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.


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
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