Catherine De Orio, past host of WTTW's "Check Please" Talks Food and Culinary Curiosity exhibit Oct. 28, 7 pm

Foodies get ready! Four large suburban libraries, are serving up a food feast with The Culinary Curiosity Exhibit on display for the next three months.

On Monday, October 28, 7 pm, (Live stream 1) (Live stream 2) longtime past host of the Emmy award-winning WTTW dining review show Check, Please!, Catherine De Orio, who now travels the country on behalf of her company, Culinary Curator and is Executive Director for the Kendall College Trust hosted a food talk.

From a Hindu Water Ewer to a Beehive Smoker and all other manner of other cooking implements, The Culinary Curiosity Exhibition celebrates the technical innovation in the world of food. The culinary tools were drawn from the personal collections of food industry veterans, Mel and Janet Mickevic. The exhibit was originally on display throughout the Kendall College at National Louis University. These objects are viewable by the public for the very first time in this exhibit due to the visionary partnership with the Kendall College Trust.

The original exhibition includes over 250 objects that were organized in the displays according to food preparation techniques—mixing, roasting, forming, and so on. These objects have been curated and different portions will be on display simultaneously at Arlington Heights Memorial Library, Aurora Public Library, Gail Borden Public Library District, and Schaumburg Township District Library.

The curated exhibits in the different libraries are as follows –

· Arlington Heights Memorial Library's Equipment Evolution Exhibit includes Hearth to Cookstove, A Tasting Menu, Appetizers and Amuse-Bouches, Mudge Sterilizer, Steam Cookers. 500 N. Dunton Ave., Arlington Heights, IL

· Aurora Public Library's Drinks & Spirits Exhibit includes Global Gastronomy, Liquid Refreshments and Fire & Heat. Santori Library, 101 S. River St. Aurora, IL

· Gail Borden Public Library's Sweets & Dairy Exhibits includes Sweet Inventions, Bakers' Secrets and Fire and Heat. 270 N. Grove Ave. Elgin, IL 60120

· Schaumburg Township Public Library's Cider & Meat Exhibit includes Farm to Fork and Cutting Edge. 130 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg, IL 60193

There is an exhibit community cookbook and passport. Community members are invited to contribute to the exhibit via a community cookbook, to download a passport and view exhibit photos at This cookbook is courtesy of Rails and

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