Ignite The Conversation: A Exploration Into Chicago-style BBQ

Join Us on Sunday, February 25, 2024 @ 4 PM Central at Lexington Betty Smokehouse (fee involved)!

We’ve all heard of the classic BBQ styles from regions like Kansas City, Memphis or Texas-style. 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 and the current reigning “MASTER OF ‘CUE” 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. And she’s calling on a few more experts to help! Continue reading

American Farmer

Photograph by Paul Mobley

American Farmer celebrates the living spirit of our heartland, through the faces and voices of the people who keep it alive. Featuring 45 full-color and black-and-white portraits and interviews with farmers across the United States—from cattle ranchers to strawberry growers—American Farmer tells the honest and inspiring stories of the true stewards of our land. This is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and The National Endowment for the Arts. Continue reading

Examining History through Recipes: Crofton Cookbook (Manuscript cookbooks from Fort Sheridan, 1890s)

Join Us on Thursday, April 4, 2024 @ 6:30 PM Central via Zoom!


Presented by Catherine Lambrecht, and
Nicole Stocker, Museum Education Manager, Dunn Museum

Dive into the Dunn Museum’s collections to explore two 1800s Crofton family cookbooks that were used at Fort Sheridan with guest speaker Cathy Lambrecht and Museum Educator Nicole Stocker. Learn more about the Crofton family’s time at Fort Sheridan and hear about Cathy and Nicole’s experiences at testing out some of the recipes. Continue reading

“I’ll Have What She’s Having:” The Jewish Deli

(Kaufman’s Deli image Catherine Lambrecht)

Docent lead private tour of the Jewish Deli exhibit

More than a place to get a meal, the Jewish deli is a community forged in food. “I’ll Have What She’s Having”: The Jewish Deli explores how Jewish immigrants, mostly from Central and Eastern Europe, imported and adapted traditions to create a uniquely American restaurant. The exhibition reveals how Jewish delicatessens became a cornerstone of American food culture, and how delis served as a lifeline for many Holocaust Survivors and refugees who came to the United States. Continue reading

Feeding the Art Deco Spirit

 

Podcast


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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