Roving Reporter | "Culinary Delights!: Foodways at History Center" Article and Photos by Jeanette Larson

Talking about food
The Aransas County History Center, 801 E. Cedar, Rockport, opened a new exhibit with a members reception on July 22, 2017. Exhibits feature the food traditions beginning with the native American's use of local fish, game, and produce. Early promotion and ads for land heralded the abundance of well water for truck farming and bay fishing to attract developers and settlers. In addition to posters that focus on the native American, Vietnamese, Mexican, and African-American influences on food in Aransas County, exhibits feature artifacts, menus, and photos of restaurants and favorite dining spots that were in town. Another display features area cookbooks and a record of locally produced books. Among the featured artifacts is an exhibit of oyster plates with information about the importance of oysters to our area.

It's clear that county residents and visitors love to eat! The Center is also hosting a series of culinary lectures throughout the exhibit. The first lecture, "Stir it Up--Collecting Vintage Cookbooks" will be held on July 30 at 2:00 pm. The free exhibit will continue through October 1, 2017 and is open Saturdays 10am-4pm and Sundays 1-4pm. - Jeanette Larson

Del Mar Grill

How many of these restaurants do you remember?

Restaurant Artifacts

What is It? What does It do?

Food Fundraisers

Cooking up something

Vintage Cookbooks

Restaurants Signs


Jeanette Larson is a retired librarian and author. She and her husband, retired architect and artist Jim Larson, moved to Rockport several years ago for the birds, the beach, and the coastal community.

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