Texas Food Routes

7th Annual Foodways Texas Symposium

April 27-28, 2017
Fort Worth, Texas

We are excited to announce that “Texas Food Routes,” the 2017 Foodways Texas Symposium, will be held in Fort Worth on April 27-28. Mark your calendars! “Texas Food Routes” will explore the simple fact that food moves people. Civilizations all over the world have followed animal migrations and seasonal food patterns, carried preserved and commodity foods long distances for both sustenance and trade, and traveled through grocery stores and to restaurants in order to satisfy their hunger. As such, “Texas Food Routes” will cover the interplay of food, foodways, and mobility in Texas history and in its contemporary society. We will investigate topics such as the railroad and railcar dining, the interstate system and food distribution, and the migration of peoples and foods across Texas. The Symposium will feature a kickoff chuckwagon dinner on Thursday evening, as well as a full Friday of speakers, panels, and meals prepared to fit the symposium theme by notable chefs in the north Texas region. We are so pleased to be in Fort Worth this year and hope to see a lot of new faces amongst our ever-growing Foodways Texas family.

Veterans of past symposia might notice that we have scaled back the symposium to 1 ½ days this year. We do so for several reasons including greater access to the event, a tighter program, and the flexibility it will afford us to plan more events each year around the state. The change will allow us to lower the ticket price as well. Members will pay $200 and non-members $225, which as usual will include not only the panels but all meals and plenty of drinks. Tickets will go on sale February 1st at 10 am. If you have questions about the change, please contact us at info@foodwaystexas.com.

Texas Food Routes
April 27-28, 2017
Fort Worth, Texas

Available Now:


Foodways Texas Members: $200
General Public: $225

Hotel Accomodations

We are always eager to make connections with new sponsors for our Symposium, so if you would like to be involved as a key sponsor for the event, please contact Marvin Bendele at marvin@foodwaystexas.com.

Schedule (subject to change):

2017 Foodways Texas Symposium Schedule

Thursday, April 27
Fort Worth Stockyards

6:30 pm
Happy Hour
Chuckwagon Demonstration

7:30 pm
Marvin Bendele, Foodways Texas Executive Director, Austin

7:30 pm

Friday, April 28
5th and Carroll (2713 West 5th Street, above Blue Mesa Restaurant)

8:30 am

9:30 am
Texas Food Routes
Marvin Bendele, Foodways Texas Executive Director, Austin

9:45 am
The Red River Expedition
Michael Wise, Assistant Professor, University of North Texas

10:15 am
Wheat Industry in North Texas
Rebecca Sharpless, Professor, Texas Christian University

10:45 am

11:00 am
The Railroad and the Restaurant
Audrey Russek, Cultural Historian, Elk Grove, CA

11:30 am
History of Beef Logistics
Jeannette Vaught, Lecturer, University of Texas, Austin

12:30 pm
Keith Hicks
Buttons Restaurant, Fort Worth

2:30 pm
New Immigrant Foodways
Todd Romero, Associate Professor, University of Houston

3:15 pm
Modern Food Logistics
Panel Moderator: Robyn Metcalfe

Rahr and Sons Brewing Company (701 Galveston Ave, Fort Worth, TX 76104)
6:30 pm
Mobile Kitchens Dinner
Taco Heads
Bite My Biscuit
Heim Barbecue
Sweet Lucy’s Pies