What are the American Midlands?
The American Midlands are a group of several eco-regions encompassing the greater Midwest and central United States. This area of the country has its own unique ecology, micro climates, history, and gastronomy.
On the western boundary lies the oak savannas that stand sentinel between the great plains and the central hardwood forests. The rolling hills of the Ozarks and the mixed mesophytic forests of the Appalachian mountains make a natural pocket in the southern part of the region. The Mississippi River runs the length of the Midlands from the low-country forests in the south up to the Northwoods that surround the upper reaches of the Great Lakes.
The American Midlands are connected through a shared history of westward expansion, reliance on the bounty of the land and a reliance community values. As well as a connection to industry, ingenuity, and the world economy through the gateway metropolis of Chicago. We will draw on these elements when it comes to the inspiration behind the cuisine of Border Oak.
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