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. You are always welcome to become a member.
Culinary Historians of Chicago:
Chicago Foodways Roundtable:
- Saturday, October 1 @ 10 AM via Zoom from the United Kingdom: Fool’s Gold: A History of British Saffron with Samantha Bilton.
- Chicago FoodCultura Clarion update
- Thursday, November 3, 2022 @ 7:00 PM: The Turkey: An American Story with Andrew Smith
- Tuesday, November 15 @ 7 PM via Zoom: Italian Beef history with Anthony Buccini
- Saturday, December, 2022 @ 10 AM @ Chinese American Museum of Chicago: Chinese Cuisine in America: Stories, Struggles and Successes (Fee involved)
- January TBA, 2023: History of American Pies … and Illinois is well represented! with Catherine Lambrecht
Find Culinary Historians of Chicago and Chicago Foodways Roundtable on Twitter or Facebook.
Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:
- Sunday, September 4, 2022 @ 1:00 PM South Dakota State Fair: Family Heirloom Recipe Contest located at the Women’s Building
- September 30, 2021: Heirloom Apple Tour – it actually happened!
Join Us on Saturday, October 1st, 2022 at 10:00 AM via Zoom!
Saffron has allured us with its golden hues throughout time. It was the darling of the Medieval kitchen, the saviour of the apothecary’s chest and gave cloth a regal glow. Unlike many spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, saffron can be successfully grown in England. Continue reading
Join Us on Thursday, November 3rd, 2022 at 7:00 PM via Zoom!
“Talking turkey” about the bird you thought you knew.
Fondly remembered as the centerpiece of family Thanksgiving reunions, the turkey is a cultural symbol as well as a multi-billion dollar industry. As a bird, dinner, commodity, and as a national icon, the turkey has become as American as the bald eagle (with which it actually competed for supremacy on national insignias).
Join Us on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 at 7:00 PM via Zoom!
Italian beef sandwich from Al’s Beef in Chicago, a picture courtesy of Dominic Armato.
Italian Americans have contributed a considerable number of portable fast foods to regional and local cuisines around the United States, some of which have become extremely popular at the national level. One such food which, despite its frequent discussion in recent food-related media, has remained very much a local dish is Chicago’s ‘Italian beef’. Continue reading
Join Us on Wednesday, August 24th, 2022 at 7:00 PM via Zoom!
Presented by John and Sukey Jamison, owners, Jamison Farm, Latrobe, Pa.
Links to Recipes
Delicious Lamb Shanks
Mushroom Lamb Stroganoff
From Scott Warner, president, Culinary Historians of Chicago:
As a kid, I was always hesitant when it came to eating lamb chops; too often they were greasy and usually had an unpleasant “lamby” taste. In the last few years however, the lamb chops I’ve been buying from my local grocery store have been meaty, juicy and non “lamby” tasting.
Join Us on Saturday, August 20th, 2022 at 3:15 PM LIVE!, Yes, Live!
Whether it’s thin crust or deep dish, Italian beef dipped or not, or mustard on your hot dog — there’s no doubt Chicagoans share a passionate appetite for iconic foods from the Windy City. Explore the history of many favorite Chicagoland specialties and the restaurants that served them, from corner hot dog stands and greasy spoons to pizza parlors.