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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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.


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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
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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