Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago’s Neighborhoods

Presented by Jean Iversen, Author

The neighborhoods that make up Chicago’s rich cultural landscape are often defined by the restaurants anchoring them. Food writer Jean Iversen delved into this idea more deeply, capturing the histories of eight Chicago restaurants (Won Kow, Tufano’s Vernon Park Tap, Nuevo Leon, The Parthenon, Borinquen, Red Apple Buffet, Hema’s Kitchen, and Noon O Kabab) and the neighborhoods they helped shape (Chinatown, Little Italy, Pilsen, Greektown, Humboldt Park, Avondale, Little India, and Albany Park). Tracing the story of how these restaurants became neighborhood institutions.

Iversen will offer highlights and anecdotes from her experiences researching her book, which includes firsthand accounts with local restaurateurs, their families, long-time customers and staff. Local Flavor: Restaurants That Shaped Chicago’s Neighborhoods (Northwestern University Press, 2018) weaves together ethnography, family, and food history into a story that will enthrall both food and Chicago history lovers. Books will be available for purchase.

Jean Iversen has written about Chicagoland restaurants for 15 years. She published three editions of BYOB Chicago, a popular guide for the bring-your-own-bottle dining community, earning her the title of “BYOB Queen.” A veteran of the book publishing industry, Iversen has edited about 200 books for consumers and the professional services industry.

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 10 AM
Bethany Retirement Community
4950 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago 60640
(West of Clark Street, North of Lawrence Avenue)
Public transportation: Clark St. Bus Route 22 is nearby
Free Parking street parking and a parking lot (info on reverse side)
Cost: $3.
Free to Bethany Retirement Community residents. All are welcome!

This program is hosted by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable. To reserve, please e-mail: culinaryhistorians@gmail.com.