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: Kalbi lunch at DWJ., Credit: John T Edge
What happens when Korean barbecue goes from suburban strip malls to restaurant rows in cities like Atlanta, New Orleans, and Memphis? On the latest...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2017
  • Length: 20:41
Caption: Island Road connects Pointe-Aux-Chenes with Isle de Jean Charles. At high tide, the road can be completely covered with water making it impassable for school buses., Credit: Edmund D. Fountain
For centuries, the bayous and lowlands of coastal Louisiana have fed the Point-au-Chien Indian Tribe. From cattle to crabs, oranges to okra, the fe...

Bought by KVLU

  • Added: Feb 09, 2017
  • Length: 29:02
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Vidalia Onion Museum in Vidalia, Georgia. , Credit: Photo by Tyler Pratt.
If you know and love the Vidalia onion—an onion sweet enough, its fans say, to eat like an apple—you likely also know it as a product of Georgia, a...

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  • Added: Jan 26, 2017
  • Length: 28:42
  • Purchases: 3
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Civil Rights workers in the Mississippi Delta saw a poverty they could never have imagined. This Gravy episode tells the story of how hunger in the...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2017
  • Length: 01:15:38
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You might think of Coca Cola as an iconic American brand… but it was born in the South. How did Coke’s Atlanta birthplace shape what the soft drink...

Bought by KPTZ, Port Townsend, WA and KVLU

  • Added: Dec 01, 2016
  • Length: 25:24
  • Purchases: 2
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For generations, farmers in western North Carolina have relied on tobacco as a core crop, their lifeblood. It was more than just income, though: to...

Bought by KVLU

  • Added: Nov 17, 2016
  • Length: 26:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Corn is a ubiquitous part of Southern food—from bread to whiskey. But how did it get to be that way? In this episode of Gravy, we go on a hunt for ...

Bought by KVLU and West Virginia Public Broadcasting

  • Added: Nov 03, 2016
  • Length: 25:21
  • Purchases: 2
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In Chapel Hill, there’s a farm that’s much more than just a spot to grow food: it’s a gathering place for refugees, including a group of Karen teen...

Bought by KVLU

  • Added: Oct 20, 2016
  • Length: 27:14
  • Purchases: 1
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In 1986, Ernest Matthew Mickler of Palm Valley, Florida, published White Trash Cooking. It was a loving ode to his people—rural, white, working-cla...

Bought by KVLU

  • Added: Oct 11, 2016
  • Length: 27:31
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Justin Hopkins performing the role of Booker Wright in "Repast." , Credit: Photo by Brandall Atkinson.
One spring day in 1965, a waiter in Greenwood, Mississippi gave an interview for an NBC television documentary. What he said has made him an unlike...

Bought by KVLU

  • Added: Sep 22, 2016
  • Length: 36:08
  • Purchases: 1