Maize: The Heartland’s Corn

Information on Learning Tour: Graue Mill and Naper Settlement
October  6, 2017

Information on Maize: The Heartland’s Corn
October  7, 2017

Information on Learning Tour: Three Farms, an Orchard and a Fish Boil
October  8, 2017

Greater Midwest Foodways presents its sixth symposium examining Midwestern Maize as a foodstuff, a source of controversy and an economic engine. Continue reading

Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture

Travelling Tour by American Museum of Natural History

Learning tour to Milwaukee Public Museum to view a special traveling exhibit, one that explores the complex food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork. In sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting, and celebrating, the Global Kitchen exhibition illuminates the myriad ways that food is produced and moved throughout the world. Continue reading

Upcoming Programs at a Glance


Our events are typically at Weiss Memorial Hospital (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, though please read the full event notice for details.

Culinary Historians of Chicago:
  • March 17, 2018: Bruce Kraig on American Food History @ Weiss Memorial Hospital
  • June 2, 2018: John Coletta and Monica Kass Rogers on Risotto
Chicago Foodways Roundtable: 

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

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:
  • June/July TBA, 2018: Farm tour
  • June TBA, 2018: Chinese BBQ at Sun Wah BBQ
  • February 2019: High Tea at the Highland Park Community House

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

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