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Charlotte’s Central Avenue Corridor

Charlotte’s Central Avenue reveals the city’s shifting demographics, from white, working-class textile mill employees in the early twentieth century to new immigrants in the 1990s. These new Southerners shaped a new Charlotte.

All Fried: Carolina Fish Camps

Our latest SFA documentary, All Fried: Carolina Fish Camps, explores the relationship between Charlotte’s textile mill communities and the Carolina fish camps the region has become known for.

The Value of Southern Food

As he researched the influence and reputation of world cuisines, Dr. Krishnendu Ray noted that Southern food takes a beating. In this interview for Gravy, Ray shares his thoughts on Southern food’s place and future.

Going Whole Hog in Israel

On this episode of Gravy, we go global to explore the spread of a prolific Southern food to an unlikely place: pork barbecue in the Israeli city of Tel Aviv.

The Birmingham Greeks

From souvlaki to hot dogs, baklava to snapper throats, and barbecue to meat-and-threes, the South and Greece intertwine in Alabama.

Un Buen Carnicero (A Good Butcher)

When customers at Cliff’s Meat Market in Carrboro, North Carolina began asking for cuts in Spanish, owner Cliff Collins started looking for help.

What We’re Reading: Consuming Identity

If food in general, and Southern food in particular, does indeed wield this power to unite individuals who espouse opposing worldviews, Consuming Identity: The Role of Food in Redefining the South seeks to explain why.

Mobile’s Modern Soul

Would you call meatloaf, sandwiched with sautéed spinach and a fried egg, “soul food”? Or would you call okra, served as a side to soy-glazed grouper, “soul food”?