Pulp Facts: Celebrating Citrus
June 9, 2018
Registration: 8–9 a.m. | Sessions: 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Reception: 4:30–6 p.m.
Optional citrus-themed dinner: 6:30 p.m.
Symposium: Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street
Optional citrus-themed dinner: Napoleon House, 500 Chartres Street
Admission is $70 per person, $60 for teachers, students, THNOC members, and industry professionals. Dinner is an additional $100 per person.
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This year's event will feature presentations on citrus offering an entertaining, illuminating, and a-"peel"-ing look at this diverse family of fruit. Speakers include celebrity British chef Jeremy Lee, Pierre Laszlo, Justin Nystrom, Rick Ellis, and more.

In addition, attendees are invited to an optional citrus-themed dinner at the Napoleon House, where guest chefs Jeremy Lee and Jeremiah Tower will join executive chef Chris Montero to create innovative dishes. The menu is below.

 Admission to the symposium is $70 per person; $60 for THNOC members, teachers, students, and industry professionals. Registration includes Saturday's talks and a happy hour reception. Click the link at the top of this page to register. Dinner, which requires separate registration, is an additional $100 per person. 

Symposium Schedule
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street

9–9:10 a.m.

Priscilla Lawrence, President and CEO, The Historic New Orleans Collection
Jessica B. Harris, food historian and co-organizer of the culinary symposium

9:10–10 a.m.

Citrus, an Introduction
Pierre Laszlo, emeritus professor of chemistry, Ecole Polytechnique and University of Liege

10–10:15 a.m.


10:15–10:45 a.m.

Marmalade, Citrus, and British Culinary Traditions
Jeremy Lee, chef proprietor of Quo Vadis
Don Sloan, director of the Oxford Cultural Collective 

10:45–11:15 a.m.

Notes from the Grove: Growing Citrus Today
Lester L'hoste Jr., citrus grower

11:15–11:45 a.m.

Sicily Lemons and the Making of Italian American Culture
Justin Nystrom, associate professor of history, Loyola University New Orleans; director, Center for the Study of New Orleans; director, Documentary and Oral History Studio

11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m


1:45–2:15 p.m.

“Avenues of magnificent orange trees can be seen…”:
Written Accounts of Oranges in New Orleans, 1734–1859

Lake Douglas, professor, Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture; associate dean, College of Art and Design, Louisiana State University

2:15–3 p.m.


3–3:30 p.m.

Love Oranges and Live! The History of Houston's Orange Show
Jonathan Beitler, director of communications, Orange Show Center for Visionary Art 

3:30–4 p.m.

Cooking with Citrus: Recipes from America’s First Cookbooks to the Present
Rick Ellis, stylist / writer / historian, RickEllisFOOD

4–4:30 p.m.  

When Life Hands You Lemons, Make a Drink!
Elizabeth Pearce, drinks historian

4:30–6 p.m.

Happy Hour reception

6 p.m.

Optional citrus-themed dinner (additional charge)
Napoleon House  
500 Chartres Street


“Pulp Facts: Celebrating Citrus” is presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection with support from the following sponsors.

Like this event? Why not make a weekend out of it and consider attending Brennan's Southern Foodways Alliance Benefit Lunch on Friday, June 8.