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:
  • Monday, October 16, 2023 @ 7 PM via Zoom: Teri Edelstein. PhD on ‘Feeding the Art Deco Spirit’
  • Sunday, November 12, 2023 @ 12:45 PM Tour commences at 1 PM @ Illinois Holocaust Museum, Skokie, IL: Docent lead private tour of “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli (fee involved)
  • Chicago FoodCultura Clarion update

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

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:
  • Sunday, September 4, 2023 @ 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.

What’s behind Italy’s ingredients?

Join Us on Wednesday, October 4, 2023 @ 7 PM Central via Zoom!

Spicy ziti with eggplant, capers, and mint (Ziti piccanti ai capperi, melanzane e menta)
Swordfish of love (Pescespada dell’amore)

Come join us as Viola Buitoni (yes, she’s a member of that illustrious pasta-manufacturing family) shares the history and geography of Italy’s most iconic ingredients, and gives tips on how we can incorporate their vibrant flavors and techniques into our kitchens. (Think balsamic vinegar, flakes of parmigiano reggiano, fresh ricotta and creamy grains of risotto.) Continue reading

Feeding the Art Deco Spirit

Join Us on Monday, October 16, 2023 @ 7 PM Central via Zoom!

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A central aspect of the culture and lifestyle of the 1920s and 30s was the creation and consumption of food.  You could exist in an Art Deco world where everything from the soup to the nuts was inflected with this style. As a pervasive mode, Deco shaped a total environment and food and drink were an integral part of this.  The lecture will focus upon some of the more striking results of this encounter.

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A Tour of Windy City Mushrooms

featuring their growing rooms and 
tasting of their new fungi food products

Presented by John James
Co-Owner/Head of Sales/Mycologist

Windy City Mushroom was founded 3 years ago in 2020. With the start of the pandemic, healthy resources became scarce, and mushrooms were out of stock in nearly every grocery store and co-op. Chicago needed a sustainable option for local consumers, thus Windy City Mushroom was born. Located in the Ford City neighborhood of Chicago, we pride ourselves on growing the finest premium gourmet mushrooms Chicago has to offer at an affordable price. Continue reading

Much ado about masalas—a deep dive into Indian Cuisine

Masaleydaar Spice Blends with Recipes


Come join us as a maven of masala, Nandita Godbole, explores India’s complex and delicious regional cuisines through its culinary backbone – its masalas (which, by the way, are a vast number of spice mixtures ground into a paste or powder for use in Indian cooking). Continue reading