SFA is proud to have advised the good folks at Foodways Texas, back when they were in their infancy. Looks like they're proving to be the best sorts of chips off the foodways blocks.
Texas Preserved, the second second Foodways Texas Symposium, set for March 23-25, will explore the ways folks preserve Texas (as a region, as an idea) and the ways folks preserve food in Texas. They'll talk about preservation in pastures, on farms, in kitchens, and in the stories told around the dinner table.
The weekend's sessions will include a broad range of topics, including a canning demo by Confituras owner Stephanie McClenny along with a history of fruits and vegetables unique to Texas. You'll hear from the folks behind the Shrimp Boat Projects out of Houston, and a group of intrepid Austin historians out to collect stories from iconic restaurants around the state.
Saveur photographer Penny De Los Santos will discuss photography as a preservative medium. Experts will update you on this historic drought and its effect on different segments of the food economy, while an expert panel of craft brewers will discuss the world of Texas breweries and help launch a Craft Brewery oral history archive.
Registration includes lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday as well as a Sunday Chuck Wagon Brunch from Tom Perini of Perini Ranch Steakhouse. Featured during the weekend will be Justin Yu of Oxheart Restaurant in Houston, Louisiana Food's Total Catch Market, Sonya Cote of East Side Showroom, and Hillside Farmacy in Austin who will stage an 1840s farm dinner onsite at Boggy Creek Farm in east Austin.