New Orleans Food Policy Advisory Committee


Mar 29, 2018

Upcoming FPAC partner and member events!

So many fantastic events coming from FPAC members and partners. If you have events to share, email at least 2 weeks in advance. 


Film Screening! Think & Drink Screening: Just Eat It
Tuesday, April 3 at 6 PM - 8 PM @ The Blue House

Join YLC Recycles and The Blue House for a screening of Just Eat It, a film about food waste. Info here

Loyola's Cultural Conversations Lecture Series is hosting three upcoming events that might be of interest to FPAC members. All events are on Thursday evenings at 7:00, in the Whitney Presentation Room in Loyola's Thomas Hall.

March 29, 2018 | 7:00 P.M.
The Spaghetti District: How New Orleans Put Italian Food on the Map
Dr. Justin Nystrom, Director, Center for the Study of New Orleans; Chair, Food Studies

Dining is vital to the cultural economy of New Orleans. For at least a century and a half, tourists have come here to eat.  What these visitors sought out in the early twentieth century was not just oysters and gumbo, but also Italian food, then the hottest new trend in what we today call “ethnic cuisine.” Find out how the Sicilian immigrants who populated the turn-of-the-century French Quarter came to build a regional pasta empire and laid the foundation for the restaurant scene we know today.

Justin Nystrom is Associate Professor of History at Loyola and Director of the Center for the Study of New Orleans. He is the author of New Orleans after the Civil War: Race, Politics, and a New Birth of Freedom and Creole Italian: Sicilian Immigrants and the Shaping of New Orleans Food Culture.

April 5, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
History in a Glass: New Orleans and the Sazerac Cocktail
Elizabeth Pearce, Cocktail Historian
This dynamic, interactive cocktail presentation tells the story of New Orleans through one of its most iconic drinks: the Sazerac.  Join Drink & Learn owner Elizabeth Pearce as she regales you with the history of the city using only the ingredients in the city's official cocktail. Best way to learn, ever.

Elizabeth Pearce is a cocktail historian, writer, and guide. She is author of The French Quarter Drinking Companion and of the drinks-themed blog, Open Tab.

April 18, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
Mirabeau Water Garden and Related Projects: Inspired Resilience.
Dr. Robert A. Thomas, Professor, School of Mass Communication, and Director, Loyola Center for Environmental Communication
New Orleans is recalibrating its water management strategies.  Stimulated by a thoughtful reevaluation by architect David Waggonner of the roles water may play in local resilience, emphasis is shifting from removing water from the city to retaining water and adjusting to its heretofore unseen benefits.  Discussion will enumerate new pathways to better living with water as a friend and not an enemy.

Robert Thomas is Professor of Mass Communication at Loyola and holds the Distinguished Scholar Chair in Environmental Communications.  He was Founding Director of the Louisiana Nature Center.  He is recipient of numerous awards for his work in conservation and environmental education.

More information is available here

All talks are free and open to the public; free parking is available on campus.