SFA’s Winter Symposium: Narratives that Transform, is set for February 24, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama at Workplay. Tickets are available here.

This annual event showcases transformative storytelling and asks questions about how narratives shape our world and our worldview.

If you are a curious eater who wants to see and hear eight great stories about the dynamic American South, join us. If you are a food professional and you wish to track the latest cultural trends, sign on. If you work as a content creator or editor and aim to gain new perspectives on how stories frame understandings, this event is for you.

Never heard a corrido? Now is your chance. Want to draw a bead on progressive cooking in Birmingham specifically and Alabama generally? From coconut breakfast cake to gumbo bobbing with Conecuh sausage, SFA has curated a feast of honest delights.


For a full list of program participants, click here.

Programming highlights include

  • CNN’s Moni Basu speaking about how narratives effect change
  • Clay Risen and Fawn Weaver discuss whiskey and credit
  • David Hagedorn considers paradigms
  • Tom Ward and Ralph Eubanks discuss Al Clayton’s Still Hungry in America
  • Rosalind Bentley talks radical hospitality


A full schedule of events may be found here. For attendees in town on Friday night, there will be a welcoming reception at 5:30 p.m. Details will be shared with registrants in advance of the event.


Tickets priced at $150 per person inclusive of food and drink, go on sale Thursday, November 16 at 10 a.m. CDT. Neither an SFA membership nor a password is required to purchase tickets. Click here to buy your tickets now. Check your calendars before you purchase, as refunds are not available for this event.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Marriott Springhill Suites Downtown Birmingham at UAB. The special rate is $119/night, and reservations must be made by February 20. The link to reserve rooms is here.


SFA partners with underwriters who respect the autonomy of food professionals and narrative makers. Our donors, below, encourage you to explore the city and state:

Alabama Tourism Department
Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau