Why are foodways important?

Foodways is the study of what people eat and why. Why we procure, prepare and serve the food we do has cultural, sociological, geographical, financial and political influences.



Why is recognition of diverse foodways valuable?

Preserving our past and present for the future by research, documentation and oral histories. It is culinary anthropology on the hoof, paw, root and leaf.



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Beef: From Plains to Plate:
Follow the Cattlemen’s Trail to Savory Midwest Beef Traditions
Save the Date

for the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance’s Third Annual Symposium

Who: Food enthusiasts, culinary students, history students, educators, media, academics, members of the food and foodservice industry can follow the trail to another GMFA food history symposium.
What: "Beef: From Plains to Plate" – a symposium on Midwest beef foodways, from the desolate plains to meat processors who packed, wrapped and shipped their meat provisioning the global market. Innovations in refrigerated railroad cars, processing plants and portion control influenced many industrial efficiencies including Henry Ford’s automobile assembly line.

Friday, October 23,

- Tour of Great Lakes Naval Culinary School and Lunch

- GMFA Fundraiser/Charter member dinner 7 p.m.
Saturday, October 24, 2009, Symposium from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

- Tour of Kendall College's Culinary Curiosities guided by Curator Victoria Mantranga

- Walkabout Tour of Chicago's Maxwell Street Market by Bruce Kraig and David Hammond
Register: Will advise.

Email: [email protected]
Where: Kendall College - 900 North Branch (just north of Chicago Ave. and west of Halsted), Chicago, Illinois. Free parking.
Why: The mission of the GMFA is to study what Midwesterners eat and why. Visit http://www.greatermidwestfoodways.com. This event builds off the success of the GMFA’s first two symposiums: "Stuffed: A Journey of Midwest Sausage Traditions" and "Sweets: A Journey Through Midwestern Dessert Traditions."