The Chicago Food Encyclopedia Debuts

Presented by Coeditors Carol Haddix and Colleen Sen,
and contributors John Carruthers, Judy Hevrdejs and Scott Warner
Everyone knows that Chicago is the world’s greatest food city – and we now have a book that tells you why: The Chicago Food Encyclopedia. Edited by Carol Mighton Haddix, Bruce Kraig and Colleen Taylor Sen, this 300- page volume is a free-ranging portrait of a culinary paradise, with nearly 300 entries written by 70 of the city’s leading academics, journalists, and industry experts. 

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From Cacao to Craft Chocolate Stories from the past, Sustainability for the Future

Presented by Valerie Beck,
Founder, Chocolate Uplift, and Valerie’s Original Chocolate Tours

According to Chicago native Valerie Beck, “chocolate can change everything, from our mood, to the world.” So passionate is Valerie about chocolate, that after graduating from Harvard Law school, and practicing in the United States and Europe, she followed her heart and founded Chicago Chocolate Tours in 2005, to introduce chocolate lovers to small-batch chocolate shops and bakeries. Continue reading

‘Tis The Season for Preserving, Part 2: The Joys of Jewish Preserving

Presented by Emily Paster
Author, Co-Founder, Chicago Food Swap

Jewish cooks, even casual ones, are proud of the history of preserved foods in Jewish life, from the time of living in a desert two millennia ago to the era in which Jews lived in European ghettoes with no refrigeration during the last century. In a significant sense, the Jewish tradition of preserved foods is a symbol of the Jewish will to survive. Continue reading

Old Husbands Tales: Barbecue Myths That Deserve to Die

Presented by Meathead 
Barbecue Maven and New York Times Best-Selling Author,
Meathead, the Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling
The barbecue world is rife with rules and concepts that modern food science has proven wrong, and our speaker, reverently known in BBQ-land as Meathead, will debunk a bunch of them and teach concepts and techniques that can be applied to cooking indoors as well. He will also serve up a side order of some delectable barbecue history, along with a small barbecue sampling. Continue reading