Programs and Info

Please join us for CHEW meetings at 7:15 pm  on the first Wednesday of the month (except August). Unless otherwise noted, they are held at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St, Madison, WI. CHEW meetings are free and open to the public; they feature invited speakers, lively discussions, food demonstrations, free samplings and more. Scroll down for info about meetings, membership, the newsletter and the CHEW library.

Coming Up Next:

Wed, March 7, 2018, 7:15 pm. “Historic Wisconsin Barns,” presented by Wisconsin Historical Society historian Jim Draeger.

Join architectural historian Jim Draeger for a slide-illustrated tour of some of Wisconsin’s most distinctive and historic barns, and learn how changes in nutritional science, agricultural practices and food processing affected their evolution.  Ethnic barns, stone barns and round barns will all be discussed, along with examples of historic farmsteads, in this exploration of historic, technological and cultural developments that have contributed to Wisconsin’s agricultural heritage.

Jim Draeger is an architectural historian and deputy state historic Dreager_Jim_bottomsuppreservation officer at the Wisconsin Historical Society, with nearly three decades of historic preservation experience.

Future Programs

Wed., April 4, 2018, 7:15 pm. “More than Bacalhau: A Short Culinary History of Portugal,” presented by authors Joan Peterson and Ronnie Hess.

Wed., May 2, 2018, 7:15 pm. “Food of the Counterculture and Its Influence Today,” presented by Ali Berlow, author of The Food Activist Handbook: Big & Small Things You Can Do to Help Provide Fresh, Healthy Food for Your Community.

Wed., June 6, 2018, 7:15 pm. “The Ingredients of Sioux Cuisine,” by Minnesota cookbook author Beth Dooley.


Membership –  For info about why and how to join CHEW, click here.

Newsletter – To receive our email newsletter, send us a note at

Meeting Place and Time – Unless otherwise noted, they are held at 7:15 pm at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St, Madison, Wisconsin. Please check the monthly meeting details (above).

If you’re coming to the meeting, why not bring some nonperishable food items to donate to the Goodman Community Center food pantry! Financial donations also welcome.

CHEW Library – One advantage of coming to a monthly CHEW meeting is access to CHEW’s traveling library. Our collection totals almost 60 titles, ranging from the esteemed Ovens of Brittany Cookbook to Near a Thousand Tables: A History of Food. To peruse all the book titles in our library, click Culinary. You can put in an “order” for a specific book by emailing  The book will be brought to the next meeting (if it hasn’t already been checked out). Several titles will also be featured at each meeting–you’ll hear a short review and will have the opportunity to check one of the featured titles out for a month.