Can We Reset the Family Table?

In partnership with the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, Foodseum is excited to host a panel discussion on the modern family meal. Our founder, Kyle Joseph, will moderate a panel of famous Chicago food figures as they explore the issue of eating together as a family in modern times.


Jimmy Bannos Sr.


Jimmy Bannos is a third-generation restaurateur who started working in his parents’ diner at the age of 9. For the past 34 years, Bannos' bustling New Orleans-style 'Heaven on Seven' restaurants have been some of the most popular eateries in Chicago. Bannos has also published multiple cookbooks, such as The Heaven on Seven Cookbook: Where It's Mardi Gras All The Time! 

Jimmy makes regular appearances on The Today Show, highlighting some of his seasonal specialties as well as demonstrating his versions of holiday classics and family favorites. He is a leading figure in the community and has donated his time and efforts to such causes as Hurricane Katrina relief, Meals on Wheels, and March of Dimes.


Monica Eng

Monica Eng has been at the Tribune since 1996. During that time she has served as editor and reporter covering entertainment, ethnic culture, and food. In 2009 she moved to the Watchdog team to look at these issues with a stronger investigative and consumer focus. Eng has won various awards for her coverage of cultural and consumer issues. Her food writing has been nominated for five James Beard awards in topics ranging from the ethics of meat to why Chicago Public Schools serve kids nachos everyday.


Kit Graham

Kit Graham is a Chicago- based food blogger and author. Kit writes The Kittchen, a blog where she shares original recipes, restaurant reviews, and travel adventures. In 2013 Kit wrote The Gourmet Grilled Cheese Cookbook, which is an ode to her favorite food from childhood.

Kit is a founding member of both the Windy City Blogger Collective and the underground dining club, Cinq. Kit contributes to and develops recipes for Home Chef. Kit recently appeared as a contestant on the Spike TV reality cooking competition Frankenfood where her mac and cheese jalapeno poppers landed her second place in the competition.


Bruce Kraig


Dr. Bruce Kraig has loved hot dogs since his first bite at  when he was 5 years old. Since then he has studied hot dogs, and for over 25 years, has been the leading authority on the culture of Hot Dogs. Bruce Kraig, Professor Emeritus at Roosevelt University, regularly publishes and speaks on the topic of World and American foodways. He has published widely on the history of hot dogs, including the book,Hot Dogs: A Global History, which recently won a Paris Book Fair Award.

As the authority on the culture, lore and history of hot dogs, he has appeared often in national media, including documentaries by the History Channel and the Discovery Channel. As the leading expert on hot dogs, Kraig has appeared on ABC Nightline, Martha Stewart Radio, ABC national News, NPR’s Talk of the Nation, and in the spring of 2009, CBS News, WGN and NBC News Chicago, as well as BBC News and Radio New Zealand-all about hot dogs.


We hope you'll join us in Schubas Tavern on August 13th to hear what these Chicagoans have to say about the family meal. How has it changed over time? Has how we eat changed how we interact with each other? And in this day and age, what really constitutes family eating?