The Other CHoW
Not to be confused with the food media site, this CHoW is an acronym for the Culinary Historians of Washington. The club meets monthly to get their geek on about topics like sugar science, orange juice's history, and solar cooking. At February's monthly meeting, members heard from guest speaker Brenda Rhodes Miller, who gave an insightful talk titled, "If You Don't Want Grits, Why'd You Order Breakfast? Church Ladies as Custodians of Culture and Tradition."
Foodie history buffs might be the coolest class of nerd that exists. Luckily, Washington isn't the only town with a club like this one. See if there's one near you after the jump.
Chicago: Culinary Historians of Chicago
Boston: Culinary Historians of Boston
New Orleans: The New Orleans Culinary History Group
Wisconsin: Culinary Historians of Wisconsin, or just CHEW (heh)
Michigan: Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor
Texas: Foodways of Austin
Ontario: Culinary Historians of Ontario