon and Adrienne Lo discuss the rich culinary history of Macau, and how global Portuguese cuisine has had an international influence on the way the world eats today. Continue reading

How the Depression Affected Our Culinary Landscape

Presented by Andrew Coe
Author, Culinary Historian

Come join us for an insightful discussion with the co-author of A Square Meal: A Culinary History of the Great Depression, a book which The New York Times says is an “engaging and often moving cultural history.” Andrew Coe, who wrote the book with his wife, Jane Ziegelman, will explore for us the intersection of food, politics and culture during the Great Depression, a period of seismic shifts in the country’s political and social landscape. Continue reading