I thought I should formally introduce myself since I’ll be writing the articles on New Orleans cuisine and culture. For me, this is a journey into territory both very familiar and uncharted. As a naitive New Orleanian whose family lineage hails back to the 1700s in this city, I know a lot about what goes on here. My great-grandparents owned a home in the 7th Ward and lived to be in their late 90s. I along with everyone else in my family went over to their house everyday. I grew up hearing generations of stories about New Orleans. There were portraits of formerly enslaved ancestors as well as free people of color who were “passe blanc”. That means they could pass for white.