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

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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:
Chicago Foodways Roundtable: 
  • Thursday September 20, 2018: High and Dry on the North Shore, Highwood, IL
  • November 10, 2018: Pork with Cynthia Clampitt

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

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:
  • July 22, 2018: Farm tour
  • September 11, 2018: Chinese BBQ at Sun Wah BBQ
  • November 10, 2018: Pork with Cynthia Clampitt
  • February 24, 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

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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

The Road Joyfully Traveled: Judging Family Heirloom Recipes at Midwestern State Fairs

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Join us for an oral report card on Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance’s Family Heirloom Recipe contest.

Since 2009, Greater Midwest Foodways has sponsored and judged Family Heirloom Recipes contests in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Contestants prepare their family recipe circa 1950 or earlier, submit their recipe and its history. We suggest they display their family heirloom recipe simply though attractively, with the use of props, such as a copy of the original recipe, photographs, placemat, napkins, glassware or flowers. All this for cash prizes of: 1st place – $150., 2nd place – $100., 3rd place – $50 Continue reading