Florida’s Forgotten Coast
May 18-20, 2006
The Southern Foodways Alliance traveled south to the port city of Apalachicola, Florida, to focus on culinary life and legacy of the Gulf South. We paid homage to the men and women who have long worked the water, tonging for oysters, casting nets for shrimp and fish. John Gorrie, the local doctor who invented the ice machine and was a pioneer in refrigeration and air conditioning, got his due. We tasted Tupelo honey, smoked mullet, and oysters spiked with Tabasco. We grunted for worms and savored what the South’s best chefs can do with the South’s best seafood.