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Culinary Historians of Chicago:
Wednesday July 15, 2020 @ 7 PM via ZOOM: John Ota, The Kitchen
John Ota was a man on a mission–to put together the perfect kitchen. He and his wife had been making do with a room that was frankly no great advertisement for John’s architectural expertise. It just about did the job.
If you ever wanted to see Shakespeare sizzle, now”s your chance. Join our “Zoominar” as actor/cook John Tufts dishes up an historically savory stew of Elizabethan and Tudor Culinary delights that the Bard himself whetted our appetites for in his iconic plays.
No samples available at this virtual presentation, though feel free to try these recipes.
Food historian Cynthia Clampitt shares the reason rum arose where it did and when it did, as well as how pirates got involved and who really said “yo, ho, ho” (not the pirates), but also explains how rum was involved in uniting the 13 Colonies, why it was one of the issues that led to the American Revolution, how it also led to a revolt in its next home after the Caribbean: Australia, and how it affected culture and history around the world after that. Continue reading →
Our speaker, Raghavan Iyer, is the author of “Smashed, Mashed, Boiled, and Baked–and Fried, Too!: A Celebration of Potatoes in 75 Irresistible Recipes.” And he’s going to have one heck of a spudworthy program for us. Here’s his tater-tot preview:
Presented Samuel Klee, Ph.D. candidate (Program in conjunction with the Highland Park Historical Society)
During World War II, some
farmers in Marengo, Illinois negotiated with a large food corporation and
federal agencies to make local farm fields into restricted, prison-like spaces.
When the Curtiss Candy Company brought Japanese-Americans from the Tule Lake
Internment Camp in California to cultivate and pick potatoes in 1943, the
Marengo community struggled with the federal government and the candy company
to eliminate the outsiders’ presence.