Join Missouri Humanities around the table as we consider the role food plays in shaping our society—how it connects us to each other, to our own pasts and identities, to our Midwest roots, and to the world around us.

Together we will host conversations that explore Missouri’s foodways and culinary traditions to celebrate the breadth and depth of Missouri’s cultural heritage, natural environment, history, and the relationship between food and the human experience.

Eat, THINK, & Be Merry Monthly Program Themes

“Inside even the smallest bite of food exists a complex world of fascinating interconnections.” -Andrew Adkins

Join our “Food for Thought” Conversation!

There are dozens of holidays celebrated across the world this time of year. Some of the most recognized, like Hanukkah, Christmas, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, and the New Year, are just a handful of these celebrations. There are so many others!
We’d love to know: what are some holidays and cultural traditions you, your loved ones, and/or your community celebrate this time of year?
BBQ in Kansas City! Gooey Butter Cake in St. Louis! Cashew Chicken in Springfield! We are so lucky that to have so many mouth-watering and unique foods here in the Show-Me State.
When you think of “Missouri Food”, what most often comes to mind? Is your community home to something special?

Food tends to make its way into so many aspects of life, including entertainment! There are many wonderful (and mouth-watering!) portrayals of the wonderful world of food in film and television. 

Tell us: What is your favorite “foodie film” or reference to food in film or television?

Well, it’s no secret that there are a lot of us feeling a bit yucky this time of year. It’s also no secret that food is one way we try to make ourselves feel better, physically or emotionally!
Whether it’s the winter blues or a stuffy nose, January brings many reasons we want to curl up under a blanket with our favorite eats. When you’re feeling under the weather, what is your go-to comfort food?
“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.” – Anthony Michael Bourdain