Sunday, October 1


The SFA and McIlhenny Company present The New Orleans Table: Return and Recollect, a series of events, the final of which will be held at the restaurant Town Hall in San Francisco on November 29. We aim to recollect lost foods and food memories and remind culinary tourists of what the Crescent City has to offer.

Your host is Paul McIlhenny of Tabasco fame. Featured are Leah Chase, the grande doyenne of Creole cookery; Gail and Anthony Uglesich of the beloved restaurant Uglesich's; file maker Lionel Key; and James Beard Award-wining chef John Besh of Restaurant August.

Details on the San Francisco event are forthcoming. Stay tuned to this channel.

The intellectual and cultural backbone of the events will be New Orleans Eats, An Oral History Project, a collection of oral histories from and about those people who create and consume New Orleans food and drink. Look for the collection to grow (and be posted online here) in the months to come as field workers capture the stories of cooks and eaters.

Speaking of stories, we want to hear from you. If you have a defining New Orleans food memory to share, or if you're counting the days until you return to table in New Orleans, tell us what you crave and why by calling 888-841-6153 or emailing