Our events are usually at Kendall College (Map, 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: 
  • October 21, 2016: Alma Lach’s Kitchen: Transforming Taste, Curator led tour at Regenstein Library
  • November 5, 2016: Cuban Food with Jose Arron

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

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:
  • December 10, 2016: American Cakes with Anne Byrn
  • February 21, 2017: Tea Party

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

Alma Lach’s Kitchen: Transforming Taste

Program and exhibit tour by
Eileen A. Ielmini, Assistant University Archivist, and
Catherine Uecker, Rare Books Librarian,
Special Collections Research Center

In the pioneering culinary era of the mid-twentieth century, Chicago chef Alma Lach was one of the primary figures who transformed traditional American cooking. As a chef, cookbook author, and food consultant, Alma was widely known for her bestselling book, Cooking à la Cordon Bleu(1970), later revised and published by the University of Chicago Press as Hows and Whys of French Cooking (1974). Continue reading

Making Any Cuisine Halal

Presented by Yvonne Maffei

Halal food is fast becoming a buzz-word among many urban foodies, most of whom know a good ‘halal’ food truck or two. With the influx of kabob carts and trays of rice overflowing with spicy cubed meat, we can’t ignore that this food is somewhat of a fascination and perhaps misunderstood in the broader sense, as not all halal food hails from Middle Eastern cuisine. Continue reading

Passion for Persia Showcasing a Dazzling Culinary History

Presented by Naomi Duguid
Traveler, writer, photographer, cook

Here in the west, though we may know a little about the great Persian empires of times past, we have been cut off from an appreciation of Persian culture by complicated geopolitics. And we’re not familiar with the old deep-rooted connections between the various peoples in Iran and neighboring countries. Continue reading

Punjab: India’s Breadbasket Naan and Beyond

Presented by
Anupy Singla
Author, Teacher

When Westerners think of Indian food, rice immediately comes to mind. Less understood is the deep and long history of wheat and bread in the Subcontinent, especially in north India, where wheat fields abound. The state of Punjab, better known as the bread basket of India, is one of the most fertile states in the country. Continue reading