To see Helana speak on food, blogging, and cookery culture, attend any of the upcoming conferences, festivals, book signings, cooking demos, or events.*

*To book Helana for a talk, cooking demo, or book signing in your area, please visit our About / Contacts page to speak with Helana Brigman or Erin Rolfs (publicist).

Upcoming Appearances (2013):


Saturday, May 10th @ 10:00 a.m., Red Stick Farmer’s Market (Baton Rouge, LA)—Come see what’s fresh from the market this Saturday as Helana prepares easy summer recipes from The Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Round.  For more information on BREADA’s Saturday Farmer’s Market, visit their website, here.


Past Appearances (2013):


Saturday, November 2nd @ TBA (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), Louisiana Book Festival (Baton Rouge, LA)—See Helana prepare a dish from the fall section of The Fresh Table at the 2013 Louisiana Book Festival!

Thursday, November 21st @ 6:00 p.m., Ascension Parish LibraryCome hear Helana talk about her book, The Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Round, and learn some fun facts about Louisiana’s fall / late-summer growing season!

Saturday, November 23rd @ 2:00 – 4:00 PM, LSU Barnes & Noble—Kick off football season at LSU during one of the season’s biggest home games: LSU vs. Auburn! To gear up for the big game, stop by LSU Barnes & Noble for a taste of the new tailgating table with surprisingly “fresh” ingredients and new takes on old favorites.  This is one cooking demo you don’t want to miss! 

Helana will be preparing samples from the “autumn” section of The Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Roundexpect Abita Beer-Can Chicken and other football favorites in this cooking demo and book signing before the big game! See LSU Barnes & Noble for more information.


Friday, May 10th (6:00 – 10:00 p.m.) Book Signing, Cooking Demo, & Fun at Girls’ Night Out with Cavalier Books! (Denham Spring, LA)—Stop by and say hello to Helana as she prepares a dish or two from The Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Round at Cavalier Books for their annual Girls’ Night Out in Denham Springs, LA.  


Saturday, April 6th (9:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m.) Crescent City Farmer’s Market Cooking Demo (New Orleans, LA)—Helana will be preparing and discussing one of the dishes from her book, The Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Round, featuring ingredients straight from the vendors themselves!

For an idea of what’s seasonal, affordable, and available on April 6th (springtime) in New Orleans, come see!

For the Crescent City Farmer’s Market’s Downtown New Orleans Location:

700 Magazine Street (at Girod St.)

Times: 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Afternoon: Book Signing at Garden District Books.  For more information, check Garden District Book’s announcement here.

Friday April 19th – Saturday, April 20th, 2013 (Columbia, SC): Columbia College Book Signing and Food Writers Talk for Alumnae Weekend.  For the full schedule, read up on Alumnae Weekend 2013 here.

Two Talks: 

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. & 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Breed Leadership Center, 103 (“BLC 103”).


Sunday, March 10th, 2013 @ 3:00 PM—Helana will be preparing a dish from her book, The Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Round at the 36th Annual Habitat Home and Garden Show in Baton Rouge!

Stop by the Celebrity Chefs’ stage to see Helana’s cooking demo and to chat about the book.

Saturday, March 23rd @ 12:00 PM / Noon – 2:00 PM—watch Helana prepare a recipe with some of the spices that inspired many of the flavors in her book, The Fresh Table at Red Stick Spice Company in Baton Rouge!

Wednesday, March 27th @ 12:00 PM/Noon, Louisiana State Museum (Baton Rouge, LA)Lunchtime Lagniappe Series Food Talk at the Capitol Park Museum.

Thursday, March 28th @ 6:30 – 9:00 PM, Baton Rouge Art Gallery (Baton Rouge, LA)—Book Release Party at Baton Rouge Art Gallery in the Garden District of Baton Rouge.  Come see Helana share a few stories from the book and enjoy live music provided by Flatbed Honeymoon and Calico Axe! Event will be catered by local chefs, culinary students, and businesses–Coffee Call, Restaurant IPO, Reginelli’s, Red Stick Spice Company, 926-Muff, Amato’s Winery, Abita, Bayou Teche Brewery.

Saturday, March 30th @ 12:00 – 2:00 PM, LSU Barnes & Noble—taste spring in Louisiana with recipe samples from The Fresh Table: Cooking in Louisiana All Year Round as Helana shares her recipe(s) and storie(s) for a Saturday book signing at the LSU Barnes & Noble.


Friday, February 8th (12:30 p.m., Castillian Room 304, LSU Student Union)Travel, Food, and Authorial PillagingHelana will be speaking with Bryan Moe at the 23rd Annual LSU Mardi Gras Conference on “Travel, Food, and Authorial Pillaging.”  See Helana’s discussion of nineteenth-century travel food writings and the periodical press and Ducote’s discussion of his own travel writings across the state (and country!).

Talk 1: The Well-Fed Nation: Reading British Travel Writings and Culinary Systems, Helana Brigman (Louisiana State University)

Talk 2: Global Culinary Pillaging: Anthony Bourdain, the Not So Confidential Kitchen Pirate Anymore, Bryan Moe (Louisiana State University)


Weekend of Friday, January 25th and Saturday, January 26th – Food Blog South (Homewood / Birmingham, AL): I won’t be presenting, but attending as many panels as possible.  Here are some geat panels I will be attending:

Friday, January 25th

-Media Skills & Branding for Bloggers & Culinary Professionals (1-5pm)

Saturday, January 26th

-Lightning Rounds – Skills to Maximize Social Media, SEO, and Online Security (9am)

-Food-Blogging Ethics with Dianne Jacob (10 am)

-Advanced Food Photography and Styling with Hélène Dujardin (1:30pm)

-“Film the Food: Tips and Tidbits for Creating Video Content on Your Food Blog” with Jay Ducote of Bite & Booze (4pm)

Past Appearances (2012)


Saturday, March 10th @ 4:30 PM: The Jane Austen Festival in Mandeville, Louisiana on “Dirty Dickens”: Scandalous Affairs in Dickens (for a full schedule of events, see here)

-Helana will be discussing scandalous uses of food and eating in Dickens and Austen

Monday, March 12th @6:00 PM in Coates Hall (Room 143) Louisiana State UniversityBaton Rouge CampusScreening of Great Expectations (Cuarón 1998) –  Discussion with Laura Marks (English) featuring food blogger and English graduate student Helana Brigman on Gulf Coast cuisine’s Victorian connection


Monday, November 7th, 2011: La Tournée Film Festival on French Fusion Foods and Entre les Murs (“The Class,” 2008)