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Food & Family: A Houston Journey

September 28, 2017 —

September 28, 2017 - January 27, 2018
Heritage Society Museum Gallery
1100 Bagby Street, Houston, TX


Exhibit hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Join Houston Arts Alliance Folklife + Civic Engagement and The Heritage Society on September 28, 2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. for the opening reception of this special exhibition. Food & Family travels from the home kitchen, to family-based farms, to multi-generational restaurants, entrepreneurs, grocers and distributors.

The exhibition looks at the craft of concocting a prized, multi-generational recipe, the traditional artistry of making food beautiful and enticing, beliefs that inform the value placed on certain foods, and the stories associated with family foodways. Along the way, Food & Family visits the interdependence of food and family in special holidays and explores a beloved food – bread -- that takes many forms across communities and fosters distinct family traditions and businesses in Houston.

In addition, a series of public programs are scheduled. So, check them out.  Take the journey, meet the contributors, hear their personal stories, preview the exhibition and partake of delights from some of Houston’s most intriguing family-run restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores and distributors.

Food & Family: A Houston Journey is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Houston Endowment and the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Complimentary Parking available here.