Our Ruth U Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award winner for 2016 may seem an unconventional choice. He’s not a working class cook. He’s not a catfish farmer, fighting the USDA. He’s not a long- tenured waiter. He’s not a barbecue pitmaster. 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.
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.