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.
Growing the Bread Basket of America: Youth Development Programs in Agriculture
On today’s show, we are embracing the Bread Basket of America. Agriculture is the industry responsible for putting food on our tables. And, it’s also an economic engine for many parts of the Midwest. Ag organizations across the country support the efforts of generations of farmers to develop leadership skills, learn new industry practices and provide a sense of community.
We are lucky to be joined by some great guests representing 3 of these groups. Brett Evans, a Supervised Agriculture Experience Education Specialist from the Future Farmers of America or FFA, shares how the FFA is empowering youth and training more than just future farmers. Mike Anderson, a program specialist with the Iowa 4H, gives us a front row seat to the work of his state’s 4H organization. And, Amanda Brozana-Rios the Director of Membership, Leadership Development and Communications at the National Grange gives us insight into the storied history of this organization that was founded after the Civil War.
Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Decolonizing Midwestern Diets
In this episode, we will meet two more leaders in the indigenous food sovereignty movement who are using food to both empower and inspire. From seed cataloguing to sustainable fishing, Indigenous persons are decolonizing their diets, preserving their traditions, and educating their non-Native neighbors about the important role food plays in all of our lives
Daniel Grooms, business manager of the Red Cliff Fish Company in Wisconsin, shares how the Red Cliff band of Lake Superior Chippewa stepped up to create their own fishing business to thwart discrimination in commercial fishing and feed their community directly.
Elena Terry, from the Ho-Chunk Nation, tells us why she founded Wild Bearies, an organization that educates indigenous youth about traditional indigenous foodways to preserve tradition and empower the next generation.
Food Tours: Exploring The Midwest One Bite At A Time
We explore the business of food tours and what they have to offer to both locals and visitors alike. And, It’s not just the big cities that offer unique culinary tours. We visit with hosts from Oskaloosa Food Tours (Iowa), Madison Eats Food Tours (Wisconsin) and Sioux Falls Food Tours (South Dakota) who take pride in showcasing the flavors of their regions. Hear what inspired these women to start their food tour companies, and how they design each experience to highlight the best cuisine of their town.
County and State Fairs: An American Tradition
Today we are celebrating the spirit of summer through the time-honored tradition of county and state fairs.
There is nothing quite as American, or Midwestern for that matter, than the county fair. On today’s show we're pleased to welcome Marla Calico, President & CEO of International Association of Fairs and Expositions, who discusses the history behind the agricultural fair and how fairs have both changed and stayed the same over the years. Then you'll meet Carol Kratz & Drake Hokanson, authors who travelled the country to capture the cultural essence of county fairs in their book Purebred and Homegrown : America's County Fairs. Finally, we will introduce you to Catherine Lambrecht, President of the Greater Midwest Foodways Alliance, which organizes a state fair recipe competition where the story behind the food is almost more important than the food itself. This episode is way more than talking about fried Oreos on a stick or butter sculptures. It's about community.
Refugee Chefs: Empowering and Educating Through Food
In this episode, we meet refugee chefs who now call the United States their home. In Milwaukee, Tables Across Borders brings the community together through food with a variety of events that spotlight the talents of refugee chefs. In Missoula, Montana, we meet the founder of Soft Landing Missoula, an organization that supports refugees through their United We Eat program. And, we learn about the work of Home Dish, an organization in Omaha, Nebraska that is empowering refugee women through culinary opportunities. Hear from organizers and from refugee chefs about their experiences.
Community Pantries, Fridges and Ovens: Helping Feed Communities Through Mutual Aid in the Midwest
In this episode, we explore how community fridges, pantries and even ovens are helping address food insecurity across the Midwest. These concepts have popped up in larger cities on the coasts, but are also present in cities and towns big and small in the Midwest. Unsurprisingly, Chicago is leading the way on community fridges. In the Windy City, the Love Fridge brings communities together through mutual aid, placing refrigerators in areas struggling with food apartheid. In Minnesota, we explore the concept of the community oven as a tool of outreach and engagement And, we speak with Aley Cristelli, a Nebraska native who brought the community pantry movement to Oklahoma City by founding Pine Pantry.
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!