Talk planned today on N.O. food history

Rien T. Fertel, an instructor and doctoral student at Tulane University, will give a presentation on the history of New Orleans through its food at 6:30 p.m. today at the Old Governor’s Mansion.

The talk will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m.

The presentation, “From Wild Vines to Creole Feasts: The History of New Orleans Through Its Food,” will retell the history of New Orleans through the city’s foodways, focusing on the untold role of food in several of the city’s familiar historical events.

Fertel is pursuing research projects in Creole literature and Creole food and its culture. He has an intense interest in Louisiana history, particularly New Orleans culture, commerce, colonialism and cuisine. He is also a contributor to food publications about Creole history and culture, particularly south Louisiana plate lunch restaurants.

The lecture is sponsored by the Foundation for Historical Louisiana and is free to members. Cost for nonmembers is $10.

‘Dinner in Tuscany’ cooking class slated

Chef Vincent Signorelli will teach “A Family Dinner in Tuscany” cooking class at Fresina Pasta Co., 2458-B Drusilla Lane, at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1. Cost is $70 per person.

For more details, go to the store’s website at For reservations, call Linda Fresina at (225) 926-1341 or email