2013 Foodways Texas Symposium Recap (of recaps)


We had such a great time planning and producing Our Barbecue, Ourselves, the third annual Foodways Texas Symposium in Austin this year on April 4-6. For those of you in attendance, we sincerely hope you learned something new about Texas barbecue and enjoyed the fabulous meals cooked by all of the participating pitmasters and chefs.

Instead of giving you all a blow by blow of the food-filled weekend, we’re going to cheat and let some of those who attended tell that story.

You can find a beautiful and thorough description of the events at the meaning of pie blog from member Kelly Yandell. In her words, the symposium has “taken on the air of a big family reunion (and the side of your family that you love), with more long-lost, heretofore unknown cousins showing up all the time.” Enjoy: http://www.themeaningofpie.com/2013/04/2013-foodways-texas-symposium/

One of our presenters and the Executive Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, John T. Edge, put together a very cool Storify post for the weekend. http://storify.com/johntedge/foodways-texas-symposium-takes-on-barbecue

Some members of the press were there as well and published accounts in their respective publications.
Houston Press
Austin American Statesman
Austin Chronicle

Will Burdette of the No Satiation podcast devoted a weekly episode to the symposium: http://nosatiation.com/2013/04/18/episode-158-our-barbecue-ourselves/

Of course, photographs were taken. Here’s a few from:
Serious Eats
Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
Founding members Jim & Diane Gossen

Finally, one writer at the Austin Chronicle wondered if the symposium was worth the price. His answer – most definitely!

We’re already a little giddy about our 4th Symposium coming in Spring 2014 where we’ll spend a weekend discussing Texas agriculture. We hope to see old friends and new next year, and maybe some of those long lost cousins.

We want to thank our sponsors, The Pearl, Louisiana Foods, Goode Company Restaurants, the Greater Houston CVB, Traavasa Austin, Austin Saengerrunde, Texas Monthly, and Saint Arnold Brewing Company. Their generous contributions helped to make the event a great success.

We also want to thank the contributors to our efforts, the Southern Foodways Alliance, the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas, Whole Foods, Atkinson Candy Company, Blue Bell, Bud the Pieman, Dublin Bottling Works, Amy’s Ice Cream, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, Austin Beerworks, Circle Brewing Company, Southside Market & Barbeque, and Hoover’s Cooking. Finally, we want to thank all of our volunteers who were instrumental in helping the entire weekend to run as smoothly as possible.

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