The Gulf Coast Food Project

La Louisane en Tejas:

Gulf Coast Foodways in Southeast Texas

This project consists of personal histories on the influence of Cajun and Creole foodways on the food history of East Texas. Focusing on Houston, Port Arthur, Orange, and Beaumont, as well as places in between, we hope to interview home cooks, restaurateurs, fishermen, farmers, hungers, forgers, and anyone else who offers a window on the rich world of Gulf Coast foodways. The interviews will eventually be part of a larger online archive that will include photographs, short films, recipes, and other materials that will promote the region’s food history.

Our current focus is on Brennan's restaurant. Brennan’s of Houston is an iconic Houston restaurant that draws its inspiration from Louisiana yet is distinctly Texas. Learn more about its history and hear from some of its key players by clicking on its image to the left.