Thursday, April 20


In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the SFA catalyzed a series of volunteer-staffed Gulf Coast work projects. They were great successes.

We began January 14, and our efforts are ongoing. SFA members volunteer their time and labor to begin rebuilding Willie Mae's Scotch House, a revered corner cafe in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. We've also helped Leah Chase of Dooky Chase restaurant in the same neighborhood.

To see a brief film about Willie Mae and the Scotch House project, go online.


The project is now at a tipping point. Unskilled volunteer labor is no longer needed. What the project needs is money. The projected cost of build-out now tops more than $100,000.

Checks, payable to the Gulf Coast Renaissance Fund, should be mailed to Mary Beth Lasseter, Southern Foodways Alliance, P.O. Box 1848, University, MS 38677. The fund is managed by the University of Mississippi Foundation, and contributions are tax deductible.

Read about this project:
See the PI:
See the MCA:,1426,MCA_532_4493711,00.html See CBS Evening News:
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On the weekend of February 10, volunteers from Viking Range joined us, focusing their efforts on Dooky Chase. Viking also donated hotel rooms at the Monteleone for the February 3 and February 10 weekends.

To see photos from weekend one:
To see photos from weekend two:
To see photos from weekend three:
To see photos from weekend four, a grimey birthday weekend for Mary Beth:
To see photos from weekend five:

Commercial Appeal writer Leslie Kelly worked the final weekend. See photos and read her reports from the city: