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.

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

"Foraging" Friends Membership Social: Drinking Ozark History

May 25th in St. Louis, MO

Time: 7 PM – 9 PM

Learn about historic Ozark bars from 1837, 1864 and 1910, exploring how drinking evolved during the formation of the region.  

Guests will taste three drinks crafted from historic research and utilizing foraged ingredients transformed into contemporary libations.

Eat, THINK, and Be Merry: The Podcast

The Eat, THINK, & Be Merry Podcast, part of our 2022 Signature Series, features “food thinkers” and other special guests with exciting, inspiring, and down-right delicious stories that consider the role food plays in shaping our society–how it connects us to each other, to our own pasts and identities, and to the world around us. 

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

We invite you to feed your mind and join us “around the table” as we dig into food-related themes presented through a humanities lens.

Eat, THINK, & Be Merry Monthly Program Themes

Past Events

Regenerative Agriculture: The Future of Missouri Farming

On Feb 16th, we explored agriculture in Missouri—its economic importance and legacy, and community efforts to adopt new practices to create more resilient farming and food systems. 

In partnership with University of Missouri’s Center for Regenerative Agriculture we discussed why “regenerative agriculture” is a buzzword in farming these days—what it is, why it’s all the buzz, and what it means for the future of farming. 

We showcased how agriculture impacts our communities, our everyday lives, and meet two very different Missouri farmers as they shared their stories of why and how they are incorporating regenerative principles and practices on their farms.

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Missouri Humanities’ 5th Annual Symposium

On April 20st & 21nd, the Missouri Humanities’ 5th Annual Symposium, Humanities and Food: Sustenance & Sustainability in Our Communities, focused on the ways that sustainable and local food growing and sharing builds community, heals the earth, and sustains connection and collaboration. Discussions featured topics such as historic food utopias in America, agriculture and economic growth, and the ways that regional identities are embedded in the practices of creating sustenance for the community.   

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Join us for “Eating the Ozarks!”

On Friday, May 20th, MO Humanities and guests held the Hiking, Humanities, and Foraging Tour.

They lacee-up their boots and learned to forage for wild edibles. Rachael West of “Eating the Ozarks” took us around her land as she introduced us to seasonal Wild Edible Foods & Herbal Medicines. We stopped at each plant to discuss its features and uses and discuss how wild edibles and foraging relate to place, history, foodways, and our state’s natural heritage.

After our short hike, we gathered on Rachael’s back deck to taste the season with forage-based snacks and sip on wild tea.

“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
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Upcoming Events

To view MO Humanities Calendar Events, including 2022 Signature Series Events, visit our calendar.