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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Road Food Menu


Road Food: Exploring the Midwest

One Bite at a Time



Kendall College, School of Culinary Arts, Chicago, Illinois


April 27, 28 & 29, 2012



Speaker Profiles

Sunday Breakfast at Lou Mitchell's

Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art

Maxwell Street Tour






Saturday arrival


Baked Oats with raisins, brown sugar and maple-cinnamon flavored whipped cream

Corner Cafe, Wakarusa, Indiana as stated in Cafe Indiana Cookbook by Joanne Raetz Stuttgen and Jolene Ketzenberger


Coffee and Tea


Saturday lunch



Leland Hotel, Springfield, Illinois from Whatever Happened to the Horseshoe? by Julianne Glatz


Pork tenderloin slider

Chef Mitch Cavanah's personal recipe (Waterloo, Iowa)


Bunza (aka Runza, Piroshki, Bierocks)

Saint Benedict's Parish Family Cookbook of Nebraska City, NE, 1983.
Provided by Robyn Nisi of GapersBlock.com


Pickled eggs, beets, celery, carrots

Marty's Bluebird Cafe, Laketon, Indiana from Cafe Indiana Cookbook


Marinated Vegetable Bowl

Wolcott Theatre Cafe, Wolcott, Indiana from Cafe Indiana Cookbook


Cranberry Salad

Palmer House, Berne, Indiana from Cafe Indiana Cookbook


Double crust fruit cobbler

 Bobbie Jo's Diner, Edinburgh, Indiana


Pig Pickin' Cake

Baby Boomer Cafe, Hamilton, Indiana from Cafe Indiana Cookbook 



Mid afternoon break


Wisconsin summer sweet treats

Courtesy of Chef Kelly Sears 


Wine and Cheese Tasting


Illinois wine


Wisconsin cheese
Courtesy of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board