Southern SAWG Conference: January 2015

The Southern Sustainable Agricultural Working Group is headed to the Gulf Coast this winter for their Practical Tools and Solutions for Sustaining Family Farms conference. Be mindful of upcoming deadlines.

The Ravenous (and Entrepreneurial) Pixie

Move over, lemonade stands. This summer, eleven-year-old Augusta (Gussie) Jones of Hoover, Alabama, went into business selling homemade pickles.

Big News: SFA to Host Food Media South

The event will take place February 27–28 in Birmingham, the same city in which the 50 founders of the SFA first gathered in 1999.

New Short Film: Bayley’s Seafood

Though it serves a variety of Gulf seafood, Bayley’s is known for two specialties: West Indies salad and fried crab claws.

Thirsty Thursday: “Alabama Red Clay”

I’ve been given the somewhat daunting task of creating custom cocktails inspired by the SFA staff. Each staff member was given a cocktail questionnaire to fill out, full of idiosyncratic questions that were coded in such a way to determine their palate and personality. For the founder and director of SFA, Mr. John T. Edge, we … Continued

Saturday: SFA Book Signing at Pepper Place Market

On Saturday at Birmingham’s Pepper Place Market, SFA’s John T. Edge will sign copies of Cornbread Nation 7: The Best of Southern Food Writing, and SFA board member and chef Drew Robinson will stage a gumbo cooking demo.

A Helping of Gravy: La Fonda

In Mexico City, where Esteban Rojo spent the early part of his life, “la fonda” is the term for a certain kind of restaurant. A small place, he explains, pausing to consider how to translate comida auténtica into English: “home food.”