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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128 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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Gravy talks to the new owners of Walnut Family Bakery, and learns how they plan to make their space into a gathering spot for the community.

  • Added: Aug 23, 2022
  • Length: 27:38
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In “Making That Dough,” Gravy explores the business of cottage bakeries—and how small-scale bakers make amazing loaves out of home kitchens and con...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2022
  • Length: 24:43
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There's a small but mighty revolution among bakers in the South and beyond to take flour seriously, creating new markets and new flavors. 

  • Added: Aug 23, 2022
  • Length: 28:07
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Gravy takes listeners to a small house in Marshall, NC, where two large, wood-fired ovens anchor the space and attract a very specific kind of baker.

  • Added: Aug 23, 2022
  • Length: 23:01
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Gravy listeners travel into the mountains of western North Carolina, to a town called Marshall and a property that’s been used as a bakery for more...

  • Added: Aug 23, 2022
  • Length: 31:27
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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