At the heart of foodways are rich stories of crossing barriers and borders, of lives intertwined with food, as food and place are linked through the diversity of income and ethnicity in the South.

The Catfish Row Museum’s Food for Thought programming and subsequent pop-up exhibit, Food for Thought: Resetting the Table — Exploring Foodways in Vicksburg, centers on Vicksburg’s unique foodways story, documenting and sharing diverse culinary traditions of the region, and promoting a culinary tourism pathway to share Vicksburg’s unique food heritage with the region and beyond.

The intersection of food and culture is a gateway to understanding the diversity of the Delta and is a cross-cultural means to collect the community narrative.

Through funding from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and Visit Mississippi, the museum conducted six foodways programs from February through May 2022. Those programs have culminated in a pop-up exhibit experience celebrating Vicksburg’s rich foodways legacy.

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The exhibit will delve into six prominent Vicksburg food cultures: Lebanese, Southern, Soul Food, Delta Chinese, Jewish and BBQ. Visitors to the museum will be able to sit at a dining room table where these cultures all come together through vibrant illustrations of place settings celebrating food and diversity. Old-fashioned cookware, utensils and community cookbooks will be on display, as well as an overview of each food culture.

Learn more about the programming that inspired this exhibit: