Thirsty Thursday: Hot Toddies and Alabama Honey

With record frigid temperatures blanketing the Deep South, it’s human nature to hibernate within the comforts of our home, preferably with a hot beverage and good book. Hot toddies are my favorite winter cocktail, as one usually has the ingredients lying around the kitchen: citrus, honey, cinnamon, and bourbon or rum. A variety of spices … Continued

Music for a New Year

Ring in the new year with the Gee’s Bend Singers of Alabama, who dazzled us at the 2013 Southern Foodways Symposium.

Celebrate Archibald’s Bar-B-Q on November 6

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.

Celebrating Jones Valley Teaching Farm

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.

Sustainable South: Back to School!

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.

Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Q - Don McLemore - Alabama - Southern BBQ Trail

Oral History Project of the Week: Alabama Barbecue

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

Sustainable South: Magic City Agriculture Project

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.