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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Midwest Eats Registration

Midwest Eats:  Foodways of the Great Depression



April 29, 30 and May 1, 2011



Kendall College
900 North Branch Street, Chicago – FREE PARKING
(West of Halsted Street, North of Chicago Avenue)





Just us for our 4th symposium on the diverse food cultures of the American Midwest, we will focus on the Great Depression’s impact on our culinary traditions.  We’ll explore an 8-cent Relief dinner, holiday celebrations, newsreels and Prohibition’s end.  Learn first-hand how Midwesterners ate during the Great Depression with lectures and tastings.



Program information


Maxwell St. History and Tour


Wood fired stove class at Primrose Farm circa 1933





$100 for Friday’s program, Relief dinner and Saturday’s symposium. Save $10!
Friday, April 29th:
$45 for Program and Relief dinner.

Saturday, April 30th:
$65 for symposium including lunch and refreshments.
Sunday, May 1st:

$10 for Maxwell Street tour. Food purchased separately
$40 for wood fired stove cooking class at Primrose Farm circa 1933 (Limit 8 people).




Charter members will receive a 10% discount when they arrive to the symposium.  Please join today.
To pay by credit card, go to BrownPaperTickets.com or or 1-800-838-3006, which charges a nominal convenience fee.
To pay by check, then download, print and complete this registration application.