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Italian Beef - A Socio-Culinary History, November 15 @ 7 PM

Italian Beef - A Socio-Culinary History, November 15 @ 7 PM
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    Post #1 - August 31st, 2022, 10:45 pm
    Post #1 - August 31st, 2022, 10:45 pm Post #1 - August 31st, 2022, 10:45 pm
    Chicago Foodways Roundtable

    From ‘Peanut Weddings’ to ‘Beef Stands’:
    The Socio-Culinary History of Chicago’s ‘Italian Beef’


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    Italian beef sandwich from Al’s Beef in Chicago, a picture courtesy of Dominic Armato

    Presented by Anthony F. Buccini, PhD


    Italian Americans have contributed a considerable number of portable fast foods to regional and local cuisines around the United States, some of which have become extremely popular at the national level. One such food which, despite its frequent discussion in recent food-related media, has remained very much a local dish is Chicago’s ‘Italian beef’. As a sandwich filled with thin slices of roasted beef, this product at first blush looks to be an Italian-American take on the mainstream Anglo-American roast beef sandwich, and popular food writers have accordingly sought its origins in terms of some single ‘inventor’ whose culinary and entrepreneurial stroke of genius came to be imitated by other small entrepreneurs and thus the dish gradually became established throughout the city and ultimately its suburbs. The idea of seeking an individual responsible for the invention of a given dish is common but often misguided, and in the case of Italian beef it is especially so. My own analysis of the issue of the origins of Chicago’s ‘beef sandwich’, based in part on my knowledge of Italian and Italian-American cookery and in part on decades of interactions with older lifelong residents of the Taylor Street neighbourhood, where Italian beef first arose as a fast food, indicates, however, that today’s messy sandwich is a commercial reflection of a festive dish which itself derives directly from a traditional method of preparing meat; in essence, this dish was brought to America by immigrants from southern Italy and more specifically from Naples and its surrounding area. Of particular interest here are the socio-culinary and economic aspects of this bit of Italian-American food history.

    Anthony F. Buccini studied at Columbia University (B.A.) and Cornell University (Ph.D. 1992, Germanic Linguistics); he also studied and later conducted research as a Fulbright Scholar at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He taught for many years in various capacities at the University of Chicago (Germanic Languages and Literatures, Linguistics, the College); his current research focusses on Mediterranean and Atlantic World foodways. Buccini is a two-time winner of the Sophie Coe Prize in Food History (2005, 2018). https://anthonybuccini.com

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    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #2 - November 14th, 2022, 8:56 pm
    Post #2 - November 14th, 2022, 8:56 pm Post #2 - November 14th, 2022, 8:56 pm
    A gentle reminder this program is tomorrow evening.

    Anthony Buccini once was an avid participant on LTH with the screen name Antonius.

    This presentation was made earlier this summer at the Oxford Symposium on Food and Drink. The theme this year was portable food.

    Regards,
    CAthy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #3 - November 15th, 2022, 2:19 am
    Post #3 - November 15th, 2022, 2:19 am Post #3 - November 15th, 2022, 2:19 am
    Will it occur today?
    Or will it be postponed again because the presenter dropped and broke his iPhone, which is how he was intending to present this Zoom conference? :lol: :cry:
    And can we get LTHF member eating while walking in on this; because he really really, really really should be participating in it?
    {People - if you really want to host Zoom conferences, please, please have a desktop computer.}
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  • Post #4 - November 16th, 2022, 10:21 am
    Post #4 - November 16th, 2022, 10:21 am Post #4 - November 16th, 2022, 10:21 am
    pudgym29 wrote:Will it occur today?
    Or will it be postponed again because the presenter dropped and broke his iPhone, which is how he was intending to present this Zoom conference? :lol: :cry:
    And can we get LTHF member eating while walking in on this; because he really really, really really should be participating in it?
    {People - if you really want to host Zoom conferences, please, please have a desktop computer.}

    It was up to EatingWhileWalking to apply.
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #5 - November 29th, 2022, 11:16 pm
    Post #5 - November 29th, 2022, 11:16 pm Post #5 - November 29th, 2022, 11:16 pm
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0E0CxX0_ik



    Podcast on From ‘Peanut Weddings’ to ‘Beef Stands’: The Socio-Culinary History of Chicago’s ‘Italian Beef’

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    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #6 - December 3rd, 2022, 12:29 am
    Post #6 - December 3rd, 2022, 12:29 am Post #6 - December 3rd, 2022, 12:29 am
    Did North Shore food experts just create the world’s best Italian beef? See for yourself on Saturday.
    Food podcaster and artisan butcher shop join forces for ‘The Bear’-inspired collab
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast
  • Post #7 - January 12th, 2023, 10:16 am
    Post #7 - January 12th, 2023, 10:16 am Post #7 - January 12th, 2023, 10:16 am
    Kevin Pang's podcast on Italian Beef via America's Test Kitchen.

    I am listening for the first time. It appears there are commercials.

    And Tony Buccini is included!
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
    Facebook, Twitter, Greater Midwest Foodways, Road Food 2012: Podcast

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