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Thanksgiving 2011: Home


The holidays are a time of cooking, eating, feasting, sharing and celebrating with food.  For most people food is far more than the calories we consume, it is bound up with culture, tradition, family, history,  lifestyle, place, and identity.  Celebrate the holidays with Delgado Libraries and devour some information about FOOD!

Delgado's Culinary Arts Program

Consider a career in Culinary Arts! Culinary Arts is one of the fastest growing career opportunities both in the metropolitan New Orleans area and nationally.

At Delgado, three different programs are offered, all offering superior training for a career in culinary arts. The centerpiece is the Chef Apprenticeship Program, a European-style training program which integrates classroom-based training with considerable "hands-on" training as an apprentice employee in some of New Orleans' finest restaurants.


Thanksgiving is a particularly American holiday. The word evokes images of football, family reunions, roasted turkey with stuffing and pumpkin pie. This year it falls on Thursday Novemember 24, 2011.

 Thanksgiving Calendar

Most stories of Thanksgiving history start with the harvest celebration of the pilgrims and the Native Americans that took place in the autumn of 1621. This "first thanksgiving" was not a holiday, simply a gathering. There is little evidence that this feast of thanks led directly to our modern Thanksgiving Day holiday. 

George Washington proclaimed a National Day of Thanksgiving in 1789, although some were opposed to it. President Thomas Jefferson opposed the idea of having a day of thanksgiving. In 1863, President Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday in November as a national day of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving was proclaimed by every president after Lincoln. The date was changed a couple of times, most recently by Franklin Roosevelt, who set it up one week to the next-to-last Thursday in order to create a longer Christmas shopping season. Public uproar against this decision caused the president to move Thanksgiving back to its original date two years later. And in 1941, Thanksgiving was finally sanctioned by Congress as a legal holiday, as the fourth Thursday in November.