Thursday, November 18

SFA Member Seeks Funeral Culture Foods

Cindy Lamb is collecting recipes and researching funeral culture for a book entitled "Good Grief, Great Food: Last Suppers of the South." She hopes you can contibute a favorite family dish passed down from those who have passed on. This book was born of her father's funeral and a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women. Please send all contributions and proper credits to: Cindy Lamb 2841 Westminster Court, Lou., KY 40206 or Thank you!

SFA and The Kitchen Sisters on NPR

Listen to NPR's Morning Edition this Friday, November 19, to hear a segment entitled "America Eats: A Hidden Archive." The Southern Foodways Alliance contributed to this story. Hidden Kitchens is a radio program that explores the world of street-corner cooking, hidden kitchens, legendary meals and eating traditions -- how communities come together through food. Each Friday morning from Oct. 1, 2004, until the end of the year, listeners will travel the country with the Hidden Kitchens project as they visit and chronicle all kinds of American kitchen cultures, past and present.

Wednesday, November 17

SFA on CBS Sunday Morning

Look for SFA Director John T Edge on CBS Sunday Morning -- THIS Sunday, November 21. This special food edition of the show airs at 8 central (in most markets) and lasts 90 minutes. Cheers, and have a happy Thanksgiving Day.

Taste of the South -- January 6-9: SFA Benefit at Blackberry Farm

Savor the best the culinary world has to offer when seven chefs converge at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee for a Taste of the South event, benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Packed with incredible food and wine happenings, the weekend promises to stimulate the palate and relax the mind. Guests can pick up culinary tips and techniques at Blackberry's Cooking School while enjoying all the merriments of the weekend, or just savor the gala dinner on Saturday night.

Taste the bounty of the South from chefs Michelle Bernstein of Azul, Miami, FL; John Currence of City Grocery, Oxford MS; John Fleer of the Inn at Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN; Jim Gerhardt of Limestone, Louisville, KY; Chris Hastings of Hot and Hot Fish Club, Birmingham, AL; Michael Laiskonis of Le Bernadin, New York, NY; and Ken Vedrinski of Sienna, Charleston, SC.

And we haven't forgotten the wine. Sam Beall of Blackberry Farm has gathered some of California's most talented winemakers. In keeping with our theme, all have Southern roots -- including Knoxville native Eric Grigsby and Mary Fran Rocca of Rocca Family Vineyards in Napa, Memphis natives Dr. Michael Dragutsky and Dr. David Sloas from Cornerstone Cellars in Napa, and Virginians Jeffery Fink and Bill Cates of Tantara in Santa Barbara.

VIP Package guests will enjoy all events including the "Jack Daniel's Chef's Night Out" dinner, cooking demonstration, lunch at the Maple Cottage and preferred seating during the Auction and Gala Dinner. Sponsors of this event include Lexus, the preferred vehicle of Blackberry Farm, and Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey.

To register please call (800) 557-8864. To learn more about the Blackberry Farm, log on to

Tuesday, November 9


The Southern Foodways Alliance hosted a booth at the annual Southern Historical Association in Memphis this past weekend. Our booth showcased bobbleheads and skillets, Gravy newsletters and books by members, and our newest edition of Cornbread Nation, Cornbread Nation 2: The United States of Barbecue. We were very excited to see the interest generated as Peggy Galis and Mary Beth Lasseter lured members to our booth with moonpies, and then Fred Sauceman and Ronni Lundy wowed them with great tales about SFA's work. We look forward to welcoming many new members in the coming days, supporting new oral history initiatives across the South, and discussing sugar all next year. Since our visitors were lured by moonpies, we already know that they each have a sweet tooth for our upcoming discussions!