Creole Sweet: The Praline and Its World

New Orleans, Louisiana
Saturday, June 09, 2012

Creole Sweet: The Praline and Its World

Schedule of Presentations 

Saturday, June 9, 2010

8:45–9 a.m.                
Welcome Remarks                
Priscilla Lawrence, executive director, 
The Historic New Orleans Collection

9–9:15 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Phyllis A. Dawkins, provost and senior vice president,
Dillard University

Keynote Speech                     
Jessica B. Harris, Queens College/CUNY and Dillard University

9:45–10:15 a.m.         
Pralines: Creole Sweet Tooth and Other Culinary Customs: 
A Long View of How We Came to Our Table Style
Patrick J. Dunne, proprietor, Lucullus Antiques

10:15–10:30 a.m.       

10:30–11 a.m.
The Sweet Heart of Puerto Ricans                         
Rosa María González Lamas, president, Viajes & Vinos   

11–11:30 a.m.        
You Say Prah-lines, We Say Pray-leens: The Praline Tradition in Texas
M. M. Pack, food writer and historian

11:30 a.m.–12 p.m.
Jamaican Sweet Tooth: A Nostalgic Look at Authentic Island Candy
Michelle Rousseau, CEO, Bellefield Great House

12–1:30 p.m.              

1:30–2 p.m.
Pralines and Mexican Sweets
Fany Gerson, chef/owner of La Newyorkina, author of My Sweet Mexico and Paletas

2–2:30 p.m.
Pecans: Past, Present, and Future
Dr. Charles J. Graham, horticulturalist, LSU Agricultural Center, Shreveport, LA
2:30–2:45 p.m.                

2:45–3:30 p.m.
Praline Memories (Panel Discussion)          
    Poppy Tooker
, host of WWNO's Louisiana Eats!
    Zena Ezeb, office manager, division of humanities, Dillard University
    Kenny Stokes, CEO, Leah’s Pralines
    Pat McDonald Fowler, Aunt Sally’s Praline Shops, Inc.

3:30–4:15 p.m.                
Consumption of Pralines (Panel Discussion)          
    Liz Williams, president, Southern Food and Beverage Museum
    Michelle Rousseau, CEO Bellefield Great House
    Susan Tucker, archivist, Newcomb Archives, Tulane University
    Nicole A. Taylor, host of Heritage Radio Network's Hot Grease and principal, NAT Media
    Chanda M. Nunez, praline historian

4:15–4:30 p.m.                
Praline Connections: Closing Comments    
Rien Fertel, Ph. D. candidate, Tulane University, history department


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