2021 Food Forum: Celebrating the Seasons


THNOC’s 2021–22 Food Forum—organized with lauded food historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris—will be presented in four quarterly events over the next year to celebrate the “culinary seasons” of South Louisiana. The events begin Saturday, November 6, with a presentation on New Orleans street food, followed by explorations on king cake and bánh chung (winter), festival fare (spring), and frozen refreshments (summer). We hope to celebrate each season with a reception, pending COVID safety considerations.

Fall 2021: Street Food | Saturday, November 6

Virtual program
1 p.m. 
This event will take place on Zoom.
Admission is free; register now through Zoom.

Chef Kevin Belton will lead a conversation exploring the importance of street gatherings to the New Orleans community and the food we share while celebrating. Joining Chef Belton are Aquanette “Ackie” Singleton and Keimika Melancon, sharing their family’s deep roots in the second line community and the food and drinks found along the parade routes; and Scott “Sparky” Sparks will discuss the unique traditions of tailgating in south Louisiana and talk about a favorite local dish he shares with the crowds.

Register now

Reception at The Historic New Orleans Collection
5–7 p.m. 
520 Royal Street
Admission is $25, free for members of THNOC’s Laussat Society and Bienville Circle. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Space is limited.

Join us for a tailgate-inspired celebration featuring cocktails and refreshments at an intimate reception in the historic Seignouret-Brulatour courtyard.

Attendees must provide proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine or a negative PCR test result from the past 72 hours. Please see our COVID-19 policy for more details.


View schedules from past Food Forums (previously named Culinary Symposium).