Gulf Coast Food Project and Foodways Texas present The Houston Eats! Conference
Over the course of this two-day conference, historians, farmers, food writers, sociologists, activists, and artists will converge to explore the origins of that diversity, how it impacts the way the city eats now, and what it means for the region’s future.
The conference opens with a keynote by Dr. Tyina L. Steptoe, author of Houston Bound: Culture and Color in a Jim Crow City, Texan, and associate professor of History at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The event will culminate with a conversation between the Houston Chronicle’s restaurant critic Alison Cook, the winner of three James Beard awards, and two of of Houston’s premier restaurateurs, Sylvia Casares, chef and owner of Sylvia’s Enchilada Kitchen and author of The Enchilada Queen Cookbook, and Kaiser Lashkari, chef and owner of Himalaya Restaurant.
Attendees will also hear from Houston-raised historian of the Vietnamese immigrant experience Roy Vu and Houston Chronicle barbecue columnist J.C. Reid, and Mikaela Selley, Hispanic Collections Archivist at Houston Metropolitan Research Center, will discuss the history of Mexican restaurants and tortilla factories.