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The History of Food Production and Consumption in the U.S. Gulf Coast Region
Todd Romero, University Of Houston

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Houston Eats! Texas Gulf Coast Food in the Past, Present, and Future (Conference/Institute/Seminar)
Title: Houston Eats! Texas Gulf Coast Food in the Past, Present, and Future
Author: R. Todd Romero
Author: Monica Perales
Abstract: Houston is the most diverse city in the country, a diversity that is reflected in the city’s food. You can eat Pakistani goat biryani, a Colombian empanada, a Uyghur meat pie, Vietnamese bún bò hu?, Viet-Cajun crawfish, Nigerian egusi soup, a cheese enchilada, Gulf oysters and more all in a five-mile radius. Over the course of the two-day conference, historians, farmers, food writers, sociologists, activists, and artists will explore the origins of that diversity, how it impacts the way the city eats now, and what it means for the region’s future. The conference opens Friday, February 2nd with a keynote by Dr. Tyina L. Steptoe, author of Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City, Texan, and associate professor of History at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The event will culminate on the evening of Saturday, February 3rd with a conversation between the Houston Chronicle’s restaurant critic Alison Cook, the winner of three James Beard awards, and two of of Houston’s premier restaurateurs, Sylvia Casares, chef and owner of Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen and author of The Enchilada Queen Cookbook, and Kaiser Lashkari, chef and owner of Himalaya Restaurant. Between Friday morning and Saturday evening, attendees will also hear from Houston-raised historian of the Vietnamese immigrant experience Roy Vu and Houston Chronicle barbecue columnist J.C. Reid, and Mikaela Selley, Hispanic Collections Archivist at Houston Metropolitan Research Center, will discuss the history of Mexican restaurants and tortilla factories. This is just a sampling of the many interesting topics and presenters at the conference. The event is free and open to the public. The conference is organized by the Gulf Coast Food Project and Foodways Texas and is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Houston Center for Public History Lecture Series, and the Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.
Date Range: 2/2-2/3/2018
Location: University of Houston