The Culinary Historians of Northern Illinois seek to understand social and cultural history through the study and celebration of food and drink.


We are a 501(c)(3) educational charity, staffed by volunteers 

President, co-founder:   Gerry Rounds

Vice President, co-founder:   Bruce Kraig

Secretary:   Casey Placket

Gerry RoundsFunding, Membership

Bruce Kraig: Research and Publications    

Casey Plackett: Grants, Education

Eleanor Hanson: WebsiteEvents and Programs  

Ellie Carlson:  Events and Programs     

Deborah Lorentsen: Community Cookbook Coordinator, Events and Programs   

Michelle Podkowa: Marketing and Museum Liaison, Events and Programs   

Wanda Bain: Publicity 

Kevin Davis: Library Liaison  

Geri Armitage: Graphics Tech Consultant 

Thea DiLeonardi: Social Media Manager

We are a 501(c)(3) educational charity, staffed by volunteers 

CHNI is incorporated NFP (Not for Profit) in Illinois.

"Home Grown: Garden to Table"

October 24, 2019

DuPage County Historical Museum

Wheaton, Illinois