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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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.


Pieces

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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
Caption: Man with rake and drying shrimp. , Credit: Photo courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Imagine this: deep in the Louisiana wetlands, a wooden platform the size of three football fields, covered in shrimp, drying in the sun… which are ...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Sep 08, 2016
  • Length: 25:44
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Coal miner Ronnie Johnson, with his lunchbox.
For decades, Ronnie Johnson woke up in the late afternoon, and fixed a lunch to bring with him 2,000 feet underground, as he worked all night in a ...

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Aug 25, 2016
  • Length: 31:48
  • Purchases: 4
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You’ve heard of explorers discovering new lands, but new… fruits? In this episode of Gravy, a couple of young fruit explorers scour the South on a ...

Bought by KVLU, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and KSFR


  • Added: Aug 15, 2016
  • Length: 26:09
  • Purchases: 3
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How did Huntsville, Alabama become home to a whole host of German restaurants? It has more to do with rocket science, than with Southerners’ love o...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Jul 28, 2016
  • Length: 33:42
  • Purchases: 1
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If you’ve never heard of a fish camp, don’t let the name fool you. It’s not a place where you fish or camp. Instead, the term designates a place wh...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Jul 07, 2016
  • Length: 22:44
  • Purchases: 2