Friday, October 31

NOW & THEN MAGAZINE TO FEATURE FOODWAYS

Submissions are now being accepted for the spring/summer 2009 issue of Now & Then: The Appalachian Magazine, to be published by the Center for Appalachian Studies and Services at East Tennessee State University. The theme of the issue will be "Appalachian Foodways."

The magazine seeks nonfiction and fiction work, including news and feature articles, interviews, personal essays, reviews, short stories, poems, photographs, photographic essays, and line art or graphic illustrations. Work can have a contemporary or historical focus. Excellence in writing and reporting and image quality are important, as is the tie-in to Appalachia. Fiction, news, and feature articles, interviews, and personal essays generally run between 1,000 and 2,500 words.

Because Now & Then is part of a non-profit, educational initiative, payment is modest and generally in the form of a small honorarium. The deadline for submissions is February 15, 2009. Send queries or completed manuscripts (in Microsoft Word) to the magazine's editor, Fred Sauceman: sauceman@etsu.edu.

Tuesday, October 21

WINES OF THE SOUTH ORAL HISTORY PROJECT ONLINE


For the longest time, talk of Southern-grown grapes and Southern-vinified wines elicited dismissals from oenophiles. Some impressions were fueled by insecurity of the we-can't-compare-to-California sort. Others were fueled by bad wine.

Southern wines, made from vinifera grapes, are improving. Markedly. "If you haven't had a Southern wine in a few years," says Barbara Ensrud, author of American Vineyards, "you haven't had a Southern wine."

In the interviews that follow, you will meet vignerons from Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. In varying degrees they advocate that Southerners should not only eat local, they should drink local. As chefs and home cooks alike embrace the tenets of the farm-to-fork gospel, some Southerners are beginning to question the prevailing food and wine pairings of locally grown greens and locally raised pork alongside West Coast and Old World wines.

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ONE RING ZERO AT 11TH SFA SYMPOSIUM


On Thursday evening, October 23, the band One Ring Zero will appear on a special edition of Thacker Mountain Radio at 6pm in the Nutt Auditorium on the Ole Miss campus. This event will be open to the public. In addition to musical guests One Ring Zero and Andy Friedman, this special edition of Thacker Mountain Radio will also feature poet Kevin Young and writer Ken Wells. Later that evening One Ring Zero will play at Proud Larry's, located at 211 South Lamar Blvd.

Led by Michael Hearst and Joshua Camp, One Ring Zero is a Brooklyn, New York, band described by The New Yorker as the creators of "soundscapes that are both haunting and entertaining."

"Oxford is one of our favorite places to play, and we jumped on this chance immediately," said founding member Hearst, a composer, multi-instrumentalist and writer. "We thought it would be fun to tie in with the symposium and do a song based on graffiti from Taylor Grocery."

In past albums, they have focused on literary themes and have featured collaborations with authors such as Jonathan Lethem. Their latest effort sets its sights on food and features the likes of Mario Batali. "Every song is a different recipe from a different chef, sung word for word," said Hearst. "It is pretty ridiculous and fun."

Friday, October 10

SFA FILM AT JONES VALLEY URBAN FARM, OCTOBER 11

The SFA will be in Birmingham this weekend, celebrating fall with the good folks at Jones Valley Urban Farm. JVUF is an urban farm that teaches youth and the Birmingham community about sustainable agriculture and nutrition through outdoor experiential education. And Saturday, October 11, is their annual fall festival in downtown Birmingham.

Join us for a Jim 'N Nick's barbecue lunch, pumpkin carving, live music, and an evening screening of our film about the farm, sponsored by Whole Foods and produced by the University of Mississippi's Center for Documentary Projects. For details on the event, visit www.jvuf.org.

HOG AND HOMINY: SOUL FOOD FROM AFRICA TO AMERICA

The Atlanta History Center invites you to attend the Aiken Lecture
with guest speaker Frederick Douglass Opie
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
8:00 p.m.

Admission for all lectures is $5 for AHC members and $10 for non AHC members. Reservations are required. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call 404.814.4150.

Friday, October 3

SFA VIKING RANGE LECTURE SERIES AVAILABLE AS PODCAST

The SFA Viking Range Lecture, hosted at the University of Mississippi on September 10, is now available as a podcast episode. Visit here, and click the link for the Viking Lecture Series to hear it online. Or visit here and opt to subscribe to SFA podcasts on iTunes. Pictured above: SFA's Melissa Hall, UM professor and lecture interlocutor Dr. Katie McKee, guest author Bich Minh Nguyen, SFA director John T Edge, and guest author Monique Truoung.

SQUARE TOAST FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

The Hospitality Management Program at the University of Mississippi presents Square Toast for Scholarships on Monday, October 6th, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the Oxford Square.

Square Toast for Scholarships is a food and wine tasting event that also features a silent auction, music, and more. With Square Toast for Scholarships, several of Oxford's favorite restaurants and retail shops are opening their doors and hearts to raise scholarship money for students in the Hospitality Management program at Ole Miss.

To make an online purchase of tickets or donations go here.

For more information or to contribute to the silent auction try:
sqrtoast@olemiss.edu.