The fall semester interviews for our Service Industry collection are in the books, and they represent the most impressive set of student-led oral history recorded to date by the Studio. Among these eight, are four interviews with executive chefs including both Greg and Mary Sonnier of Gabrielle, James Cullen of Upperline, and Isaac Toups of Toups Meatery and Toups South as well as another with a pastry chef, Natalia Hess Kopfler of the Freret Beer Room. Two front-of-house interviewees include Jessica Muszynski who has worked at Bayona and the soon-to-open Palm and Pine and Chris Evangelista, a veteran waitron at the old line standard Galatoire’s. Rounding out the eight is an interview with Charlotte Jones, whose work in the city’s tourism economy unfolds in the streets of the French Quarter as a carriage tour driver.
For a list of the interviews in this collection, click here.
The Documentary and Oral History Studio plans to continue its work interviewing the people who make the city’s service industry thrive. Our next scheduled session will be in the Fall of 2019.