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.

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.

A Visible Tapestry: In the Studio with Lina Puerta

At our 2017 Fall Symposium we continue an art initiative in partnership with a multi-year grant from 21c Museum Hotels. We are delighted to welcome artist Lina Puerta and her beautiful installation, From Field to Table: Seven Tapestries Honoring Latino Farm Laborers from the American South. The work is currently on display at the Powerhouse … Continued

2017 Southern Foodways Symposium: Watch it online!

Follow the SFA on social media this weekend: @potlikker on Twitter, southernfoodways on Instagram, and this year—for the first time—we’ll be streaming presentations live online.

Atlanta’s Masa Maven

Born in 1976 in Pharr, Texas, Gladys Martinez grew up with great respect for corn and the savvy that made it possible to sustain a business. It wasn’t long before she became a masa expert.

Meet Memphis Artist Yancy Villa-Calvo

Yancy Villa-Calvo is an artist whose work is exhibited in her community of Memphis. She will be a featured presenter at the SFA’s Memphis Divertissement, scheduled Thursday, October 5.