Tuesday, February 26


The most recent SFA event, Potlikker Birmingham, invited over 200 people to feast on fried catfish, artisanal cheeses, and coconut cream pie (among other favorite local dishes). There was poetry by Jake York. Music by the Pine Hill Haints. And films--including our newest, THE RISE OF SOUTHERN CHEESE--by SFA filmmakers Joe York and Matthew Graves. Thanks to all who worked to make this event a success.

Saturday, February 9

Feb 20 Egerton Dinner at Highlands in Bham

A few tickets remain for the dinner, set for 6:30 on February 20 at Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Alabama.

Sales of the $100 tickets benefit the John Egerton Prize, awarded annually by the Southern Foodways Alliance to scholars, activists, and artists whose work in the world of food addresses issues of race, class, gender, and social and environmental justice.

Featuring Alabama-born poet Jake Adam York, author of A Murmuration of Starlings.

And chef Frank Stitt, whose menu for the night -- oysters Bienville, shad roe, black bottom pie, and more! -- drew inspiration from Egerton's words.

And John Egerton, author, agitator, eater.

Call 205-939-1400 to book a seat.

Friday, February 8


Alabamians interested in gathering the stories behind the food for the SFA Oral History Initiative can learn to do so at the Alabama Communities Scholars Institute (ACSI). This training program, for people who want to research and document Alabama's traditional culture, is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Alabama State Council on the Arts.

The 2008 Alabama Community Scholars Institute will take place in Mobile starting after dinner on Friday June 20 and continuing through Sunday, June 29, after breakfast. Throughout the intensive 9-day program participants study
--all aspects of doing fieldwork: recognizing traditions, conducting field surveys, interviewing and recording, photographing and videotaping tradition bearers and logging and transcribing interviews.
--ways to present their findings in exhibits, films, CDs, articles, etc.
--how folk traditions can be part of cultural tourism plans which may be of economic benefit to their communities.

Students come with a project concerning their own local culture in mind and throughout the Institute they learn how to make that project a success. To gain hands-on experience during the Institute, participants will research Mobile's Mardi Gras and interview people involved in that traditional event.

Applications are due by April 1. For complete details about the Alabama Community Scholars Institute and how to apply, visit www.alabamafolklife.org and click on ACSI or call Joyce Cauthen, 205-822-0505.