Gravy Podcast

Series produced by Southern Foodways Alliance

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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.

Gravy showcases a South that is constantly evolving, accommodating new immigrants, adopting new traditions, and lovingly maintaining old ones. It uses food as a means to explore all of that, to dig into lesser-known corners of the region, complicate stereotypes, document new dynamics, and give voice to the unsung folk who grow, cook, and serve our daily meals. Gravy the print journal lands in the mailboxes of SFA members four times per year. Gravy the podcast releases a new episode every other week.


123 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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What’s in the fridge? In New Orleans, solidarity means a stocked fridge. Learn more about street refrigerators and social aid in this episode of Gr...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2022
  • Length: 22:05
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Gravy follows a group of restaurant workers that’s slated to become the first formal union of food and beverage workers in Memphis, Tennessee.

  • Added: Mar 24, 2022
  • Length: 22:09
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In “The Bitter and the Sweet of Craft Chocolate in the Global South,” Gravy explores the complex conversation about ethical chocolate, from central...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2022
  • Length: 23:07
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Gravy follows Florida’s Fight for 15, a labor campaign aimed at raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.

  • Added: Mar 24, 2022
  • Length: 21:48
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Meet food industry veterans in Lexington, KY, who launched a food delivery co-op during the COVID era, aiming to create a more equitable system dur...

  • Added: Mar 24, 2022
  • Length: 17:16
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In this episode of Gravy, "The Kitchen Electric: Selling Power to Rural America," producer Katie Jane Fernelius looks at the role of women in campa...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2022
  • Length: 22:38
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In "The Skinny on the South Beach Diet" producer Katie Jane Fernelius speaks with Adrienne Bitar, author of Diet and the Disease of Civilization, a...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2022
  • Length: 24:21
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In "New Orleans Street Vendors, Old and New," Gravy explores the history of street food vendors in New Orleans, from Mr. Okra to the pralinière, or...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2022
  • Length: 25:57
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In "Filipino Balikbayan is Homecoming in a Box," Gravy explores the histories underlying the balikbayan box—a large box filled with everything from...

  • Added: Jan 07, 2022
  • Length: 26:10
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Gravy dives into bootlegging, clubbing, and a legendary Alabama Black Belt festival: the Footwash in Uniontown.

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 18:49
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Alabama’s Black Belt has always been a place of migration: the site of both forced and elective movement. Meet three women whose very different pat...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 21:52
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A coon hunter and a dove hunter take us into the woods and onto the field to illuminate one of the Alabama Black Belt’s most popular pursuits.

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 19:20
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Visit Thomas and Tommie Taylor of T-N-T BBQ in York and Martha Hawkins of Martha’s Place in Montgomery for a modern look at Black entrepreneurship ...

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 20:25
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A contemporary look at Alabama's Black Belt land and its stewards: often younger generations, newly returned to family land.

  • Added: Nov 04, 2021
  • Length: 21:28
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Follow pastrami, the signature dish of the Jewish-American delicatessen, to the Olde Tyme Deli in Jackson, Mississippi.

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 24:48
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The story of the West African diaspora in the American South is the story of the Transatlantic slave trade. But one of its staple foods, black-eyed...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 23:42
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Horchata, a refreshing drink originally made from tiger nuts, made its way to present-day Texas and Mexico via the Islamic conquest of Spain and th...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 24:25
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Pasteles mean Christmas to many Puerto Ricans, both on and off the island. Why is this beloved, labor-intensive dish popping up at plate sales in s...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 24:03
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For nearly a century and a half, Louisianans have migrated to the San Francisco Bay area. If there's a portal between these two worlds, it's built ...

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 25:07
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Despite Houston's great diversity, Indonesian immigrants have struggled to make their food recognizable and understood in the city’s dining community.

  • Added: Aug 24, 2021
  • Length: 25:33