The Oxford American Celebrates its 2010 Southern Food issue in New Orleans April 16-17

The Oxford American will celebrate the publication of its 2010 Southern Food issue in New Orleans with a special dinner Friday, April 16, and a symposium at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum Saturday, April 17.
"We are pleased to bring our unique presentation of Southern culinary culture to New Orleans," said Warwick Sabin, publisher of The Oxford American.  "Our events in New Orleans offer the opportunity to appreciate the best Southern food and writing in a city that has played an important role in defining both."

The Oxford American premiered its Southern Food issue with events in Charleston in early March, and it held additional events in Atlanta and New York City.  (See for more details.)

The new Southern Food issue is guest edited by The Oxford American's food columnist, John T. Edge, who also is the director of the Southern Foodways Alliance.  Edge is a recent James Beard Award winner and a columnist for The New York Times.

A special dinner will be held at Domenica (123 Baronne Street), Friday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. The food will be prepared by Chef Alon Shaya, and the wine will be provided by Republic National Distributing Company.  John T. Edge, The OA's editors and writers, and other special guests also will participate.  Tickets for the dinner are strictly limited, and the suggested tax-deductible donation to attend is $500 per person.  All proceeds will benefit The Oxford American, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

On Saturday, April 17th, the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (1 Poydras Street, #169) will feature a symposium about The Oxford American's 2010 Southern Food issue.  The event begins at 1:30 p.m., and it will include talks by John T. Edge, The OA's editors, and OA contributing writers Lolis Eric Elie, Sara Roahen and Jack Pendarvis.  The event is free and open to the public, and it will conclude with a reception at 5 p.m..  For reservations, call (504) 569-0405 or visit

Details about all of these events are available on a dedicated website at:


The Oxford American is a national magazine based in Arkansas that is dedicated to featuring the very best in Southern writing while documenting the complexity and vitality of the American South.  Billed as "The Southern Magazine of Good Writing," it has won two National Magazine Awards and other high honors since it began publication in 1992. The magazine has featured the original work of such literary powerhouses as Charles Portis, Roy Blount, Jr., ZZ Packer, Donald Harington, Donna Tartt, Ernest J. Gaines, and many other distinguished authors, while also discovering and launching the most promising writers in the region. The magazine has also published previously unseen work by such Southern masters as William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Walker Percy, James Agee, Zora Neale Hurston, James Dickey, Carson McCullers, to name just a handful. The New York Times recently stated that The Oxford American "may be the liveliest literary magazine in America."

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