Each year, the Southern Foodways Alliance celebrates the men and women whose lifework enriches our Southern food culture. Five different SFA awards and honors recognize these culinary standard bearers. Click on the award to learn more about each, and see a roster of honorees.
Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award
Each year, the SFA honors one of our leading lights, a man or woman whose lifework has proved a beacon for us all. Our first award, to Edna Lewis, the onetime doyenne of American regional cooks, set the standard.
The SFA’s Lifetime Achievement Award
The Fellowship of Southern Farmers, Artisans, and Chefs fosters camaraderie and mentorship, honoring the bounty of the South and the hands that grow, nurture and interpret its harvest.
To provide a forum for farmers, chefs, and artisans to break bread and
Each fall, the SFA, with support from the Fertel Foundation, honors an unsung hero or heroine, a foodways tradition bearer of note, with the Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award.
We pay homage to their life and work through a documentary film.
Our first documentary film, Saving Seeds,
In 2014, the SFA selected the first class of Smith Symposium Fellows. The program, underwritten by a gift from Pam and Brook Smith, invites individuals whose work promises a positive impact on the southern region and its foodways to be guests at the annual fall symposium.
For his work in chronicling and championing the cause of civil rights in America, and for his contribution to our understanding of the power of the common table, the John Egerton Prize recognizes artists, writers, scholars, and others--including artisans and farmers and cooks--whose work, in