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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Road Food, Podcast

Road Food: Exploring the Midwest 

One Bite at a Time 


APRIL 27, 28 & 29, 2012

Kendall College, Chicago, Illinois


This symposium was recorded by Chicago Amplified of WBEZ - Chicago Public Radio.  At each podcast link, there is a synopsis and speaker profile.  This event began Friday, April 27th with "Marked for Life."



Marked for Life: My Travels on Route 66 in ’53, with Terri Ryburn



State Fair Heirloom Recipe Contest, with Catherine Lambrecht



Mobile Food in 19th-Century Chicago, with Peter Engler



Food Trucks: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, with Louisa Chu



Friday closed with a food truck dinner offered by Pleasant House Bakery, Enemy Kitchen and a classic construction site canteen.




Saturday, April 28th, Road Food symposium opened with Michael Stern of RoadFood.com as our keynote speaker:



Will Success Spoil Regional Food?  with Michael Stern



The Drive In Restaurant: Before and After the Dawn of Fast Food, Food Theater, with Mary Bergin



A Gopher Turned Badger Eats Hoosier, and Vice Versa: Midwestern Culinary Traditions in the Small-Town Café, with Joanne Stuttgen



What Happened to Horseshoes? with Julianne Glatz



Pies on the Road, with Shirley Cherkasky



Ethnographic Food Writing, or How I Ate My Way Across Wisconsin and Indiana and Lived to Write About It, with Joanne Stuttgen



Culinary Tourism in the Land of Meat and Potatoes and Green Bean Casserole, with Lucy M. Long

There is a handout for Culinary Tourism here. 



Summer Vacations in Northern Wisconsin, with Kelly Sears

Summer's Best Cheese Spread recipe



Born to be Mild: Oral Histories and Pathways of the Midwest Supper Club, with Dave Hoekstra


Farmers' Markets of the Heartland, the Ultimate Road Trip, with Janine MacLachlan



On the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail, with Clara Orban



Remarks by Marilyn Wilkinson of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board



Sunday, April 29th, there was an optional tour at the Smart Museum of Art for:



"Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art" Curator-led Tour with Stephanie Smith