Switchyard Food Fest coming to Tulsa Nov. 30

Mark your calendars for an extraordinary culinary experience as the Switchyard Food Fest arrives at Tulsa’s B’nai Emunah Synagogue on Nov. 30 to celebrate the diversity and significance of food.

This event, co-hosted by The University of Tulsa’s Switchyard and Magic City Books, brings together James Beard Award-winning chefs and esteemed food writers dedicated to celebrating the diversity and significance of food.

Headliners for the event include:

  • Tom Colicchio, lead judge on Bravo’s “Top Chef”
  • Sean Sherman, 2023 Julia Child Award recipient
  • Jori Lewis, author of “Slaves for Peanuts”
  • Siddhartha Deb, PEN award-winning author and journalist whose recent work reflects on climate change, authoritarianism, and colonialism

“We’re thrilled to feature these important voices in the pages of Switchyard magazine, and we’re even happier to have them join us in person for the issue’s launch,” said editor Ted Genoways, who is a James Beard Award-winning food writer. “Tulsa is vibrant and diverse with a complicated history. It’s a perfect place to discuss the intersection of food, culture and history — and we’re especially proud to be partnering with Farm Aid and the Food and Environment Reporting Network, two major national organizations dedicated to these conversations.”

A 6 p.m. reception will feature music by singer/songwriter Blaine Bailey and tastings by Nico Albert, chef and founder of Burning Cedar Indigenous Foods, based on recipes from Sherman’s Beard Award-winning book, “The Sioux Chef Indigenous Kitchen.” The full event kicks off at 7 p.m.

 “People who come to the Switchyard Food Fest will get great food to sample and live music, but there will also be thoughtful conversation on some challenging and sometimes delicate subjects — food sovereignty, food justice and food policy,” Genoways said. “We want the event to be an upbeat, festive experience, but we also hope that attendees will leave feeling energized and excited about the role that food can play in building and healing their communities.”

Switchyard Food Fest tickets are on sale now at Eventbrite.com.

The University of Tulsa Switchyard comprises a literary magazine, festival and podcast. The spring 2023 Switchyard festival drew more than 100 speakers, performers, activists and journalists to highlight the topic of banned books in America. Plans are underway for another incredible festival May 7-12, 2024, in the Tulsa Arts District as the university seeks to provide educational and cultural enrichment to the city, state and region.

TU is proud to partner with Magic City Books, an independent bookstore owned by the Tulsa Literary Coalition, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, located in the vibrant Tulsa Arts District.