Philippine Cuisine: A Plateful of History

Presented by
Sarahlynn Pablo, Natalia Roxas, Caitlin Preminger and Chef Rob Menor


By Caitlin Preminger
Every time someone asks us what Filipino food is, our answer is immediate and concise: it is our history on a plate. Philippine cuisine is a reflection of the various cultural influences–consensual or otherwise–that have left their mark on the island nation over the course of its history as a trading partner and occupied territory. Continue reading

Hot Dog! It’s Hot Doug! A Bunside Chat from Chicago’s Royal Wienie King

Presented by Douglas Sohn
Sausageur Extraordinaire


While the Chicago-style hot dog has gained international fame, no one has put more relish in our town’s wienie history than Douglas Sohn. His encased meat emporium, Hot Doug’s (2001-2014), was arguably THE most celebrated hot dog stand between New York and California, located on Chicago’s northwest side. Food authority Anthony Bourdain declared Hot Doug’s as “one of the thirteen places to eat before you die.” Continue reading

One Smart Cookie Shares Crumbs of History

Presented by Mindy Segal, Cookie guru, Restaurateur, Author


Join us as James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Mindy Segal discusses the evolution of the modern cookie. Mindy will take us from the invention of Toll House chocolate chip cookies in the 1930s, to the innovations happening currently in her kitchen at Hot Chocolate in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. Continue reading

The Not Always Sweet History of Sugar

Presented by Andrew F. Smith, Author/Editor


Sugar has been on our minds for millennia. First cultivated in New Guinea around ten thousand years ago, and extremely expensive until the Industrial Revolution, this addictive sweetener has come to dominate our appetites—whether in candy, desserts, soft drinks, processed food, or even pasta sauces. Continue reading