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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Writer T Cooper heads to Knoxville, Tennessee, to learn about a new trend making its way across the South: devout Christians are opening coffeeshop...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Jun 29, 2017
  • Length: 27:50
  • Purchases: 1
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On this episode of Gravy, we go global to explore the spread of a prolific Southern food to an unlikely place: pork barbecue in the Israeli city of...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Jun 15, 2017
  • Length: 28:06
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Hearty Texas Munson vines and Ross Hull at the vineyard., Credit: Photo by Ross Hull
The story of T.V. Munson and how his obsession with grape vines saved old world wine.

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Jun 01, 2017
  • Length: 58:14
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sandor Katz holds up a whole head of Napa Cabbage that’s been fermenting in a clay crock., Credit: Sarah Reynolds
Sarah Reynolds takes us into the kitchens of Louise Frazier and Sandor Katz to learn how fermenting vegetables has helped them both carry on throug...

Bought by WMMT and KVLU


  • Added: May 31, 2017
  • Length: 29:41
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Heather Sevcik harvests greens on her farm with an intern., Credit: Caroline Leland
In this episode of Gravy, Caroline Leland explores the challenges of finding and affording farmland, along with some of the keen individuals and or...

Bought by KVLU and West Virginia Public Broadcasting


  • Added: May 31, 2017
  • Length: 22:06
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Chicken shawarma at Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill, Credit: Rose Reid
Chicken shawarma might not be the first food that comes to mind when you think of Memphis. This episode of Gravy takes us inside Ali Baba Mediterra...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: May 31, 2017
  • Length: 27:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Striking up a conversation with a stranger in a bar is accepted, even expected. And storytelling is a big part of that engagement. But what happens...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2017
  • Length: 26:35
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It’s the season for communal meals, like Easter dinners and Passover Seders. In the Mississippi Delta town of Greenville, members of the Hebrew Uni...

Bought by KVLU and KPTZ, Port Townsend, WA


  • Added: Apr 06, 2017
  • Length: 20:26
  • Purchases: 2
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Texas: the land of BBQ, breakfast tacos…and of course Tex-Mex. But what if we told you Tex-Mex wasn’t created by a Texan or Mexican, but a German i...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Mar 23, 2017
  • Length: 29:39
  • Purchases: 1
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Lolis Eric Elie recounts his own discovery of the South and explores how Southern culture currently risks being subsumed into a generic national norm.

  • Added: Mar 09, 2017
  • Length: 33:11