Photo by Ashley Hall
This summer, Ashley Hall, SFA member and freelance writer, embarked on a journey to collect stories relating to the effects of the Gulf Coast oil spill. She traveled from Biloxi, MS, to Apalachicola, FL, as a field correspondent for Gravy, the SFA’s food letter, revisiting SFA oral history subjects whenever possible, but also collecting some new voices—voices like Jimmy McNeill’s.
Jimmy McNeill is the owner of Indian Pass Raw Bar in Port Saint Joe, Florida. With the help of his parents, Jimmy turned the former convenience store into a raw bar in 1985 after Hurricane Kate destroyed the area’s wholesale oyster business. The McNeill family has continued to bring simple and good food to Port Saint Joe, despite the threat of oil this past summer.
We will be featuring all of Ashley’s Gulf Coast interviews here on OKRACAST, so check back each week for new installments.
Grab some headphones and go!