Friday, October 28


Greetings from the 2011 Southern Foodways Symposium! This weekend we are eating, drinking, learning, and listening our way through the Cultivated South. If you're not with us this in person, enjoy a cultivated six-pack to finish out the work day.

1. In just moments, we'll be hearing Sean Brock speak about the revival of olive cultivation in the South. Brock was the subject of an article in this week's New Yorker—don't miss it! (If you don't have a subscription to the New Yorker, you'll need to purchase it in order to read the entire article.)

2. This morning we sampled bitters—breakfast beverage of champions—from Brad Thomas Parsons, author of the new book Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-all.

3. Kevin Young, lauded bard of Southern foodstuffs, kicked off this year's symposium with a talk entitled "The Groaning Table." Read an excerpt from his new book Ardency: A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels.

4. Cultivated craziness! Read about last week's produce trade show in Atlanta. Have you ever had a craving for a grape-flavored apple?

5. A food-distribution giant takes steps toward local sourcing. (Dig the high cuteness factor of the infographic.)

6. You're keeping up with us on Twitter, right? All of the action will be marked with the hashtag #foodways. Follow along or join the conversation.