Featured Program

February 4, 2015 – “The Road Joyfully Traveled: Judging Family Heirloom Recipes at Midwestern State Fairs,” presented by Catherine Lambrecht.  Since 2009, the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance has sponsored and judged Family Heirloom Recipes contests in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Catherine Lambrecht, who has judged State Fair and 4-H projects and competed at the Illinois State and Lake County Fairs, will explore the history of Midwestern foodways at state fairs and their stalwart contribution to American culture.

Catherine Lambrecht is program chair for the Chicago Foodways Roundtable, a member of Culinary Historians of Chicago, and a founder with Bruce Kraig of the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance. She is also a founder and lead moderator of LTHForum.com–a Chicago based culinary chat site.

Please join us 7:15 pm at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St, Madison, WI


Future Programs

March 4, 2015 – “Soup, Silence, Savor: A Foodie Lectio Divina”
Presenter: Dr. Corrie Norman

Eating soup together in silence is a common practice in a variety of traditional spiritual communities. In some, eating is accompanied by the voice of a single reader reciting a lectio divina, or “holy reading.” While respecting the boundaries between religious practice and a CHEW gathering, we’ll explore the practice of savoring silence and soup while listening to inspirational food literature from a variety of sources.

Dr. Corrie Norman is Associate Director of the Religious Studies Program at UW-Madison. Her research interests include the connections between making food and making meaning across cultures. Last summer, she led a University Summer Forum on “Food, Meaning, and Spirituality” that involved local food producers, community and university students, including a number of CHEW members.


April 1, 2015 – “British Tea in English Literature”
Presenter: Judy Fisher


May 6, 2015 – “Midwest Maize: History and Culture of Corn”
Presenter: Cynthia Clampitt


June 3, 2015 – “Around the Farm Table (WPTv program): Small Producers in Wisconsin Today” Presenter: Inga Witscher


July 1, 2015 – “CHEW Birthday Party”……Members only


Please join us 7:15 pm at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St, Madison, WI.

Coming to the CHEW meeting?  Why not bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Goodman Center food pantry!  The Center is giving out food as fast as it can take it in and the need has never been greater. Items needed: tuna, beans, shelf-stable milk, juice, canned fruits & vegetables, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter, cereal, infant formula, baby food, diapers, soup (not tomato), rice, can openers. Financial donations also welcome.


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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. We have copies of the books written by virtually every guest speaker we have had in the last ten years, e.g.,  Putting Down Roots: Gardening Insights from Wisconsin’s Settlers by Marcia Carmichael, chief gardener at Old World Wisconsin; Kathleen Kline’s People of the Sturgeon: Wisconsin’s Love Affair with an Ancient Fish, and Cluck: From Jungle Fowl to Chicks by Susan Troller. To peruse all the book titles on the CHEW web site, click Culinary. You can put in an “order” for a specific book by emailing chewwisconsin@gmail.com and 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. We are happy to provide this personal service.

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