Talking Turkey (The country, that is) Introduction to the Dining Culture  Of the Ottoman Empire

Presented by
Channon Mondoux
Culinary Historian, Author and Cooking Teacher

Podcast courtesy of WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified

Join us as we travel back to the 16th Century when one of the greatest rulers in history, Suleyman the Magnificent ruled the Ottoman empire from the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul. Our “culinary tour leader” Channon Mondoux will regale us with the observations of visitors from that period and reveal the palace’s ancient recipes and kitchen setup. Ms. Mondoux will also narrate how an elaborate palace dinner was presented.


A native of Canada, Ms. Mondoux has studied historical cuisine and produced lavish historical banquets across Canada and the U.S. She is the founder of Renaissance Cuisine, a personal chef service, and has published many free-lance food articles. Her latest work, ”Celebration at the Sarayi,” is an e-cookbook featuring recipes from 16th century Istanbul. CDs can be purchased at our meeting, or online from her website (

Program hosted at the Chicago History Museum.