Upcoming Programs at a Glance

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Currently all our programs are presented virtually via Zoom on Central Time. Once we can meet again, we hope to continue with both live and virtual programs. Please read the full event notices for details because days and times often vary. You are encouraged to join our email list to receive advance notices followed by day-of-meeting reminders with the required Zoom link. 

Culinary Historians of Chicago:

  • Wednesday, June 22, 2022 @ 7 PM via Zoom: Ukrainian food
  • Wednesday, July 20, 2022 @ 7 PM via Zoom: Eric Pallant on Sourdough
Chicago Foodways Roundtable:

  • Chicago FoodCultura Clarion update
  • Saturday, October, 2022 @ 10 AM @ Chinese American Museum of Chicago: Chinese Cuisine in America: Stories, Struggles and Successes (Fee involved)

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

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:

  • September 30, 2021: Heirloom Apple Tour – it actually happened!

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

The Invisible 6,000 Year History of Sourdough

Join Us on Wednesday, July 20th, 2022 at 7:00 PM via Zoom! Links to recipes:
Pliny the Elder’s Picenum Bread
Sourdough Boston Brown Bread
Starting a Sourdough Starter

For at least 6000 years, people have summoned sourdough starter seemingly out of the air and combined it with milled wheat, water, and a dash of salt to produce The Staff of Life: Bread. Join us as Professor Eric Pallant slices into a 6,000-year journey through history. Continue reading

Street talking Indian Street Food — and a mini cooking demo!

Rangana Bhargava

Mention the words street food and most of us Chicagoans think of food trucks parked downtown at lunchtime with vendors selling a variety of freshly prepared ethnic foods. Our program today takes us to India where street food has abounded for years, but with a different twist — no trucks. Continue reading

Feeding Fascism: The Politics of Women’s Food Work

Podcast
Historical Cooking Show

Feeding Fascism explores how women negotiated the politics of Italy’s Fascist regime (1922-1943) in their daily lives and how they fed their families through agricultural and industrial labour. Darvin looks at women’s experiences of Fascism by examining the material world in which they lived in relation to their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Continue reading

Cooking with Priya Mani: Stone Flowers aka Lichens

Images of Stone Flowers aka Lichens by Priya Mani

Back in March, 2021, there was a talk by Priya Mani on gathered, edible lichens from the Indian subcontinent. It is hardly imaginable that a lichen scraped off tree barks in the sub-Himalayan forests is the decisive and defining ingredient of what we know and imagine as “spicy-Indian.” Knowledge and use of stone flower that was for generations hidden in regional kitchens have suddenly found a nationwide use, albeit as a secret ingredient in readymade spice blends. Continue reading

The Ten Commandments of Pizza

Peter Reinhart

Podcast

Links to recipes:
Clams Casino Pizza Portland Style
The Hellboy Slice Pizza
New York Pizza Dough

In celebration of his newest book, Pizza Quest: Peter Reinhart’s Never-Ending Search for the Perfect Pizza, the award-winning authority returns for his third visit to the Culinary Historians of Chicago. Peter will reveal his “Ten Commandments of Pizza,” and give an overview of the 35 featured pizza recipes inspired by many of the greatest pizza makers in America. (The book features creative variations on Neapolitan pizza, Detroit-style pan pizza, calzones, strombolis, focaccia, and Sicilian styles.) Continue reading