Friday, November 27

GRAVY 34 ONLINE NOW

Gravy, Issue 34, is now online here. Inside this issue:
  • A Plague of Cornbread, by Linda Monk
  • Indian Truck Stop Eats, by Bill Addison
  • Wednesday Greens and Sunday Greens, by Eugene Walter
  • the Cold Tile Blues, by Greg Brownderville
  • I'm one of the Aces in the Business, by Francis Lam
SFA thanks Mountain Valley Spring Water for underwriting this quarterly newsletter.

Friday, November 20

SOUTHERN CULTURES FOOD ISSUE



Southern Cultures
has just released its Special Food Issue, full of essays, recipes, reviews, memories, favorite dishes, and a free DVD of some of the best short food films.

It all comes with an introduction from Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of Matzoh Ball Gumbo.

Read more at www.SouthernCultures.org

Sunday, November 15

SFA SYMPOSIUM PODCASTS ONLINE

SFA symposium podcasts are now online at iTunes U. Click here and follow the prompts to launch the public site. It'll open iTunes U in your iTunes application and you may listen to the podcasts online, subscribe to our feed, or download them to your iPod. Don't have iTunes? Download it here, for free. There are currently 8 sessions from the symposium published online, with two more to follow soon.

LET THEM EAT CAKE: THE ART AND CRAFT OF CAKE MAKING

SFA members Carroll Leggett, Nancie McDermott and Joe and Heidi Trull are key players in Let Them Eat Cake: The Art and Craft of Cake Making. The four mid-day events are part of the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Arts Council’s Six Days In November (November 17-22) celebration of crafts, arts and innovation. Events include a discussion with African-American cakes ladies from the farmers' market; a cake making demonstration by Nancie, author of Southern Cakes; exquisite cake decorating by Winston-Salem’s renowned Dewey’s Bakery; and a pre-symphony brunch with signature cakes by Joe Trull and low-country shrimp gravy and grits by Heidi.


For information about these food events and more than 40 crafts and arts events in Winston-Salem November 17-22, visit www.visitwinstonsalem or www.thecityofthearts.com.

Saturday, November 14

MEET AN ORAL HISTORY SUBJECT: DOE SIGNA, JR.


DOE SIGNA JR - DOE'S EAT PLACE from Southern Foodways on Vimeo.

After the last acre of cotton has been harvested and cool weather hits the Mississippi Delta, demand for hot tamales reaches a fever pitch. Many Deltans are of the opinion that this Delta delicacy is a food best enjoyed during the winter months, and many more make sure to have a few dozen tamales at the family table when holiday season rolls around. The Signa family, owners of Doe's Eat Place in Greenville, has been meeting this seasonal demand annually for more than six decades. Doe Signa, Jr. and his brother, Charles, continue the tradition their father started all those years ago. Here, Doe shares a couple of secrets about the family's recipe.

Visit Doe's oral history on the Tamale Trail, and learn more about Doe's Eat Place by visiting our documentary project that celebrates this iconic Delta restaurant.

Wednesday, November 11

NICK SPITZER'S SYMPOSIUM PLAYLIST

On Sunday morning a week ago, Nick Spitzer wrapped up a weekend of food and music study at the Southern Foodways Symposium in Oxford, Mississippi. Several attendees have requested his playlist. Here it is, as he's partially annotated it:
1. "Tipitina" (Professor Longhair) as played live by Allen Toussaint for American Routes theme (1998)
2. "Ham and Eggs" by the late jazz banjo man and raconteur Danny Barker from the LP/CD Save the Bones (1998)
3. "Ham and Eggs" from the Leadbelly and Woody Guthrie record Shout On! on Smithsonian Folkways (1946)
4. "Shortnin' Brea" Lee Dorsey from the CD Working in the Coal Mine (1966)
5. . "All Right Mr. Dankeyman" sung by cotton press caller Clifford Blake from the Louisiana Foklife Record Series LP (out of print) Cornbread for Your Husband, Biscuits for Your Man (1980)
6. "Give Him Cornbread" Beau Jocque from Give Him Cornbread Live on Rounder Records (2000)
7. "Black Coffee" Peggy Lee from the LP Black Coffee (1953)
8. "The Cajun Coffee Song" Moon Mullican King of Hillbilly Piano Players: Moon's Rock (1969)
9. "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" Lloyd Price (1952)
10. "Sugar in My Bowl " (Bessie Smith) sung by Nina Simone on various collections (1967)
11. "You're the Cream in My Coffee" Nat King Cole Trio (1946)
12. ""(If I Don't Love You) Grits Ain't Groceries" George Jones (year?)
13. "Grits Ain't Groceries" (Titus Turner) Little Milton on Chess Records (1968)

Monday, November 9

RUTH FERTEL KEEPER OF THE FLAME FILM: SMOKES & EARS

Smokes & Ears, SFA's film about 2009 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame winner Geno Lee, is online now. The film by Joe York, is underwritten by The Fertel Foundation and is produced by the SFA and the University of Mississippi's Center for Documentary Projects.

Friday, November 6

EATING HISTORY: TURNING POINTS IN THE MAKING OF AMERICAN CUISINE

Culinary Historians of Atlanta
invite you to join them for
Eating History: Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine

Monday, November 16, 2009 @ 7:30 p.m.
Admission is free and open to the public
Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts of Atlanta

Food historian Andrew F. Smith will recount—in delicious detail—some of the major moments that made contemporary American cuisine, as described in his brand new book, Eating History: Turning Points in the Making of American Cuisine, from Columbia University Press. The style of American cooking, along with the ingredients that compose it, has never been fixed. With a cast of characters including bold inventors, savvy restaurateurs, ruthless advertisers, mad scientists, adventurous entrepreneurs, celebrity chefs, and relentless health nuts, Smith pins down the truly crackerjack history behind the way America eats.

Location: Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts of Atlanta, located at 1927 Lakeside Parkway, Tucker, GA 30084. This is just off Northlake Pkwy, close to I-285 between Lavista Rd. and Lawrenceville Hwy.

Thursday, November 5

BALLET MEMPHIS DANCES TO "PORK SONGS"


The SFA works hard to showcase that food not only reflects culture, food is culture.

On the Sunday morning of the 2009 Southern Foodways Symposium, Ballet Memphis made our point for us. And they made it well, by way of a performance of "Pork Songs," choreographed by Trey McIntyre.

It was a singularly beautiful moment in a symposium full of beautiful moments.

Above, the troupe dances to the song "Gimme, Gimme Chitlins" by Huey Piano Smith. Funding for the performance was provided, in part, by LOFT. Photo by Pableaux Johnson.

Wednesday, November 4

WARREN BELASCO VIKING RANGE LECTURE ONLINE

October's Viking Range lecture, by Warren Belasco, is now available online. Special thanks is due to to the University of Mississippi's Center for Documentary Projects, who recorded and edited the film for the SFA.