Thursday, December 11

History of the Pimento Burger
Numerous interesting developments resulted from the SFA's Pimento Cheese Invitational.
Two of our members -- Jim 'N Nick's of Birmigham and Memphis Minnie's of San Francisco -- have plans to add pimento burgers to their menus. (Harper's of Charlotte and beyond already features one.) And just this morning we heard from the daughter of J.C. Reynolds, proprietor of the late Dairy Bar of Columbia, S.C., whom many cite as the "inventor" of the pimento burger. Donations to the SFA of photographs and film relating to the Dairy Bar are forthcoming.

Wednesday, December 3

Seeking Recipes and Recollections for A Sacred Feast
For an historical cookbook, A Sacred Feast, seeking recipes and memories of all-day singing and dinner on the grounds in the shape-note/sacred harp tradition. Send to: or Kathryn Eastburn, 428 E. San Miguel St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

Monday, October 20

Seeking "Funeral Food" History
Kathleen Purvis, a food journalist in Charlotte, N.C., is working on a book on funeral food in America. She needs information on funeral food history, including estate inventories, journals or letters that list foods served; family stories; or recipes. She's also looking for families that still do cemetery cleanings, and members of active burial societies. Reply to, or (704) 358-5236, or
at 1222 Chandler Place, Charlotte, NC 28211.

Monday, October 13

2003 Symposium: First Flashback (West Virginia Swiss)
This from Symposium presenter Sally Schneider, who spoke about the Swiss cultural enclave of Helvetia, West Virginia. "To get info about events or visiting, make Beekeeper Inn or restaurant reservations or order the original Helvetia cookbook contact Eleanor Mailloux, Hutte Restaurant, Helvetia WV26224. (Phone 304-924-6435.)" You can also visit or for additional information. Photo by Larry Smith, ETSU.

Monday, October 6

2003 Southern Foodways Symposium: Lifetime Achievement
With another Symposium behind us, we start off our post-conference coverage with an homage to John Egerton, the recipient of this year's SFA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Click to see images from the award presentation and to read the dedication by New Orleans writer Lolis Eric Elie. Many thanks to those who made such a wonderful gathering possible.
Photo by Larry Smith, ETSU.

Thursday, July 10

Joe York, a Southern Studies graduate student, travels to Berea, Kentucky today. He'll spend the rest of the week filming Bill Best, winner of the 2003 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award. Bill is an amazing guy who, through sheer determination and stewardship of his own non-profit (see has curated and chronicled an unparalleled selection of heirloom beans. Look for the film that Joe will edit to be aired at the 2003 Southern Foodways Symposium.