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

Terri Ryburn

State Fair Heirloom Recipe Contest

Catherine Lambrecht

Mobile Food in 19th-Century Chicago

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 as our keynote speaker:

Will Success Spoil Regional Food? 

Michael Stern

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

Mary Bergin

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

Joanne Stuttgen

What Happened to Horseshoes?

Julianne Glatz

Pies on the Road

Shirley Cherkasky

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

Joanne Stuttgen

Culinary Tourism in the Land of Meat and Potatoes and Green Bean Casserole

Lucy M. Long

There is a handout for Culinary Tourism here. 

Summer Vacations in Northern Wisconsin

Kelly Sears

Summer’s Best Cheese Spread recipe

Born to be Mild: Oral Histories and Pathways of the Midwest Supper Club

Dave Hoekstra

Farmers’ Markets of the Heartland, the Ultimate Road Trip

Janine MacLachlan

On the Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

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

Stephanie Smith