Eat Your Heartland Out is a series dedicated to highlighting the rich, yet often overlooked, culinary depth of the American Midwest. Food is the storyteller while host Capri S. Cafaro serves as your audio tour guide through this region spanning 12 states.
The show aims to weave a tapestry of cultural diversity, immigration history, migration patterns and agricultural variations in each episode. Expect to gain new insights about Midwestern foodways through compelling interviews with historians, authors, chefs and makers; each of whom brings a unique perspective on the Midwest's culinary story.
Ohio Food Legends: Author Renee Casteel Cook Captures Why Ohio is a Food Mecca with Special Guest Alicia Hindman, The Buckeye Lady
On this episode, I’m celebrating food from my home state of Ohio. I will introduce you to Chicago native and Ohio transplant Renee Casteel Cook. Renee is the author of the Columbus Food Truck Cookbook, Ohio Ice Cream, and Ohio Buckeye Candy. Since we are talking about one of Ohio's most legendary sweets, The Buckeye, I also welcome Alicia Hindman, better known as The Buckeye Lady, to the show for a deep dive into what makes the Buckeye candy so special.
Women In The Kitchen: Midwestern Female Founders and Chefs
Meet two female culinary stars in the Midwest who have made a nationwide name for themselves. Grace Goudie, who competed on Chopped in 2022, is the Executive Chef of Scratchboard Kitchen in Chicago. Lisa Ludwinski is the founder of Sister Pie in Detroit and authored a cookbook by the same name.
Celebrating James Beard Award Winners of the Midwest
Marissa Gencarelli is the co-founder of Yoli Tortilleria in Kansas City where they make tortillas using traditional Mexican methods. Damarr Brown is the Chef de Cuisine at Virtue, a well known restaurant on the South Side of Chicago. These two guests have one thing in common: they’re both recipients of prestigious James Beard Awards.
Tastes of Ohio: A Conversation with Author Renee Casteel Cook
Renee Casteel Cook is the author of the Columbus Food Truck Cookbook, Ohio Ice Cream, and Ohio Buckeye Candy. Follow along as we discuss how Ohio became a mecca for ice cream producers, and how Columbus has grown its eclectic food truck scene. Also, we discuss the mystery and lore of the tasty Buckeye confection.
J. Ryan Stradal on the Art of the Midwestern Novel
Meet best-selling author and Minnesota native J. Ryan Stradal. J. Ryan and Capri discuss the importance of finding Midwestern themes in fiction and how food is used as a compelling storyteller in the author’s last three books: Kitchens of the Great Midwest, Lager Queen of Minnesota and his latest novel, Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club.
You, Too, Can Be a Galley Steward
Chef Les Eckert, Culinary Director of the Great Lakes Culinary Institute in Traverse City, Michigan, shares the details behind the Institute’s launch of its first ever Maritime Culinary Certificate in this special episode. This one year program gives students real world experience to become a chef aboard a ship or freighter.
Truly a treat!
Being a lifelong resident of the Midwestern States this podcast brings backs so many fond memories. The host is a treasure to listen to…and asks the questions that you would. Bravo!
Mid Western roots
I have lived in the south for decades but am firmly planted in Midwestern America by birth and growing up (family still there). This Podcast captures all of the warm fuzzies of my youth.
Keep it up. Midwestern food may not be cutting edge per se, but it’s soul satisfyingly delicious!!!! And this podcast is smack dab in the middle of AMERICA.
Keep the programs coming!
Heart land warming !
Capri asks all the right questions; a great interviewer and host.
Would like to learn about the blend of ethnicities in specific Midwest cities.
Thanks! This is what I have been looking for!