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Past Projects

Entry - The Village Bakery in The Essential Guide to Eating Texas
-2018 in

Article - Beyond the Czech-ered Cloth (about Texas Czech church picnics)
-Outdoor 2016 issue of Edible Austin 

Panel Discussion Participant - Gender Roles in Texas Czech Home Kitchens
Texas Foodways Annual Symposium
-April 2016 in Austin, TX

Speaker - Texas Czech Foodways: More than Kolaches
Texas Folklore Society's 100th Annual Meeting
-April 2016 in Austin, TX

Panel Discussion Moderator - Czech Food to Go
With Colombian Czech Eva Campo-Bartoskova, Texas Czechs Renee Butler and her son Nicholas Maresh, and Czech ex-patriot Marie Mann
-February 2015 at the Czech Center Museum Houston

Speaker - Chili, Kolaches and Cornbread: Traditional Food in Central Texas
with Mary Margaret Pack and Toni Tipton-Martin at the annual conventions of:
·       International Association of Culinary Professionals, 2011 in Austin, TX
·       Les Dames d'Escoffier, 2013 in Austin, TX

Panel Discussion Moderator - Czech and German Food in Texas: A Mixed Marriage
Texas Polka Festival and Symposium
-February 2014 in Schulenburg, TX

Co-Curator - Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition 
A multi-media exhibit that celebrates the rich culture of Texans of Czech decent. by highlighting current ethnic traditions and community activities through text, photography, film, and objects. Read an article about the exhibit here.
·       Dallas Public Library - fall 2017 - February 2018
·       La Retama Library, Corpus Christi, TX - October 2016-February 2017
·       Capitol Visitors Center, Austin, TX - Jan-June 2016
·       Czech Heritage Museum, Temple, TX - Oct-Dec 2015
·       Institute of Texan Cultures, San Antonio, TX - June-Sept 2015
·       Lavaca Historical Museum, Hallettsville, TX - May 2015
·       Czech Center Museum Houston - Jan-April 2015
·       Museum of the Coastal Bend, Victoria, TX - Oct-Dec 2014

Co-Producer - Big Czechs, Little Czechs
An afternoon of family activities that featured food, language, kroj, music, genealogy, and dance. In association with the traveling exhibition Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition.
Austin, TX - June 2016
Temple, TX - October 2015
San Antonio, TX - July 2015

Member of the Austin Food Bloggers Alliance, 2013-2014

Panel Discussion Moderator - Cross-Cultural Food Connections
-October 2014 at the Museum of the Coastal Bend in Victoria, TX

Speaker - Texas Czech Foodways: A Cultural Legacy
for the Texas Czech Genealogical Society's program "From the Ship to the Plow"
-June 2014 in Temple, TX

Published Recipes
·       Kolaches in The Austin Food Blogger Alliance Cookbook, 2013
·       Eastern-European Sauerkraut in Cooking with Les Dames d'Escoffier: At Home with the Women Who Shape the Way We Eat and Drink, 2008

Feature Writer - Vsichni ke Stolu (Everyone to the Table)
In the Texas Czech Genealogical Society's quarterly publication, the Cesky Stopy. It explored Texas Czech food with research, recipes, and TCGS member highlights. 

Judge at the Caldwell Kolache Festival Bake Show
-2011 and 2013 in Caldwell, TX

Panel Discussion participant - Family Dinners 
with cookbook author Caroline Campion, and AFBA bloggers Michelann Quimby and Stacey Rider
-September 2013 at BookPeople in Austin, TX

Cooking/Growing Tent Trail Boss at the Renewable Energy Roundup
2012 and 2013 in Fredericksburg, TX

Workshop - “Exploring Family History Through Food”
-2012 for St. Martin’s Lutheran Church Women’s Group in Austin, TX

Culinary Tour - Developed, produced and lead a one-day culinary bus tour of Czech Texas for 45 people to multiple towns and venues in Fayette and Lavaca Counties, Texas for the International Association of Culinary Professionals
-2011 Annual Conference in Austin, Texas

Member of Les Dames d’Escoffier, Austin Chapter, 2006-2011

Curator of the Texas Food and Wine Program
at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which featured the state of Texas. Wrote essay on Texas food and wine in Festival program (pg.69-73.)
-2008 in Washington, D.C.

Cooking Classes and Baking Demonstrations
·       Central Market North, Austin, TX (2008)
·       Austin Czech Historical Association meeting, Austin, TX (2011)

Guest speaker at Food and Language class (Department of Linguistics) at UT Austin
Spoke about food and regional identity, spring 2008

Named one of Austin’s Fortunate 500 in Food and Wine, Austin American-Statesman’s XLent, 2007

Texas Hill Country Wine and Food Festival
(now the Austin Food and Wine Festival)
-2004-2007 (Director in 2006 and 2007) in Austin, TX

Panel moderator for One Hundred Years and More of Central Texas Sausage
At the First Annual Texas Barbecue Festival, 2005 in Austin, TX

Article - “Family Traditions: A Texas Czech Holiday”, Plate and Vine, newsletter of the Wine and Food Foundation of Texas, Fall 2004

Co-producer - Czech Links Across Texas
A two-hour community presentation including lecture, documentary film, and sausage tasting
-2004 at St. Edward’s University, Austin, TX

Producer/Presenter - The Art of Food cooking class series for Texas Folklife
Included Kids in the Kitchen (African American foodways), Maticka Kultura: Texas Czech Foodways, and Jewish Cooking in Central Texas
-1998 at Central Market North in Austin, TX

Curator - The Welcoming Table photography exhibition (photos by Ella Gant)
for Texas Folklife in Austin, TX and Rockport, TX

Foodways Presenter for Louisiana Cooks
at the Louisiana Folklife Festival
-1996 and 1997 in Monroe, Louisiana

Foodways Presenter for Texas-Czech Cooks
at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival
-1995 in Washington, D.C.

Entry for Bishop John L. Morkovsky, The New Handbook of Texas Online, 1994, published by the Texas State Historical Association,  


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