Friday, August 28

BILOXI ORAL HISTORY PROJECT ONLINE

In 2008 Francis Lam conducted interviews for the SFA on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in an effort to document Biloxi's ethnic shrimping communities, a project completed through generous support from Louisiana Foods. That fieldwork is now part of our online archive. Listen to the interviews here, and view more photographs from the project on our Flickr page.

In addition, Francis, a regular contributor to Gourmet magazine, will be making posts about the project on Gourmet's blog throughout the next few weeks. Go here to read his latest entry.

Thursday, August 27

SFA at the Decatur Book Festival


On September 6, from 5:00-5:45 at the Decatur Book Festival, join SFA members and friends for a panel discussion, "Kenyan Black-eyed Peas and Mexican Potlikker: Exploring Atlanta's Edible International Cultures." Panelists include Christiane Lauterbach, Nassima Neighbors, Warren St. John, and moderator John T Edge.

Following that panel, the Decatur Book Festival will stage a picnic, featuring, among other SFA friends, Taqueria del Sol. There will be music. There will be pickled okra. There will even be a pickled okra contest. Join us.

Monday, August 24

B's Barbecue added to Southern BBQ Trail


Donna McLawhorn, Judy Drach, and Tammy Godley and a plate from their restaurant, B's Barbecue

In Greenville, NC, just down the street from a brand new medical complex on the East Carolina University Campus and tobacco fields, stands B's Barbecue. This family-run joint serves up Eastern North Carolina whole hog barbecue and barbecued chickens until they run out of food each day around lunchtime. The lines grow both inside the restaurant and outside at the walk-up window from 8 am to early afternoon with all sorts of Greenville residents. I spent an entire day with the McLawhorn sisters and the rest of the crew at B's Barbecue, and the interview has been added to the North Carolina leg of the Southern BBQ Trail (more NC interviews coming soon!). You can view the project here and photos from B's on the SFA's Flickr page.

Alan Pike
Graduate Assistant, Southern Foodways Alliance

Wednesday, August 19

TREME FILM AND SFA BENEFIT, HEALDSBURG, CA




On Sunday, August 30th at 6:30pm, join us for A Taste of New Orleans at the Zin Restaurant's Eastside Farm in Healdsburg, CA.

The evening dinner will include a viewing of the documentary Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans. Following we will host a Q&A with Director Dawn Logsdon, Co-Director/Writer Lolis Eric Elie, and Producer Lucie Faulknor.

Kindly hosted by Sheana Davis of The Epicurean Connection, Jeff & Susan Mall of Zin Restaurant and Zin Restaurant's Eastside Farm.

Menu includes: Kettle-cooked Gumbo with Chicken and House-made Andouille Sausage; Pulled Pork Sliders; Delice de la Vallee Cheese with Eastside Farm Arugula Pesto; Creole Mustard Aioli Eastside Tomato Salad; Bread Pudding with Bourbon Sauce; New Orleans Rum "Ray Gun #69"; and Watermelon Mint Agua Fresca.

Tickets are $50 and available through: Zin Restaurant Healdsburg 707-473-0946 and Readers' Books Sonoma 707-939-1765

Proceeds for the event will be donated to the Southern Foodways Alliance .

Event location: Zin Restaurant's Eastside Farm 10900 Eastside Road, Healdsburg, CA.

Sponsors:
Rodney Strong Vineyards, New Orleans Rum, Sonoma Springs Brewery, Stanley Mouse, The Epicurean Connection, Victorian Garden Inn, Zin Restaurant & Zin Restaurant's Eastside Farm.

Monday, August 17

AUG 21 RYE DINNER, 5 & 10 in ATHENS

Potlikker Athens is just around the corner. If you're an out-of-towner arriving on Friday night, August 21 or you're a local looking to spend time with SFA friends, consider joining Hugh Acheson and his crew at Five and Ten for a late night rye beer and rye whiskey dinner.

Reservations for the $50 (plus tax and tip) dinner may be made with the restaurant via the Web.

Featured eats and drinks include Ben Wheatley’s roasted duck and andouille gumbo; Terrapin Rye Pale Ale; tomatoes, tiny rye croutons, buffalo mozzarella and boiled dressing; Terrapin Rye Squared Imperial; prime beef deckle steak with pickled chanterelles, pimento cheese grits and rye; Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye; peach crisp with vanilla ice cream; and a special guest-star rye whiskey, too.

Friday, August 14

FOR THE BAYOU: A WEST COAST BENEFIT FOR LOUISIANA'S WETLANDS

Every thirty minutes Louisiana loses the equivalent of one football field of wetlands. Louisiana has 40% of the nation's wetlands and is experiencing 90% of this nation's wetlands loss. Since the erosion began, Louisiana has lost a total of 2000 square miles of wetlands, (1.2 million acres). The loss of Louisiana’s wetlands is equivalent to the size of 42.5 cities of San Francisco. Wetlands are not only an important environmental habitat, but they also provide essential barrier protection from hurricanes.

"For the Bayou" is a San Francisco Bay area non-profit dedicated to helping raise awareness and restore Louisiana's wetlands. They invite you to attend the Cajun Cup Polo Benefit on August 22 to support the cause. If you're unable to make the West-Coast-to-Athens-Georgia commute for SFA's Potlikker Film Festival, check this out!

There'll be good cajun food (in California!) and music by Zachary Richard. For more information, visit www.forthebayou.com.

Wednesday, August 5

2009 SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION NOW ONLINE

Music & Food: Exploring Interdependent Cultural Expressions is the theme for the 2009 Southern Foodways Symposium, to be held in Oxford, Mississippi, October 30-November 1. Information about the event is online now. Click here to find a schedule and register online.

The annual Delta Divertissement in Greenwood, Mississippi, is already a sell-out. But there'll be activity and dinner options in Oxford on Thursday, as well, for those who are looking for local fun. Details on special dinners and a music show to follow later this summer.

Questions about the event? E-mail sfamail@olemiss.edu. For your convenience, registrations are accepted online using a first come, first served system this year.