Gulf Coast Wine + Dine, which struggled to continue through a national recession and the devastating effects of the BP disaster, and was interrupted, is back.
We are back because we want to be and need to be. The amazing human spirit of the citizens of the Gulf Coast willed us back. How can we not tell their stories, and bring to life the humanity of a diverse and loving group of decent people?
Our common bond of living near generous waters – the Gulf, the lakes and the rivers – tethers us to our region and to each other. Together we have very recently braved the onslaughts of man and nature. The long histories of this place peppered with the traditions of Native Americans, Europeans, Creoles, Cajuns, Latin Americans, Africans, Caribbean Islanders and, lately, Orientals and Indians, provide lessons in overcoming hardships and creating prosperity.
We are blessed too with natural beauty that sometimes makes you weep. Sunrises in the marsh. Flocks of geese returning to us. Eagles scouring the waters for an evening meal. And the abundance of Nature’s bounty that seasonally offers us the fruits, vegetables, grains, and cane that comprise our rich cuisines when coupled with beasts and fish from the land and the water.
Along the Gulf Coast we find interesting, inspiring stories of families and unselfish talents preserving what has gone before while creating rewarding tomorrows.
We have faced the questions of how can we stay down when others are so committed to building up? How can we sit silent when there is so much to share?
Gulf Coast Wine + Dine is back. Our pride will show in every tale. It’s a story that is still writ large, and you play an important role. This labor of love is for all of us. It is for you.