A great thing about the Midwest is the late-summer county fairs that push the boundaries of fun food. And it turns out 53 percent of consumers are interested in seeing amusement park foods on the menu, according to a new report from Datassential. That means funky fried items, like these fried Twinkies from cookbook author George Geary.
Check out Geary’s latest book, “Fair Foods,” for even more county fair culinary inspiration.
Also in the book “Fair Foods,” corn on the cob is an example of the healthier side of sweet summer bliss in the Midwest.
Corn and baked beans on the side with ribs
Fearless caterer Jonathan Pye, executive chef at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, pays tribute to Kansas’ rich barbecue culture with succulent barbecue plates like this.
The side dish is the secret
Barbecue sides add so much to smoked meats of all kinds. One of star side dishes for barbecue at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is crisp, cool coleslaw.
All the smoked meat is smoked in-house at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. These pork butts look amazing!
Pork belly with prickly pear sauce
Pye chefs up pork belly with the not-so-Midwestern ingredient of prickly pear cactus in this upscale and meaty pork belly plate.
Candied pork belly skewer
Pork belly strikes again in these sweet skewers by Centerplate at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.
“What is Kansas cuisine? It depends on who you ask, but one thing everyone agrees on, Kansas food comes from the heart,” says Cynthia Faircloth, GM of Performance Dining at the University of Kansas. KU Dining’s barbecue concept at the Courtside Café is all local—the sauce, the honey in the sauce, the pork, the apple cider vinegar, the white cheddar—it is all from Kansas, a fact that’s marketed in a cool way with this graphic.
Michigan is known for its wonderful annual crop of sweet blueberries. The state is one of the largest producers of “bluebs” in the country. The University of Michigan’s culinary team makes the most out of the harvest with this down-home blueberry crumble.