The inaugural temporary exhibit at the Brenham Heritage Museum will include a series of events all about food in Washington County.

Washington County Foodways is a photo-heavy exhibit that focuses on the wide variety of ethnic influences that shape what Washington County residents eat, as well as past local restaurants and saloons, what “farm to table” looked like a century ago, and other factors that determined what past generations ate and drank.

Five ticketed educational tastings will celebrate those influences while providing historical background and personal stories.  The Foodways Tastings events will all take place on Thursday evenings between December 1st and February 9th.  Each will include multiple items, both entrées and desserts.

The first will celebrate all things meat including a barbecue tradition that is strong in Washington County.  Next up will be a look at holiday traditions that will be heavy on sweets and also include tamales, a South Texas Christmas staple.  January will have two tastings, one honoring more recent immigrant contributions to local cuisine, and the second one celebrating beer and brewing.  The final tasting will honor African-American culinary contributions.

The December 1st tasting will feature LJ’s Texas BBQ, a Texas Monthly top 50 Barbecue restaurant.  Owners Matt Lowery and Corey and Leah Cook will provide entrée tastings and speak about the history of barbecue in the area and their approach to the pit.  A dessert partner is being finalized, and beverages will also be on hand.

Several local restaurants have committed to be partners for the tasting events.  Among those taking part will be LJ’s, Must Be Heaven, Jet Set Chocolates, Mike Hopkins Distributing, LA Chicken Shack, Chinese Buffet, and Thomas Craft Confections, with others coming soon.

Tickets for individual tastings are $40 for museum members and $55 for non-members.  A season pass includes tickets to all five tasting events for $175 for members and $250 for non-members.  The ticket cost includes the food, refreshments and the program, along with after-hours museum admission.  Proceeds will support programming for future exhibits throughout 2023.

The Foodways exhibit is underwritten by Humanities Texas and Brianna’s Fine Salad Dressings.  Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information, or to donate to the Brenham Heritage Museum, visit www.brenhamheritagemuseum.org.

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