Program Schedule

CHAA Program for the September 2016 through May 2017 season to date.

Please join us for an enlightening and entertaining series of talks.  Light refreshments will be served after each program…of course!

Sunday, September 18, 2016, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library – Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway (east of Stone School Road), Ann Arbor, MI 48108 
The People of the Three Fires:  Food in Celebrations and Ceremonies of the Ojibwa (Chippewaw), Odawa (Ottawa) and Potawatomi Tribal Groups of Michigan.  Shiloh Maples and Chantel Henry of American Indian Health and Family Services of Southeastern Michigan will join us for a special introduction to the People of the Three Fires and how food is integrated into rituals and ceremonies in these Michigan communities.

Sunday, October 16, 2016, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library – Downtown Library, Multipurpose Room, 343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Deli Man:  Paul Saginaw in Conversation about the Documentary “Deli Man.”  Paul Saginaw, Co-Founder of Zingerman’s, will screen the much-praised documentary about the history of delicatessens in the United States and discuss the film, his experiences at Zingerman’s and, of course, pastrami.

Sunday, November 13, 2016, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., 16 South Washington Street, Ypsilanti  MI  48197
Preview of the new Ypsilanti Farmers MarketPlace.  Join Amanda Edmonds, Executive Director of Growing Hope, for a tour of the newest addition to the exciting redevelopment of downtown Ypsilanti and hear all about the former warehouse under renovation and its new role as home to the Downtown Ypsilanti Farmers Market, incubator kitchen and community gathering place.  Culinary Historians Program Chair Laura Gillis, the renovation project manager, will ensure delicious refreshments from our farmers market vendors will be served.

Sunday, November 20, 2016, Themed Meal for CHAA members and friends.

Sunday, January 15, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library – Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway (east of Stone School Road), Ann Arbor, MI 48108 ***NOTE VENUE:  MALLETTS CREEK LIBRARY
Kickoff to Ann Arbor Restaurant Week.  .The annual winter feast-about-town will get off to a great start with Jon Milan and Gail Offen, authors of Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor.  From the fine restaurants and taverns to lunch counters, diners, carry-outs and drive-ins that spark passionate conversation, Ann Arbor’s eateries make up an iconic collection.  Whether you are a student, traveler or “townie,” you’ll be fully prepped to dive in and savor Ann Arbor Restaurant Week.

***Sunday, February 19, 2017:  Special Invitation from the Detroit Institute of Art, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., DIA, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI  48202

Culinary Historians have been invited to a special lecture and private tour of the exhibit “Bitter / Sweet:  Coffee, Tea & Chocolate at the DIA.  Coffee, tea and chocolate were strongly associated with 18th century Europe as the fashionable beverages of the day, yet none of the plants required for their preparation were native to Europe.  Their introduction to Europe as the “new hot drinks” caused a near revolution in drinking habits and social customs, as well as an insatiable demand for specialized vessels such as coffeepots, tea canisters and chocolate pots.  This is the DIA’s first exhibition to engage all five senses.  In addition to seeing art, you can touch, hear, smell and even taste coffee- and tea-related beverages.  We will assemble at the John R Group entrance at 1:30.  We have reserved seats for a 2:00 p.m. lecture “The Cup that Cheer,” then proceed to the exhibit for a private tour with Dr. Yao-Fen You, Associate Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts.  Dr. You has invited us to join her for this special tour and is excited to welcome us.  Parking is $7.00 in the lot across from the DIA, and admission is $12.00 per person (DIA members free).  You must RSVP by Thursday, February 9 to  Please join us for this special event!

Sunday, March 19, 2017,  3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library – Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway (east of Stone School Road), Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Dining with Shakespeare will take a look at how people dined in the 16th century.  Author and historian Susan L. Nenadic will cover attitudes towards food, how food was obtained and laws regulating food.  We will consider foods eaten by people at the time that we do not, and foods that are still part of our 21st century diet.  Quotations from Shakespeare and recipes will find their way into the program and take-away recipe sheets.  Refreshments will be served.

Sunday, April 23, 2017,  3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library – Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway (east of Stone School Road), Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Timeless Dinnerware Designs  What makes a classic?  Why are some designs more enduring, relevant and beautifully pleasing through the passage of time?  What is the dinnerware equivalent of the LBD (Little Black Dress)?  Margaret Carney, Founder and Director of the International Museum of Dinnerware Design will juxtapose notable dinnerware designs from Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, Pop-Art, and several current designers, with current trends in less formal, more impermanent, some biodegradable, occasionally disposable, and even edible (yes, edible) dinnerware.  The accompanying exhibit will open in Fall 2017.

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library – Downtown Branch,  Conference Room A (4th Floor), 343 South Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48104                   ** NOTE VENUE:  DOWNTOWN BRANCH, CONFERENCE ROOM A, 4TH FLOOR     Just announced:  Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe are the WINNERS of the 2017 James Beard Foundation Book Award for Nonfiction for Square Meal!
A Square Meal:  A Culinary History of the Great Depression.  The giddy optimism of post-World War I America came crashing down during the Depression, which radially altered eating habits, as James Beard award-winning authors Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe describe in their new cultural history.  Despite President Herbert Hoover’s 1931 claim that “nobody is actually starving,” Americans, in cities and rural areas alike, existed on subsistence diets and the effects of vitamin deficiencies were felt long into the war years.  Join us for a stimulating learning opportunity about this historic upheaval and the shifting role of governmental aid in  response.  Copies of the book will be available for purchase on site.





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