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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 Rounds: Funding, Membership

Bruce Kraig: Research and Publications    

Casey Plackett: Grants, Education

Wanda Bain: Community Events Coordinator; Publicity  

Ellie Carlson:  Culinary History Coordinator

Kevin Davis: Library Road Show Coordinator

Eleanor Hanson: Partnered Events Coordinator; Website Administrator      

Deborah Lorentsen: Community Cookbook Coordinator, Events and Programs   

Michelle Podkowa: Museum Liaison/Coordinator

Cynthia Clampit: Ad Hoc member   

Dave Hayes: Graphics Tech Consultant/Social Media Manager

Catherine Barnett:  Book Group Discussion Coordinator 

Thea DiLeonardi: Special Projects Assistant

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

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

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