About Foodways Texas
Foodways Texas is an organization founded by scholars, chefs, journalists, restaurateurs, farmers, ranchers, and other citizens of the state of Texas who have made it their mission to preserve, promote and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas.By joining and supporting Foodways Texas, you become part of a movement to preserve the vibrant foodways of TexasBy joining and supporting Foodways Texas, you become part of a movement to preserve the vibrant foodways of Texas through oral history projects, documentary films, recipe collections, and scholarly research. You will join us in highlighting the state’s distinctive foods and food cultures at our annual symposium, supporting educational food-based seminars, promoting local food networks, and partnering with universities and other non-profit organizations to educate future generations about our food histories, cultures, and emerging trends.
Two of our guiding principals, preserving and celebrating, are manifested in the two sides of our work. Our academic and archival work occur mostly behind the scenes. Our celebratory events are open to our membership. For the archival portion, scholars and students identify people who are interesting, critical, or an exemplary part of Texas foodways. An oral history is a particular way of inviting an interviewee to share the story of their life or their family’s history. Interviews range from one to five hours. These interviews are transcribed and the audio and transcript are added to the Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin. These recordings are obtainable by scholars, journalists, and laypersons at any time.
Our celebratory events take place throughout the year. We hold member happy hours, Barbecue Camps, and a yearly symposium. The symposium is held each year in a select Texas city and for three days we present academic and popular interest speakers and panels related to a general geographic topic.
Our members are critical to our mission. Whether you join us at an event or not, our academic and archival work is funded by our membership and donations from our members. Our members are our biggest supporters and our best source of ideas. Our corporate sponsors are forever generous with their support of our events, bringing beer and bread to the table, so to speak. We are a big and diverse family table. We want you to join us and be a part of this critical and fun mission to preserve the food culture of Texas.
2012 Symposium Dinner, Austin