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!
Foodways of the Great Depression


APRIL 29, 30 & MAY 1, 2011
Kendall College, Chicago, Illinois


 900 North Branch Street, Chicago – FREE PARKING

(West of Halsted Street, North of Chicago Avenue)

Podcast of all presentations


Program Information

Speaker Biographies

Maxwell St. History and Tour

Wood fire cooking class




Kendall College


Kendall College 


Center for New Deal Studies, Roosevelt University

New Deal Studies



In Kind Donors


Buedel Foods


Chelsea Milling Company


Clabber Girl




General Mills


Goose Island Beer and Wine


Irish Dairy Board


Jet Sert


Louis Glunz Beer Inc.


Morton Salt




The Spice House

 The Spice House


Templeton Rye


Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board



Special Acknowledgements


Chicago History Museum


Chicago Public Radio’s Chicago Amplified


Chicago Tribune


Louisa Chu


Paige Esbrook


Hammond Public Library, Suzanne G. Long Local History Room


Highland Park Public Library



Kendall College Staff and Students



   Mitch Cavanah, Events Chef


   Heidi Hedeker, Pastry Chef Instructor


   Christopher Koetke, Vice President Laureate International Universities,

         Center of Excellence in Culinary Arts


    Monika B. Lotter, Director, Dining and Event Services


    Joe Monastero, Event Operations Manager


    Andy Power, Culinary Operations Manager


    Renee Zonka, Dean, School of Culinary Arts



Thank you


Kendall College