I'm excited to be going to Foodways Texas' symposium this year! With a name like "Our Barbecue, Ourselves," you really can't lose. From the event description:"Our Barbecue, Ourselves, the 3rd Annual Foodways Texas symposium will explore the past, present, and potential of smoked meat in Texas and its intimate connections to Texas cultural history and identity. As we feast on plates from around the state, we’ll consider what we can learn from barbecue as both meal and process. What can both the meat and the dishes served alongside it tell us about our history? How have traditions and techniques from diverse heritages intersected to create today’s Texas barbecue? How is the way we consume barbecue and barbecue culture being affected by changing technologies and food ideologies? Join us in Austin, April 4-6, 2013, as we eat, think, and talk our way from pasture to pit to plate."
I am going to eat so much BBQ, Tex Mex, chicken fried steak, and crawfish! And hopefully meet some fellow Texans and food writers. Will you be there?
Stef Shapira is a food researcher, promoter, writer and - most importantly - eater. Stef holds an M.A. in Food Studies from NYU and a B.A. in Communication.
Stef lives in Austin, TX and has worked for The Food Network, Serious Eats, Museum of Food & Drink, Delish, and Restaurant Girl, among other outlets. Some of her favorite things include chips, dumplings, and root beer.