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Food Culture 101 at the Hungry Brain

  • Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago IL USA (map)

“There can be no more shameful carelessness than with the food we eat for life itself. When we exist without thought or thanksgiving we are not men, but beasts.”

― M.F.K. Fisher, The Art of Eating


Homeroom 101 presents “Food Culture 101: The Art of Eating” featuring prominent Chicago cooks, writers, and artists exploring the meeting points of art and cuisine. Seth Vanek and Fred Sasaki will host this special talk show format “101” while discussing foodies, foodism, food activism, and the mix and mingling of hunger, love, security, art, literature, and richness in food and dining.


101 is an informal lecture and discussion series in experts and enthusiasts explore sub and pop culture in front of a drinking crowd. It takes place on occasional Tuesdays at the Hungry Brain in Roscoe Village.


Cyndi Fecher and Brian Solem are co-editors of Graze, a semi-annual magazine that features writing and art dedicated to themes of food and eating. Graze’s fifth issue will be released on May 3rd with an event at Charnel House in Logan Square.

Eric May is the founder of Roots & Culture gallery and the head chef at Ox-bow School of Art. With a BFA from SAIC and MFA from Northwestern, his work as a chef explores not just the aesthetics of food, but it’s ability to form and shape communities and culture.

Kristina Meyer writes about food and restaurants. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Reader and Time Out Chicago. She has a real thing for Wisconsin supper clubs, Chinese food from the 70’s, and dive bar culture.

[Food] has developed, of late, an elaborate cultural apparatus that parallels the one that exists for art, a whole literature of criticism, journalism, appreciation, memoir and theoretical debate. It has its awards, its maestros, its televised performances. It has become a matter of local and national pride, while maintaining, as culture did in the old days, a sense of deference toward the European centers and traditions — enriched at a later stage, in both cases, by a globally minded eclecticism.  — William Deresiewicz

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