Tuesday, October 30


This past weekend SFA celebrated its tenth annual symposium. We reflected on the state of the plate, with musings on fried chicken and greens; we talked about the state of the pour, and Mary Beth made away with the single sazerac David Wondrich mixed during his presention. The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band paraded symposiasts through the bacon forest, while Sean Brock spun boiled peanut cotton candy for those with an appetite for dessert.

For the first time this year, presentations will be podcast. Even if you were unable to attend the symposium, you can still enjoy the lectures. To subscribe to this podcast, copy and paste this URL into your browser:
Scroll down the list and select the Southern Foodways Alliance to find the Podcasts.

Happy listening!

Friday, October 19

Jessica Harris Dillard University Lecture 10/23

Dillard University in New Orleans welcomes SFA founding member Jessica B. Harris to deliver a lecture on "Creole Cousins: Culinary Connections in the Afro-Atlantic World" on Tuesday, October 23, 2007 at 6:00 p.m. in Stern Hall Amphitheatre. Dr. Harris will outline New Orleans's food heritage and how it is linked with other Creole cultures in the Western Hemisphere. SFA members in the NOLA area are welcomed to attend. The event is free of charge.

Monday, October 15


Evan Hatch, folklorist and friend of the SFA, recently shared a wonderful essay and collection of photographs, documenting a hog killing in Woodbury, TN.

From the essay:

Since these photos were taken, this annual tradition has ceased. In preceding years, the day began the process of butchering and curing enough meat for its participants and their families to subsist for the year. These men slaughtered these hogs in order to preserve a centuries-old, once common farming tradition that has largely disappeared.

Go here for more.

Thursday, October 4


ABOVE THE LINE: SAVING WILLIE MAE'S SCOTCH HOUSE will premiere in its final form at the New Orleans Film Festival on Friday, October 12th at 7:00 pm at the Prytania Theater (uptown).

When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans and the levees failed, Willie Mae Seaton's famed Scotch House restaurant, like so many others, succumbed to the rising water.

Over the past two years, restaurateur John Currence, the Southern Foodways Alliance, and volunteers from near and far have worked to restore this culinary and cultural landmark. The documentary, by film maker Joe York, chronicles the effort to get Ms. Seaton back in her kitchen, cooking the red beans and rice and fried chicken that earned her a James Beard Award in 2005, just three months before Katrina. By extension, the film highlights the kinds of small victories that serve to engender optimism in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Also on the must see list at the New Orleans Film Festival, FAUBOURG TREME, THE UNTOLD STORY OF BLACK NEW ORLEANS, written by SFA member, Lolis Eric Elie and TOOTIE'S LAST SUIT, produced by SFA member, Randy Fertel. Both films take on the issues of race and racism which were laid bare in post-Katrina New Orleans.