Pasta and Noodles

Presented by Kantha Shelke, PhD, Author, Food Scientist

New Year, New Meeting Locations!
Bethany Retirement Community

Pasta and noodles are so ubiquitous and popular that many nations around the world claim them as their own invention. In fact, their origins are as murky as ever, a destination that Kantha Shelke sets out for in this fascinating history. Journeying across five continents and through distant lands, she takes us on a delicious culinary adventure in order to learn more about one of the world’s most popular—and satisfying—foods. Continue reading

International Inspirations— Culinary Lessons Learned From the Road

Presented by Chef Christopher Koetke
Vice President, Strategy and Industry Relations, Kendall College

New meeting location: Weiss Memorial Hospital

For the last 5 years, Chef Koetke has been criss-crossing the globe, visiting 20-25 countries annually. In 12 of these countries, he set up culinary programs or worked with local culinary schools. Additionally, he works on sustainability issues as the Feed the Planet Chairman for World Chefs were he routinely is talking to people around the world. Continue reading

Fooditor.com: Eat Chicago. Drink Chicago. Read Chicago

Michael Gebert, Editor

The world of Chicago food media is rapidly changing. Michael Gebert is a Chicago based writer who has found new opportunities to tell stories of Chicago’s rich culture. He’ll talk about the changing media landscape, how to find opportunities to share your voice within it, and the role of lists and guidebooks, from Michelin to his own, in helping people discover what their local food scene is about. Continue reading

The South’s Fruity History

Presented by Nancie McDermott,
Cookbook Author, Cooking Teacher, and confirmed Southern Belle

According to acclaimed cookbook author Nancie McDermott, there are a dozen iconic fruits which hold an historic and enduring place on the Southern table. A Southerner herself, Nancie is in Chicago to spread the gospel of these beloved fruits and share the delicious rituals that surround them so that we Northerners can bring them across the Mason-Dixon line to our tables. Continue reading