Marvin Bendele is the Executive Director of Foodways Texas. He is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, where he teaches a class on American Foodways. He contributed to the 2009 book Republic of Barbecue, and has completed multiple oral histories for the Southern Foodways Alliance's Southern Barbecue Trail & the Foodways Texas oral history archive at the Briscoe Center for American History. Bendele comes from an Alsatian-Texan family that settled in Castroville in 1848.