Monday, March 31

TWO GREENWOOD LANDMARKS FADE INTO HISTORY


















2008 has brought a lot of change to Greenwood, MS. In February, Stacey Ragland, owner of the legendary Cotton Row Club for almost 40 years and a patron for 60, sold his business on Ramcat Alley. While there's talk that the club may still exisit in some form, Ragland won't be at the helm, and there's no telling what the new owner has in store.

On March 1, Mattie Smith closed the doors of her namesake restaurant, Mattie's, on W. Market Street. Known for her friend chicken, turkey & dressing, and sweet potato souffle', Mattie's was the place to go for good old fashioned home cookin'. At 62, though, Mattie was already thinking about retiring. But after spending 46 years at the stove, serving customers, and making friends, she's already missing putting her apron on every morning.

Mattie's Restaurant and the Cotton Row Club are each featured as part of our Greenwood Restaurants oral history project, which was produced in 2003. We're sorry to see these places go, but we're certainly glad that we still have their stories.

Tuesday, March 18

CORNBREAD NATION CELEBRATION DINNER

Cornbread Nation 4: A Celebration Dinner
Friday, April 4 @ 7 p.m.
City Grocery, Oxford, MS


With oysters by Tommy Ward. A film by Joe York. And reflections on the bay by SFA oral historian, Amy Evans.

For reservations, call City Grocery at 662-232-8080 and tell them you'd like reservations for the SFA Cornbread Nation dinner.

Monday, March 17

SFA BENEFIT DINNER AT ZINGERMAN'S ROADHOUSE, APRIL 7

An SFA Benefit Dinner by Zingerman's
Monday, April 7 @ 7 p.m.
Zingerman's Roadhouse, Ann Arbor, MI

$75 / dinner (proceeds from the dinner to go to the SFA)


Zingerman's Roadhouse is hosting a fundraiser for the Southern Foodways Alliance featuring a meal from the Mississippi Delta. Special guest (and SFA board president) Marcie Cohen Ferris will reflect on her experience as a Southern Jewish woman in the South. Her husband, Bill Ferris, will speak about the Delta blues. The talented Alex Johnson will provide the music.

The menu is online here. The Roadhouse is taking reservations now. Call 734.663.3663.

Tuesday, March 11

THE RISE OF SOUTHERN CHEESE -- NEW SFA FILM ONLINE


SFA'S newest film, sponsored by Whole Foods and directed by Matthew Graves at the Center for Documentary Projects, shares the story of artisanal cheeses in the South. Visit Belle Chevre in Alabama, Sweet Grass Dairy in Georgia, and Bonnie Blue Farm in Tennessee. The film is available online at this link:

http://130.74.84.74/blues/sfa/cheese.mov

Users must have Quicktime installed to view the film. PC users may need to wait a few moments for the film to download before it begins to play.

Monday, March 10

CulinaryCorps TRIP TO NEW ORLEANS, JUNE 1-6

CulinaryCorps invites eligible culinary students and professionals to join our fifth volunteer outreach trip to New Orleans, LA and the MS Gulf Coast from June 1-6, 2008. Over the next few weeks, a team of twelve cooks, culinary students and food professionals will be selected to volunteer. The group will apply their time and kitchen skills to food-related community projects invaluable to the area's rebuilding efforts. Beyond the service activities, participants will be immersed in the vital culinary culture of the region. Each trip aims to provide both cultural exchange and service opportunities to cooks who believe that good food can lead to great change. For more information, visit www.culinarycorps.org.

Sunday, March 9

HOW SWEET IT IS! A LOOK AT DESSERTS ON APRIL 5


The Greater Midwestern Foodways Alliance invites guests to study sweets. Featured speakers include Robin Mather Jenkins and Donna Pierce of The Chicago Tribune. The one day seminar will be held at Kendall College in Chicago, and advance registration is only $50. For more information, visit http://greatermidwestfoodways.com/index.htm.

Monday, March 3

NEW GEORGIA FIELDWORK COLLECTED

















SFA oral historian Amy Evans just returned from Georgia, where where she collected a handful of oral history interviews and spread the good word about the SFA.

While in Atlanta, Amy interviewed longtime SFA member Cappy Ricks. Then she set her sights on Georgia 'cue, collecting stories from the fine folks at Fresh Air Bar-B-Q in Flovilla, Paul's Barbecue in Lexington, and The Pink Pig in Cherry Log. Amy ended her trip at the 11th Annual Georgia Organics Conference in Dalton, where she gave a presentation on conducting oral histories. While she was there, she had the opportunity to interview Nicolas Donck and Helen Dumba of Crystal Organic Farms.

Look for these and other interviews to appear online in the coming months.