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Texas A&M University at Galveston
Foodways Symposium
News Release
Thursday, February 24, 2011

Texas A&M At Galveston Hosts Foodways Symposium Friday And Saturday

GALVESTON, Texas – Food lovers from across the state will be heading to Texas A&M University at Galveston Friday and Saturday (Feb. 25-26) for the first Foodways Texas 2011 symposium, “Gulf Coast Gathering.” Foodways Texas is an organization whose members share an interest in the preservation, promotion and celebration of the diverse food of Texas.

There will be a full day of speakers and panels regarding Texas Gulf Coast food culture, and of course, food. Symposium guests will have the chance to dine on meals prepared by chefs Tim Byres of Smoke in Dallas, Chris Shepherd of Catalan in Houston, and Casey Gaido of Gaido’s in Galveston. Tickets for the event are on sale now for the whole weekend or for Saturday only.

Foodways Texas’ partnership with The Texas A&M University System jump-started the grassroots movement last summer. Since then, membership has grown to include nearly 100 members. The organization has produced two documentaries highlighting Texas food and food history and earned recognition by The Houston Press as winner of the 2011 Houston Press MasterMind Awards. Foodways Texas also is affiliated with The University of Texas’s American Studies department.

In addition to the Gulf Coast Gathering, Foodways Texas plans to hold a Texas Barbecue Summer Camp in conjunction with the Texas A&M Meat Science Center in College Station.

For more information on the Galveston Foodways Texas symposium, go to

About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.3 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $772 million and help drive the state’s economy.

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