Our Ruth U Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award winner for 2016 may seem an unconventional choice. He’s not a working class cook like Martha Hawkins. He’s not a catfish farmer, fighting the USDA, like Ed Scott. He’s not a long- tenured waiter like Goren Red Dog Avery. He’s not a barbecue pitmaster, perpetually wreathed in a caul of smoke, like Helen Turner. He’s an academic. He wears bow ties – without irony.
This year’s Southern Foodways Symposium marked the beginning of a new art initiative in partnership with a multi-year grant from 21c Museum Hotels. We were delighted to welcome our inaugural artist Shea Hembrey and his mixed media installation, The Secret Ingredient.
The Choctaw-Apache tribe of Ebarb, Louisiana, has been living off the land in western Louisiana for hundreds of years. In the 1960’s tribal members were forced to move out of the river bottom to nearby lands. This short documentary follows the tribe as they continue to practice their culture and preserve their native identities despite challenges.
At our 2016 Southern Foodways Symposium, we honored Ira Wallace with our 2016 Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award. Our latest documentary short highlights this incredible woman along with the seeds and stories she has worked tirelessly to save. Thanks to Wallace the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange offers over 700 seed varieties, specializing in heirloom and open-pollinated varieties.
Just off Nolensville Pike on the southern outskirts of Nashville lies Little Kurdistan — a thriving community of Kurdish immigrants and new generations of Kurdish-Americans.
In the late 1950’s, fife and drum legend Otha Turner began hosting annual Labor Day picnics at his property in Gravel Springs, Mississippi. Turner would butcher and roast goat, pork, and fish, drawing neighbors with the smell of his cooking and the sounds of his fife and drum.
Just off Nolensville Pike on the southern outskirts of Nashville lies Little Kurdistan—a thriving community of Kurdish immigrants and new generations of Kurdish-Americans. Today marks the Kurdish Newroz holiday. In celebration of the day, we are thrilled to share the trailer for our upcoming Southern Foodways Alliance documentary film, Little Kurdistan.
Founded in 1912, Patillo’s Bar-B-Q in Beaumont, Texas, is the fourth-oldest barbecue joint in the state. Today, Robert Patillo carries on the 104 year old legacy of service to his customers and preservation of the family business.
At Peregrine Farm, perched on the hills above the Haw River, in the Eli Whitney community of Alamance County, North Carolina, Alex and Betsy Hitt grow flowers, fruits, and vegetables. Together, they’ve tended this patch of land for 35 years, building a business and sustaining a community.