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Vance Vaucresson

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Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
April, May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California Wine Country
Favorite Quote:
It Will Make Your Mouth Feel Happy And Your Tummy Say Yummy.

Birthplace

Born:
12/3/1968
Birth Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Entrepreneur

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black
Favorite Food:
Gumbo
Favorite Time of Year:
April, May
Favorite Vacation Spot:
California Wine Country
Favorite Quote:
It Will Make Your Mouth Feel Happy And Your Tummy Say Yummy.

Birthplace

Born:
12/3/1968
Birth Location:
New Orleans
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Biography

Entrepreneur Vance Vaucresson was born on December 3, 1968, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to a long family history of butchers. His great-grandfather, Levinsky Vaucresson, and great-grandmother, Odile Gaillard, originated from the Alsace region of France, but they migrated to New Orleans, where Levinsky worked as a butcher around the turn of the century. Their son, Robert Levinsky Vaucresson, continued in the same line, and Vaucresson’s father, Robert “Sonny” Vaucresson, transformed the family meat market into the Vaucresson Sausage Company. In 1969, the Vaucresson family started selling their sausages at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. At the 1976 Festival, New York Times Food Critic Mimi Sheraton named Sonny’s hot sausage po’boy the “Best Food at the Fest.”

When he was eight years old, Vaucresson’s father, Sonny, began to teach him about the family business; Vaucresson learned sausage-making techniques, along with the traditions of New Orleans Creole culture. In 1983, the Vaucresson Sausage Company was officially established. They opened their factory in October on the corner of St. Bernard and North Roman, in the 7th Ward, where they made sausages and gumbo. That same year, The Vaucresson family sold sausage po’boys at the first French Quarter Festival. In 1992, Vaucresson graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and returned to New Orleans to work at the family business. For six years he worked alongside his father, but on November 1, 1998, Sonny passed away from a massive heart attack. Vaucresson took over the family business.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans. After the disaster, Vaucresson’s sausage plant laid under six feet of water; his equipment was ruined, his supply of meat spoiled, and his insurance didn’t cover flood damage. Vaucresson, his pregnant wife, and his young son traveled to New Iberia, Louisiana, where they shared a three bedroom house with fifteen people while waiting for better housing. Eventually, they moved into a mobile home. Vaucresson’s plant was unworkable, so he asked a man with a functioning plant in Metairie, Louisiana, for help. The man, once his main competitor, agreed, and Vaucresson was able to make his sausage po’ boys for that spring’s Jazz Fest. Vaucresson continues to run the Vaucresson Sausage Company, serving his signature po’boy at both the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the French Quarter Festival.

Vance Vaucresson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 10, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Vance Vaucresson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Vance Vaucresson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Vance Vaucresson describes his mother's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Vance Vaucresson describes his mother's experiences at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Vance Vaucresson talks about his mother's integration of New Orleans Public Library
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Vance Vaucresson describes his maternal aunt and grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Vance Vaucresson talks about his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Vance Vaucresson describes his father's personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Vance Vaucresson talks about Vaucresson's Cafe Creole in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Vance Vaucresson describes his father's influence on Bourbon Street in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Vance Vaucresson describes his paternal grandfather's start in the sausage business
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Vance Vaucresson describes the Creole community in New Orleans, Louisiana, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Vance Vaucrresson talks about the Creole identity
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Vance Vaucresson describes the early years of Vaucresson's Cafe Creole in New Orleans, Lousiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Vance Vaucresson remembers the patrons of Vaucresson's Cafe Creole in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Vance Vaucresson describes the menu at Vaucresson's Cafe Creole in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Vance Vaucresson describes the Creole cuisine
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Vance Vaucresson describes his family's charcuterie products
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Vance Vaucresson talks about the Creole Fiesta Association
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Vance Vaucresson describes his father's entrepreneurialism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Vance Vaucresson recalls the inaugural New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Vance Vaucresson talks about the clannishness of the Creole community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Vance Vaucresson talks about the diversity in the Creole community
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Vance Vaucresson talks about the diversity in the Creole community, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Vance Vaucresson talks about his mother's cancer diagnoses
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Vance Vaucresson reflects upon his father's legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Vance Vaucresson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Vance Vaucresson remembers his neighborhood in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Vance Vaucresson remembers the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Vance Vaucresson remembers his reading tutor
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Vance Vaucresson recalls the discipline at the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini School in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Vance Vaucresson describes his early interests and activities
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Vance Vaucresson describes his early experiences of religion
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Vance Vaucresson describes the influence of his older brothers
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Vance Vaucresson reflects upon his high school experiences
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Vance Vaucresson recalls his decision to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Vance Vaucresson remembers his arrival at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Vance Vaucresson recalls his involvement in the music department at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Vance Vaucresson remembers his professors at Morehouse College
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Vance Vaucresson recalls protesting against a Ku Klux Klan rally in Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Vance Vaucresson talks about the Morehouse College Glee Club
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Vance Vaucresson remembers joining the Vaucresson Sausage Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Vance Vaucresson recalls the creation of the Vaucresson Sausage Company's processing plant
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Vance Vaucresson recalls his conflicts with his father at the Vaucresson Sausage Company
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Vance Vaucresson talks about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Vaucresson Sausage Company, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - Vance Vaucresson talks about his wife and children
  • Tape: 5 Story: 11 - Vance Vaucresson talks about the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the Vaucresson Sausage Company, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 12 - Vance Vaucresson remembers his cousin's suicide
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Vance Vaucresson talks about the support of his competitor, Jerry Hanford
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Vance Vaucresson describes his organizational activities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Vance Vaucresson talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Vance Vaucresson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Vance Vaucresson talks about the importance of The HistoryMakers project
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Vance Vaucresson narrates his photographs