Monday, February 11

News from SFAWHQ: Meet Emilie!

Meet Emilie Dayan, our new office intern. She's helping us with a little bit of everything this spring, summer, and [we hope!] beyond. Emilie has lived in Oxford for most of her life. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2011 with degrees in French, Economics, and International Studies. Emilie then spent a year and a half working in Paris before returning to Oxford and—much to our delight—landing at SFA World Headquarters.

We asked Emilie a few questions so that you can get to know her.

What are your favorite foods? 

My absolute favorite food is a Moroccan tagine: couscous, apricots, almonds, and lamb that has been slow-cooked all day...YUM. I'm also a sucker for popcorn. Especially the half-popped kernels at the bottom of the bowl.

What do you like to cook? 

My favorite thing to cook is ratatouille—so easy, delicious and healthy! I always serve it with a fried egg on top and and cornbread on the side. (My father's side of the family is from Provence, so this is my French/Mississippi heritage at its best!)

What's your favorite drink? 

Gin and tonic. Lots of lime.

When you were living abroad, did you discover any surprising connections between France and the American South?

Surprisingly (or maybe not...) the most remarkable similarity I've discovered between France and the American South is that these are the only two places I have ever been where people are always contemplating either: their last meal, the meal in front of them, or how much they can't wait until their next meal (sometimes even thinking all these things at once). In both France and the American South, there is a deep appreciation for the relational aspect of food and the bonds sharing a meal with others can create.

What do you like about working for the SFA so far, or what are you looking forward to?

The people are the best part about working for the SFA. Our office is such a dynamic and creative place.* I always look forward to coming to work. After having spent the past couple of years in Europe, I am so happy to have the opportunity to work in a place where everyday I learn more and more about the place I've always called home—the American South—but that I didn't fully appreciate until I lived abroad.

*We didn't even tell her to say that!