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Texas Folklife

Folk and Traditional Arts of Texas


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Foodways: a Place at the Table
Texas Folklife is conducting a statewide survey of regional foodways: the cultural, historical and economic traditions that surround food. The study of local cuisine leads us to stories of sustenance, celebration, work and identity. We use the study of foodways as the entry point into diverse communities; starting with food customs, we then explore the family and community traditions that mark the occasions when Texans come together to eat. When documenting local methods of growing, gathering, preparing and enjoying food, we also encounter the music, crafts, dance and festivals associated with regional heritage The first year of this three-year project began with documentation of Central, East and South Texas. We are now expanding into 29 counties in West Texas, a vast and mostly sparsely populated area from Del Rio at the southernmost border, 400 miles west along the Rio Grande to the urban enclave of El Paso, then east to Odessa, Midland and San Angelo. “A Place at the Table” goals are to build a portrait of the dynamic and diverse cultural communities of Texas, to develop new statewide programming and collaborations , and to inspire a new generation of arts leaders in the creative and respectful engagement with the traditional arts.
Most recent articles, events, video, audio and blog posts for this page:
  • Posted on Tue Oct 29, 2013
  • Posted on Tue Oct 15, 2013
    Bill Jackson grew up on the same farm he now lives on in Livingston, Texas. He operates Jackson Fruit Farm where he exclusively raises May Hawthorn trees - commonly known as mayhaw. Mayhaws produce a small berry that ranges in color from yellow to bright red. Long used to make jelly, mayhaw was once a culinary staple throughout parts of the rural South - notably swamp lands in East Texas,...

    Texas Folklife Foodways: Bill Jackson's Mayhaw Jelly

  • Posted on Tue Oct 15, 2013
    Father & Son Austin Breakfast Taco tradition By David JaffeOctober 2010Every Saturday morning starting when he was about 8, my son Gary and I ate breakfast tacos at a local place on Bee Cave Road, the C-5 Steakhouse. This was a chance for us to spend time together and talk about whatever was on his mind.C-5 had one type of breakfast taco, with eggs, sausage, cheddar cheese and hash browns on...
  • Posted on Tue Oct 15, 2013
    Little Thai Food by Ann Gessler Much has changed for Little Thai Food trailer owner Aw Jenkins since she left Thailand thirty-seven years ago.  Growing up in the small village of Mahasarakham, she and her family worked in the rice paddies, raised water buffalo, and grew papayas and coconuts.  Looking back after years of working for Travis County and then in the restaurant industry,...
  • Posted on Mon Oct 14, 2013
    We invite you to take “a place at the table” and tell us about your family’s favorite dishes, or the work you do to produce food for your family or for the market. Over the past few years we have been traveling around the state visiting festivals, conducting interviews and meeting Texans from all cultural backgrounds with a story to tell. Your food story could become part of new exhibits, radio...
  • Posted on Thu Nov 1, 2012
    Taquerías Southmost: Expressing Cultural Identity through the Business of Food Photos by Chuy Benitez Texas Folklife partnered with the Brownsville Historical Association (BHA) to conduct research and document the history of Taquerías in Brownsville and launch and promote an exhibit titled "The Taquerías of Southmost." The Southmost area of Brownsville houses approximately 33,009 residents and is...
  • Posted on Tue Aug 31, 2010
    Texas Folklife Kicks off its State-Wide Food Traditions Survey Exploring South Texas Taquerias by Cristina Ballí, Program Director Brownsville, Texas  I’m excited to begin our tour of Texan culinary delights at the very tip of Texas – the Southmost neighborhood of Brownsville (yes, my hometown!)  To help me in the arduous task of exploring and documenting the culinary delights of the...