Tuesday, June 21

SFA Member Seeks Info on Grill Masters

Fellow SFA folks, I need your help. I'm looking for folks who can claim that when they crank up the grill, neighborhood mouths start to water. One of these people may be you. I'm not looking for professional pit masters, but for those with a great recipe or a fun story. I am compiling these profiles in a book that I am writing for Taunton press, on ways that outdoor cooking has changed our culture. (P.S. -- I need Yankees, too.) Please share your stories via email, fdtfx1@earthlink.net. Thanks! -- Fred Thompson

Thursday, June 9

SFA Investigates Hot Tamales

In cooperation with Viking Range Corporation, Southern Foodways Alliance oral historian, Amy Evans, is on the road again. This time she's in search of those legendary bundles of meat and masa found throughout the Mississippi Delta: hot tamales. Her route will take her to Clarksdale, Greenville, Greenwood and points in between, where she'll be mapping and documenting a Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail. If you know of any cooks or vendors Amy should include on her trek, please email suggestions here: TamaleTrail@yahoo.com. Look for the completed project to appear in printed form and on-line at www.southernfoodways.com

Monday, June 6

Seeking Food Issue Feedback

Dear Good Folks at SFA,

Greetings from The Oxford American.

We hope you've had a chance to peruse our latest issue, THE OXFORD AMERICAN's first-ever Southern Food Issue. (As you may know it includes the first advertisement the SFA has ever run, a comp we provided for y'all.)

We're interested in getting your critiques of the Southern Food Issue (PRO or CON!) and therefore we invite you to send us letters on the subject. We're writing to you because we know you're passionate--and informed--on the subject of Southern cuisine. You may write anything you please as long as you speak honestly (don't worry, we've got thick skin!).

If you're interested, please email your critiques to me at carolann@oxfordamericanmag.com.

We appreciate your feedback!

Best wishes,

Carol Ann Fitzgerald
Managing Editor
The Oxford American
201 Donaghey, Main 107
Conway, AR 72035