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Fork in Hand, Nostalgia at Heart: Food & Heritage

Posted by on January 20, 2015

SOUTHBITES_logoI’m excited to announce that I’ll be part of a fantastic SXSW Southbites panel discussing the influence of food on heritage!  The fabulous Amy Kritzer of What Jew Wanna Eat and Sahar Arafat-Ray of TartQueen’s Kitchen are fellow panelists, with Revel Insight’s Annette Priest moderating. We’ll be discussing the key role of food in our ancestry, as part of our ethnic and religious backgrounds, in our panel “Fork in Hand, Nostalgia at Heart: Food & Heritage.”

As children grow up and leave their family home, we often wander away from our roots in many ways. We might stop going to church or synagogue.  As college students, we fall into eating habits that we did not learn at home. My diet was plenty of fast food, and lots of cheap beer, which I suspect is indicative of 80% of the nation’s college student population.  We grow, we learn, we stretch, we start to become who we really are, and sometimes that is at a cost to our heritage.  We’ll explore how food plays a part in rebelling from our culture, and bringing us back into the fold.

Are you a purist? Do you think that traditional dishes must be cooked so that they taste exactly as your great-great grandma intended? Or are you like me and think that no matter what you fold up into your tortilla automatically qualifies as a taco? It might be good to note that I grew up eating traditional Tex-Mex and Mexican foods, but since homemade flour tortillas taste so good my sister and I used them in place of bread. We were “wrapping” before wraps were cool.

If you’re attending SXSW, I hope you’ll stop by our session on March 14th, at 3:30pm in the Maximilian Room at the Driskill Hotel. It’s guaranteed to be a lively discussion. Cheers!


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