Mai Nguyen opened the restaurant Ba Mien in New Orleans East in late 2001 after traveling Vietnam to collect dishes and repertoires from various regions. With those ideas in mind, she developed a menu of pho variations and other dishes from northern, central, and southern Vietnam, compiled as a portrait of her homeland.
20 Years, 20 Founders: Ann Abadie
Founding member Ann Abadie reflects on the growth of foodways in cultural studies.
20 Years, 20 Founders: Ben and Karen Barker
SFA founding members Ben and Karen Barker explain the importance of restaurant workers to the SFA audience.
20 Years, 20 Founders: Charles Wilson
Founding member Charles Wilson discusses SFA as an incubator for academics and the role of SFA in delivering academic ideas to a popular audience.
20 Years, 20 Founders: Damon Lee Fowler
SFA Founding member and culinary historian Damon Lee Fowler describes the significance of recognizing Southern food as regional cuisine.
20 Years, 20 Founders: Frank Stitt
SFA founding member Frank Stitt recalls the menu he created for the Founders Dinner.