Midwest Food Stories: Inspiration
       
     
 AJ Swanda, owner and chef at Ugly Duck, made some fresh spaghetti noodles from scratch with an antique brass pasta extruder and a rendition of his grandma's Sunday gravy.
       
     
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 Summer Miller, author of the New Prairie Kitchen, prepared a lovely apple cake that is a Christmas tradition in her family.
       
     
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 Andrew Wettengel paired his grandma's secret chicken soup with a hearty Muffaletta sandwich.
       
     
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 Bryce Coulton prepared scones from a recipe he developed at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, which is located on the coast near Cork City, Ireland.
       
     
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 Cassandra Bingle, culinary student at Metropolitan Community College, created a beautiful and complex Normandy-inspired pear salad.
       
     
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 John Jelinek, entrepreneur and food truck owner, made some chunky Czech potato salad that has been in his family for generations.  
       
     
 Colin Duggan, owner of the Kitchen Table, served some of his house ricotta cheese on some just baked bread. A little olive oil, a little salt and pepper...heavenly.
       
     
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 Clayton Chapman, chef and owner at The Grey Plume, created a beautiful rendition of his grandmother's Fluff Salad.
       
     
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 To see the films that we produced for this project, more images, and recipes, please visit  www.midwestfoodstories.com .
       
     
Midwest Food Stories: Inspiration
       
     
Midwest Food Stories: Inspiration

Midwest Food Stories is a personal project that explores the culture and significance of the culinary landscape in the heartland. I invited chefs and food personalities to the studio to explore a seminal dish with me. A spicy sugo inspired by a grandmother's Sunday gravy that simmered on the stove for hours. A depression-era cream pie that aromatically recollects childhood memories. A rustic apple cake that brings warmth to a family and sparks tradition. Every collaboration weaves an honest and one-of-a-kind narrative about a personal relationship with food.

 AJ Swanda, owner and chef at Ugly Duck, made some fresh spaghetti noodles from scratch with an antique brass pasta extruder and a rendition of his grandma's Sunday gravy.
       
     

AJ Swanda, owner and chef at Ugly Duck, made some fresh spaghetti noodles from scratch with an antique brass pasta extruder and a rendition of his grandma's Sunday gravy.

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 Summer Miller, author of the New Prairie Kitchen, prepared a lovely apple cake that is a Christmas tradition in her family.
       
     

Summer Miller, author of the New Prairie Kitchen, prepared a lovely apple cake that is a Christmas tradition in her family.

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 Andrew Wettengel paired his grandma's secret chicken soup with a hearty Muffaletta sandwich.
       
     

Andrew Wettengel paired his grandma's secret chicken soup with a hearty Muffaletta sandwich.

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 Bryce Coulton prepared scones from a recipe he developed at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, which is located on the coast near Cork City, Ireland.
       
     

Bryce Coulton prepared scones from a recipe he developed at the Ballymaloe Cookery School, which is located on the coast near Cork City, Ireland.

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 Cassandra Bingle, culinary student at Metropolitan Community College, created a beautiful and complex Normandy-inspired pear salad.
       
     

Cassandra Bingle, culinary student at Metropolitan Community College, created a beautiful and complex Normandy-inspired pear salad.

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 John Jelinek, entrepreneur and food truck owner, made some chunky Czech potato salad that has been in his family for generations.  
       
     

John Jelinek, entrepreneur and food truck owner, made some chunky Czech potato salad that has been in his family for generations.
 

 Colin Duggan, owner of the Kitchen Table, served some of his house ricotta cheese on some just baked bread. A little olive oil, a little salt and pepper...heavenly.
       
     

Colin Duggan, owner of the Kitchen Table, served some of his house ricotta cheese on some just baked bread. A little olive oil, a little salt and pepper...heavenly.

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 Clayton Chapman, chef and owner at The Grey Plume, created a beautiful rendition of his grandmother's Fluff Salad.
       
     

Clayton Chapman, chef and owner at The Grey Plume, created a beautiful rendition of his grandmother's Fluff Salad.

2C3A0431 copy.jpg
       
     
ribeye_02-0579_web.jpg
       
     
 To see the films that we produced for this project, more images, and recipes, please visit  www.midwestfoodstories.com .
       
     

To see the films that we produced for this project, more images, and recipes, please visit www.midwestfoodstories.com.