Explore WI food traditions Oct 19

Booyah! From small-town cafés to supper clubs to church picnics, Wisconsin’s food culture is surprisingly diverse. In her 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday, October 19, History at Home presentations, food writer Terese Allen will explore the stories and multilayered meanings behind Wisconsin’s eating history. “Enduring Food Traditions” will explore how brat cookouts, booyah, fish fries and cream pies came to define eating in the Dairyland. The programs at the Main Library are free; no registration required.

Allen is a food columnist for Edible Madison and Edible Door County magazines and author of the books, The Flavor of Wisconsin and The Flavor of Wisconsin for Kids. She is cofounder of the Culinary History Enthusiasts of Wisconsin and a longtime director of REAP Food Group, a food and sustainability organization in southern Wisconsin. Allen will sell and sign copies of her books at the October 19 programs.

In the photo: Smiling church supper ladies are a welcome and familiar sight across the upper Midwest.

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