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:

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2022 @ 7 PM via Zoom: Nieman Ranch
Chicago Foodways Roundtable:

  • Saturday, August 20, 2022@ 3:30 PM at the Elmhurst History Museum: Dave Oberg, Executive Director led tour of ‘Eat Your Heart Out: Iconic Chicagoland Foods’ (now until October 2)
  • 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
  • Saturday, October, 2022 @ 10 AM @ Chinese American Museum of Chicago: Chinese Cuisine in America: Stories, Struggles and Successes (Fee involved)

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

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:

  • Wednesday, August 10, 2022 @ 3:00 PM Indiana State Fair: Family Heirloom Recipe Contest located at Culinary Arts Department located in the basement of the Indiana Arts Building. Live Judging.
  • Friday, August 12, 2022, Winners announced at 12:00 PM Illinois State Fair: Family Heirloom Recipe Contest located at the Hobby, Arts and Craft Building. Closed judging. Winners announced between 12:00 and 12:15 pm.
  • Saturday, August 13, 2022 @ 2:30 PM Missouri State Fair: Family Heirloom Recipe Contest located at the Home Economics Building.
  • 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!

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

Eat Your Heart Out: Iconic Chicagoland Foods

Join Us on Saturday, August 20th, 2022 at 3:30 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.

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The Invisible 6,000 Year History of Sourdough

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

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

To Ukraine with Love


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


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