The National Food & Beverage Foundation Adds Delgado Community College’s Culinary
Arts Program to National Culinary Heritage Register and the Southern Food & Beverage
National Food & Beverage Foundation Adds Delgado's Culinary Program to Register and
June 27, 2018
The National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) is excited to announce that the Delgado
Community College Culinary Arts Program is the next listing on their National Culinary
Delgado has trained countless individuals who helped shape the food and dining scene
in New Orleans and beyond for 97 years. On March 22, 2018, Liz Williams, president
of the National Food & Beverage Foundation, presented the Register Certificate to
Delgado Pastry Instructor Angela Wilson. The presentation was followed by the opening
reception for the new Delgado exhibit at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.
The Delgado Community College Culinary Arts Program is the focus of a new exhibit
that is part of the permanent collections of the Southern Food & Beverage Museum.
Videos of class demonstrations, student projects, and more from the program showcase
the amazing work and delicious flavors that have come out of the college.
“The Southern Food & Beverage Museum is thrilled to be able to include Delgado’s Culinary
Arts Program in the museum as well as on the Culinary Heritage Register,” says Liz
Williams, President of National Food & Beverage Foundation.
“Culinary arts education at Delgado goes back to 1921, when commercial cooking and
stewardship classes were part of our first curriculum. Since then, our influence on
food culture and industry in New Orleans and beyond has been significant and lasting.
Before there was such a thing as a celebrity chef, Delgado had nationally prominent
cooking instructors on our faculty, and we are very proud of the amazing achievements
of our students in the culinary program for nearly a hundred years,” says Delgado
Community College Chancellor Joan Davis.
NatFAB’s National Culinary Heritage Register is a list of culinary products, processes,
inventions, traditions, and establishments that are at least fifty years old and that
have contributed significantly to the development of American foodways. The first
and only register of its kind, the National Culinary Heritage Register is an initiative
designed to explore and preserve the complex history of food and beverage in America.
Food and beverage practices not only play a major role in America’s cultural identity,
but they also offer valuable insights into the country’s past and present environment,
economy, and social structures. Thus, understanding when, where, and how American
food and beverage practices have developed allows for a more complete understanding
of America’s culture and history. Mapping the origins and development of America’s
complex culinary traditions is a daunting task, and as of yet, there has been no concerted
effort to do so. By creating the Culinary Heritage Register, NatFAB hopes to begin
the important process of recording America’s extensive and flavorful foodways.
The Southern Food & Beverage Museum (SoFAB) is a nonprofit living history organization dedicated to the discovery, understanding
and celebration of the food, drink and the related culture of the South. While based
in New Orleans, the Museum examines and celebrates all the cultures that have come
together through the centuries to create the South’s unique culinary heritage. SoFAB
also hosts special exhibits, demonstrations, lectures and tastings that showcase the
food and drink of the South.
The National Food & Beverage Foundation (NatFAB) is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural enterprise. It documents and celebrates
the food and drink of all cultures through exhibits, programming, and a range of media.
Because everyone eats, all aspects of food and drink—culture and geography, anthropology
and history, economics and politics, law and policy, media and the arts, science and
technology—reveal the state of the world. NatFAB, home to the Southern Food & Beverage
Museum, The Museum of the American Cocktail (MOTAC), Pacific Food & Beverage Museum,
the John & Bonnie Boyd Hospitality & Culinary Library, SoFAB Media, and the National
Culinary Heritage Register, is among the nation’s most comprehensive cultural institutions
studying food and drink. For more information, visit natfab.org.
About Delgado Community College Founded in 1921, Delgado Community College is the New Orleans region’s largest higher
education institution and Louisiana’s oldest and largest community college. Accredited
by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and by industry organizations,
Delgado provides students with the most comprehensive array of educational services
available in the greater New Orleans region.
About Delgado Community College Culinary Arts Program Culinary Arts is one of Delgado's premier programs, training students for careers
in the food services and the restaurant industry. Our Culinary Arts department provides
academic instruction through both theoretical and hands-on experiences; as well as
supervised practical work experience in the fields of food service, culinary arts
and the hospitality industry.