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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:
  • January 19, 2019: Due to weather this program has been POSTPONED to February 23, 2019
  • February 23, 2019: Currying Interest in Indian Cuisine From its Arrival in America to its Rise in Chicago with Colleen Sen @ Weiss Memorial Hospital
Chicago Foodways Roundtable: 

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Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:

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Currying Interest in Indian Cuisine From its Arrival in America to its Rise in Chicago

Due to the snowy weather, this meeting has moved from January 19th to February 23rd. Stay home, read a book and bake something fragrant.

Presented by Colleen Sen, PhD
Author, Culinary Historian

“The history of Indian food in America has been largely neglected, even though it is much older than Chinese American cuisine,” says Colleen Sen, PhD, one of our nation’s foremost authorities on South Asian food.

Please join us as Colleen regales us with a buffet of flavorful facts about one of the world’s greatest cuisines, and its long-simmering impact on our nation and our city. Continue reading

Community Cookbooks: Inspiring Twain Restaurant’s Midwestern Menu

Recipes served:
German Sausage Salad
Granny’s Orange Cake
Mom’s Gingerbread
Lily Salad

Join husband and wife team Chef Tim Graham and Sommelier Rebekah Graham’s of Twain (2445 N. Milwaukee Ave.). Logan Square’s new Midwestern-inspired restaurant, as they discuss community cookbooks with Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance. Influenced by the couple’s extensive collection of spiral-bound women’s club cookbooks from the 1940s through the present as well as Tim’s central Missouri upbringing, Twain marks passage from the past to the present with family recipes passed down through generations focusing on delicious, approachable dishes with modern twists and fun presentations. Named after prolific author Samuel Clemens’ famous pen name, Mark Twain. Continue reading

Family Heirloom Recipes from the Illinois State Fair, An Illinois Bicentennial Project

Presented by Catherine Lambrecht
Vice-President, Culinary Historians of Chicago

Come join us as the Culinary Historians’ own Catherine Lambrecht dishes on her upcoming book, Family Heirloom Recipes, an Illinois Bicentennial Project..
The book is based on Cathy’s work through the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance, and was also inspired by her own family’s heirloom recipes. Continue reading

Chicago Fire: How the Windy City Carved Its Niche In BBQ History

Presented by Dino Dean
Producer, The Black Foodies

Recipes promised during the presentation:
Beef Briskett and baked Potato Potato
Corn Bread Pudding
Eazy Peazy Guacamole
Elote recipe
Granny’s Pumpkin cake
Meat dip 
Whiskey BBQ sauce recipe

Most of us adore barbecue. We just can’t seem to get enough of it. And just about all of us have imbibed in such iconic barbecue styles as Memphis, Texas and Kansas City. But did you know that Chicago has its own zesty style? Continue reading