Information regarding upcoming programs, exhibits and events are detailed on this page.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Join us on Thursday, June 24, as we welcome Liz Williams to BK House to discuss her latest book, Unique Eats and Eateries of New Orleans.
As the founder of the National Food and Beverage Foundation, Williams' career has spanned forty years, blending together both her love of history and food. In 2004, after realizing the South did not have a museum dedicated to its extraordinary and unique gastronomic backgrounds, Williams assembled the resources and team that would lead to the development of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum.
As the author and contributor of over a dozen publications, much of William's research and writing centers on the legal and policy issues related to food and foodways. She is a regular contributor to a number of national outlets that include magazines, popular blogs, and radio. Her weekly podcast, Tip of the Tongue, explores the intersection of food, drink, and culture. She frequently serves as a judge for food festivals throughout the U.S. and continues to consult on museum creation, food and culture, and integrating diverse collections.
About Unique Eats and Eateries of New Orleans:
There is no city in America that bases its identity on its unique cuisine more than New Orleans. The geography that gives the city access to sea and land, a history that emphasizes food and drink, and laissez faire attitude that allows visitors and citizens alike to give way to the pleasures of the table, all culminate in an experience that can be had nowhere else on earth. Whether looking for the oldest restaurant in America, the newest avant garde restaurant experimenting with science, a place for a great drink supported by delicious nibbles, Cajun and Creole delicacies you have only read about, or the traditional reasons that the city’s food has been heralded for almost three centuries, you will find the answers in Unique Eats and Eateries of New Orleans. Whether haute cuisine or low cuisine—champagne or alligator—you will find the sweet and savory road map in the pages of this book.
Unique Eats and Eateries of New Orleans will be available for purchase at the event.
Presented in partnership with Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents, and Associates.
This is a free event, however, if you would like to make a donation, you can do so here through our website or through Eventbrite below. Donations help BK House continue hosting unique programming like this, along with our capital improvements and day to day operations. Thank you!
In this three-session course students will be introduced to the beautiful tool of self-expression that is calligraphy. The class will be led by master calligrapher, Patti Adams, who is a signature member of the Louisiana Watercolor Society and the New Orleans Lettering Arts Association. Students will focus on the copperplate hand, study the art of copperplate flourishing, and receive invaluable guidance in their practice. The class will cover correct body posture, position, and placement of the pen, as well as the use of the proper tools.
All levels of students are welcome to join this class, including those just beginning their study of calligraphy.
Students are encouraged to participate in the complete series to gain a full hands-on experience; however, individual classes can be attended as well. Class sizes will be kept small with social distancing in place. All participants must wear a face mask.
Classes will take place from 10:30am to 12:30pm on:
Saturday, May 29
Saturday, June 12
Saturday, June 26
The registration fee does not include materials. Students will receive a supply list after registering with items necessary for the course. These supplies will last for all class sessions.
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Are you a fan of Tomato Aspic? How about tomato and cream cheese salads or a nice Gazpacho Andaluz? If you know these dishes, you know what they all have in common - the glorious tomato.
On Saturday, July 3, join us at BK House for a celebration of this versatile fruit (or vegetable?) and the festival inspired by it. At 12PM Lou Costa, the founder of the original Tomato Festival, now known as the Creole Tomato Festival, will talk about the event's origins and share memories from that era. As a staple of the French Market District's summer programming for the past 35 years, the festival has explored different cultures and promoted a variety of different recipes, placing the tomato at the heart of each dish.
Following this presentation and conversation, a tasting of tomato-inspired refreshments will occur, potentially including the above-mentioned recipes along with Bloody Marys provided by Beattie's Distillers.
Warning: Watch out for the Attack of the Killer Tomatoes.
Presented by the Beauregard-Keyes House and Vieux Carré Property Owners and Associates in partnership with Beattie's Distillery and the French Market District.
Donations help BK House continue hosting unique programming like this, along with our capital improvements and day to day operations. Please consider donating at: bkhouse.org/support.
Saturday, July 10, 2021
In this workshop, students will be introduced to the art of bookbinding. The class will be led by Eugenia Uhl, a calligrapher, photographer, and bookmaker from New Orleans. Eugenia often uses the book form to feature her calligraphy, showcasing her work at the New Orleans Book Fair with Babylon Lexicon.
Specifically, the class will focus on the Japanese style of bookbinding. This historic practice was first developed in China in the second century AD and eventually made its way to Japan by the late 16th century. Here, it flourished and became the standard for printed books that were handmade and heavily calligraphed. It remains a popular form of bookmaking today.
All levels of students are welcome to join this class, including those just beginning their study of bookbinding.
Please be mindful that class sizes are small with social distancing in place. Spots will fill up quickly!
The class will take place on Saturday, July 10 from 10:30am to 12:30pm.
The registration fee does not include materials. Students will receive a supply list after registering with items necessary for the workshop.
Sunday, July 11, 2021
From New York to Paris, Vienna to Venice, Melbourne to New Orleans, and places in between, join us for an evening of music featuring husband and wife duo pianist Cara McCool and trumpeter Vance Woolf. They will be performing some of their favorite works by Mozart, Ravel, Poulenc, Clarke, Bernstein, Williams and more!
On July 11, with doors opening at 6pm, meet us inside the air conditioned Salle À Manger, or dining room, of the BK House. Seating is open on a first come, first serve basis.
A native of Louisville, Mississippi, pianist Cara McCool Woolf is the Executive & Artistic Director of the Musical Arts Society of New Orleans (MASNO) - a position she has held since 2014 that includes the direction of the New Orleans International Piano Competition and Keyboard Festival. Cara also maintains an award winning piano studio, and is in high demand as a collaborative pianist most often appearing with her husband Vance Woolf, Principal Trumpet of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.
Originally from Motueka, New Zealand, Vance Woolf joined the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Trumpeter in 2000, and has performed as featured soloist and toured nationally and internationally with orchestras including the San Francisco Symphony and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. While also maintaining an active performing career as a chamber musician, he teaches classical trumpet at Loyola University, New Orleans.
Presented with support from Hall Piano Company.
Images of Cara and Vance courtesy of Victoria Z Photography.
This week-long summer camp will explore the past and present day architecture of New Orleans through a variety of fun and engaging, hands-on activities that include games, art, building, and more!
Camp will take place at the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House, a home that was built almost 200 years ago and serves as an architectural marvel of the 19th century. While learning about the master craftsmen responsible for building this house and others, campers will participate in live demonstrations and take numerous field trips around the French Quarter.
This camp is for students ages 8-13 and will be during the week of July 12 - July 16. An additional session will be added to the last week of July if necessary. Before and after care will be available.
After registering through Eventbrite, parents will be sent a camper information form.
For more information email email@example.com or call (504) 523-7257.
Saturday, July 17, 2021
Join the Beauregard-Keyes house as we celebrate the craftsmanship and artistry of the master builders responsible for the architecture of New Orleans. We will be hosting a series of lectures and demonstrations over the course of the next few months highlighting trades such as plasterwork, ironwork, masonry, and carpentry.
On Saturday, July 17 at 11:00AM, our series returns for our third event featuring Master Blacksmith Darryl Reeves. Mr. Reeves, a third generation metal worker, is owner of Andrew’s Welding and Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans’ Seventh Ward. Regarded as a natural, Reeves is well known for his creative contemporary steel and brass staircase railings and furniture, and is revered for his historic restorations of antique iron work at historic sites.
His public commissions include the restoration of the ornate fence at the Presbytère in Jackson Square in the French Quarter, fabrication of a new identical fence (using old techniques) for its sister building, “The Cabildo,” and the disassembly and reconstruction of the massive gate at the Chalmette National Cemetery which dates to 1872. He is also responsible for restoring and maintaining the beautiful ironwork you see throughout the Beauregard-Keyes House.
The lecture portion of this event will also be live-streamed to our Facebook page. If you are unable to attend in person, watch from home! (View Here)
Presented in partnership with Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents, and Associates.