Food & Faith: A St. Joseph’s Day Tradition
presented by Liz Williams
Monday | March 18, 2019
5:30 reception | 6 pm presentation
Beauregard-Keyes House | 1113 Chartres
Seating is limited
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These events are free and open to the public
and will take place monthly on weekdays.
After the success of our Tricentennial Lecture Series last year, BK House and VCPORA are excited to bring it back in 2019! Join us for the first lecture of the year on Monday, March 18.
Reception: 5:30 Lecture: 6 pm
No reservations–seating is first come, first serve and will be capped after 75 guests. Suggested donation is $5.
The evening before St. Joseph’s Day, Elizabeth Schiro Parent will present, “Faith & Food”, a talk delving into the lives of 20th century Sicilian immigrants in the French Quarter, why they left Sicily, and how reverence for their homeland’s food, religion and culture, has lead to the widespread adoption of St. Joseph’s Day traditions in New Orleans today. For those less familiar with the tradition, Ms. Parent will also discuss the significance of the individual foods that make up the St. Joseph Altar and attendees will be welcome to view the BK House’s altar before or after the lecture.
Elizabeth Schiro Parent is a New Orleans native and has taught theatre courses at Tulane’s School of Professional Advancement for many years. She holds an MFA in Design from Tulane University and has taught theatre and designed costumes for productions for over thirty years, receiving numerous awards for her work. A licensed tour guide, Ms. Parent is also a board member of the American Italian Cultural Center in New Orleans and was awarded the Louisiana American Italian Woman of the Year in 2017. Ms. Parent travels to Italy frequently to reconnect with family and continue to research Italy’s contribution to the arts, and holds dual citizenship in the United States and Italy.
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