The Gulf Coast Food Project

Houston Eats! Conference

Texas Gulf Coast:

Food in the Past, Present & Future


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Friday, September 8th

Location: Rockwell Pavilion, M.D. Anderson Library


9:00-9:45 Keynote: Tyina Steptoe, University of Arizona, "From Lightnin' to Lemonade: Reimagining Culture in America's Most Diverse City"


10:00-11:30 “Feasting on Culture: Asian Platiality through Supermarkets and Food Practices”

● Roy Vũ, North Lake College, “Farm to Freedom: Vietnamese Americans and Their Home Gardens”

● Claudia Kolker, Journalist, “Vietnamese Monthly Rice”

● Elaine Cho, Eastfield College, “A Tale of Two Cities: Exploring Koreatown Houston and Koreatown Carrollton”


11:30-12:00 J.C. Reid, Houston Chronicle, “In the Land of the Links: Tracing Houston Barbecue Traditions from Cajun Country to Beaumont”


12:00-1:00 Lunch


1:00-1:30 Paul and Christiane Galvani, Food Writers, “The Lost Restaurants of Houston”


1:30-2:00 Alana Dao, Writer, “Baked: Chinese Bakeries and the Creation of Identity in Houston”


2:00-2:30  Bernice Heilbrunn, Melton & More Scholars Program and the Jewish Learning Project, Congregation Beth Yeshurun, "It Began with a Sewing Circle: Stories Gleaned from One Hundred Years of Houston Jewish Community Cookbooks"


Break 2:30-2:45


2:45-3:30 Alston V. Thoms, Texas A&M University, “Native Texan Foodways on the Gulf Coastal Plains: Ancient Roots of Earth Oven-Baking”


3:30-5:00 “Expanding Local Farm and Food Communities: Key Arenas of Opportunities for Activists”

● Pam Walker, Food Writer, Moderator

● Casey McAuliffe, Councilwoman, City of LaMarque and Market Manager, Galveston’s Own Farmers Market

● Kim Korth, Edible Houston

● Judith McGeary, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance

● Edwin Marty, Food Policy Manager, Office of Sustainability, Austin




Saturday, September 9th

Student Center South, Multipurpose Room 237


9:00-9:30 Mark Young, University of Houston, “The Food History Collections in the Hospitality Archives, Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management”


9:30-10:00 Maria Corsi, University of Houston, “Haute Cuisine Comes to Houston: Economic Growth Reflected in Fine Dining”


10:00-10:45 MM Pack, Food Writer and Historian, “Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice and World War II: A Houston Story”


10:45-11:00 Break


11:00-11:30 Aimee Bachari, Public Historian, “Arab Stereotypes and Marketing Palestinian Food in Houston” Title TBD


11:30-12:30 Lunch


12:30-2:00 City “‘I Heard the Earth Singing Beneath the Street:’ The Challenges of Farming in the Most Diverse City in the Country”

● David Leftwich, Food Writer, Moderator

● Kellie Karavias, Program founder/director Cultivated Classroom at Gregory-Lincoln Education Center and Hogg Middle School

● Constant Ngouala, Production Manager, Plant It Forward Farms

● Scott Snodgrass, Owner, The Edible Group


2:00-2:30 Mikaela Selley, Houston Metropolitan Research Center, “Selling Mexican Culture in Houston: A History of La Nacional Tortilla Factory and La Consentida Cafe”


2:30-2:45 Break


2:45-3:15 Saneea Sakhyani, University of Houston, “Re-imagining Southern Foodways through South Asian Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Houston”


3:15-4:00 Robb Walsh, Food Writer, “Boudain Kolaches and Houston Creolization”


Conrad N. Hilton College, Lobby outside of Room 104s

4:00-5:00 TBD


Conrad N. Hilton College, Room 104s

5:00-6:00 Alison Cook, Restaurant Critic, Houston Chronicle, interviews Hugo and Ruben Ortega, and Tracy Vaught from the H-Town Restaurant Group