50 Quintessential Local Dishes to Celebrate Terra Madre Day
As we noted yesterday in the Local Calendar, today is Terra Madre Day, the anniversary of the birth of the Slow Food Movement and a day to celebrate the pleasures of the local table. One does not have to be a card carrying member to take part in Terra Madre Day. Just use today or the upcoming days to recognize and enjoy some of the quintessential local dishes of our foodshed. We’ve re-posted below, our list of the 50 dishes/foods of the Great Lakes. What better way to celebrate than with something from this list. When you look at the list, you may find a few things that seem out of reach now, like a Red Haven peach, yet what better way to celebrate the season and the day than with some peach jam or peach chutney.
The list below began after coming across a compilation of 50 quintessential American dishes by ChefGwen. Instead of making our own list of American dishes, we made a list of 50 LOCAL dishes. That is dishes native to this locality, the Great Lakes area, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin.
We welcome your comments on the list. Tell us what we’ve missed; what you think should be removed.
50 Quintessential Local Dishes of the Great Lakes Region
Chicago hot dog
Friday fish fry
Corn on the cob
Italian (fresh) sausage
Boned + buttered perch
Black truffle explosion
Deep dish pizza
Thin crust, square cut pizza
Red haven peaches
Sour cream raisin pie
Long cooked green beans
Shrimp de Jonghe
There’s 50. I did not include hamburgers. We have plenty of great burger options in this area including some unique variations like the butter-burger. Still, burgers are so quintessentially American, I did not feel they belonged in a local list. Moreover, I went from struggling to fill the list at around 35 to quickly going over 50. Pumpkin pie and biscuits and gravy were two things that almost made the cut. Argue away.