The Road Joyfully Traveled: Judging Family Heirloom Recipes at Midwestern State Fairs


Join us for an oral report card on Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance’s Family Heirloom Recipe contest.

Since 2009, Greater Midwest Foodways has sponsored and judged Family Heirloom Recipes contests in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Contestants prepare their family recipe circa 1950 or earlier, submit their recipe and its history. We suggest they display their family heirloom recipe simply though attractively, with the use of props, such as a copy of the original recipe, photographs, placemat, napkins, glassware or flowers. All this for cash prizes of: 1st place – $150., 2nd place – $100., 3rd place – $50.

What do we gain from this effort? Sampling interesting food and learning their histories, both from the fairs and from the road traveled. Meeting a roster of unique people we can contact for information and research. It also offers time to contemplate the rich history of the Midwest and stalwart contribution to the American culture

Catherine Lambrecht has judged State Fair and 4-H projects. Previously been an active food competitor at the Illinois State and Lake County Fairs. Lambrecht serves as program chair for Chicago Foodways Roundtable and a proud member of Culinary Historians of Chicago since September, 1995. A founder and lead moderator of a Chicago based culinary chat site. She is also proud to have been a Master Gardener and Master Food Preserver for the University of Illinois Extension. Lambrecht is a founder with Bruce Kraig of the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance.

Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10 AM

Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts
900 N. North Branch Street, Chicago
(West of Halsted Street, North of Chicago Avenue)
Free Parking in the student lot across the street
Cost: $3. Free to Kendall students and faculty with ID.

This program is hosted by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable. To reserve, please e-mail: [email protected]

2 thoughts on “The Road Joyfully Traveled: Judging Family Heirloom Recipes at Midwestern State Fairs

  1. Hello ,

    Would you please let me know when this event takes place ? Thanks in advance .


    Catherine de la Chaussée .

  2. Thanks for asking, it will be: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 10 AM.

    Catherine Lambrecht

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