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Middendorf’s and Manchac

Our latest oral history project explores Middendorf's, a now iconic restaurant that opened in 1934 in the fishing village of Manchac, Louisiana. More…


Tidewater Virginia Yock

In Tidewater Virginia, yock-a-mein is known as a box of yock. The name refers to the Chinese take-out box in which it’s served. More…


Houston’s Underbelly

Asian restaurateurs in Houston are redefining Texas foodways. Their stories inspire Chris Shepherd of the restaurant Underbelly in Houston. And they inspire the SFA. More…

Trails & Regional Projects

Southern BBQ Trail - SFA Documentary

Southern BBQ Trail

Barbecue, barbeque, bar-b-q, BBQ: there are almost as many spellings as there are kinds of barbecue, as if the proliferation of words could express the mastering tastes and aromas of the food, all the experiences More…

Southern Gumbo Trail a Documentary from Southern Foodways Alliance

Southern Gumbo Trail

Gumbo. So many versions, so many cooks, so many contradictions. Such as: Only use a roux with poultry, filé with seafood. Use okra in the summer, filé in the winter. You have to have a More…

Southern Boudin Trail

Southern Boudin Trail

Food is a tie that binds, a constant, an equalizer, or in the words of James Beard: “Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” Food can also function as one of the defining characteristics More…

Hot Tamale Trail

Hot Tamale Trail

Better known for its association with cotton and catfish, the Mississippi Delta has a fascinating relationship with the tamale. In restaurants, on street corners, and in kitchens throughout the Delta, this very old and time-consuming More…