Greater Midwest Road Food

Greater Midwest Road Food

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Greater Midwest Road Food symposium lunch plate (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)

For Memorial Day weekend coming up, please allow me to offer you a visual and audio movable feast from the recent Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance symposium “Road Food: Exploring the Midwest One Bite at a Time.”

WBEZ’s Chicago Amplified recorded the entire three day program and you can download each speaker’s story now, most notably keynote speaker Michael Stern’s “Will Success Spoil Regional Food?

If you get a chance to do a roadtrip, some of these dishes may inspire your journey and destination. Please note that some of the restaurants have closed, but their recipes live on in memories, recipe books, and hopefully our gathering plates.

Baked oats with raisins, brown sugar, and cream; recipe by Corner Cafe in Wakarusa, Indiana in Cafe Indiana Cookbook (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
Horseshoe buffet; recipe by the Leland Hotel in Springfield, Illinois from Whatever Happened to the Horseshoe? (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
Pork tenderloin slider; recipe by Chef Mitch Cavanah at Kendall College, originally of Waterloo, Iowa (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
Runzas; recipe by Saint Benedict's Parish Family Cookbook in Nebraska City, Nebraska (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
Egg salad sandwiches (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
Pickled eggs, beets, celery, and carrots; recipe by Marty's Bluebird Cafe in Laketon, Indiana from Cafe Indiana Cookbook (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
Marinated vegetable bowl; recipe by Wolcott Theatre Cafe in Wolcott, Indiana from Cafe Indiana Cookbook (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
Iowa pea salad; recipe by White Way Cafe in Durant, Iowa from Square Meals Cookbook (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
Cranberry salad; recipe by Palmer House in Berne, Indiana from Cafe Indiana Cookbook (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
Double crust cherry cobbler; recipe by Bobbie Jo's Diner in Edinburgh, Indiana from Cafe Indiana Cookbook (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
Pig Pickin' Cake; recipe by Baby Boomer Cafe in Hamilton, Indiana from Cafe Indiana Cookbook (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)
Illinois wine and Wisconsin cheese tasting (WBEZ/Louisa Chu)