It is with great excitement that I announce the death of this version of SoFAB Monthly. The end of the SoFAB Monthly marks the birth of our new online magazine, OKRA. The monthly newsletter has communicated museum news, exhibits, new artifacts, and events since we opened in 2008 (and actually before that). That information, as well as information on the development of OKRA, will now be included in our weekly email blasts, edited by Kelsey Parris. Recipes from the newsletter will be moved to OKRA, along with the new columns and articles that we are developing for it. We hope you enjoy this change and we look forward to hearing your ideas, suggestions, and whatever else you have to say regarding both publications.
I am also excited that our Words in Food Symposium is upon us. Liz Williams, our director, has done an outstanding job bringing this event together. On October 1-3, 2010, James Carville, Jessica Harris, Todd Price, Elizabeth Pearce, and many more will present and sit on panels that explore the effects of disasters like the oil spill and the culinary exchanges that occur in these regions. Attendance is limited, so there are plenty of opportunities to talk with speakers and others. Additionally, an anonymous donor has made several scholarships available. If you are interested in one of those, contact Liz Wiliams at 504-569-0405. I’ll be there and I hope to see you.
Stephanie Jane Carter