The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. Central to this mission is our initiative to collect the stories behind the food. With our SFA Greenhouse program, we aim to help gather these tales and support documentarians and scholars.
Currently, we direct the bulk of our Greenhouse efforts toward short documentary films. We are also interested in producing short audio documentaries and we accept inquiries regarding scholarly articles. Visit our films page to get an idea of the kinds of stories that get our collective motor running.
Stay tuned to our blog and social media for announcements about new Greenhouse projects and calls for proposals. If you’ve got a story you’re itching to tell and you think it might be a fit for our Greenhouse, contact SFA managing editor Sara Camp Arnold at email@example.com.
• It Was There for Work: Pimento Cheese in the Carolina Piedmont Download the PDF
A graduate thesis by Emily Wallace. ABSTRACT: At its simplest, pimento cheese consists of cheddar, pimiento peppers, and mayonnaise. This thesis investigates the role of pimento cheese spread in regard to a particular history, place, and context within the Piedmont of North and South Carolina to provide a name and face to the men and women who have produced and consumed the food over the past century. The history and narratives woven together about pimento cheese reveal a simple and meaningful food that provides a window into working class experience, memory, and regional identity.
• Pimento Cheese, Please! Watch this film
An SFA Greenhouse film by Nicole Lang and Christophile Konstas. Learn about of one of the South’s iconic foods and hear stories from the people who love it. This is a film about origins, ingredients, and matters of taste. It’s also a paean to good mayonnaise.
• Hot-Dogopolis Watch this film
An SFA Greenhouse film by Eric Feldman and Leyla Modirzadeh. Learn the story of the Greek community in Birmingham, Alabama, and see a part of their restaurant legacy in the lunch stands that make Birmingham a great Southern city for a hot dog.
• Buford HWY – A Home Away From Home Watch this slideshow
An SFA Greenhouse multimedia project by Rachel Bailey. Learn the story of Khanh Nguyen, Vietnamese refugee and owner of Saigon Deli along Buford HWY in Atlanta, Georgia, and get a glimpse into the culinary culture of what is arguably the South’s oldest and most diverse international corridor.
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