This has been an incredibly affirming year for all of us who believe that food is a central component of the identity of the American South. As periodicals like Bon Appetit and the New York Times reminded us on a regular basis, the hottest trend in food today is Southern.
As a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, you were way ahead of the curve on all of this. What some see as a trend, you see as a simple and basic truth—the stuff that comes from Southern farms and is then prepared and shared in Southern home kitchens and restaurants says a great deal about who we are and how we got here. I thank you for your continued support of the SFA and remind you that your membership matters.
By now you know that your annual dues support our shared celebration of the American South's rich and diverse foodways. You’ve may have joined us at our famously informative and entertaining annual Symposium, summer Field Trips, Potlikker Film Festivals, or Stir the Pot dinner series. You’ve seen the fruit of the educational and documentation efforts of the SFA. You’ve watched one or more of our 35 documentary films, read one of the SFA’s 650 oral histories, perused an issue of our quarterly food letter, Gravy,dug deep into the Cornbread Nation book series, or cooked from the SFA Community Cookbook.
We are now compiling the member-only mailing list that gets you advance notice of these SFA events,a fresh copy of each issue of Gravy, and inclusion in the 2012Membership Directory. I deeply appreciate those of you who have renewed your membership for 2012 —we couldn't do it without you.
If you haven’t already joined us, there is still time to get on board. By following the membership link, you can become a part of what Atlantic Monthly has called “this country’s most intellectually engaged (and probably most engaging) food society.” You’ll also get the stylish 2012 membership sticker which, when placed on one’s lunchbox, will almost guarantee admission to the cool kid’s table.
Hope to see you at that table soon,
SFA Board Member