Thursday, January 31

KIBBE AT THE CROSSROADS: A LEBANESE KITCHEN STORY

Today the Kitchen Sisters will share a story of Lebanese kitchens in the Mississippi Delta. They found this story last October, when visiting Oxford for the annual Southern Foodways Symposium.

Visit NPR's Web site to hear today's story, featuring Jimmy Thomas (managing editor of the new foodways volume of The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture) and the folks at Abe's BBQ (who you'll find on our Tamale Trail). And read on to learn more about the episode, straight from the Kitchen Sisters.
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Like the Kitchen Sisters story, "Georgia Gilmore and The Club From Nowhere," this hidden kitchen came to us from John T. Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance. We were headed to Oxford, Miss., to interview Alice Waters and Scott Peacock for the SFA's 10th Annual Symposium.

We asked Edge for a suggestion of a hidden kitchen in the Delta. "Kibbe," he said.

Kibbe?

He began to tell of Lebanese people who migrated to Mississippi in waves beginning in the late 1870s through the 1920s, and even into the 1960s. Many of the early Lebanese first worked as peddlers and went on to become the grocers and restaurateurs of the region.

Edge pointed us down the road and said to be sure to read down the menus. There, nestled between the fried chicken and barbecue, we would find tabouleh, grape leaves, stuffed cabbage, and kibbe, fried, baked or raw-- sort of the national food of Lebanon, a meatloaf of sorts.

Monday, January 28

NEW GUMBO & BOUDIN INTERVIEWS ONLINE!












Sara Roahen has contributed lots of new fieldwork to the Boudin and Gumbo Trails. Learn more about these iconic Louisiana foods from interviews with Bubba Frey in Mowata, the Dunbars in New Orleans, the Uzee family in Larose, and many more. Read their stories, listen to audio clips, and view photos. Grab a napkin and go!

Sunday, January 27

AN SFA BENEFIT DINNER HONORING JOHN EGERTON, FEB. 20, 2008

Cooking the Book: A Celebration of John Egerton's Southern Food: At Home, On the Road, In History

Benefiting 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; Chef Frank Stitt of Highlands Bar & Grill; and John Egerton, author, agitator, eater.

6:30 pm
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Highlands Bar and Grill
Birmingham, AL

Cost is $100 per person. Call 205-939-1400 for reservations. Events sell out quickly. Early registration is encouraged.

Tuesday, January 15

NEW ORAL HISTORY PROJECT: BARTENDERS OF LOUISVILLE










SFA oral historian Amy Evans is on the road again, documenting bartenders in Louisville, Kentucky. From Schnitzelburg to the Seelbach, she's collecting their stories and learning a few secrets, one drink at a time.

Look for the interviews to appear online this spring. And mark your calendars for Blue Grass and Brown Whiskey Field Trip to Louisville, July 11-13.

Cheers!

Friday, January 4

ORAL HISTORY PORTRAITS TRAVEL TO ALABAMA

The collection of fifty portraits from our oral history archive that was on view at the Center's Gammill Gallery this fall is on the road! "Meet the Folks Behind the Food: The SFA Oral History Initiative at Year Three," is currently on display at Old Alabama Town in Montgomery, Alabama. The exhibition runs from January 2 through February 15.