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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.

Eat Your Heartland Out Heritage Radio Network

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 15 Ratings

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.

    Middle Eastern Flavors In The Midwest

    Middle Eastern Flavors In The Midwest

    This episode celebrates the diverse Middle Eastern flavors that are part of the Midwestern culinary landscape. Meet Zehorit Heilicher, a Yemenite raised in Israel who is now a Minnesota based culinary instructor behind the website mideasttomidwest.com. And, get a taste of Galit, a Middle Eastern fine dining restaurant in Chicago. I will talk with their co-owner and chef, James Beard Award winner Zach Engel.

    • 1 hr
    The Next Generation of Female Farmers: Meet Sabrina Servais

    The Next Generation of Female Farmers: Meet Sabrina Servais

    Meet Sabrina Servais, a third-generation farmer and the herd manager at Hamburg Hills, an organic dairy farm and part of the Organic Valley co-op located in Wisconsin. After earning her degree at UW-Madison, she returned to her roots on the farm where she has been caring for animals since she was a child. Sabrina is leading the way for a new generation of young women in farming.

    • 49 min
    A Tour of Iowa's Culinary Landscape with Author and Food Historian Darcy Maulsby

    A Tour of Iowa's Culinary Landscape with Author and Food Historian Darcy Maulsby

    Join us for a deep dive into Iowa’s culinary culture with food historian, author, and Iowa storyteller Darcy Maulsby. We go beyond corn and pork tenderloins to explore everything from indigenous farming traditions to how the chop suey craze swept Des Moines in the early 20th Century.

    As an Iowa Storyteller, Darcy believes anyone who eats has a connection to the things she’s passionate about, including food, farming, and history. Darcy writes about the food-to-fork connection for clients through her non-fiction books, including “A Culinary History of Iowa”, “Classic Restaurants of Des Moines and Their Recipes,” and "Iowa Agriculture: A History of Farming, Family and Food."

    • 39 min
    America The Bountiful: A New Travel and History Series Coming to Public Television Stations Nationwide

    America The Bountiful: A New Travel and History Series Coming to Public Television Stations Nationwide

    This episode is a personal one. I’m going to introduce you to my new TV series coming to public television stations nationwide starting in April. America The Bountiful aims to capture the nation’s cultural story by using food as a guide. I will be joined by the show’s director and fellow executive producer Jesse Roesler of Minneapolis-based Credo Nonfiction. And, expect some other special interviews with guests who have previously appeared on Eat Your Heartland Out and will now be featured in America The Bountiful.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Cheese: A Midwestern Love Story

    Cheese: A Midwestern Love Story

    Cheese is the star of this episode of the show. I speak with anthropologist and author Heather Paxson. Her book, The Life of Cheese: Crafting Food and Value in America, tells the cultural and economic story of cheese. Then I will introduce you to Andy Hatch, proprietor and master cheesemaker at Uplands Cheese in Wisconsin, for a front row seat to Farmstead Cheesemaking.

    • 54 min
    Women Rewrititing the Rules Around Food: Nikki Thompson Frazier and Erin Carlman Weber

    Women Rewrititing the Rules Around Food: Nikki Thompson Frazier and Erin Carlman Weber

    This show features two guests who are creating new culinary experiences in their respective Midwest communities and beyond. Meet Nikki Thompson Frazier, the founder of Sweet Encounter Bakery, which aims to create an inclusive dining experience for people with dietary restrictions. And, get to know Erin Carlman Weber, the founder, owner, and operator of All Together Now, a social gathering space in Chicago offering wine, cheese, and much more.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Mr. Zelig ,

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!

Garlic lover ,

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.
Chuck Hayes

17895bc ,

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!

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