Sweet Home New Orleans
July 7-10, 2005
For the 2005 field trip, the Southern Foodways Alliance traveled south to New Orleans, the papal city of Southern food. We focused upon sugar and the sweet life. We tasted rum, distilled from local molasses. Pralines, calas, Creole cream cheese, bursting-at-the-seams peaches, and beignets, too. We ate our fill in storied restaurants, among them Commander’s Palace and Dooky Chase. We reveled in the culinary talents of chefs like John Besh, Austin Leslie, and Susan Spicer. We sank our spoons deep into bowls of bread pudding (spiked with a touch of Southern Comfort) while listening to a historical deconstruction of the dish. We paid homage to the men and women who have long toiled in Louisiana’s cane fields. We explored the triangle trade between Europe, Africa, and the Americas that defined this lovely littoral.