Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance’s Annual Tea Party

Highland Park Community House
Sunday, February 18, 2018
1:00 PM to 3:00 pm
Doors Open at 12:00 pm


The Heartland’s Corn


Kendall College School of Culinary Arts

900 North Branch (west of Halsted) in Chicago. Free parking.

 Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 6 – 8, 2017


Information on: Maize, The Heartland’s Corn Symposium
October 7th, 2017


Lunch Menu

Speaker Profiles


Information on Learning Tour: Graue Mill and Naper Settlement
October 6th, 2017


Information on Learning Tour: Three Farms, an Orchard and a Fish Boil
October 8th, 2017


 Printers Row Lit Fest
June 10-11, 2017
Chicago, IL



Global Kitchen:
Food, Nature, Culture
June 1, 2017
Milwaukee Public Museum


Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance’s Annual Tea Party

Highland Park Community House
Sunday, February 19, 2017
1:00 PM to 3:00 pm
Doors Open at 12:30 pm

American Cake
Anne Byrn, author

December 10, 2016

Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts

Heirloom Recipe Competition 2016

at these State Fairs:

Indiana: August 11 at 3:00 pm – Live judging!

Illinois: Histories and recipes!

Missouri: Histories and recipes!
Minnesota: Closed Judging, sorry!
Kansas: September 11 at 1:00 pm – Live Judging!

Taste of Chicago

with WBEZ’s Tony Sarabia

July 8, 2016

A list of food offerings to check out

beyond Taste of Chicago

Printers Row Lit Fest

Author Appearance Opportunity

Saturday June 11 and Sunday June 12, 2016

Wisconsin Supper Clubs

The Food.  The Drinks. The Culture.
Eat. Drink. Listen. Learn. Eat. Drink.

April 8-9, 2016
Racine, Wisconsin

Saturday’s program at the Rondelle is sold-out, though we encourage you to waitlist by calling 262-260-2154. If anyone needs to cancel their seat, please call this number.


There is seating left for the Hob Nob dinner and Friday Fish Fry.

Information and Reservations for:


Friday Night Fish Fry

at Colony House

SC Johnson Golden Rondelle FRank Lloyd Wright New York World's Fair 1964

Program and Documentary at the SC Johnson Golden Rondelle
Free, though reservations are a must!


Books and DVDs

No sales allowed at the Rondelle, you may order in advance for pick up

Saturday Night Supper

at the HobNob Supper Club


Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance’s Annual Tea Party


Brownie Wise

The Original Tupperware Lady!

February 28, 2016
Highland Park, Illinois

Heirloom Recipe Competition, 2015

Family Favorites Never Served to Guests (or whatever you like)


Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota


Muirhead Farm

A Frank Lloyd Wright Designed Farm Home
4:00 pm

Optional though encouraged: DeKalb Barn Tour

9:00 am until 4:00 pm – estimated 4.5 hours for full tour


August 8, 2015


How Corn Changed Itself and then


Changed Everything Else

By: Cynthia Clampitt

Saturday, March 7th, 2015 at 10 AM

Kendall College School of Culinary Arts


American Midwest Foodways Scholar's Grant

The Impact of American Indian Boarding School Education on

Great Lakes Indigenous Foodways:

A Case Study of the Lac du Flambeau Reservation

By: Amelia V. Katanski

$3000 Recipient of an

American Midwest Foodways Scholar’s Grant

January 31, 2015 at Kendall College School of Culinary Arts




Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance’s Tea Party


Estée Lauder

Saleswoman.  Cosmetics Queen.  Millionaire.

February 8, 2015

Learning Tour

You Are What You Eat:

Cookbooks as Ingredients to Shape Identity and Community

Danielle Spalenka, Curator

November 15, 2014

Regional History Center – Northern Illinois University

DeKalb, IL

The Road Joyfully Travelled:

Judging Family Heirloom Recipes at Midwestern State Fairs

Presented by Catherine Lambrecht

Recorded live September 27, 2014 at

Kendall College School for Culinary Art


Heirloom Recipe Competition, 2014

Picnics and Family Reunion Celebrations


Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri,

South Dakota, Wisconsin

American Midwest Foodways Scholar's Grant

Grant Recipients Announced

Learning Tour!

The 55th Annual Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale and
Anabaptist Culinary Traditions

March 15-16, 2013  (Podcasts)

Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance’s Tea Party

Below Stairs: A Servants Life in Early 20th Century England

February 10, 2013

Road Food: Exploring the Midwest

One Bite at a Time

Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts, Chicago, Illinois

April 27, 28 & 29, 2012

Michael Stern

Keynote speaker Michael Stern of RoadFood.com on, “Will Success Spoil Regional Food?”


Speaker Profiles

Podcast of all presentations

Saturday’s Road Food Menu

Sunday Breakfast at Lou Mitchell’s

Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art

Maxwell Street Tour

Road Trip!

From Bloomington to Lincoln, IL

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Watermelon Statue in Lincoln, IL

Watermelon Statue in Lincoln, IL (image by Peter Engler)

Come and Get It!  The way we ate, 1830-1980

By Julianne Glatz, Illinois Times, June 9, 2011

Everywhere you go is an adventure, if you keep your mind wide open and look.  This day trip to Central Illinois will reveal character, history and ingenuity in the flat lands.  More information is available here.

Midwest Eats!
Foodways of the Great Depression


Alas this event is now history.  Fortunately our partners at Chicago Public Radio’s Chicago Amplified have recorded every presentation at this symposium as well as Maxwell Street’s history.  These will be uploaded and available soon.  While this information is not lost to the ages, by not attending you never had a chance to ask a question or taste all the delicious food.  Perhaps next time?

Program Information

Speaker Biographies

Podcast of all presentations

Maxwell St. History and Tour

Wood fire cooking class



8-cent Relief Dinner circa 1938

8-cent Menu at Relief Dinner circa 1938 (Image by Peter Engler)


Crown of Frankfurters


Crown of Frankfurters (image by Catherine Lambrecht) Recipe and assembly instructions



Chicago AmpliedChicago Public Radio

Chicago Public Radio’s Chicago Amplified has recorded symposium hosted by the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance.   These presentations are uploaded and available to listen to

Midwest Eats!  The Foodways of the Great Depression

Beef: From Plains to Plate

Sweets:  How Sweet It Is!

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