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.


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109 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.


Caption: A 1936 photo of one of the first events reconnecting Cajuns and Acadians. It was taken at the Grand-Pre, the national historic site where the largest settlement of Acadians was before the expulsion of the mid 1700’s.  That's Simon Thibault's great uncle, , Credit: Photo courtesy of Simon Thibault.
How is a region of the far north—Canada—intimately connected to a region 2,000 miles away in the Deep South? In this episode of Gravy, the story of...

Bought by KVLU and WABE

  • Added: Nov 05, 2015
  • Length: 25:55
  • Purchases: 2
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They’re everywhere: in your fancy cocktail bar and your down home country restaurant. In the hands of farmer’s market shoppers and 7-Eleven Slurpee...

Bought by KVLU, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and WABE

  • Added: Oct 22, 2015
  • Length: 25:46
  • Purchases: 3
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One of the more important places for the modern American diet may be... an obscure army base in Natick, Massachusetts. The Combat Feeding Directora...

Bought by KVLU, WMMT, and WABE

  • Added: Oct 08, 2015
  • Length: 28:21
  • Purchases: 3
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While West Virginia may be known for resources like coal, the country once turned to this mountain state for a culinary staple: salt. In this episo...

Bought by WMMT, WMMT, KVLU, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WABE and more

  • Added: Sep 24, 2015
  • Length: 23:22
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Choya Webb and his father, Choya Webb Sr.
What does *not* eating meat say about you? In one young biracial man’s family, his dietary change was construed as white, elite, even feminine. In ...

Bought by KVLU, WABE, and PRX Remix

  • Added: Sep 10, 2015
  • Length: 24:40
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: New Orleans soul food restaurant Willie Mae's Scotch House in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, how does the city’s food reveal how the place has changed? The stories of a wine bar, and...

Bought by KUT, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, Minnesota, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KMUN, KOSU and more

  • Added: Aug 05, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 18
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What if the place you’d lived your whole life started to disappear? For fishermen in coastal Louisiana, that’s not just a nightmare scenario. Meet ...

Bought by KVLU, WABE, and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.

  • Added: Jul 16, 2015
  • Length: 32:44
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Chef Kevin Mitchell at the Nat Fuller Feast of 2015, Credit: Photo by Jonathan Boncek
Charleston, South Carolina has become the center of discussions about race and violence in America these past few weeks. But a dinner party held in...

Bought by KVLU, WJCT, and WABE

  • Added: Jul 02, 2015
  • Length: 28:18
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Waiter Carriers selling fried chicken. , Credit: Photo courtesy of the town of Gordonsville, VA.
Fried chicken has both been the vehicle for the economic empowerment of a whole group of people—and the accessory to an ugly racial stereotype. How...

Bought by KVLU, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WABE, and PRX Remix

  • Added: Jun 18, 2015
  • Length: 25:51
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Hushpuppies, slaw and barbecue at Lexington Barbecue. , Credit: Sarah Delia
When officials in Lexington, North Carolina started to renovate a municipal building, they had no idea they’d tap into part of the city’s barbecue ...

Bought by KVLU and KALW

  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 26:21
  • Purchases: 2