Eat Your Heartland Out: How to Feed A Great Lakes Freighter Crew

Eat Your Heartland Out: How to Feed A Great Lakes Freighter Crew
June 29, 2023 Capri S. Cafaro

Eat Your Heartland Out is a Taste Awards nominated  program about the intersection of food and culture in the American Midwest. The show is produced by the Heritage Radio Network, a leader in culinary audio storytelling and distributed on the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), which provides content to public radio affiliates across the United States. The show has aired on select NPR affiliates across the Midwest, and can be found every Sunday at 7pm E on Sirius XM Channel 147/Rural Radio. Eat Your Heartland Out is hosted by cookbook author and television personality Capri S. Cafaro. Cafaro is a contributor to Great Lakes Now as well as a Folkways Corps reporter for Inside Appalachia from West Virginia Public Radio.  

How to Feed A Great Lakes Freighter Crew spotlights chief stewards who are upping the food game aboard Great Lakes freighters. Meet two chefs who combine culinary creativity with a personal touch to create tasty menus for hard working freighter crews. Matt Dillinger, is the chief steward  on M/V Mark W. Barker.  Classically trained with a culinary degree, Matt enjoys seeing the crew onboard get out of their comfort zone and try new food. Catherine Schmuck is a Canadian restaurateur and cookbook author who left restaurant life behind to be a galley steward. Learn more about this story by reading the Great Lakes Now article here. Watch the companion Great Lakes Now TV segment here.


Catch more news at Great Lakes Now: 

Culinary masters aboard Great Lakes freighters: Navigating the high seas of flavor

Coastal craft beers come to Lake Superior

Featured image: Photo courtesy of Meagan Roper 


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