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. You are always welcome to become a member.

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:

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.

Chinese Cultural Revolution Cookbook

Join Us on Monday, July 18th, 2022 at 7:00 PM from Shanghai via Zoom!

The story of China’s chaotic Cultural Revolution (1966-76) through its cuisine. During that period, approximately 17 million city youth were “sent down” to the countryside to “learn from the peasants” and they discovered that toil in the communes was arduous and food was scarce. Continue reading

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

To Ukraine with Love

Podcast

Links to Recipes
Garlic Dinner Pampushky
Grandma’s Roasted Duck
Rhubarb Strawberry Kisel
Vegetarian Borscht with Chanterelle Mushrooms

Come join us as Anna Volyshyna, author of “Budmo, Recipes from a Ukranian Kitchen,” gives us a poignant and luscious tale of her homeland’s culture and cuisine. 

Anna will provide a buffet of topics, including Ukraine’s geographical location and how it shaped Ukrainian culture; the role of religious holidays in Ukrainian cooking; and modern versions of traditional Ukranian dishes. Continue reading

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

Rangana Bhargava

Podcast

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