|L-R: Emilie Dayan, Kate Medley, and Sara Camp Arnold. Photo by Reagan Hodge|
In "A Spoken Dish," Kate turns her lens on men and women in Durham, Atlanta, and Jackson, and asks them to tell her about their favorite dishes, recipes, ingredients, and food memories. Her subjects include farmers, chefs, educators, musicians, artists, restaurateurs, waitresses, grocery store employees, and passionate home cooks. The series of short film clips will debut online in the late spring.
Yesterday, we met Kate at Brown Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi. We chose the school as our filming location in part because of its Food Corps program, which includes a school garden and a nutrition-education classroom component for the students, 99% of whom come from low-income families.
Our interview subjects were:
Inez Birthfield, waitress and cook at CS's restaurant since 1978; namesake of the beloved Inez Burger
Cleta Ellington, avid home cook, painter, and editor of a community cookbook for the Jackson Catholic Diocese
Geno Lee, fourth-generation owner of the Big Apple Inn restaurant, known for its pig-ear sandwiches
Katy Simmons Prosser, head of marketing for Simmons Catfish in Yazoo City
Carol Puckett, longtime SFA member (and former board member) and culinary professional
Anna Richardson, Food Corps teacher at Brown Elementary and Rowan Middle School; a Minnesota native getting her first taste of the South
Jesse Robinson, blues musician; longtime resident of Jackson; currently collaborating on a CD of Brazilian poetry set to music
Nick Wallace, chef at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Jackson (formerly the King Edward Inn)
Diane Williams, professional storyteller and fiber artist
...as well as three bright, eager students from Brown Elementary and Rowan Middle School: Whitney (age 7), Osha Love (11), and Calla (11).
|Camerawoman Raegan Hodge films sixth grader Osha Love with a carrot from the school garden.|
We look forward to sharing the finished film clips with you on our blog and social media later this spring.