Our events are usually at Kendall College (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 in ‘Upcoming Programs,’ though please read the full event notice for details.

Upcoming Programs:
Culinary Historians of Chicago:
Chicago Foodways Roundtable: 
  • June 1, 2017: (Thursday @ 9:30 am) Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture @ Milwaukee Public Museum
  • June 7, 2017: US Foods test kitchens tour, Rosemont, Illinois
  • September, 2017: An Anthropologist’s Field Study of German Food and its Meaning in Chicago with Nadja Huffmann

Find Culinary Historians of Chicago and Chicago Foodways Roundtable on Twitter or Facebook.

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:
  • June 1, 2017: (Thursday @ 9:30 am) Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture @ Milwaukee Public Museum
  • June 10-11, 2017: Printers Row Book Fair
  • February 18, 2018: Annual High Tea

Find Greater Midwest Foodways on Twitter, Facebook or our website.

Global Kitchen: Food, Nature, Culture

Travelling Tour by Smithsonian Museum

Learning tour to Milwaukee Public Museum to view a special traveling exhibit, one that explores the complex food system that brings what we eat from farm to fork. In sections devoted to growing, transporting, cooking, eating, tasting, and celebrating, the Global Kitchen exhibition illuminates the myriad ways that food is produced and moved throughout the world. Continue reading

Sicilian Wine Today: Reviving Old Grape Varieties and The Return of Mamertino

Presented by Kathryn Occhipinti, MD

Long-time Culinary Historian member Kathryn Occhipinti opened the New York Times Magazine to find an article about a Sicilian winery bearing her family name. She learned from articles in the New York Times and Wine Spectator the Occhipinti family was making world-class wines. Continue reading

Crossing Into Cuba: Two Chicagoans Take Us On a Cultural and Culinary Journey

Presented by Dan Goldberg and Andrea Kuhn
Authors, Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen

Friends Dan Goldberg and Andrea Kuhn fell in love with Cuba at first sight, on their first visit three years ago. They decided to write a cookbook to celebrate the spirit of the country and visited Cuba three times during their journey to document a place they have grown to love so much. Their book, Cuba! Recipes and Stories from the Cuban Kitchen, details their adventures, the food they ate, and the recipes they were inspired to create back home.

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The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Family

Presented by Adrian Miller
Food writer, attorney and certified barbecue judge

It’s a return trip to the Culinary Historians for James Beard award–winning author Adrian Miller, who first spoke to us in 2014 on soul food. Today he’s back to tell us about his just-released second book, The President’s Kitchen Cabinet: The Story of the African Americans Who Have Fed Our First Families, From the Washingtons to the Obamas. Mr. Miller will share the stories of the African Americans who worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington. We will learn how these remarkable men and women were simultaneously marvelous cooks, family confidantes, and civil rights advocates. Continue reading