In Spring 2011, Carleton students in Audrey Russek’s “Ethnic Foodways in the United States” (AMST 252) collected oral histories from members of the larger southeastern Minnesotan community who operate and work in food businesses that participate in both local and global food exchanges. The students used these histories to frame final research papers on topics connected to the history of ethnic food and foodways in the United States. 

Follow the links below to read profiles of each business in the words of the interviewees as well as students’ final research papers.

We would like to thank Laura Fromen, Alejandra Jimenez, Doug and Patty Lau, Somsanith “Nit” Sithisack, and John Wiederholt for taking the time to share their stories (and food!) with us.