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.
A Passion for Korean Food With a Michigan Twist
We meet Ji Hye Kim, a chef who has a passion for making Korean food with a Michigan twist. As the owner of Miss Kim restaurant in Ann Arbor, Ji Hye calls upon Korean Buddhist food tradition which emphasizes using local and seasonal ingredients. Ji Hye works with local farmers to source her menu. One of those farmers is Tammie Gilfoyle of TamChop Farm. Tammie shares her journey from a desk job in California to working in the dirt in Michigan supplying restaurants like Miss Kim with produce. Tune in to hear how Ji Hye and Tammie collaborate to grow and serve food that is uniquely Korean-American.
Riding the Rails to Britt Iowa's Hobo Days
On this week's show, we are welcomed into the tight-knit community of hobos by a woman named Connecticut Shorty. She shares some history of the hobo lifestyle and invites us all to Britt Hobo Days, a National Hobo Convention that's been meeting annually since 1900. Plus, you guessed it: hobo stew!
Experiential Learning in Culinary Education
In this episode, we highlight an academic institution that integrates hands-on learning as a way to teach different facets of the food industry. Kiley Hutchenson is the Director of Retail Operations at the College of the Ozarks in Missouri, where students sell what they make in the kitchen. Join us to get a virtual tour of this unique educational experience.
The Effervescent World of Midwestern Craft Soda...or Pop
In this episode, we are drinking in the effervescent world of Midwestern craft soda. We meet makers and purveyors of unique pop products. Mark Lazarchic, better known as Soda Pop Mark, brings us to Blue Sun Soda in Minnesota where he claims they have the largest collection of sodas in the world. Bob Hansen, owner of Spring Grove Soda, gives us a history lesson on his brand that has been around for over a century. And, Lesley Kline, founder of Kast Iron Soda, tells us how her soda fountain is helping to reinvigorate the main street of small town Ohio.
I will be moderating a livestream on Kittch, a new social live-streaming community for food lovers. On April 9th at 3pm ET join me and Jeremy Fox for a recipe demo of his Rice Flour-Battered King Trumpet Mushrooms and conversation about mushrooms in celebration of Earth Month. You can find this event, HRN’s creator channel, and other upcoming streams at kittch.com
Celebrating Culinary Diversity in the Midwest: Spotlighting Japanese and Latino Flavors
Coming up on this episode, we are celebrating the ethnic and cultural diversity that makes the food of the American Midwest unique. In Champlain, Illinois, we meet Alex Sentowski and Jennifer Gunji-Ballsrud, the founders of Suzu, a Japanese bakery brings a traditional Japanese menu to a Midwest college town. Then, in Holland, Michigan, we visit with members of the local Latino community who have brought their culinary heritage to the region. Johnny Rodgriguez is the Executive Director of Latin Americans United for Progress and Jackie Navarrete is an owner of Mi Favorita Grocery. Together they discuss the history of hispanic migration to the area, as well as some particular culinary highlights from their community.
Discover the Cultural Heritage and Culinary Charm of Amana Colonies, Iowa
This week on Eat Your Heartland Out, we are spotlighting the Amana Colonies in Iowa. This unique community with German roots has a surprising history and exciting future. Learn about how a communal way of living gave way to special culinary traditions and year-round festivals.
Our first guest is Jon Childers, the Executive Director of the Amana Heritage Center, followed by Dana Jensen, the Event and Social Media Manager for Amana Festivals Inc. Plus, we hear a brief musical interlude from an Amana church service.
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!