A while back, I blogged on the creation of Foodways Texas, a group dedicated to the investigation, salvation, promulgation, and dissemination (not to mention ingestion) of all things pertaining to Texas food and food culture. (Yes, there is a Texas food culture — or, maybe more accurately, several of them.) The group, after a successful and continuing membership drive, is now about to present its first public event, a symposium centered on the Texas Gulf Coast, a region in need of some strokes after the BP disaster. The confab will take place in Galveston on February 25 & 26, and will include discussions on topics as wide-ranging as (taking a page from the wine world) oyster “appellations,” and “Honky Tonk Potlucks and Gulf Dive Bars.” Early registration (which means act now) for both days is $225 and includes food from Texas chefs such as Tim Byres of Smoke in Dallas. (I was recently at Smoke and was impressed both by the food and the creative work being done at the bar.) For a complete lineup and more information (including hotel suggestions), log onto www.foodwaystexas.com.