A Crowd Gathers for Oysters

On a Wednesday afternoon a few weeks ago, a back room in the Apalachicola Community Center was filled with a ring of folding chairs. The cross section of the Franklin County, Florida community that sat in them was all worried about the same thing: oysters. Hali has her dark hair cut short and a piercing … Continued

A Seafood Town’s Close Connections

Traveling the South, telling stories about this region through the lens of food is the kind of job one daydreams about. Thanks to the SFA’s new podcast, Gravy, though, it’s a daydream made reality for me. In the past few weeks, I’ve been from the coast of Florida to the woods of North Carolina, all for stories … Continued

A Helping of Gravy: What’s in the Water in West Virginia

This piece originally appeared in issue #51 of our Gravy quarterly. The author, Courtney Balestier, is a native of Morgantown, West Virginia. She wrote this story in the wake of the January 9 Freedom Industries chemical spill in West Virginia’s Elk River. At the end of this piece, Courtney has added an update on how local restaurants have—or have not—recovered from the effects of the spill.