Upcoming Programs at a Glance


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:

Chicago Foodways Roundtable:

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

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:

  • Thursday, May 13, 2021 @ 7:00 PM via Zoom: Deep Dish Pizza History with Peter Regas
  • Thursday, August 12, 2021, Live judging @ 3:00 PM Eastern Time: Family Heirloom Recipe Contest @ Indiana State Fair (Indiana Building)
  • Friday, August 13, 2021, Winners announced @ 12:15 PM: Family Heirloom Recipe Contest @ Illinois State Fair (Hobby, Arts and Craft Building)
  • Saturday, August 14, 2021, Live judging @ 2:30 PM: Family Heirloom Recipe Contest @ Missouri State Fair (Home Economics Building)
  • Sunday, September 5, 2021, Live judging @ 1:00 PM: Family Heirloom Recipe Contest @ South Dakota State Fair (Women’s Building)
  • September 2021: Heirloom Apple Tour – postponed from 2019.

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

Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue

Join us on Wednesday, May 19, 2021 @ 7:00 PM CST via Zoom.

Presented by Adrian Miller
Food Writer, Attorney, Certified Barbecue Judge

Join us as James Beard Award-winning author Adrian Miller discusses the history of African American barbecue culture from his book, Black Smoke: African Americans and the United States of Barbecue. Black Smoke describes how African Americans inherited a type of cooking that fused Native American meat smoking and European grilling techniques that became known as “barbecue.” Continue reading

Someone’s in the Kitchen with Dinah (Shore)

Join us on Wednesday June 16, 2021 via Zoom!

By Flo Selfman

Eggplant Vegetable Pie

Having been a top singing star, Dinah Shore became a pioneer television personality with “The Dinah Shore Chevy Show,” which showcased her distinctive voice and relaxed Southern charm from 1951 to 1963. In 1970, she returned to television as host of “Dinah’s Place,” an NBC morning show that covered homemaking, crafts, child-rearing, health and beauty—always with a song, of course, and usually a cooking segment, either by Dinah or her celebrity guests. Many leading chefs got their first national exposure on “Dinah’s Place.” Continue reading

Ossoli Cookbook: A fundraiser for the first public beach in Highland Park, Illinois

Presented by Highland Park Public Library’s Cookbook Club
with Highland Park Historical Society and Us!
We are encouraging people to prepare a recipe from this antique community cookbook and discuss the results. This cookbook is available online via the University of Illinois. Certainly you are welcome to sit in on the discussion and not have cooked anything!

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The Making of James Beard, An American Legend

Presented by John Birdsall, Author,
The Man Who Ate Too Much

View presentation on Facebook

Food of the past that comes to us through recipes and cookbooks can appear to be fixed evidence of what generations before us ate, their tastes and preferences. John Birdsall says that his research for The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard (Norton, 2020) challenged all his assumptions about that. Continue reading