Our events are usually at Kendall College (Map, directions and parking) on Saturday mornings from 10:00 am until noon.  Occasionally, our event time varies or we meet at a different location.  These variances will be highlighted on ‘Upcoming Events,’ though please read the event notice for full details.

Upcoming Programs:
Culinary Historians of Chicago:
Chicago Foodways Roundtable: 

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Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance:
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Slaughterhouse: Chicago’s Stock Yard

Note: There will be no podcast of this presentation

“For many people Henry Ford’s 1913 Detroit assembly line is a symbol of technological triumph. This book shows that Chicago’s 1865 disassembly line was an earlier more complete wonder, rapidly transporting animals, keeping them healthy and watered, dividing them into a wide variety of products, communicating ownership and destination, and keeping meticulous accounts of all the processes. Continue reading

BBQ History Heats Up January

Presented by Chef Bill Reynolds,
Proprietor, New Buffalo Bill’s, New Buffalo, Michigan


It may be January, but we’ll be warming you up with a program that we typically hold in July—on the bliss and history of BBQ. Why January, you ask? Because that’s when we could get our speaker, Chef Bill Reynolds, a formidable force in America’s culinary scene; Chef Bill was finally able to take a break from his BBQ emporium, New Buffalo Bill’s, that he opened last summer in the lakefront getaway of New Buffalo, Michigan. Continue reading

Chicago: A Food Biography

Presented by Daniel Block and Howard Rosing


Chicago began as a frontier town on the edge of white settlement and as the product of removal of culturally rich and diverse indigenous populations. The town grew into a place of speculation with the planned building of the Illinois and Michigan canal, a boomtown, and finally a mature city of immigrants from both overseas and elsewhere in the US. Continue reading