Thursday, February 05, 2004

Next Culinary Historian Meeting
(Tell 'em VI sent ya)

“A Valentine Day’s Menu of Culinary History”
presented by Chef Fritz H. Sonnenschmidt

Author, and Culinary Dean (retired), Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park New York

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2004, 10 a.m. to Noon at The Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago, Illinois

Please join us as the distinguished Chef Sonnenschmidt shamelessly regales us with his four-course menu of culinary history spiced with the kind of love and lore our organization allows only on Valentine’s Day:

1st Intercourse: History of food and how it relates to our food thoughts.

2nd Intercourse: Food legends and belief of sexual powers.

3rd Intercourse: Involvement of food in the rise and fall of nations and empires.

4th Intercourse: Food and the biggest love story of the century.

Certified Master Chef Sonnenschmidt was employed at the CIA from 1968 until his retirement in 2002. He served as a faculty member, department chair, associate director of Continuing Education and Culinary Dean. He began his culinary career as a teenage apprentice in his native Germany. He has won many awards in his long career, among them: The Escoffier Chair for Culinary Excellence; The Jerusalem Gold Medal for Culinary Excellence in Jewish Cooking; and several gold medals representing the U.S. in the Culinary Olympics.

Chef Sonnenschmidt is also the author of several books, including: “Dining with Sherlock Holmes;” “The American Harvest,” and “Taste and Tales of a Chef,”’ the latter of which he will be signing at our meeting. In addition, Chef Sonnenschmidt has appeared on PBS in two series: “Cooking Secrets of the CIA,” and “Grilling Maestros.”

This program is hosted by the Culinary Historians of Chicago.

Cost of the program is $10, $5 for students, and no charge for members of the Culinary Historians. To reserve, please call Susan Ridgeway, CHC treasurer at (815) 439-3960. Or e-mail your reservation to:

Please leave your name, telephone number and the number of people in your party.

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