CHAA Meetings

The Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor generally meet on the third Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. Eastern, September through May. Meeting invitations are sent to members and other interested individuals, but all are welcome to attend. As the Covid pandemic continues, some of our meetings are held in person at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library and streamed on YouTube, and some are held online via Zoom. Please check this website for the date and location and format of each meeting, as these will vary. 

Members receive emailed information regarding meetings in advance and a reminder on the day of each meeting.


Sunday, March 19, 4 p.m. Eastern

Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch – 4th floor
343 S. Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor, MI [Google Map]
Online streaming live on YouTube

Register to receive a reminder of the meeting on the day of event.

Afternoon Tea Talk

Book cover

Lisa McDonald and Jill Rheinheimer, authors of Tea for Dummies (published March 2023), will present a guide to enjoying the delicate flavors and health benefits of the world’s second most popular beverage. They will discuss research on tea’s health benefits, where it’s grown, how it’s processed and how it’s enjoyed around the world.

Woman holding glass of tea

Photo © J. Adrian Wylie




Lisa McDonald is the proprietor of TeaHaus (teahaus.com), a tea store, tearoom and café in downtown Ann Arbor. She is a European-trained certified tea sommelier, one of just a handful in the U.S.

Jill Rheinheimer is an editor and graphic designer who writes a research-based blog about all things tea (ItsMoreThanTea.wordpress.com) as well as educational and marketing material for TeaHaus.

Find upcoming programs and links to past programs here.

Join Us!

Our membership year runs from September to September. The annual membership is $25. You can print out the membership form here. We also accept memberships via PayPal. Click on the membership link at the top of this page for more information. 

The Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor (CHAA), founded in 1983 by Jan Longone and friends, is an organization of scholars, cooks, food writers, nutritionists, collectors, students, and others interested in the study of culinary history and gastronomy.

Kitchen sceneThe mission of the group is to promote the study of culinary history through regular programs open to members and guests, through the quarterly publication Repast, and through exchanges of information with other such organizations.

Monthly meetings of the CHAA are normally held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from September through May on the third Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. (unless otherwise announced). During the pandemic, meetings take place online and/or in person.


Membership in CHAA is open to anyone interested in culinary history. Dues are $25.00 for an individual or couple and include a subscription to Repast. The membership year is from September to September. For those who cannot attend meetings, a yearly subscription to Repast is $20.00.

Repast is the official quarterly publication of CHAA. Besides announcements of future meetings and reports of past meetings, it also contains feature articles, book reviews, a calendar of upcoming events of culinary interest, and special events. For information about contributing articles, placing information, announcements, or other regular features, contact the Editor.

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