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Our events are typically at Bethany Retirement Community (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. You can always join our email list to get this in your mailbox.

Culinary Historians of Chicago:
Chicago Foodways Roundtable: 

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

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:
  • September TBA, 2021: Heirloom Apple Tour – postponed from 2019.

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

Beyond the North Wind: Exploring Russia through Food

Join us on Wednesday August 12, 2020 – ZOOM

Book Cover

Presented by Darra Goldstein, PhD
Professor and award-winning author

No samples available at this virtual presentation, though feel free to try these recipes for Sour Cream Honey Cake and  Syrniki (Russian Cheese Pancakes) (Courtesy of 10 Speed Press &  Stefan Wettainen, Photographer)

We welcome you to join us as Russian scholar and award-winning culinary authority Dr. Darra Goldstein shares highlights from her latest book Beyond the North Wind: Exploring Russia through Food. Darra will take us on a journey above the Arctic Circle, to Russia’s northernmost reaches, where the extremes of climate have inspired an inventive, resilient, and earthy cuisine. Continue reading

Fat Rascals: Dining at Shakespeare’s Table

Join us on Wednesday September 2, 2020 – ZOOM

Book cover of Fat Rascals: Dining at Shakespeare's Table

Presented by John Tufts
Actor, Author

If you ever wanted to see Shakespeare sizzle, now”s your chance. Join our “Zoominar” as actor/cook John Tufts dishes up an historically savory stew of Elizabethan and Tudor Culinary delights that the Bard himself whetted our appetites for in his iconic plays.

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The Most Loved Room In The House: The Evolution of the American Kitchen

Wednesday July 15, 2020

Book cover of John Ota’s book, The Kitchen

Presented by John Ota,
Author, The Kitchen

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No samples available at this virtual presentation,
though feel free to try this recipe for Matzo Ball Soup.

John Ota was a man on a mission–to put together the perfect kitchen. He and his wife had been making do with a room that was frankly no great advertisement for John’s architectural expertise. It just about did the job.

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The Rule of Rum

The Rule of Rum
Presented by Cynthia Clampitt, Author
 
 
 
 
No samples available at this virtual presentation, though feel free to try these recipes.
 

Food historian Cynthia Clampitt shares the reason rum arose where it did and when it did, as well as how pirates got involved and who really said “yo, ho, ho” (not the pirates), but also explains how rum was involved in uniting the 13 Colonies, why it was one of the issues that led to the American Revolution, how it also led to a revolt in its next home after the Caribbean: Australia, and how it affected culture and history around the world after that. Continue reading

16,000 years of Global Potato History

Presented by Raghavan Iyer
Author, Teacher

No samples available at this virtual presentation, though feel free to try these recipes:

Chocolate Sweet Potato Cake
Hasselback Potatoes with Cardamon Butter
Potato Leek Pie
Ultimate French Fries

Our speaker, Raghavan Iyer, is the author of “Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked–and Fried, Too!: A Celebration of Potatoes in 75 Irresistible Recipes.” And he’s going to have one heck of a spudworthy program for us. Here’s his tater-tot preview:

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