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.
The Pay-What-You-Can Cafe Revolution
In this episode, we meet some pioneers of the “pay what you can” café movement throughout the Midwest. In South Dakota, we visit Fork Real Community Café, where local lawyers dine along side the homeless. In Ohio, we head to Fennel and Thyme Café, a meal prep business committed to paying it forward to those in need. And, out in Grand Rapids, Iowa we visit Groundswell Cafe, an initiative of a local non profit organization helping feed people with dignity.
Rob Connoley: Bringing Historic Ozark Cuisine to Life
If you have ever wanted to learn more about the food and culture of the Ozarks, today’s show is for you. We are joined by Rob Connoley, founder of Bulrush in Missouri. Rob will tell us about his journey from non-profit professional to restaurant owner and how his search for authenticity inspired his unique approach to designing menus and educating diners in the process.
Beaver, Pancakes and Paczki: Lenten Food Traditions of the Midwest
Fat Tuesday and Friday fish fries are well-known food traditions of the Lenten season. In this episode, we go beyond the usual Lenten staples to explore some tasty and maybe surprising Lenten dishes. In Missouri, beaver is served instead of fish on Fridays. Brenton Brown of Bootleggin' BBQ tells us why. Lana Yeager of the Russia House of Kansas City introduces us to the Russian Orthodox celebration of Maslenitsa, where pancakes take center stage. Finally, we head to Polish Home Omaha where Tom Jodlowski will share insights into Pączki Day, a Polish American answer to Mardi Gras.
Midwestern Mead: Modern Makers of the Ancient Drink
Mead is an often overlooked and misunderstood drink. But, in recent years, it has grown in popularity, especially in the Midwest.
Mead makers come to the craft from a variety of backgrounds. On today’s show we will meet Kent Waldeck, a former manufacturing project manager who took his Ohio mead making business full time. In Wisconsin, we are introduced to Colleen Bos, who has two master’s degrees in Medieval History and plays in a bluegrass band. She’s also the founder of Bos Meadery that blends history and music together in their mead hall. We also welcome Susan Rudd, founder of the Prairie Rose Meadery in North Dakota and a board member of the American Mead Makers Association
The Sweetness of Midwestern Maple Season
On this episode, we are celebrating the maple harvest. In early March, communities across the Midwest come together to share the natural bounty of the maple syrup harvest. Driving tours and festivals connect curious consumers with maple makers who open their sugar houses for all who want to visit. We are taking our own virtual maple tour, making stops at Butternut Maple Farm in Ohio and Maplewood Farms in Indiana to Michigan's Currey Maple Farms.
Midwestern Vintage: Wine & Wine-Derived Products from The Heartland
We travel to Kansas where the wine industry is growing. We will meet Jeff Sollo, owner of Grace Hill Winery near Wichita who will tell us about a hobby grew into producing some of the most popular wines in the Midwest. Linda Skellenger tells us how wine is just not for drinking as she introduces us to her line of Uncorked Wine Jelly. Patty Held, the President of the Hermann Wine Trail in Missouri explores how tourism boosts the wine industry in the Heartland.
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!
As a native Midwesterner, I was surprised about how much I learned that I had never known about my home region!