They’re everywhere: in your fancy cocktail bar and your down home country restaurant. In the hands of farmer’s market shoppers and 7-Eleven Slurpee slurpers. In this episode of Gravy: a wrangling with the cultural politics of Mason Jar mania.
One of the more important places for the modern Southern (and American) diet may be… an obscure army base in Natick, Massachusetts. The Combat Feeding Directorate looks just like any other suburban office park, but it’s an origin point for many of the processed foods that find their way onto our grocery store shelves. In this episode of Gravy: the intertwined story of military rations and the food we eat.
While West Virginia may be known for resources like coal, the country once turned to this mountain state for a culinary staple: salt. In this episode, we have the story of a seventh generation salt-making family, and how they’re reckoning with the industry’s dark past in order to find a way forward.
What does *not* eating meat say about you? In one young biracial man’s family, his dietary change was construed as white, elite, even feminine. In this episode of Gravy: the cultural politics of going vegetarian.
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, how does the city’s food reveal how the place has changed? This hour-long special episode of Gravy takes on that question, from what was eaten just after the storm to the stories of two restaurants that tap into the post-Katrina gentrification and marketing of New Orleans to … Continued
Gravy takes a road trip to the Shoals in northwest Alabama and visits two favorite hangouts in the small city of Florence. What do these places—one a century-old landmark, one a relative newcomer—tell us about public space and community-building?
How does a chef’s taste in things other than food wind up influencing what’s on the plate? For example, if they like rocking out to, say, the Butthole Surfers—is that relevant? If you were to meet Bill Smith riding his bike around town, you might not realize you’d encountered an avid rock fan. Bill is … Continued
What if the place you’d lived your whole life started to disappear? For fishermen in coastal Louisiana, that’s not just a nightmare scenario. Meet one fisherman who’s persisting in spite of hurricanes, oil spills, and the gradual disappearance of the place he’s called home.
Charleston, South Carolina has become the center of discussions about race and violence in America these past few weeks. But a dinner party held in Charleston back in 1865 may have things to teach us about racial reconciliation today.