• Welcome to the Oral History Archive of Foodways Texas. The mission of Foodways Texas is to preserve, promote, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas. Within this archive of Texas food history, you will find stories from some of the folks that help create those cultures. We are actively building our archive, so expect to find new histories on the site regularly.
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  • Thelma’s Bar-B-Que


    Born in Ville Platte, Louisiana, Thelma Williams relocated to Houston in 1969. After working and learning the restaurant and brisket trade at Kessler's Barbecue, she opened her own place in December 1999. Thelma cooked, her five-year-old granddaughter worked t...

    Plantation BBQ


    Lolo Garcia claims to be the architect of both the smoked brisket-filled tortilla and the brisket and egg taco. He’s certainly one of the first to present the combo to customers. Garcia’s Plantation BBQ (since 1987) is a food trailer parked along a busy in...

    Mama Sugar


    Nathan Jean “Mama Sugar” Sanders is a legend in the east Texas “Cowboy World” and the matriarch of a riding and roping family that bridges four generations. Born on a farm in Nacogdoches, Texas, by the time she was twenty years old, Sanders had enough ...