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Why are foodways important?

Foodways is the study of what people eat and why. Why we procure, prepare and serve the food we do has cultural, sociological, geographical, financial and political influences.

 

 

Why is recognition of diverse foodways valuable?

Preserving our past and present for the future by research, documentation and oral histories. It is culinary anthropology on the hoof, paw, root and leaf.

 

 

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Learning Tour

 

You Are What You Eat:

Cookbooks as Ingredients to Shape Identity and Community

Danielle Spalenka, Curator

November 15, 2014

 

Regional History Center - Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL

 

 

 

The Road Joyfully Travelled:

Judging Family Heirloom Recipes at Midwestern State Fairs

Presented by Catherine Lambrecht

Recorded live September 27, 2014 at

Kendall College School for Culinary Art

 

 


 

Heirloom Recipe Competition, 2014

Picnics and Family Reunion Celebrations


Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri,

South Dakota, Wisconsin

 

 

 

 

American Midwest Foodways Scholar's Grant

 

Grant Recipients Announced

 

 

 

 

Learning Tour!

 

PENNSYLVANIA DUTCH FOODS AND
FOODWAYS IN THE MIDWEST
The 55th Annual Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale and
Anabaptist Culinary Traditions

 

March 15-16, 2013  (Podcasts)

 

 

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance's Tea Party

 

 

Below Stairs: A Servants Life in Early 20th Century England

February 10, 2013

 

 

 

Road Food: Exploring the Midwest

One Bite at a Time

 

 

 

 

Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts, Chicago, Illinois

 

April 27, 28 & 29, 2012

 

 

Michael Stern

Keynote speaker Michael Stern of RoadFood.com on, "Will Success Spoil Regional Food?"

 

Program

Speaker Profiles

Podcast of all presentations

Saturday's Road Food Menu

Sunday Breakfast at Lou Mitchell's

Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art

Maxwell Street Tour

 

 

 

Road Trip!

From Bloomington to Lincoln, IL

Saturday, June 18, 2011

 

Watermelon Statue in Lincoln, IL

Watermelon Statue in Lincoln, IL (image by Peter Engler)

 

 

 

Come and Get It!  The way we ate, 1830-1980

By Julianne Glatz, Illinois Times, June 9, 2011

 

Everywhere you go is an adventure, if you keep your mind wide open and look.  This day trip to Central Illinois will reveal character, history and ingenuity in the flat lands.  More information is available here.

 

 

 

 

Midwest Eats!
Foodways of the Great Depression

Alas this event is now history.  Fortunately our partners at Chicago Public Radio's Chicago Amplified have recorded every presentation at this symposium as well as Maxwell Street's history.  These will be uploaded and available soon.  While this information is not lost to the ages, by not attending you never had a chance to ask a question or taste all the delicious food.  Perhaps next time?

 

 

Program Information

Speaker Biographies

Podcast of all presentations

Maxwell St. History and Tour

 

Wood fire cooking class

Accomodations

Press

8-cent Relief Dinner circa 1938

8-cent Menu at Relief Dinner circa 1938 (Image by Peter Engler)

 

Crown of Frankfurters

Crown of Frankfurters (image by Catherine Lambrecht) Recipe and assembly instructions

 

 

 

Chicago AmpliedChicago Public Radio

Chicago Public Radio's Chicago Amplified has recorded symposium hosted by the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance.   These presentations are uploaded and available to listen to

 

Midwest Eats!  The Foodways of the Great Depression

 

Beef: From Plains to Plate

 

Sweets:  How Sweet It Is!

 

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