Foodways Texas Symposium: Preserving the Rich Culture of Drinking in the South
By Emma Janzen | Monday, March 26, 2012, 02:18 PM
Foodways Texas, the nonprofit created “to preserve, promote, and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas,” hosted its second annual symposium in Austin last weekend with a series of speakers and dinners that explored the theme of preservation. This is a condensed version of a post by Emma Janzen, who has a longer recap on her Liquid Austin blog.
Houston bar owner Bobby Heugel lit up the Blanton Museum of Art auditorium on Friday with his perspective on how important it is that we strive to unearth and reclaim the largely buried history and culture of drinking in the South.
“Most of the time when we think of cocktails, we think of a Northern perspective on cocktails because it was OK to write about cocktails from the North. It wasn’t OK to write about cocktails from the South,” Heugel says. “It was something that was hidden. It wasn’t always socially acceptable.”