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Board President

Local Address: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Southern Foodways Alliance
P.O. Box 1848
University , Mississippi 38677
United States

Company Description: The SFA is a member-supported organization of more than 800 people. Chefs and academics, writers and eaters: all are active participants. Though we are a lean and...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • BA , History of Science and Philosophy
    St. John's College
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Web References
Board of Directors | Southern Foodways Alliance, 28 July 2014 [cached]
Sara Roahen, SFA Board President, is a Wisconsin native who graduated from St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For the next six years she applied her liberal arts degree as a line cook in restaurants across Wisconsin, California, and Wyoming. In 2000, she migrated to New Orleans, where she reviewed restaurants for Gambit, the weekly newspaper. Her New Orleans food studies eventually led her to write a book: Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table. She also co-edited The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook.
Welcome to the SFA | Events | Symposium, 30 Oct 2012 [cached]
STATE OF THE NATION: SFA membership meeting, led by board president Sara Roahen
Sara Roahen of New Orleans writes, collects oral histories, and serves as president of the SFA's board of directors. She is the author of Gumbo Tales.
Welcome to the Best of New Orleans! Arts & Entertainment TOC 12 11 01 [cached]
Sara Roahen on Surrey's Cafe and Juice Bar.
Food News By Sara Roahen
By Sara Roahen
Texas Book Festival - Sara Roahen, 12 May 2010 [cached]
Sara Roahen Texas Book Festival - Sara Roahen
Sara Roahen at the 2008 Texas Book Festival
Sara Roahen Roahen, a Wisconsin native but a New Orleanian at heart, takes readers on a gastronomic journey through the culinary traditions of her adopted city in her descriptive, personal, and informative book Gumbo Tales: Finding My Place at the New Orleans Table. "Alas, no amount of eating or cooking earns a nonnative membership in that society of Louisianians who were born with roux in their genes and weaned on shellfish stocks and sticky bits of okra. ... There is, thankfully, a silver lining to never belonging: devoid of an inbred gumbo bias, I'm open to appreciating the full spectrum of gumbos without the hindrance of a gold standard. It's a great luxury in a town like this one," she writes. More than just describing the flavors of New Orleans cuisine, Roahen lovingly researches the history of the Crescent City's many signature dishes, including its innumerable gumbos and po-boys, as well as its lesser-known ethnic specialties like Vietnamese pho and Italian red gravy. Giving readers a sense of the importance of food to the culture of a pre-Katrina New Orleans, Roahen also illustrates the continued importance of food in piecing the city and its community back together after the levees broke.
Roahen was a restaurant critic for New Orleans' Gambit Weekly and her writing has appeared in Food & Wine, Gourmet, Tin House, Wine & Spirits, Best Food Writing 2003, and Food and Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast.
Welcome to the Best of New Orleans! Gambit Weekly Table of Contents, 14 Dec 2004 [cached]
Sara Roahen on Margaux's
Food News By Sara Roahen
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