If Alabama were a nation, the national food would be barbecue and the first family would be the Archibalds of Northport, pit-cooking ribs since 1962, just across the river from Tuscaloosa.
On Wednesday, September 18, some of the SFA staff had the pleasure of attending a Twilight Supper at Jones Valley Teaching Farm (JVTF) in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Southern Foodways Alliance, as many of you know, is housed on the University of Mississippi campus. For us, back-to-school season is palpable; enthusiasm permeates the air as students return for their studies. It reminds us at the SFA of our charge to document, study, and celebrate Southern foodways. This academic year, we kicked off with our very first graduate symposium.
Launching this month in Bullock County, Alabama, is Stills Crossroads ‘Shine, produced by High Ridge Spirits.
Last weekend, Billy Reid hosted his fifth annual Shindig, a three-day celebration of Florence, Alabama and environs. And SFA was there.
We’ve chosen the Alabama leg of our Southern BBQ Trail as the inaugural oral history project of the week. Why? Well, it doesn’t hurt that Alabama edges out Arkansas for top billing in the alphabetical list of Southern states. It’s also a virtual tip of the hat to Nick Pihakis of Jim ‘N Nick’s barbecue, … Continued
Next week, we welcome the SFA’s 2013-2014 post-doctoral fellow Zac Henson to our headquarters in Oxford, Mississippi. As our fellow, Zac will develop curriculum and teach courses on the relationship between foodways and cultural life in the American South. Here’s a little bit about him:
A Birmingham, Alabama native, Zac received his doctorate in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management this spring from the University of California, Berkeley. He wrote his dissertation on segregation, gentrification, and the commons in Birmingham.
“To Teach To Learn To Eat” is the story of Roscoe Hall and Wil Drake, two young men who work as chefs at an eating disorder clinic in rural Alabama.
Singer-songwriter Susan Werner’s HAYSEED project, a concert celebrating the farming community, sustainability, and American food, visits Birmingham’s Alys Stephens Performing Arts Center Saturday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m.