40 episodes

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 • 13 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.

    Welcome, Tourists! Iowa and Indiana's Ag and Culinary Trails

    Welcome, Tourists! Iowa and Indiana's Ag and Culinary Trails

    We head out to Iowa and Indiana in search of some of the best food and agricultural tourism destinations in the Midwest. Iowa’s Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area gives visitors a chance to get up close and personal with ag, while Indiana’s Foodway Alliance offers over 20 culinary trails to explore the tastes of the Hoosier State. Our guests are Candy Welch-Streed Director of Partnerships for Iowa’s Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area and Lindsey Skeen, Executive Director of the Indiana Foodways Alliance. Lindsey also introduces us to Ben Morgan, owner of the 1925 PubHouse and Patrick Rice, owner of the Tin Plate who both participate in Indiana's Tenderloin Lover’s Trail.

    • 52 min
    The Midwestern Urban Farming Movement

    The Midwestern Urban Farming Movement

    In this episode, we travel to Kansas City and St. Louis to learn about the impact of urban farming in the Midwest. We speak with Semra Fetahovic, a Program Manager at Cultivate KC, who helps train newly settled refugees to grow their own food…refugees like Ca Saw, a native of Burma, who we also meet in this episode. Then, we travel to St. Louis where we chat with Katie Houck, Urban Harvest STL's Executive Director, who shares how her organization fights for food justice.

    • 57 min
    A Passion for Korean Food With a Michigan Twist

    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.

    • 1 hr
    Riding the Rails to Britt Iowa's Hobo Days

    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!

    • 33 min
    Experiential Learning in Culinary Education

    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 Hutcheson 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.

    • 21 min
    The Effervescent World of Midwestern Craft Soda...or Pop

    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

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 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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