Food: Exploring Tastes and Traditions

November 1, 2018 to November 30, 2018

During November, we’re celebrating and exploring many tastes and food traditions. In a community as diverse as Skokie, we benefit from rich culinary traditions and the new flavors and dishes that emerge when food traditions are combined. Join us for a full menu of food-focused events and activities.

Upcoming Events


Be the Chef

Monday, November 19, 2018, 4:30 pm

Create yummy snacks, hone your cooking skills, and develop your inner chef. Limited to 20 participants in grades 3-5.

Children younger than 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.


Family Cooking Workshop

Monday, November 26, 2018, 5:30 pm

Develop your cooking skills with your family. We'll spend an hour preparing and cooking our meal, then enjoy our dishes in a family-style dinner. Limited to 30 participants in grades K-2 and family.

Adult caregivers are required to participate with their children. Register all family members who will attend. We may not be able to accommodate dietary restrictions.


Eat Street Meat: Indian Food on the Go

Tuesday, November 27, 2018, 7:00 pm

When in Mexico, you may try tacos. When in Greece, you may try a gyro. When in India, what street food might you try? Find out what flavorful items are commonly seen and sold on street-side carts.

Learn how to make your own home versions of favorite Indian street foods with chef Indrani Hausner of monbool. Limited to 30 participants.


Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 4:00 pm

Take some time out of your busy day and learn how to take care of your emotional and physical well-being through an activity and discussion.

Drop-in event for grades 6-8.


Meet the Authors: June Jo Lee and Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 6:30 pm

Join a conversation about chef Roy Choi, creating books, and celebrating food traditions in a diverse community. For all ages.

Authors June Jo Lee and Jacqueline Briggs Martin will discuss their book Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix.

Past Events


Shaking the Salt Habit

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:00 pm

Learn about common sources of salt (sodium), how to read a nutrition label, and ways to reduce the amount of salt in your diet with Namratha Kandula, MD.


STEAM Engines Club

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4:30 pm

Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math can unravel the mysteries and wonders of how the world works. Explore STEAM in a hands-on, fun way. Limited to 16 participants in grades K-2.


Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, November 14, 2018, 4:00 pm

Take some time out of your busy day and learn how to take care of your emotional and physical well-being through an activity and discussion.

Drop-in event for grades 6-8.


Be the Chef

Monday, November 12, 2018, 4:30 pm

Create yummy snacks, hone your cooking skills, and develop your inner chef. Limited to 20 participants in grades 3-5.

Children younger than 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.


Be the Artist

Monday, November 12, 2018, 6:00 pm

Get creative and develop your art-making skills with our staff artist. Drop-in event for grades 3-5.


Family Movie: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

Friday, November 9, 2018, 7:00 pm

In a town where food drops from the sky like rain, one boy hopes to create something that will change everyone's life.

Released 2009 - 90 minutes - Rated PG for brief mild language - Animated Adventure


Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 4:00 pm

Take some time out of your busy day and learn how to take care of your emotional and physical well-being through an activity and discussion.

Drop-in event for grades 6-8.


Flip It and Reverse It: Remixed Pizza

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 7:00 pm

Join Derrick Tung, owner of Paulie Gee's Logan Square, as he shares how he and his staff remix ingredients and techniques to create three new pizzas each month.

Learn how his team approaches each new pizza concept. Taste and play with ingredients as well sample pizzas at this demo. Limited to 50 participants.


Use Instagram to Share Your Love of Food

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 7:00 pm

Combine your love of food and photography using Instagram.

Learn to use a 21st-century method to share recipes, find meal tips, and tempt your friends' taste buds. Bring your own device to the program and learn how you can enhance Instagram images. Limited to 10 participants.


All in Just One Cookie

Tuesday, November 6, 2018, 4:00 pm

One chocolate chip cookie contains a whole world of ingredients. Join our global tour as we gather everything we need to make these delicious treats. Limited to 15 participants in grades 2-5.

We may not be able to accommodate dietary restrictions.


Be the Chef

Monday, November 5, 2018, 4:30 pm

Create yummy snacks, hone your cooking skills, and develop your inner chef. Limited to 20 participants in grades 3-5.

Children younger than 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.


Community Food Remix Fair

Saturday, November 3, 2018, 2:00 pm

Celebrate the rich diversity of Skokie—by eating! Sample cuisine from different food traditions and learn about their history from local chefs. Drop-in event for all ages.

Sorry, we are unable to accommodate dietary restrictions.