Flavors of the Ozarks

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The library is pleased to bring you Flavors of the Ozarks, a celebration of Ozark food culture.  The celebration is presented as part of Arkansas Heritage Month and consists of a day-long salute to Ozark foods and the production of an eCookbook featuring favorite Ozark recipes.  The event will be held on Saturday, May 10, and will consist of the following activities:

10:00 am:  What’s For Dinner?:  Evolution of Ozark Food Cultures
A panel discussion will focus on how the Ozark food scene has evolved from the pioneer days to the present day.  From the reliance on local farming and resources, to the emergence of our restaurant-centered communities, our speakers will explore the common culinary elements that link the past with the present and how food has shaped our entire community.  Panelists include: 
·         Tim Nutt, Head of UA Special Collections and editorial board of Arkansauce: The Journal of Arkansas Foodways
·         Velda Brotherton, author of Arkansas Meals and Memories
·         Kat Robinson, author of Classic Eateries of the Ozarks and Arkansas River Valley
·         Pauline Arnold, with Ozark Natural Foods
This discussion will be held in the Walker Community Room.
11:30 am:  Dutch Oven Cooking Demonstrations
Explore traditional Ozark cooking at this Dutch Oven cooking demonstration. Participants will learn the history and importance that this cooking method offered previous generations and the versatility that it still offers to the modern cook. This event will be held in the City Hospital parking lot south of the library.
1:00 pm:  Recipes From the Heart: Documenting Family Stories Through Our Links with Food
A writing workshop with Nibbles chef, Suzie Stevens, will explore the powerful connections we make over food.  Many of our strongest family memories center around holiday dinners, picnics, or special dining experiences and this workshop will show participants the best ways to capture those memories and recipes in writing, so they can be shared with family, friends, and future generations. This workshop will be in the Walker Community Room.

Flavors of the Ozarks eCookbook

In addition to the day of activities, the library is creating a digital eCookbook as part of a family recipe digitization project or a way to preserve traditional Ozark recipes throughout the month of May. The eCookbook will be added into FPL’s digital archive and will be freely accessible from the library’s catalog.
To create the cookbook, the library is encouraging the community to submit classic Ozark family recipes. The deadline for submission is Saturday, May 17, 2014. All recipe submissions need to typed or legibly written and must include your full name, city/state of residence, and contact information in case of questions. Email is preferred and can be sent to the library at questions@faylib.org. Please use the subject heading “Flavors of the Ozarks Recipe”.
Submissions may also be mailed to us at the following address:
Fayetteville Public Library
ATTN:  Reference – Flavors of the Ozarks
401 W. Mountain St.
Fayetteville, AR  72701
By submitting a recipe, you give the Fayetteville Public Library permission to publish the recipe in their digital archive.  FPL may use these items for any not-for-profit use as it deems appropriate.
Flavors of the Ozarks: Linking Past to Present program was made possible in part by a grant from the Department of Arkansas Heritage, funded by your 1/8 cent conservation tax, Amendment 75.