Wednesday, May 19

DOC FILM ON OXFORD'S BROWN FAMILY DAIRY


Brown Family Dairy from UM Media Documentary Projects on Vimeo.

A film on the Brown Family Dairy in Oxford, Mississippi, by Tyler Keith, Eric Griffis, and Meghan Leonard, graduate students in the Center for the Study of Southern Culture's Southern Studies Documentary Fieldwork Class, and produced in collaboration with the University of Mississippi's Center for Media and Documentary Projects.

Monday, May 17

WANDERING EDUCATORS SITE FEATURES SFA WORK

Wandering Educators, a global community of educators sharing travel experiences, recently conducted an interview with SFA oral historian Amy Evans Streeter. Go here to read the article.

HEIRLOOM VS. HYBRID TOMATOES

Photo courtesy of Victor Schrager/The Heirloom Tomato

Controversy is brewing in the case of heirlooms vs. hybrids. In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Anne Marie Chaker discusses the lure of the hybrid tomato that will produce a more prolific fruit, with a better resistance to diseases. But do they have the flavor that comes with the heirlooms?

Either way, if you are hankering for those green tomatoes on your vines to start ripening and you're hoarding thick-sliced bacon--readying yourself for your first fresh BLT of the summer...this read will certainly whet your appetite further. And if you haven't gotten your tomato plants in the ground yet, you'll be racing to ready your garden.

"Eating home-grown tomatoes that have delicately ripened on the vine (and not been battered in shipping) is one of the best eating experiences money can't buy, " writes Ms. Chaker. Mmmmm...we couldn't agree more.

Click here to read the WSJ article, You Say Tomato, They Say Phony.

Click here to see our 2003 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame award winner, Bill Best, a seed saver of the heirloom green bean.

Friday, May 14

RECENT VOICES FROM BAYOU LA BATRE, AL


Blessing of the Fleet - Bayou La Batre, Alabama - 2 May 2010 from Joe York on Vimeo.
Beyond the rhetoric and the finger pointing are the stories of people whose lives are about to be changed. This short film, produced by Joe York and the UM Media and Documentary Projects Center, is part of a larger project with the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Wednesday, May 12

Beans + Rice: A Culinary and Cultural Odyssey


Beans + Rice: A Culinary and Cultural Odyssey

Saturday, June 12, 2010
Registration: 8:00 a.m., Sessions: 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Research Center

Beans and rice is a classic New Orleans dish. Usually served on Monday, the traditional wash-day fare allowed New Orleanians to use the hambone from Sunday dinner and slow cook the meal all day, leaving time to do laundry. Neighborhoods all over the city continue to cook red beans and rice on Mondays, and the meal’s popularity spans generations, race and class.

At the day-long forum at The Historic New Orleans Collection, a distinguished panel of speakers—including Dr. Jessica Harris, an SFA Founder and past Board member; Dr. Judith Carney; “Hoppin’” John Taylor; and Dr. Maricel Presilla—will discuss the ingredients, processing, multi-cultural connections and consumption of beans and rice.

(The picture above is of Buster Holmes of NOLA, master of red beans and rice.)

Registration is $35 per person, $25 for students and teachers. The deadline to register is June 5. Call (504) 523-4662 or click here to register.

Monday, May 10

STATE LAUNCHES MISSISSIPPI CULINARY TRAIL

The Mississippi Culinary Trail, a project of the Mississippi Development Authority's Division of Tourism, launched today. It's a collection of culinary an cultural history from the coast to the hills. Check it out right here.

Sunday, May 9

THE SFA SPREADS THE GOOD WORD IN PHILLY, PA

Ann Karlen, Amy Evans Streeter, and Laura Salveson

Last week, SFA oral historian Amy Evans Streeter traveled to Philadelphia to present as part of a program hosted by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage. She met with a group of heritage site directors and museum curators from the Philadelphia area who are interested in incorporating foodways into their exhibits and public programs. Amy illustrated the import of local foodways and telling local stories by featuring oral histories from the Southern Boudin Trail and underscored the value of culinary tourism initiatives by highlighting the SFA's new interactive map. Other presenters were Ann Karlen, founding director of Fair Food Philly, and Laura Salveson, director of the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis. 

Tuesday, May 4

THE BRIGHT STAR IS AN AMERICAN CLASSIC

Jimmy Koikos, owner of the Bright Star in Bessemer, AL


Last night The Bright Star was recognized as an American Classic by the James Beard Foundation at their annual awards ceremony. In 2004 we collected an oral history interview with The Bright Star's owner, Jimmy Koikos, an interview that is part of our Birmingham Greeks project.


Also honored last night as Who's Who in Food & Beverage in America inductees and represented in our online oral history archive were Leah Chase, owner of Dooky Chase Restaurant in New Orleans, and Jessica Harris, author and historian. Both women are founding members of the SFA, and their interviews are part of our Founders Oral History Project.


Congratulations, all. 

Monday, May 3

SFA TWEETS: CALLING ALL SKILLET BRIGADES!

The SFA's on Twitter now. Follow us at #potlikker. We'll share news that's of interest, events that benefit local communities, and our documentary work, among other things.

Today's tweet encourages local members to marshal Skillet Brigades. In Nashville, the Farmers Market needs help bailing out after the floodwaters. On the Gulf Coast, the Audubon Society is looking for volunteers to help with rescue efforts after the oil spill, and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is registering volunteers and accepting donations. And your community, if it's not one of these, surely has needs of its own. SFA encourages you to roll up your sleeves and pitch in to help.

To find out more about Skillet Brigades and how to marshal one, read here. If you have further questions, e-mail us at sfamail@olemiss.edu.