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Toward A New Southern Grammar

Over the next several days, we’ll be sharing the 2017 symposium presentations. We begin with Lolis Elie.

SFA Short: Henry Vanegas – Carnitas Po-boy

As part of SFA’s 2017 focus on El Sur Latino we explore a series of dishes across the Southeast that reframe ideas of southern food. A favorite dish at El Lupillo in Gulfport, Mississippi, is the carnitas po-boy, a Mexican-style torta prepared on po-boy roll.

SFA Short: Karla Ruiz – Peach Empanadas

Karla Ruiz grew up in Mexico City, Mexico, where she learned to cook with her grandmother and mother. After moving to Nashville in 2000, Karla learned to blend Mexican techniques with Southern American ingredients, like empanadas with Southern peaches.

SFA Short: Eddie Hernandez – Turnip Greens de Arbol

Taqueria Del Sol in Atlanta combines Mexican recipes from chef Eddie Hernandez and Southern cuisine from owner Mike Klank. One example of this combination of backgrounds is Turnip Greens de Arbol, Hernandez’s take on southern greens with Mexican spices.

Mix a Bufala Negra

Jerry Slater created this drink in 2007, as the cocktail renaissance gathered steam.

Sapelo Red Peas

About four years ago, filmmaker Joe York traveled to Sapelo Island, Georgia (a barrier island south of Savannah), where he profiled a group of residents in the Hog Hammock community working to boost their local economy through the cultivation of the Geechee Red Pea.

Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar

Demographics in Siler City, North Carolina, were revolutionized with the building and subsequent shuttering of poultry plants in the area. The community is largely Latino these days. Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar introduces the people behind the one stop grocery store, butcher shop and taqueria, Tienda Loma Bonita.

Laura Patricia Ramírez, Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame

Sixteen years ago, SFA awarded the first Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award to Bill Best, the Kentucky farmer and seed saver. To honor the legacy of Ms. Fertel, and to honor Bill Best’s commitment to biodiversity, Randy Fertel committed dollars from his family foundation, and SFA commissioned a Joe York film and feted Best here … Continued