The participants in the Restaurant Row Recovery Project and writers of this blog are:
David Beriss is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Orleans. He is the co-editor (with David Sutton) of “The Restaurants Book: Ethnographies of Where We Eat” (2007, Berg) and author of “Black Skins, French Voices: Caribbean Ethnicity and Activism in Urban France” (2004, Westview Press). He is currently pursuing a research project focusing on the relationship between foodways and ideas about cultural distinctiveness in post-diluvian New Orleans, although more broadly his work focuses on southern U.S. culture, ethnicity, and applied anthropology, as well as on France, Europe and the French Caribbean.
Seth Gray is finishing off a BA in Cultural Anthropology at the University of New Orleans. He is a daily food eater, and has seventeen years experience working in the food service industry, ten of which have been in New Orleans. Previous studies of New Orleans culture and food ways include ethnographies of the St. Charles Streetcar, the Crescent City Farmer’s Market and the MarketUmbrella.org group.
Aubry Kyle is an Anthropology and English major currently studying at UNO. She is a native of El Paso, Texas, who enjoys seeking out the nuanced cross-cultural similarities between her hometown and her adopted city. Having grown up in a locale with a rich food culture, she is excited about discovering what food stories her new home has to offer.
Katrena Porter is a native Louisianian who just recently moved to “The Big Easy.” An avid anthropology enthusiast, art junkie, and history buff, Katrena enjoys studying the curiosities and rarities that only New Orleans has to offer. These include the cuisine, people, and local haunts found scattered throughout the area.
Julia Yocom was born and raised in Colorado, but has, in pursuing her elusive degree in Urban Anthropology and Modern Language, lived and studied in a variety of cities nationally and internationally. Her love of eating and fascination with the ritual of dining out have found rich fodder in the food-obsessed New Orleans, where she currently lives and attends university.
Arianna King is a Master’s candidate in the MSUS program focusing on Urban Anthropology with a particular love for urban food systems. Although, she spent her formative years in Maine, she has been living and loving the South since 2011. She is inspired by the way the food brings people together and desires to continue her explorations of Southern food and culture even after completing her Master’s degree in May 2015.