Sunday, April 18

Paintings from the series Food & Love by Amy Evans debut this month at Koelsch Gallery in Houston.
Can't make it to Houston? Take a gander online at Evans, whose subjects include lemon meringue pie and an homage to Greenwood, Mississippi shoeshine man, Hambone, is the SFA's oral history czar.

Monday, April 5

Oral History Initiative Gets BIG boost from Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q

Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q of Birmingham, Alabama is the lead underwriter of the SFA oral history initiative. Nick Pihakis has pledged a total of $75,000 over the course of five years. The SFA will raise matching funds so that we can hire an oral historian. Among the initial duties we see such a person undertaking will be surveying existing oral histories relating to food, and establishing an outreach program that identifies both interviewers and subjects. And, of course, we see that person in the field, doing interviews. Thanks Nick; thanks Jim 'N Nick's.
Research Request
I am working on a book about the history of the Thanksgiving meal. I want to look at the ways that regional and ethnic traditions/recipes have shaped and continue to shape the holiday menu. For these chapters, I would very much like to include recipes and interviews/quoted information from "informants" from a variety of geographic areas/ethnic backgrounds who can talk with me about their particular individual Thanksgivings -- very much a first person approach. I was hopeful that some of your members might be interested helping me out with this task. I am also seeking references (menus, recipes, descriptions) of 19th and early 20th thanksgiving celebrations.

Kathleen Curtin, Food Historian, Plimoth Plantation; (508) 746 1622 ext. 8281,