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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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.


Pieces

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With the Lee Brothers as our guides, we step behind the scenes of the catering world.

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 23:26
  • Purchases: 1
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In an era where chef-driven, trend-surfing restaurants are the norm, how does an old-school institution like Upperline thrive? Owner JoAnn Clevenge...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 25:05
  • Purchases: 1
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As Charlotte works to rebrand itself as a destination for food and drink, it has to choose which stories to tell.

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 23:03
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At the FARM Café in Boone, North Carolina, diners can pay $10 for meal—or they can pay nothing. The restaurant, one of dozens of its kind, follows ...

Bought by WMMT and KVLU


  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 19:21
  • Purchases: 2
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In the United States, home-cooked meals with family are revered almost to the point of fetishization. Dinners are seen as moral imperatives for hap...

Bought by WMMT and KVLU


  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 24:02
  • Purchases: 2
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Legal moonshine production—funny as that sounds—has exploded in the South.

Bought by KVLU and WMMT


  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 21:10
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Hannah Drake (r) with her daughter, Brianna Wright, in their neighborhood garden.
Hannah Drake is creator of a dinner project is called Stories From The Hem Of My Mother’s Apron. She’s afraid there’s a generation of African Ameri...

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 30, 2017
  • Length: 26:01
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Taylor Holliday and Fong Chong
What happens when a white family in the American South adopts an 11-year-old Chinese girl who’s never eaten a meal other than Chinese in her entire...

Bought by WMMT, KVSC, KVLU, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 27:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Every Tuesday a group of women gets together at Or Ve Shalom Synagogue in Atlanta to bake hundreds of savory hand-held pies. They are called bureka...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Aug 24, 2017
  • Length: 26:05
  • Purchases: 1
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At the crux of any diaspora is food – the familiar flavor of the old home mixing with a new one. In the case of Lexington, Kentucky, tacos express ...

Bought by WMMT and KVLU


  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 27:22
  • Purchases: 2