At Memory’s Table is the project of Dawn Orsak. Dawn is a 6th generation Texan who thinks people should slow down, remember their grandmother’s kolaches or dad’s chili, and share those memories with the people they love. First trained as a painter, Dawn has spent 25 years with organizations and personal projects in which family, history, and food converge. From planning her own family’s reunions to curating Texas cooking demonstrations in Washington, D.C. for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, she is passionate about food and family history. She is proud of having accomplished the following things, among others:
- Co-producing a statewide, traveling exhibition about Texas Czech culture, including foodways.
- Planning the semi-annual Migl reunion in Praha, Texas for 150 people
- Assisting community cooks at the 1995 and 2008 Smithsonian Folklife Festivals in telling their stories as a Foodways Presenter
- Telling her own family’s food story through her blog www.svacinaproject.blogspot.com
- Executing gala dinners and receptions for the Texas State Historical Association
How does this all work, you ask? After you've contacted me, I'll schedule a phone or in-person interview with you to talk about the scope and parameters of your project (book, game, reunion planning, etc.) I'll return to you a pricing quote and tentative timeline for project completion. Once we've agreed, I'll send you a contract to sign, you'll gather together your recipes, photos, etc. and we'll get started. I am very happy to answer any questions at all along the way.