2015 Foodways Texas Symposium

“The Texas Mexican Table”
5th Annual Foodways Texas Symposium
May 7-9, 2015
San Antonio, Texas

Tickets on sale:
Members – $290
Public – $325

Hotel Accomodations


Join us in San Antonio as we celebrate “The Texas Mexican Table.” Our discussion will cover Mexican food in Texas in its many forms with two full days (May 8-9) of speakers broaching myriad topics. We will learn about Mexican and Native American foodways in Texas that have been appropriated, changed, fused, and influenced while we explore the context and history of their ingredients and styles. Among many other topics, expect to learn a bit about the foods of pre-contact Native Americans, tacos, Cabeza de Vaca, Chili, Tex-Mex, food and Conjunto, tamales, and the influx of various regional Mexican cuisines into Texas over the last several decades. We will also hear an update about our newest oral history project on Texas Mexican foodways. We can’t wait!

As usual, we’ll eat well with seven meals included in your registration. Chefs, artisans, and restaurants from around the state will join in the celebration by preparing meals that connect back to our discussions. The weekend begins Thursday evening, May 7th, with a welcome dinner and introduction to the symposium. Over the course of the next two days, we will serve breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks between heavy doses of history and culture. The festivities will take place in and around San Antonio at places like The Pearl, La Villita, and Mission San Juan. The official roster of chefs, restaurants, speakers, and panelists will be released in the weeks leading up to the symposium. Here’s a teaser in the meantime:


Gustavo Arrellano, Editor at OC Weekly and Author of Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, Costa Mesa, CA

Iliana de la Vega, Chef at El Naranjo, Austin

El Corazon, Dallas

Amy Evans, Oral Historian, Houston

Rachel Gonzalez, Department of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies, University of Texas, Austin

Rachel Laudan, Author of Cuisine & Empire: Cooking in World History, Austin

Matt’s Famous El Rancho, Austin

Adán Medrano, Author of Truly Texas Mexican: A Native Culinary Heritage in Recipes, Houston

José Ralat, The Taco Trail Blog and Cowboys & Indians Magazine, Dallas

Armando Rayo, Taco Journalism Blog, Co-Author of Austin Breakfast Tacos, Austin

Ellen Riojas-Clark, Division of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, University of Texas, San Antonio

Alston Thoms, Department of Anthropology, Texas A&M University, College Station

Robb Walsh, Author of The Chili Cookbook (forthcoming), Houston
More coming soon…

Please contact us here with questions regarding “The Texas Mexican Table,” or check our Past Events page for more details about what transpires on these crazy, wonderful weekends.

If you are ready to register, you can do so below:

We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting some new friends this May in San Antonio.