A collaborative exhibit on
the technical innovation in
the world of food.

October 4, 2019
January 5, 2020

Gail Borden Public Library District

270 N. Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120 | gailborden.info

Due to our library being named after revolutionary dairy inventor Gail Borden, the equipment and hand tools on display—such as a Dazey churn and Magic marmalade cutter—are the perfect addition to our local historical sweet tooth. Discover how the tools in Baker’s Secrets and Sweet Inventions were once used in order to create ice cream, appealing chocolates, fruit drops and more. Also explore Elgin-based cooking tools—part of the add-on Dairies to Prairies exhibit—courtesy of the Elgin History Museum.





Sugar & Butter a Taste of Elgin

Sugar & Butter: A Taste of Elgin

Thursday, October 24 | 3-7 pm | Main Library Lobby

 Two panels of Kendall College's well-known "Culinary Curiosities" exhibit will be on display: Sugar and Butter. Sample delicious treats from local eateries and vendors featuring sugar and butter.


Catherine De Orio to Dish
Up Hearty Food Talk

Gail Borden Public Library

Longtime host of the Emmy award-winning WTTW dining review show Check, Please!, Catherine De Orio now travels the country on behalf of her company, Culinary Curator. She Attended in person here at Gail Borden Public Library.  Watch the Facebook live stream of this top influencer in Chicago’s culinary scene talks about the food-themed pieces of Culinary Curiosity that will be found in each of the four libraries as well as exciting restaurants to discover in all four communities.

Click here to Watch!



Making Lefse a Scandinavian Holiday Treat with Janelle Walker

Gail Borden Public Library

Thursday, December 5 | 7:30 – 8:30 pm | Meadows Community Rooms

Elgin resident and longtime Courier-News reporter Janelle Walker is half Norwegian and learned about lefse from her mother. She will share family holiday memories and demonstrate how to make this joyous Scandinavian-American holiday treat.

Please register.



Community Cookbook

Submit your family recipe through the form to be added to the Culinary Curiosity’s Community Cookbook. Thank you Biblioboard and Reaching Across Illinois Library System for partnering on this project.