Southern Foodways Alliance

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The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. We set a common table where black and white, rich and poor — all who gather — may consider our history and our future in a spirit of reconciliation.

A member-supported non-profit, based at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, we stage symposia, produce documentary films, collect oral histories, sponsor scholarship, mentor students, and publish great writing. Donations from generous individuals, foundations, and companies fund our good work.

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80 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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In the early 1970s, two hundred hippies from San Francisco’s Haight Ashbury neighborhood resettled in rural Tennessee.

Bought by KVLU and WFHB


  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 26:33
  • Purchases: 2
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Gospel star Mahalia Jackson used fried chicken to push for economic empowerment in the black community.

Bought by KVLU and WFHB


  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 24:56
  • Purchases: 2
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Visit Fiesta Fest in De Queen, Arkansas, for sopes, mangonadas, and norteño tunes.

Bought by KVLU and WFHB


  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 23:05
  • Purchases: 2
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Delta blues found its voice and audience on KFFA’s King Biscuit Time, a daily broadcast out of Helena, Arkansas.

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, and WFHB


  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 24:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Head to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, for a taste of Dollywood.

  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 24:51
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Twenty-one years after Eugene Walter's death, why don’t more people know about Mobile's consummate character?

Bought by WDBM


  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 25:37
  • Purchases: 1
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What do restaurant menus have to say about the identity of a restaurant or the point of view of the chef? It turns out, menus are more nuanced and ...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 20:44
  • Purchases: 1
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Can cookbooks be a vehicle for social change? For Julia Turshen, the answer is yes.

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 18:36
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With the Lee Brothers as our guides, we step behind the scenes of the catering world.

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 23:26
  • Purchases: 1
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In an era where chef-driven, trend-surfing restaurants are the norm, how does an old-school institution like Upperline thrive? Owner JoAnn Clevenge...

  • Added: Aug 15, 2019
  • Length: 25:05