“A Chef’s Life” Flashes Back to #SFA13

Last year Vivian Howard of Chef and the Farmer in Kinston, North Carolina, wowed us with an homage to the women in her life—from grandmothers to farmers—who inspire her cooking.

Awards in 2013

Friday night of the 16th Southern Foodways Symposium, SFA honored Cynthia Hayes and Alzina Toups. SFA awarded the John Egerton Prize to Cynthia Hayes of Savannah, Georgia, on behalf of Southeastern African American Farmers Organic Network, which helps African American farmers transition from conventional to organic growing methods. Alzina Toups of Galliano, Louisiana, won the Ruth Fertel Keeper of the Flame Award. Watch Joe York’s film, Alzina, to learn about this remarkable woman and the traditional Cajun fare she serves at her no-frills restaurant.

Natasha Trethewey Benediction

Natasha Tretheway, United States Poet Laureate, offered a benediction at the 16th Southern Foodways Symposium. Originally from Gulfport Mississippi, she teaches English and Creative Writing at Emory University, where she also directs the Creative Writing program. Her publications include Domestic Work, Native Guard, and Thrall.

Notes from a Symposium First-Timer

Walking into the opening remarks by SFA board president Sara Roahen last Friday, I’ve rarely felt so overwhelmed by the number of faces around me—heretofore unknown to myself yet all gathered for a common cause. Becca Walton, associate director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, took to the stage to welcome all on behalf of the University. She asked symposium first-timers to raise their hands. Nearly a third of the crowd raised a hand. Suddenly, I didn’t feel so daunted and was immediately eager to meet every single person.

Okracast: Alzina Toups

It’s about that time of year…time for our annual Southern Foodways Symposium! This year’s theme is “Women at Work,” and the event kicks off next week. Okracast is here to pep you up for a weekend chock full of women, work and food. On today’s first-ever Okra Nugget, meet Alzina Toups of Alzina’s Restaurant in … Continued


2010: The Global South 13th Southern Foodways Symposium Recap The Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, hosted the thirteenth annual Southern Foodways Symposium October 22-24, 2010 in Oxford, Mississippi, and on the campus of the University of Mississippi. This year’s theme was the Global South. From West … Continued