Tuesday, June 30

FOOD & MUSIC AT THE CARTER FAMILY FOLD

Flo Wolfe and Rita Forrester, granddaughters of A. P. and Sara Carter, at the Carter Family Fold.

Our Mountain Empire Field Trip ended with in evening at the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, VA. We listened to the Larkin Family Band, ate our fill of cornbread and soup beans, and honored the subjects of our oral history project on the Fold with our Tabasco Guardian of the Tradition awards. Go here to read the interviews with members and friends of the Carter Family that are part of our latest documentary project.

For more evidence of the good time we all had in the Mountain Empire, visit our Flickr page to see more photos from the weekend.

Monday, June 29

FAST CARS AND HOT BBQ IN BRISTOL, TN

SFA member Winnie Williams suits up to take a spin around the racetrack at the Bristol Motor Speedway on Thursday night as part of our Mountain Empire field trip (notice the SFA logo on the race car). After a few heart-stopping laps around the track, field trippers headed up to a sky box to listen to oral history subject Larry Proffitt talk about Ridgewood Barbecue before eating a dinner of his smoked ham, baked beans, cole slaw and blue cheese dip.

THANK YOU, ANSON MILLS GUEST CHEFS!



Karen Urie and John Shields, of Town House in Chilhowie, Virginia, and Sean Brock, a native of Wise, Virginia, created amazing meals for SFA members in the Mountain Empire this past weekend. There were blueberry cobblers and grits with smoked dates at the Flaccavento Farm, and trout three ways at Bristol's train station. Thank you!

Thursday, June 25

THE SFA AT BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Today begins our Mountain Empire: Fast Cars in Bristol & Cornbread at the Carter Fold field trip. Tonight a lucky few from our group will be taking a few laps around the racetrack, and then we'll all enjoy a dinner of smoked ham, baked beans and coleslaw from Ridgewood Barbecue. For more information about the field trip and to get a taste of what you're missing, visit our itinerary here and revisit the blog over the weekend for more highlights from the road.

Monday, June 22

BARBECUE IN THE MOUNTAIN SOUTH

SFA field trippers will get a taste of the food pictured above this Thursday night as part of our annual field trip. This year we head to the Mountain Empire, where we'll get our fill of 'cue from Ridgewood Barbecue in Bluff City, TN. Our oral history interview with Larry Proffitt of Ridgewood is now online. Go here to read about the Ridgewood when it was a roadhouse, why they smoke hams instead of shoulders, and the inspiration behind their baked beans.

The Ridgewood oral history is the first interview to be featured on the new Tennessee leg of our Southern BBQ Trail. Look for updates on our Memphis and rural Tennessee interviews--our very first foray into documentary work from 2002 that Rien Fertel revisited last year--to round out our Tennessee Trail offerings later this summer.

Saturday, June 20

MOUNTAIN EMPIRE BIBLIOGRAPHY AVAILABLE NOW

Need a summer reading list? Check out the SFA's newest bibliography, designed to school you on all things Mountain Empire. Read it before the field trip, after the field trip, while you're driving to the field trip--whatever suits. Find the bibliography online here.

Friday, June 19

ICE CREAM SOCIAL INFO NEEDED

SFA member Francine Wolfe Schwartz needs book sources and people sources for a story on ice cream socials and parties appearing in The Ft. Myers, FL News-Press. Deadline is Wednesday, June 24. Any help/leads are appreciated. Photos also welcome. Please email francineg@earthlink.net or call: 954-658-1561.

Wednesday, June 17

WHOLE HOG SHOWS JUNE 18 IN CHATTANOOGA


The Main Street Farmer's Market in Chattanooga, TN, has put together a week of events to celebrate the New Food Economy, kicking off with a dedication of the market on Wednesday June 17.

Go here for more information about the week's events.

On Thursday night there will be a showing of Joe York's film, Whole Hog. Also, look for potlucks, and farm tours, and be sure to join Slow Food on Monday June 22 at 5:30 for a gathering at the Terminal Brewhouse.

Monday, June 8

BIG APPLE BBQ BLOCK PARTY - THIS SATURDAY


Join the SFA on the streets of NYC June 13-14 for the seventh annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party.

Seminars include a Mississippi Hot Tamale demo on Saturday by John Currence. And a Sunday screening of Joe York's latest bbq film, funded by the good folks at the Union Square Hospitality Group.

Pitmasters include SFA members Ed Mitchell, Patrick Martin, Drew Robinson, Jimmy Hagood, Chris Lilly, Ken Callaghan, and Mike Mills.

Musical guests include Junior Brown.

UPDATE: NOLA GREAT AMERICAN BAKE SALE

The NOLA bake sale raised $1500 to combat childhood hunger...and all in just four hours! Good job.

Thursday, June 4

SKILLET BRIGADE SALUTE: NOLA'S GREAT AMERICAN BAKE SALE, JUNE 6

New Orleanians are invited to shop at the city's third Great American Bake Sale scheduled to take place Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 5312 Magazine Street. Funds raised will help Share Our Strength support after-school and summer feeding programs, a great need in Louisiana, which has the nation's highest hunger rate in children under the age of five.

Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale initiative is a fantastic way for SFA members to do outreach in their own communities. All you need is a location, a baker (or a team of bakers), and some publicity--anything from newspaper notices to word-of-mouth chatter. These events could grow big enough to fill a church hall, or they could be modest front-porch affairs hosted by neighborhood kids.

Either way, the proceeds go to feed children in need. According to Share Our Strength's own calculations, $1 can help provide three meals to a hungry individual; $10 can help feed a child for a month.

For more information about organizing your own bake sale, visit www.greatamericanbakesale.org. You may also contact SFA Board member Sara Roahen at mothgirl@earthlink.net.

Tuesday, June 2

RIDGEWOOD BBQ: TODAY TOMORROW, BRISTOL IN THREE WEEKS!

SFA has learned that Ridgewood Barbecue, of Bluff City, Tennessee, will be featured on the Today Show...tomorrow! Tune in to see a profile on the famous bbq joint, or -- better still -- join us on the SFA Field Trip to Bristol and taste their 'cue for yourself. For a primer on Ridgewood, click here to see photographs by Amy Evans and check back soon to read an oral history with Ridgewood's owner, Larry Proffitt, that will be featured on our Southern BBQ Trail just prior to the field trip.