Upcoming Events:

The Culinary Historians of Chicago and the Chicago Foodways Roundtable present:

Well of the Sea

A lecture by IMoDD Director Margaret Carney
Sunday, June 9, 2019  1:00 pm
Bethany Retirement Community, 4950 North Ashland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60640
Link to Podcast

Margaret Carney, a member of the Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor and director and curator of the International Museum of Dinnerware Design will present Well of the Sea, all about the acclaimed seafood restaurant located in Chicago’s Hotel Sherman between 1948-1972.  Why was dining there so memorable?   Culinary historians may be captivated by the menu — bouillabaisse, rijstafel of seafood, cafe disable, and flaming rum punch.; Mid-Century Modern art connoisseurs have fixated on the abstract undersea murals designed by Richard Koppe; while dinnerware collectors can not own too many place settings of the sturdy Shenango China restaurant quality dishes with abstract fish motifs.   Cuisine, recipes, restaurant reviews, menus, distinct dinnerware, architecture and interior design will all be presented. Why did Bogey and Bacall attend the funeral of the hotelier and restaurateur who made his idea of the Well of the Sea a reality? Were the ultraviolet lights, which enhanced the sensation of dining under water, really beneficial to one’s health? It’s your best opportunity  get the true flavor of the Well of the Sea and then wish you could go back in time and dine there.