Future Programs

CHEW programs include presentations by speakers, lively discussions, foodie quiz contests, and delicious demonstrations. Past speakers, through their research, have brought us such eclectic topics as the history of the birthday cake, the origins of Door County fish boils, the saga of corn, Native American fish foodways, food pyramid debates, and traditional Serbian cookery.

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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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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