Monday, April 27

CELEBRATING POTLIKKER D.C.

Food & Earth organic farmer Bernard Parks, chef Gillian Clark,
and chef Terrell Danley.
On the table: oxtails and Florida hoecakes.

Over 300 new friends enjoyed Delta catfish tamales, Jack and Sweets pie, potlikker shots, and SFA films at last weekend's Potlikker Film Festival. Hosted at Johnny's Half Shell, by SFA board member Ann Cashion, the event welcomed guest chefs Mark Furstenberg, of Remarkable Breads; Terrell Danley, of Creme; Gillian Clark, of Georgia Avenue Meeting House; Jeff Buben, of Vidalia; and David Guas of Damgoodsweet. Guests enjoyed beer by Flying Dog Brewery and Lynchburg Lemonade by our sponsor, Jack Daniel's. For an event recap, click here. For our FlickR photos, click here.

Saturday, April 25

FOODWAYS STUDIES AT OLE MISS: UPDATE 4/25


Tortilla Making in New Albany, MS from Southern Foodways on Vimeo.
Hello again everyone, I am here with another update on the state of Foodways studies here on the campus of Ole Miss. This week I am going to give y'all a sneak peek of a rough cut of the documentary film that my group is making for David Wharton's documentary field work class. Because the theme of the class is "food and culture," our group decided to investigate the ways that food reflects the greater Oxford community. With a litle help from the owner of the local farmer's market, we met the Hernandez family, purveyors of the Five Star Tortillarilla in New Albany, Mississippi. Our film will tell the story of Laurencio Hernandez, the owner, and his family and the ways that they complicate the cultural and culinary profile of Northern Mississippi. The film attempts to elucidate the ways in which tortillas are important to the Hernandez family and the greater Hispanic (and non-Hispanic) community that they serve in Oxford and the surrounding areas. Enjoy the clip on Vimeo here.

Alan Pike
Graduate Assistant, Southern Foodways Alliance

Friday, April 24

RUTH FERTEL KEEPER OF THE FLAME AWARD WINNER EARL CRUZE PROFILED IN NYT


There's a wonderful article, "Got Buttermilk," in the Sunday NYT magazine, written by Christine Muhlke. Profiled is Earl Cruze, winner of the 2008 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award, underwritten by the Fertel Foundation and given out each year by the SFA.

Mentioned in the article is Joe York's short film, "Buttermilk: It Can Help," commsioned by the SFA, along with executive producer Randy Fertel. Take a gander at that film here.

Tuesday, April 14

ORAL HISTORIES FROM MERCER FOODWAYS CLASS


Students in a Southern foodways course at Mercer University collected oral histories from cooks in Macon, Georgia. Professor David A. Davis explains that "these interviews are an important archive for both culinary arts and Southern identity."

Click
for more information on the class, and to read interviews with the likes of Mama Louise Hudson (above, with class members) of H & H Cafe fame.

Monday, April 13

SKILLET BRIGADE SALUTE TO THE TROUTDALE


On Friday, April 3, The Troutdale Dining Room and Chef Jassen Campbell opened their kitchen to Dr. Jere Ferguson for a guest chef benefit dinner called Making House Calls. Both Jassen and Jere, pictured above, are SFA members. This event was the first of a three part charitable seasonal dinner series, featuring a local doctor as guest chef. Jere chose a French bistro menu as his theme, and he and Jassen created a menu featuring beet and local goat cheese salad, a spring vegetable soup, short ribs, and a French fruit tart. Jere and his wife, Cindy, selected Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee as beneficiaries for the event proceeds. Good job, guys!