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Otha Turner

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.


Little Kurdistan

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.


Blood Is Blood

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.

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Peregrine Farm

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.

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The Sweet Auburn Curb Market

The Sweet Auburn Curb Market, located a block off Auburn Avenue in Atlanta’s historic Old Fourth Ward neighborhood, is the city’s only Municipal Market. The space has long been a source of fresh food, tradition, and community in Atlanta.

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The Blessing of the Fleet

Residents of “The Seafood Capital of Alabama” gather to hear Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi offer a blessing over the community’s fleet and fisherman whose livelihood is imperiled by the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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FAD: The Ambassador of Experience

At FAD Fine Dining in Marietta, Georgia, owner and self-proclaimed Ambassador of Experience Ade “Fad” Faderin serves modern Nigerian cuisine to West African expatriates and novices alike. The atmosphere is part British pub, part “buka,” or Nigerian neighborhood joint.

Phila Hach


A profile of 2015 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award winner Phila Hach of Hachland Hill, Joelton, TN.