Mural by Rosalia Torres-Weiner, photo by Tom Hanchett

Charlotte, North Carolina, is a dynamic city where a Newer South comes into focus. Join SFA for a three-day Summer Symposium that explores this city of new arrivals. Through lectures, meals, tastings, and experiences, SFA will reframe prevailing ideas about ethnicity and identity.

You may know the Queen City as a place once powered by mills and now driven by finance. Led by a smart cadre of thinkers and cooks, SFA aims to equip you with new frames of reference. We see Charlotte as a global city. A chicken salad arepa city. A city where raja tamales, chorizo tortas, and carnitas tacos are bellwether foods. We think of this piedmont citadel as a Latinized place where Mexican and Central American and South American (and Asian and African) peoples craft new dishes and new Southern identities.

Click here to print the schedule, registration list, participant roster, Charlotte city guide, and curated bibliography.


Levine Museum of the New South

5:00 p.m. Registration

6:30 p.m. Everything But the Burden, Piko Ewoodzie, John Egerton Scholar in Residence / De todo menos la carga

7:00 p.m. Salad Bowl Suburbs, Tom Hanchett / La ensaladera suburbana

7:30 p.m. The Story of Las Delicias, Zhenia Martinez / La historia de Las Delicias

8:00 p.m. Latino South Supper, Arepas Grill, Sav/Way, and More / Cena del Sur Latino


Mimosa Grill, 327 S. Tryon St.

8:30 a.m. Family Meal Breakfast, Mimosa Grill / Plato familiar

Project 658, 3646 Central Ave.

10:00 a.m. From Latin American to Latino, Eric Hoenes del Pinal / De Latinoamericano a Latino

10:30 Skyscrapers and Chicken Plants, Julie Weise / Rascacielos y procesadoras de pollo

11:30 a.m. Selling Latino Charlotte, Pacino Mancillas / Promocionando al Charlotte Latino

12:00 p.m. All Fried: Carolina Fish Camps, Ava Lowrey / Pescado frito en Carolina

12:30 p.m. Central Avenue International Lunch, Copán Restaurant, Island Grill & Grocery / Comida internacional

2:30 p.m. Central Avenue Grocery Tour / Paseo a los mercados de la avenida Central

(buses depart from Project 658)

Bob Reid Field Trial Barn, 835 Springfield Parkway, Fort Mill, SC

7:30 p.m. Fish Camp Friday,Twin Tops, Bruce Moffett, Paul Verica, Colleen Hughes / Cena de catfish

(buses depart from hotels at 7:00)


Hance Auditorium, Johnson and Wales, 801 W. Trade St.

8:00 a.m. Royal Cup Coffee & Barbecue Posole, Jim Noble / Posole de barbacoa

9:00 a.m. Art, Activism, and Tacos, Rosalia Torres-Weiner / El arte, el activismo y los tacos

9:30 a.m. The Truth About Charlotte, Michael Graff / La verdad sobre Charlotte

10:30 a.m. Essential Charlotte Dishes, Kathleen Purvis / Los platos esenciales de Charlotte

11:00 a.m. Dreaming of a New South, Oliver Merino / Soñando un Nuevo Sur

11:30 a.m. Oral History Cavalcade, Sara Wood and Victoria Bouloubasis / Montaje de historias orales

12:00 p.m. What Charlotte Teaches, Piko Ewoodzie / Lo que nos enseña Charlotte

12:30 p.m. Next Gen Charlotte Lunch, Johnson and Wales University / Almuerzo para la próxima generación de Charlotte

LaCa Projects, 1429 Bryant St.

7:30 p.m. Future Tense Dinner, Kindred and Tacos el Nevado / Cena mirando hacia el futuro

Underwriting from Anson Mills, Crescent Communities, and Springer Mountain Farms supports this event.

Tickets, priced at $465, include all meals and programming, beginning Thursday afternoon and lasting through Saturday night. SFA events are programmed on a break-even budget. We pay all our speakers, chefs, and program guests out of respect for their time and talents.

All attendees must be 2017 members of the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Members may purchase up to two tickets per transaction.

*Note that tickets may not be purchased via mobile devices because of survey questions contained in the ticket form.

SFA’s Charlotte Summer Symposium is a BYOC (Bring Your Own Car) event, and a good bit of strenuous walking is required. We’ll share directions to get you around town. Venues include the Levine Museum of the New South, Project 658, Johnson and Wales University, the Bob Reid Field Trial Barn, and LaCa Projects.

Please check your calendar before purchasing tickets, as they are non-transferable.

All attendees AND their guests must be current 2017 members of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Unsure of your guest’s member status? Ask us before buying a ticket:

A good bit of strenuous walking will be necessary during this Summer Symposium.

Programming included in the ticket price begins Thursday, June 22, with 5:00 p.m. registration, followed by a 6:30 p.m. lecture, and a Latino South dinner. The final symposium event is the Saturday night dinner at 7:30 p.m.

SFA will email registrants a final schedule of events, a list of self-guided tour options, and a roster of attendees. We ask that you print these materials and bring them with you to Charlotte. Thank you for understanding that we are unable to accommodate special dietary requests; attendees with food allergies should plan accordingly.

This event is underwritten by a host of donors. Special thanks to Anson Mills, Crescent Communities, and Springer Mountain Farms for their support of the Summer Foodways Symposium.

Please note:

The 2017 Summer Foodways Symposium in Charlotte, North Carolina is a members-only event.

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