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Call for the corny

Attention chefs, restaurateurs, food scientists, academics and foodies: Are you seriously corny? The Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance wants to hear from you. The Chicago-based food-history group will host its sixth symposium Sept. 20 through 22 at the Kendall College School for Culinary Arts on Goose Island. The event will focus on Midwestern corn in all […]

Early cookbooks started women toward power

The beginnings of the women’s movement were stirred up in the pages of cookbooks. Charity cookbooks, starting at the time of the Civil War, brought women together to champion causes such as suffrage, education, temperance, equal rights, working conditions, welfare, immigration and legal rights, as well as benefiting churches, schools, sororities, the homeless and others […]

Chicago group wants to change the food system

How to fix what’s wrong with the food system in America? The new Food Tank, a nonprofit think tank, tackles the question at “We Can Change the Food System, Chicago!” at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Piazza Bella in Roscoe Village. The program will discuss potential solutions to today’s food issues. Food Tank co-founder […]

Bite into the history of the Jewish deli

Jewish delicatessens such as Manny’s in the South Loop and Steve’s in River North are rare these days and getting more rare. That wasn’t always the case. Once, delicatessens were nearly as central to the Jewish-American experience as synagogues. Ted Merwin, associate professor of religion and Judaic studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn., a […]

‘The Future of Food’ and other science fiction in Chicago

The World Science Fiction Convention comes to Chicago this weekend at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in the Loop. The meeting features five days of exhibits, panel discussions, events and more, with nationally known science-fiction authors including Mike Resnick, Joe Haldeman, Connie Willis and John Scalzi talking about their work. Also, less famous writers, such as, […]

Find out about curry

What is Indian curry? Maybe not what you think. Chicago author and teacher Anupy Singla presents “What’s Your Hurry? Enjoy Our Curry!” an explanation of the intricacies of true Indian curries at a public meeting of the Culinary Historians of Chicago, 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Kendall College School of Culinary Arts on […]

How Muslims feast during the fasting month of Ramadan

During Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, there is actually much food enjoyed between sunset and sunrise. Yvonne Maffei of will speak on “Ramadan Food Rituals: The Way of Eating During the Islamic Holy Month of Fasting” at a session of The Chicago Foodways Roundtable of the Culinary Historians of Chicago at 10 a.m. […]

Celebrating the history of drink in India

Wine and Indian food? Yes! The Eneri Access Series, with Indian Harvest Chef/Owner Sanjeev Pandey presents a dinner pairing wine and Indian fare at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29, at the Naperville restaurant. Colleen Taylor Sen, author “Curry: A Global History” and other books, will speak on the history and changing attitudes towards wine and […]

Midwest food history on the road

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance goes mobile with “Road Food: Exploring the Midwest One Bite at a Time,” its fifth annual symposium, from Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29 at Kendall College and assorted Chicago byways. Keynote speaker Michael Stern, bestselling author of the Roadfood series, will discuss “Will Success Spoil Regional Food?”; a food-truck […]

Chicago beer has a political past

Learn about local beer, past and present, and its political impact when the Public Square presents “What’s Brewing in Chicago? The Politics of Beer with Pete Crowley and Liz Garibay” at 6:30 p.m. March 27 at Haymarket Pub and Brewery in the West Loop. The talk covers Chicago’s brewing history from its status as onetime […]