Please join us as an SFA member. We also encourage you to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and check our calendar to find out about SFA events in your area.

So glad you asked! As a member, you show your enthusiasm for the mission and vision of the SFA. In addition, other benefits include:

  • Advance notice of all SFA events
  • Subscription to our quarterly food journal, Gravy
  • A weekly email digest with news and announcements
  • Recognition in our online membership directory
  • A nifty membership sticker for your car, office, or fridge

SFA is an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi. Our World Headquarters (SFAWHQ) are inside Barnard Observatory on the university campus.

You may send a pitch for a written article to Sara Camp Milam, managing editor for the Southern Foodways Alliance. A pitch is typically 1-2 paragraphs explaining what you intend to write about and who you intend to interview.

To learn more about the format for submitting pitches for the Gravy podcast, email Mary Beth Lasseter. SFA works with reporters and producers to create 5 podcast episodes, for which we typically request 6-7 story ideas.

The SFA isn’t currently hosting interns due to COVID restrictions. We do invite you to follow us on social media, where we’ll post internship announcements when they are again available.

Wow, thanks! Please click here to read our guidelines for hosting a Piggy Bank Dinner. And if you’ve never been to an SFA event before, we invite you to attend one (or two, or more!) before becoming a host.

We LOVE visitors here at the SFA World Headquarters! You can visit our funky office anytime during the week. We travel frequently, so a phone call before your visit is encouraged. You’ll find us in Barnard Observatory on the campus of the University of Mississippi. Click here for a map. We might even have pie. *Visits to the office are currently suspended due to COVID restrictions.

We are pleased to speak with your group via Skype or in person whenever it’s feasible. To make a request and help identify the right person for your needs, please begin by contacting Melissa Hall. We make it a point to pay for speakers’ travel to our own events, and we hope you’ll understand that we will expect similar consideration from your organization.

The best way to make sure you receive every copy of Gravy is to become an SFA member! You can also find Gravy at Square Books in Oxford, MS; or Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham, AL.

If you would like to carry Gravy in your bookstore or other establishment, please contact Mary Beth Lasseter.

We most often screen SFA films at events that are sponsored by the SFA or put on by others as a fundraiser in our benefit. Melissa Hall is happy to chat with you about other film requests on a case-by-case basis.

SFA sells apparel in limited quantities via Bonfire. Click here to see our swag shop. T-shirts are manufactured in batches, but orders are printed approximately every three weeks.

There’s always something fresh and new on our website, and we don’t want you to miss any of it. Add to your RSS feed or follow us on social media to get all the latest updates.


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Read through our mission, vision, and values, and you might get a better sense of how we work.