Our events are typically at Weiss Memorial Hospital (directions and parking) on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am until noon. Occasionally, our event time varies or we meet at a different location. These variances will be highlighted below, though please read the full event notice for details.
Culinary Historians of Chicago:
- March 17, 2018: Bruce Kraig on American Food History @ Weiss Memorial Hospital
- June 2, 2018: John Coletta and Monica Kass Rogers on Risotto
Chicago Foodways Roundtable:
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Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:
- June/July TBA, 2018: Farm tour
- June TBA, 2018: Chinese BBQ at Sun Wah BBQ
- February 2019: High Tea at the Highland Park Community House
Presented by Bruce Kraig, PhD
Author, President Emeritus, Culinary Historians of Chicago
CELEBRATING OUR 25TH YEAR—
On New Year’s Day 1836, President Andrew Jackson received a momentous culinary gift, a humongous cheese, 2 feet thick, 11 feet in circumference, and weighing 1400 pounds. It was created in the summer of 1835 by Col. Thomas S. Meacham, a prosperous dairy farmer with lands near Lake Ontario north of Syracuse New York. The mammoth cheese was sent by boat along the Erie Canal on to Washington. It was a public sensation. James Fenimore Cooper wrote of the same area of New York only two generations before as a wilderness that only gradually was being transformed.
Presented by Carolyn Nadeau, PhD
New Year, New Meeting Locations!
Bethany Retirement Community
Drawing from concrete data on the recipes and their primary and secondary ingredients in Montiño’s 1611 court cookbook, Arte de cocina, pastelería, vizcochería y conservería [The art of cooking, pie making, pastry making and preserving], this essay examines concepts of taste as presented in this culinary artifact. Data analysis of close to 5,000 individual references to ingredients allows today’s scholars and gastronomes to gain access to what was being prepared in the royal kitchens and to establish for the first time the culinary scaffolding for what was eaten at court in early seventeenth-century Spain. Continue reading
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). Continue reading
Presented by Gary Fine, PhD
Please read notice carefully for this Monday evening event at the
Niles Historical and Cultural Center
Drawing on the observations of three years spent in the company of dedicated amateur mushroomers and professional mycologists. Gary Alan Fine explores the ways in which Americans attempt to give meaning to the natural world, while providing an eye-opening look inside the cultures they construct around its study and appreciation. Continue reading
Presented by Chef Greg Wade
Head Baker, Publican Quality Bread, Chicago
“As a baker, wheat is obviously very important to me,” says nationally acclaimed bread baker Greg Wade. Join us as chef Wade presents us with a veritable bread basket of wheat history, along with the traditional farming techniques for wheat crops, and the types of breads made from different wheat. “Wheat has a fascinating history, from its origins in the Caucuses to modern bread wheat,” chef Wade says. “Wheat has shaped the world’s cultures more than any other crop.”