For over 30 years Dolester “Dol” Miles has served as Executive Pastry Chef at Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega, Bottega Cafe, and Chez Fonfon, creating a legacy of delicious desserts and leaving a lasting mark on the Birmingham dining scene.

Magnolia Grill - Ben and Karen Barker - Carrboro Farmers Market

There’s No Such Thing as Bad Pie

Each year, the Southern Foodways Alliance makes a film to honor a member of the Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans, and Chefs. In 2018, Jesse Paddock and Kate Medley produced “There’s No Such Thing as Bad Pie,” honoring Karen Barker of Magnolia Grill in Durham, North Carolina.

Turnip Greens de Arbol

Taqueria Del Sol in Atlanta combines Mexican recipes from chef Eddie Hernandez and Southern Creole cuisine from owner Mike Klank. Turnip Greens de Arbol is Chef Hernandez’s take on southern greens with Mexican spices. We thank McIlhenny Company, makers of Tabasco® brand products, for supporting SFA’s documentary film initiative.

Siler City: Bienvenido a Trabajar

Tienda Loma Bonita in Siler City serves as a one stop grocery store, butcher shop, taqueria and taste of Oaxaca in rural North Carolina.


Meet Laura Patricia Ramírez, 2017 Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award-winner. Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco in 1968, she and her husband arrived in Paris, Kentucky in 1985. Now, she runs Tortillería y Taquería Ramírez, in a section of Lexington nicknamed “Mexington” for the amount of Latino immigrants living in the area.


At the 2017 Southern Foodways Symposium, SFA honored Houston chef Hugo Ortega with the 2017 Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award. This film explores chef Ortega’s journey from dishwasher to James Beard Award-winner and the inspiration behind his food and success.

Everybody Is Welcome: The Taco Shop

In this 2017 summer documentary internship project, Pankaj Khadka profiles of Pedro Leyva of Mundo Latino Taco Shop in Oxford, Mississippi.