Pimento Cheese in a Parka

I expected to miss Southern food in my new hometown. I did not expect to spy a funhouse version of it around every corner.

Director’s Cut: A Bronzeville Lunch

Paul Fehribach, the chef and co-owner of the restaurant Big Jones in Chicago, wrote me a letter after returning home from the SFA Summer Symposium in Jackson, Mississippi.

OKRACAST: Local/Global Eating

This week, we’ve got a Southern boy who eats globally and a West Coast girl who cooks Southern food.

Chicago Eats: Slideshows are up!

We’re pleased to announce that multimedia slideshows are now up for our Chicago Eats Oral History Project! If you haven’t yet had a chance, check them out on the project page. To give you a taste, here’s Rose DeShazer White, a native in Hollandale, Mississippi. Rose grew up eating caramel cake. Her mother baked caramel cakes on … Continued

Edna's Restaurant - Edna Stewart - Tabasco Guardians of the Tradition: Chicago, IL - Chicago Eats

OKRACAST: Edna Stewart of Edna’s Restaurant in Chicago, IL

All week we’ve been sharing stories from our Chicago Eats Oral History Project. On this week’s OKRACAST, meet Edna Stewart of Edna’s Restaurant in Chicago, IL. Edna Stewart’s parents were sharecroppers in Covington, Tennessee, until they moved to Chicago in 1936.  Edna was born two years later. As a young woman, Edna went to nursing … Continued

Audrey Petty on “High Rise Stories”

Audrey Petty is the editor of High Rise Stories, the latest volume in McSweeney’s Voice of Witness oral history series. At our 2013 Southern Foodways Symposium, Petty spoke told us about the oral histories she conducted with former residents of Chicago’s now-demolished high-rise housing projects.