Posted on Wed May 6, 2015
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Posted on Tue Feb 24, 2015
Check out select pieces from our youth producers at Kealing Middle School Fall 2014 semester. Texas Folklife partnered with Austin's African American Heritage District Project to help document the history and living culture of this important area. Austin’s African American Cultural Heritage District comprises approximately six square miles of central east Austin. The district is home...
Posted on Wed Jul 30, 2014
The St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church will be organizing the 19th annual ArmeniaFest this year on the weekend of October 10-12 on the church grounds at 1805 Random Road, Carrollton. This is a cultural and food festival with an entertaining program of folk dances and songs, circle dance instruction, children’s games, art exhibits, delicious offerings of food, raffle, silent...
Posted on Wed Jan 29, 2014
Lunch at Odessa's Barn Door Steakhouse means business.
According to the restaurant's website, "The 'Legendary Barndoor' is a meeting place where many business deals are done. Someone said the other day we can always tell how well the oil and gas business is by the business at the Barndoor" (www.odessabarndoor.com). When I pulled into the parking lot shortly before 12noon, I was stunned to...
Posted on Tue Jan 28, 2014
Today I ventured to Ben’s Little Mexico “Legendary Mexican Cuisine”, a family-run restaurant that first opened its doors in 1947. I could tell the complimentary red salsa served with tortilla chips was made with fresh peppers, and its soupy character was matched with a nice bold, zesty taste. I ordered three beef enchiladas with “ccq sauce”. Because it was not immediately...
Posted on Tue Jan 28, 2014
Ever tried a Chihuahua Sandwhich?
On day 1 of my trip to the Odessa/Midland region I came across this interesting family culinary creation. Midland's Big Sky drive-in movie theater is one of three family-owned drive-in theaters in West Texas that is home to the Chihuahua Sandwhich. Invented by Ed Noret in the 1950's, the Big Sky version of this unique drive-in treat...
Posted on Fri Dec 13, 2013
Ever seen a ghost? What about a town full of Swedish ghosts in the Rio Grande Valley?
After seeing a photo my neighbor posted online today, I uncovered a tradition and even deeper history of the Swedish influence on Texas. My neighbor is a native Texan whose great-grandfather emigrated to the United States from Sweden. Today, December 13, happens to be the Swedish Catholic holiday of St. Lucia...
Posted on Thu Nov 7, 2013
It seems like one of the easiest words in Texas to use as a pun is wurst. My head was full of clever puns after attending Wurstfest in New Braunfels last weekend. A two-week celebration of the German influence on Texas culture through food and music is what this 50 year old festival is all about. As always, my reason for going was to hear some of the best German & Czech bands from around the...
Posted on Wed Nov 6, 2013
Texas Folklife is conducting a statewide survey of regional foodways on Family Day Islamic Adventure at the San Antonio Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday November 9th. We invite you to take “a place at the table” and tell us your family’s favorite dishes, or the work that you do to produce food for your family or the market. This is part of a three year project that is now expanding into 29...
Posted on Thu Oct 31, 2013
Last weekend I attended the Blackpot Festival in Lafayette for the first time. Blackpot is a music and food festival celebrating the culture of Southern Louisiana's Acadiana Region. There is a wide range of musical styles and a variety of foods, each being prepared in - you guessed it: black pots. One of the things I found interesting was the similarities between this region and the Gulf Coast...