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Monday, March 16 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Fork in Hand, Nostalgia at Heart: Food and Heritage

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As pre-made meals become even more accessible and the market for processed, ready-to-heat foods increases for busy Americans, we have seen a move away from the scratch-made traditional dishes passed down for generations. In the past, immigrants and their descendants were often encouraged to become “more American” and to turn their backs on their traditional culture, language and food. Now, whether the descendant is a first, second, or even fifth generation American, they are taking another look at their own family histories and what made them who they are today. Traditional food plays a key role of facilitating cultural pride. Join three food bloggers from very different culinary backgrounds - Mexican, Jewish, Palestinian - as they discuss how they rejected and later embraced their heritages, their memories of the foods they each grew up with, and what they are doing now to keep their culinary memories alive in the foods they cook.

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Sahar Arafat-Ray

Owner, Tart Queens Kitchen
Sahar Arafat-Ray is a Palestinian-American who grew up in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. She and her sisters grew up eating good food. “Mom was always collecting and experimenting with recipes, especially from Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and recipes from... Read More →
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Amy Kritzer

Owner, What Jew Wanna Eat
Amy Kritzer is the founder of the award-winning blog What Jew Wanna Eat. On her popular site, Amy takes traditional Jewish recipes and updates them with modern ingredients and techniques such as Kimchi Quesadilla Latkes or Chocolate Hazelnut Rugelach.
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Kay Marley-Dilworth

Principal, ATXFoodnews
I've tasted some of the city's best & worst food in my 25 years in Austin. It's my mission to promote the delights of our local food & beverage scene. I like piña coladas, and getting caught in the rain. I am not into (tasteless) health food. I am into champagne.
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Annette Priest

UX Consultant, Revel Insight
You might find Annette Priest at an auction or on a farm, in a data center or a hospital lobby, or just somewhere online. Wherever you find her, she's studying people in different contexts to understand their needs and improve their experiences and interactions with products, services... Read More →

Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Driskill Hotel Driskill Ballroom 604 Brazos St

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