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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Gravy travels in search of the mithai—or sweet—life of North Carolina’s Indian American community.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 25:20
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Hear the origin story of the Cuban sandwich, and learn how it influenced the current identity of Floridian Cuban Americans.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 24:24
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In Arkansas, one popular restaurant owner has married his love of his hometown—Damascus, Syria—with his love of his present home in Little Rock.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 22:55
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Despite Houston's great diversity, Indonesian immigrants have struggled to make their food recognizable and understood in the city’s dining community.

  • Added: Aug 24, 2021
  • Length: 25:33
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Atlanta, Georgia, is home to one of the country’s largest Ethiopian communities. Immigrants brought their families, their traditions, and their foo...

  • Added: Aug 24, 2021
  • Length: 23:42
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Food is the number one category of waste going to landfills. Composting can be an answer, but Charlotte, NC's experience reveals difficulties.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 23:59
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Southern religious leaders increasingly see food security and climate change as intrinsically Christian issues, with representation and instruction...

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 24:53
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Conservation easements are one way to protect farmland and help the environment.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 23:12
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Restaurants are starting to wake up to the issues around climate change, food, and the role chefs can play in driving change.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 22:24
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Scientists are developing peach cultivars for Georgia farmers that need fewer cold days to grow.

  • Added: Jan 08, 2021
  • Length: 21:18