Southern Foodways Alliance

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The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.

Based at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, we share oral histories, produce films and podcasts, publish great writing, sponsor scholarship, mentor students, and stage events that serve as progressive and inclusive catalysts for the greater South.

Donations from generous individuals, foundations, and companies fund our good work.

Series

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123 Pieces

Gravy is the SFA’s collection of original stories—fresh, unexpected, and thought-provoking. Like all of the SFA’s work, Gravy shares stories of the changing American South through the foods we eat.


Pieces

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What’s in the fridge? In New Orleans, solidarity means a stocked fridge. Learn more about street refrigerators and social aid in this episode of Gr...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2022
  • Length: 22:05
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Gravy follows a group of restaurant workers that’s slated to become the first formal union of food and beverage workers in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • Added: Mar 24, 2022
  • Length: 22:09
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In “The Bitter and the Sweet of Craft Chocolate in the Global South,” Gravy explores the complex conversation about ethical chocolate, from central...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2022
  • Length: 23:07
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Gravy follows Florida’s Fight for 15, a labor campaign aimed at raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

  • Added: Mar 24, 2022
  • Length: 21:48
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Meet food industry veterans in Lexington, KY, who launched a food delivery co-op during the COVID era, aiming to create a more equitable system dur...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2022
  • Length: 17:16
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In this episode of the Gravy podcast, “Orange Juice and the Making of the Sunshine State,” producer Katie Jane Fernelius examines how, for decades,...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2022
  • Length: 25:42
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In this episode of Gravy, "The Kitchen Electric: Selling Power to Rural America," producer Katie Jane Fernelius looks at the role of women in campa...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2022
  • Length: 22:38
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In "The Skinny on the South Beach Diet" producer Katie Jane Fernelius speaks with Adrienne Bitar, author of Diet and the Disease of Civilization, a...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2022
  • Length: 24:21
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In "New Orleans Street Vendors, Old and New," Gravy explores the history of street food vendors in New Orleans, from Mr. Okra to the pralinière, or...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2022
  • Length: 25:57
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In "Filipino Balikbayan is Homecoming in a Box," Gravy explores the histories underlying the balikbayan box—a large box filled with everything from...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2022
  • Length: 26:10