Food: Gathering Around the Table + Church Supper

Join Us on Saturday, July 13, 2024 @ 1 PM Central LIVE!  Postponed to a later date to be determined. Do go if you can!

DeKalb County History Center
1730 N Main Street | Sycamore, IL 60178
Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 1 PM Central

Highly recommended:
Church Supper at Kingston United Methodist Church 121 1st St | Kingston, IL 60145
Dinner will feature chicken dinner plus pie! 

Saturday, July 13, 2024 at 5 PM Central Time
Cost: $20 including admission and supper

The food on the American table may not define exactly what we are as a nation, but the traditions surrounding our foods speak volumes about who we are. Rooted in centuries of borrowing and sharing, food traditions are staggeringly diverse and constantly evolving. The intersection of cultures in America is perhaps the most important factor in the mix that is America’s food.

“American food” defies definition, except to say that it is what people in America harvest, prepare, and eat. There is no real recipe, just a few key ingredients constantly stirred by time.

Stop by and explore this exhibit that explores our natural resources, local food traditions, food technology, and food as an autobiography. Then, continue your adventure throughout the summer at area history museums which will have related displays and programming.

We will have a guided tour of this exhibit and will visit their archives.

Food: Gathering Around the Table is generously sponsored by Meta and Old National Bank.

Food: Gathering Around the Table is created by DeKalb County History Center in collaboration with the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street program.

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How to plan your trip

Bring a Cooler to Visit:

Reams Elburn Market 
250 South Main Street, Elburn, IL 60119 
Phone: 630.365.6461 | Saturday hours: 9 AM to 4 PM

*located at 199 W Nebraska St. Elburn, IL (back of the northwest parking lot)
**Seasonally – Wednesday-Sunday: 11am-2pm
Rain or Shine (high winds / lightning may affect schedule)
Menu – Ream’s Brats, Hotdogs, Burgers, Soft Pretzels, Chips & Pop

Approximately 25 minutes to DeKalb History Center, which opens at noon.


Other lunch locations:

Sycamore Parkway Restaurant (Greek diner)
605 E State St, Sycamore, IL 60178-1519
(815) 895-6700 | Hours: 6 AM to 9 PM

Five minutes to DeKalb History Center

Burger Naan (Indian fusion)
121 N 2nd St DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 517-1348 | Hours: 11 Am to 10 PM

20 minutes to DeKalb History Center

After our visit to DeKalb History Center – options:

For orientation: DeKalb History Center to Kingston, IL is about 20 minutes.

 A fun option if you want a driving tour – DeKalb History Center has an app called Out & About DeKalb County” 

If you use the driving tour, then check your gps periodically and start
heading to Kingston arriving at 4:50 pm.

Why it is recommended to Church Supper at Kingston United Methodist Church?

The pie ladies from this church were interviewed and highlighted in the Food: Gathering Around the Table exhibit at the DeKalb History Center. A picture of their pie slices have been featured in Catherine Lambrecht’s talk on ‘History of Pies.’ Instead of just looking, you can now taste. The ritual is upon arrival and before you are seated, you take your piece of pie. Those who hesitate see their selection go to another table.

Church community members arrive at 8 AM to begin preparation of our meal. No outside catering here. It is fading tradition worth visiting and supporting.

Public Transportation

Union Pacific West: 

From Ogilvy Transportation Center to Elburn:  8:40 AM departure, 10:06 AM arrival

Return from Elburn to Ogilvy:
   4:40 PM departure, 6:06 PM arrival
   5:40 departure, 4:06 PM arrival
   6:40 departure, 8:06 PM arrival

Bus Schedule 12 : Elburn to DeKalb

Bus Schedule 21: DeKalb to Sycamore

Any questions about these buses, please direct them to DeKalb Public Transit Phone: (815) 748-2000.

If you wish to offer or share a ride, email Just remember you are on the driver’s schedule.


Saturday, July 13, 2024

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