Friday, February 12, 2010

Chicago Foodways Roundtable February Events

Chocolate Evolution, History and French Royalty
The Culinary Historians of Chicago present “The Bittersweet History of Chocolate in France” at 10 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 20 at Lexington College (310 S. Peoria St., Chicago). Explore the history and evolution of chocolate in France with award-winning master sugar artist, teacher and judge Mark Seaman. Learn about the oldest chocolate houses in France and their connections to the kings of France and Marie Antoinette. Discover the different types of chocolate and how chocolate bars derive from beans. A sampling of chocolates from the French Pastry School of Chicago are included.

Chef Mark Seaman teaches in the Professional Cake Decorating and Baking Program at the French Pastry School in Chicago. Seaman has received many awards for his work and has been featured on The Food Network and The Travel Channel.

To reserve your spot today call (708) 788-0338 or e-mail Tickets are $5 for the public, $3 for students and there is no charge for Culinary Historians of Chicago members and Lexington faculty and students.

Dining Like a President
Chicago Foodways Roundtable presents “The History of the First Stomach” by Barbara Kuck at 10 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 27 at Kendall College (900 N. Branch St., Chicago). Documents from Szathm√°ry Family Culinary Collection’s United States Presidential Autograph Collection assist in the discussion of Presidential family eating and dining habits. Anecdotes from past Presidents support the discussion with stories ranging from childhood homes, battlefields, to the White House kitchens. Tickets are $3 per person and free to Kendall students and faculty with ID.

Barbara Kuck is a Culinary Historian and chef involved in many culinary organizations and the recipient of many awards including the Food Arts magazine Silver Spoon Award and Culinary Ambassador for the American Culinary Federation.

To reserve your ticket today, call (847) 432-8255 or e-mail Please include your name, telephone number and the number of people in your party.

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