Tuesday, July 22


SFA's graduate assistant, Cale Nicholson, has coordinated the Teaching Garden at the Boys & Girls Club in Oxford, Mississippi, this summer. Students were involved in the garden design and planting, and throughout the summer they'll help tend the beds. On Tuesdays, they donate produce to the local food pantry. The garden project began as part of Cale's assistantship with the SFA, and ongoing activities are now funded by the Oxford Garden Club and private donations. We'll keep you posted as they learn about plants, bugs, and patience -- the three major lessons of this summer's garden.


Visit our Flickr page to check out the photos from the SFA's eighth annual field trip, Louisville: Blue Grass & Brown Whiskey, courtesy of SFA member Fred Sauceman.

SFA members and Louisville locals Bob Cox and Brenda Major have posted their photos from the weekend online, as well. You can find them here. (Note: sign-up required for viewing)

Thursday, July 17


Please join Chef Donald Link
and the Southern Foodways Alliance
in New Orleans
as we celebrate the release of
Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 7:00 p.m.

Fried Chicken and Link Andouille Gumbo

Sabine Pass BBQ Crab with Hush Puppies

Guineau Hens and Dumplings
Collard Greens and White Cornbread

Lemon Ice Box Pie

$45 per person
For reservations, call 504-524-4114

*This dinner will sell out quickly, and early reservations are encouraged.

Thursday, July 10


Louisville is awash in bourbon. And beer. It's a drinking person's town, due in no small part to the state's bourbon heritage, the city's nickname-namesake brewery, Falls City, and that little horse race called the Kentucky Derby. But there's more to this town than brown liquor, local breweries, and racetracks. This is where, it's said, the Old-Fashioned was invented. It's where Al Capone dodged the law during Prohibition, ducking out of the Seelbach Hotel through secret passageways. And it's where barkeeps plied their customers with rolled oysters and bean soup to keep them coming back. Louisville's private clubs, hotel bars, and neighborhood taverns are rich with drinking history and lore. But they're also rife with innovation and talk of the future. In Louisville, there's always time for another round. Meet the folks behind--and in front of--the bar by visiting our Louisville Barroom Culture oral history project.


Wednesday, July 2


Bobby Bradley Jr., Shun "Lil' Shun" Williams, and Desiree Robinson of
Cozy Corner Restaurant in Memphis, TN
Photograph by Rien Fertel, 2008

SFA member Rien Fertel is spending the summer in Tennessee, revisiting the barbecue joints that are part of our Memphis and Rural Tennessee barbecue oral history projects. Those projects, which were conducted back in 2002 and 2003, respectively, were our first efforts at collecting the stories behind the food. And, since we were new to this thing called oral history, the stories were short and the projects thin. So Rien is in the field, following up with all of the folks we spoke with a handful of years ago, and he already has a lot to report: one place has burned, others are closed, and the whole hog tradition in rural Tennessee is dying out. But other places are still going strong, such as Memphis's Cozy Corner Restaurant, pictured above.

This is the first opportunity we've had to revisit a project and, while the changing face of barbecue is a sad reality, our celebrations of the people who have dedicated their lives to the craft of 'cue have become much more. Some of them are records of stories long past. They are history.

The new interviews will appear online as part of our Southern Barbecue Trail in the coming months.