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. You are always welcome to become a member.

Culinary Historians of Chicago:

Chicago Foodways Roundtable:

  • Saturday, July 13, 2024 road trip to DeKalb, Illinois: 1 PM @ tour of Food: Gathering Around the Table @ DeKalb History Center, 5 PM: Church Supper at Kingston Methodist Church – postponed due to illness.
  • Saturday, January 25, 2025 @ 4 PM Delafield, Wisconsin: Raccoon Dinner

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

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2024 @ 3 PM Indiana State Fair: Family Heirloom Recipe Contest located in the Indiana Building.
  • Friday, August 9, 2024 @ 10 AM Illinois State Fair: Family Heirloom Recipe Contest located in the
  • Saturday, August 10, 2024 @ 3 PM Missouri State Fair: Family Heirloom Recipe Contest located in the 4H building
  • Sunday, September 1, 2024 @ 1 PM South Dakota State Fair: Family Heirloom Recipe Contest located at the Women’s Building

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

Food: Gathering Around the Table + Church Supper

Join Us on Saturday, July 13, 2024 @ 1 PM Central LIVE!  Postponed to a later date to be determined. Do go if you can!

DeKalb County History Center
1730 N Main Street | Sycamore, IL 60178
Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 1 PM Central

Highly recommended:
Church Supper at Kingston United Methodist Church 121 1st St | Kingston, IL 60145
Dinner will feature chicken dinner plus pie! 

Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 5 PM Central Time
Cost: $20 including admission and supper

The food on the American table may not define exactly what we are as a nation, but the traditions surrounding our foods speak volumes about who we are. Rooted in centuries of borrowing and sharing, food traditions are staggeringly diverse and constantly evolving. The intersection of cultures in America is perhaps the most important factor in the mix that is America’s food. Continue reading

The Glory of Chicago-Style BBQ

Join us on Wednesday, July 24, 2024 @ 7 PM, via Zoom
Chef Dominique Leach

We’ve all heard of the classic BBQ styles from regions like Kansas City, Memphis or Texas. But what about Chicago-style BBQ?

From rib tips to hot links to mild sauce and more, Chicago chef and pitmaster Dominique Leach of the black-women-queer-owned and award-winning restaurant Lexington Betty’s Smokehouse (plus the 2023 winner of the Food Network’s hit show BBQ Brawl), is making it her mission to further define this unique style and put it on the map in 2024. 

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Dinner at Hyderabad Kitchen

Presented by Colleen Taylor Sen

Hyderabad Kitchen 
6242 North California Avenue | Chicago, IL 60659
Parking in the strip mall lot and on the street Get Directions
Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 6 PM Central Time

This event kicks off a series of dinners designed especially for members of the Culinary Historians of Chicago and Rogers Park West Ridge Historical Society (Historical Society) featuring the cuisines of different regions of India, including Hyderabad, Gujarat, Punjab, Kerala, Maharashtra and perhaps more. Continue reading

THE EDITOR: How Publishing Legend Judith Jones Shaped Culture in America

Join Us on Monday, June 10, 2024 @ 7 PM Central via Zoom!

By Sara B. Franklin


Come join us as food historian and author Sara Franklin gives insight into Judith Jones, the visionary behind some of the most important authors of the 20th century, including Julia Child, Anne Frank, John Updike and Sylvia Plath. This iconic editor finally gets her due in Ms. Franklin’s newly released book, The Editor. Continue reading

The Soul of Jewish Food

Presented by Dylan Maysick, co-owner Diaspora Dinners

Links to Recipes:
Coconut Macaroons with Chocolate, Pistachio, and Orange Blossom
Halloumi and Orange Salad with Pomegranate, Pistachio, and Herbs

Montreal Bagels

What is Jewish food? That is the question Dylan Maysick has been on a quest to answer through his Diaspora Dinner project, a Chicago-based series of dinners that explores the cuisines of the Jewish Diaspora.

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