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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When it comes to a certain kind of bourbon, it doesn’t matter who you are or how much money you have—you can’t get it unless you’re exceptionally l...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Apr 07, 2016
  • Length: 26:50
  • Purchases: 2
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Jell-O could seem like a trivial food. It’s brightly colored, nutritionally void, and, hey, it jiggles. But in Appalachia, Jell-O marked a transfor...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and WMMT


  • Added: Mar 24, 2016
  • Length: 21:41
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Vimal Patel cooks inside -- and outside -- a room in the Day's Inn he operates in North Charleston. , Credit: Photo by Wade Spees for the Post & Courier.
We stay at them around the South and across the United States: Day’s Inn. Best Western. Quality Inn. But there is a food world behind the scenes at...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 28:49
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The winner of the World Cheese Dip Competition, held in Little Rock on October 31st, 2015: Poblano Goat Cheese Dip from Café @ Heifer. , Credit: Photo by Tina Antolini.
There’s a dish you’ll find at every kind of restaurant in Little Rock, from the pizza places to the burger joints: cheese dip. How did it become so...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Feb 25, 2016
  • Length: 26:34
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Pi Mai New Years Celebration in Morganton, NC, Credit: Photo by Katy Clune
Sticky rice. It may not be the first dish you expect to be served in a double-wide trailer in the mountain South, but in Morganton, North Carolina,...

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, and WABE


  • Added: Feb 12, 2016
  • Length: 29:44
  • Purchases: 3
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This is the story of Springdale, Arkansas, and how chicken transformed a once-sleepy rural town into the most ethnically diverse city in the state—...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Feb 02, 2016
  • Length: 21:15
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Shirley Sherrod on the porch of the antebellum mansion at Resora Plantation , Credit: Photo by Tina Antolini.
Shirley Sherrod’s introduction to the intermingling of agriculture and racism came when she was 17 years old, with an incident that changed the cou...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WJCT, WABE, and KPTZ, Port Townsend, WA


  • Added: Jan 01, 2016
  • Length: 50:14
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Oysters Mornay., Credit: Image courtesy of Ship Restaurant & Bar.
What do the restaurants of your childhood say about the place you grew up? In Jack Hitt’s case, the Oysters Mornay and Escargots Bourguignonne of h...

Bought by KVLU, KVLU, and WABE


  • Added: Dec 17, 2015
  • Length: 28:02
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Mrs. Joyce Meyers, Credit: Photo by Alysia Burton Steele
The image of the Mississippi Delta the public usually gets is one of poverty-- or of cotton fields. But, on a search for women like her grandmother...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Dec 03, 2015
  • Length: 25:16
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Food at Delicious Southern Cuisine, Los Angeles, CA. , Credit: Photo by Lena Nozizwe, copyright 2015.
Black-eyed peas and collards. Fried chicken and peach cobbler. Customers at Delicious Southern Cuisine in Los Angeles come for these soul food sta...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Nov 19, 2015
  • Length: 27:08
  • Purchases: 2