Spicing Things Up! Using Foodways to Engage Students (Day 1 of 2)

When: 26-Jul-2018 - 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Where: Vermilionville

“Mange`:A Celebration of Acadiana Foodways”


The primary aim of this FREE, two-day institute is to offer educators creative, culturally relevant, engaging, hands-on strategies and resources for incorporating regional foodways into the classroom inspired by our Cajun, Creole, African-American and Native American traditions. 


Sessions will include the following:

  • Reaching Students with Foodways Narratives to consider matters of class, race, gender, labor, etc.; 
  • Creative Reuse of Food, Art, and Cookbooks using altered books for journaling and documentation; 
  • Teaching Native American Influences on Southern Foodways
  • Creating Foodways Inspired Spoken Word Poems, Exploring Foodways Contributions of the Enslaved
  • Louisiana Voices: Interviewing about Foodways; 
  • We Write What We Eat Exploring the Role of Foodways in the Writings of Ernest Gaines; 
  • The Biology of Cajun Food Dissecting Cajun dishes to learn about plants, animals, taste, digestion and nutrition. 

All participants receive a resource folder, participate in hands-on activities and create a project to take home.


By the end of this workshop, teachers will be able to:

  1. Identify ways to increase student engagement through the integration of foodways across the curriculum;
  2. Explain the significance of using culturally-relevant resources (such as traditional foodways) in the classroom, identify curricular grade level expectations that can be met by the use of such resources;
  3. Apply Louisiana Voices Folklife education activities on observing and documenting foodways;
  4. Identify and connect the contributions of diverse groups to our regional foodways history;
  5. Critically explore foodways resources for use in lesson plans;
  6. Design writing and visual arts activities utilizing foodways sources as prompts/inspiration.


Click here for a look at the 2018-2019 Local Learning Summer Institute for Teachers Syllabus. 



  • You don’t want to miss this awesome opportunity to get fired up for the new school year AND add resources to your teacher toolbox.
  • It will help you to meet your on-going professional development requirements (Applied for 14 CLU’s by LPSS).
  • You get treated to a light breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack from Vermilionville’s La Cuisine de Maman Restaurant on both days.

To register or additional information, please contact education coordinator, Melanie Harrington, at 337.233.4077 x. 206 or education@BayouVermilionDistrict.org


This foodways workshop is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts Folk and Traditional Arts Program and is part of an on-going folklife education initiative supported by the Vermilionville Living History Museum Foundation and the Local Learning Network. The purpose is  to deepen Vermilionville's ties to local educators and students through enhanced appreciation of folklife.