Culinary Curiosities at Kendall College


A Tour of Kendall College’s

Culinary Curiosity Exhibition

Victoria K. Matranga, Curator


Sunday, October 25th, 2009
10 AM until noon

Kendall College

900 North Branch Street, Chicago

(West of Halsted Street, North of Chicago Avenue)

Free Parking

Map of Kendall College


Program Information




The Culinary Curiosity exhibition features devices and documentation generously donated by Mel and Janet Mickevic. Mr. Mickevic, a retired food scientist, inherited antique food preparation equipment from his parents and from Janet’s father, a candy technologist and researcher. After World War II he began acquiring tools from many cultures. His collecting was inspired by “a love of antique mechanical devices as examples of human ingenuity and problem-solving ability,” according to Dean Christopher Koetke.


The Chicago Reader has an article offering background on the collection:

Consumed by Cookware: The origins and long journey of Kendall College’s “Culinary Curiosity Exhibition”


Victoria Matranga, exhibition curator, is design programs coordinator for the International Housewares Association. She is the author of America at Home: A Celebration of Twentieth-Century Housewares. As a museum consultant, she has worked for clients such as Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.


Wear comfortable shoes because this will be a walking tour of the exhibits located at seven locations throughout Kendall College.