Wednesday, April 20
The Alluvian Hotel and Viking Cooking School will host innovative Southern chefs including Chef John Fleer of Blackberry Farm (May 13-15), Chef Tory McPhail of Commander's Palace (July 8-10), Chef John Folse of Lafitte's Landing (August 12-14), Chefs Ben and Karen Barker of Magnolia Grill (September 9-11), and Chef Robert St. John of Purple Parrot Cafe and Crescent City Grill accompanied by renowned artist Wyatt Waters (October 21-23) in a series of 3-day culinary adventures. Call 866.600.5201 for more information.
Monday, April 18
Seeking names, locations of authentic, locally owned restaurants, food festivals, food customs in these Cumberland Plateau counties of Tennessee: Anderson, Bledsoe, Campbell, Claiborne, Cumberland, Fentress, Franklin, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Van Buren, Warren, White. For National Heritage Corridor survey. Please respond to: Edwin Gardner, ESGV@bellsouth.net
Friday, April 15
Check out the Kitchen Project by Project Alabama. Project Alabama is an organization operating out of Florence, Alabama, and they are doing terrific work employing local workers to create hand-made clothing. They have created an online exhibit of oral history and photography, inspired by the SFA oral history project, that may be found by visiting the organization's website at http://www.projectalabama.com/Catalogue.htm.
Tuesday, April 12
Stan Woodward announces the digital restoration of the pioneering foodways film IT'S GRITS! The new DVD version contains recollections from the filmmaker and his assistant, Jay Williams, who provide informative and entertaining commentary. (The SFA gave a piddling amount of dollars to help defray the cost of restoration and encourages you to buy a copy for yourself.) Available in DVD and VHS from stanwoodward.com