On this edition of the NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, we welcome returning guest, Pepper Bowen of the Culinaria Center, part of the National Food and Beverage Foundation. This time around, we discuss kitchens in New Orleans that supported activists during the Civil Rights Movement as well as other topics, including African-American women selling pralines in Congo Square prior to the Civil War and more. We also touch on some news including the passing of Mr. Okra, Tales of the Cocktail, French Quarter Festival, the James Beard Awards, and more.
Pictured above – Pepper Bowen, Director of the Culinaria Center, part of the National Food and Beverage Foundation.
NOLADrinks – 2-22-18 – New Orleans Kitchens During the Civil Rights Movement with Pepper Bowen of Culinaria
We start things off talking about the passing of New Orleans icon, Arthur J. Robinson, better known as “Mr. Okra.” We also talk about where you can recycle your Mardi Gras beads and some news on how the NOLADrinks Show will now be part of the National Food and Beverage Foundation’s podcast platform. I am really honored to have the show selected as part of the inaugural group of those chosen to launch this great concept!
Next up is our featured interview. We chat with Pepper Bowen, Director of the Culinaria Center with the National Food and Beverage Foundation (NatFAB). We record the show at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum, also a part of NatFAB.
We discuss part of the role New Orleans played in the Civil Rights Movement. Namely, as a location where kitchens fed activists and gave them a place to meet and organize. We discuss some of her current research into the idea that African-American women sold pralines in Congo Square and how this may have functioned. Also, we talk about her soon-to-launch podcast, “Green Pepper,” on food policy and the environment that is coming soon, how food was used as a weapon against African-Americans who attempted to vote in the South, and much more!
We close the show with some news and notes. We talk about the recent announcement of the James Beard Awards semi-finalists. New Orleans boasts fourteen nominees in the first phase of the process. We also talk about the change of ownership of Tales of the Cocktail, which was just completed this week. Finally, we touch on the French Quarter Festival’s performer lineup being released – we will be talking with them on next week’s show, by the way.
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Cheers, You All!