Go for the Gumbo

The Southern Foodways Alliance in Oxford, Mississippi, wants to know what you ate in New Orleans. Whether you were a longtime resident or a brunch-at-Brennan’s tourist, you can contribute to their ongoing oral history project by sharing a favorite gastronomic memory. (Go to their website for info on how to contribute.)

In related New Orleans food news, thanks to loads of volunteers and donations, the SFA and the Heritage Conservation Network has almost finished its restoration of Willie Mae’s Scotch House, a small, well-loved neighborhood restaurant/home that was nearly destroyed by the floods, mud, and mold of Hurricane Katrina.

More cash is still needed, but 89-year-old owner Willie Mae Seaton is planning a grand reopening in December, complete with plenty of her famous fried chicken. In an effort to get the money rolling, Restaurant Rio Mar in New Orleans will be holding a Scotch House benefit dinner on December 17. In addition to the dinner, ticket holders will receive an “I Support Fried Chicken” certificate, good for one plate of chicken at the Scotch House.