Euro-American friendship celebrations set in N.O.

The Alliance Française de La Nouvelle-Orléans and The World Trade Center of New Orleans will celebrate Euro-American friendship this weekend with cultural, social and educational events, including food demonstrations at 2 p.m. each day, Friday through Sunday, at the New Orleans French Market.

The free and open-to-the-public demos are:

At the Croatian European corner on Friday, chef Michael DeVidts of the New Orleans School of Cooking will demonstrate Croatian Bean Soup, Grah I Varivah.

At the Spanish European corner on Saturday, Casa de España will prepare “salmorejo” and “tortilla de patata” served with Spanish-style bread. There also will be live music by Javier Gutiérrez of Vivaz.

At the Austrian European corner on Sunday, chef Liz Gober of Soulbred Kitchen will create Weiner Schnitzel, an authentic Austrian dish that has had an interesting journey through American cuisine.

The events will be hosted by the Southern Food and Beverage Museum staff at the Farmers Market Fare Demonstration Stage, located between Ursulines and Governor Nicholls streets. Visit southernfood.org or frenchmarket.org for more information.

N.O. forum discusses coffee history, influence

Scholars and food writers will discuss the history and influence of coffee on June 7 during The Historic New Orleans Collection’s third biennial culinary symposium celebrating Louisiana’s distinctive foodways.

The daylong forum, “From Dancing Goats to Green Mermaids: Coffee and New Orleans,” will look at New Orleans’s relationship with coffee, from its ancient origins — one legend suggests an Ethiopian goat herder discovered the coffee bean plant when his goats began behaving strangely after ingesting the plant — to the proliferation of Starbucks cafes.

Talks will cover the international and local history of coffee, the associated material culture, and the commerce and consumption of coffee. Speakers will include Mark Pendergrast, Patrick Dunne, John T. Edge, Lolis Eric Elie, Jessica B. Harris, Poppy Tooker and representatives from Westfeldt Brothers Inc. and Baby’s Coffee Co.

Registration is required and will be at 8 a.m. June 7 at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres St., in the French Quarter. Sessions will be from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Cost is $40 per person or $30 for THNOC members, teachers and students. Call (504) 523-4662 or visit regonline.com/coffeesymposium to register. Go to hnoc.org.

Following the sessions, participants are invited to a café brûlot demonstration at Tableau Restaurant, 616 St. Peter St., with beverage director Barry Himel. Café brûlot was created in New Orleans in the 1890s, and the demonstration will give participants a chance to sample the day’s topic.

The event is presented by The Historic New Orleans Collection with support from Baby’s Coffee Co., Royal Sonesta Hotel, Aunt Sally’s Pralines and Tableau Restaurant.

Compiled by Advocate staff