“Chicago Has Something to Beef About”

Cutting Remarks from A Woman Butcher

Join us as Kari Underly, a third-generation master butcher, and author of the “The Art of Beef Cutting,” as she talks about:

. The rich history of the Chicago stockyards and the influence and importance of our city to the world of meat processing;
. The evolution of the trade, where it started and where it’s going;
. The changing face of the butcher, including the role of women in the meat business;
. The trend to whole animal butchery and the challenges it brings to both merchants and consumers. Continue reading

“The Bread Revolution”

Much Kneaded Information from Bread Guru
Peter Reinhart, author, teacher, baker


Peter Reinhart is one of the nation’s most acclaimed authorities on bread and he will have us rolling in dough as he shares the story of his life in bread. As a man who has made a living from “loafing,” Chef Reinhart will let us view (and taste) the next frontier in the world of flour, especially sprouted flour, which he calls a “nutritious and delicious game changer.” He will also discuss whole and ancient grains, nut and seed flours, alternative flours (such as teff and grape skin), and allergy-friendly and gluten-free approaches to bread baking. Continue reading

Currying Your Curiosity: Five Myths about Indian Food

Popular dishes such as tandoori chicken, butter chicken, and so-called “Moghlai cuisine” that are familiar to every Indian restaurant devotee occupy only a tiny section of the vast and diverse world of Indian cuisine. (And some are relatively recent creations to boot.) Like Chinese cuisine just two decades ago, Indian restaurant food in the west is limited to just a few regional traditions and suffers from many misconceptions. Continue reading

Illinois Has a Lot to Wine About: A Toast and Tasting to Our State’s Great History


Illinois has a thriving wine industry although this may come as a surprise to many residents of Illinois and beyond. Clara Orban, author of Illinois Wines and Wineries: the Essential Guide (SIU Press, 2014) will present the history of Illinois wines, with some little-known facts about an industry that dates back more than 150 years. She will also compare Illinois to other Midwest States and then see how the Illinois wine industry compares to that of the West Coast powerhouses. She will give an overview of the different wine regions of Illinois, the current status of grape varieties, and look into the future of Illinois wine.

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Paris Confidential

The Sinful Creations That French People Bake 
Behind Closed Doors
Presented by
Dorie Greenspan, tell-all French culinary chronicler

The “New York Times” has referred to her as a “culinary guru. So to call Dorie Greenspan an impressive cookbook author is an understatement. Over a span of 20 years, she’s written 10 cookbooks, received six James Beard and International Association of Culinary Professionals awards, and worked with culinary giants such as Pierre Hermé, Daniel Boulud, and Julia Child. She is a two-time winner of the IACP Cookbook-of-the-Year Award, And there’s more to Dorie-she’s as sweet as the sugar she writes about. That’s why we have asked her back for her third appearance before the Culinary Historians of Chicago. Dorie will dish out a behind-the-scenes look at her newest book, “Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere.” Continue reading