SFA has been headquartered at the University of Mississippi since its inception. But we’ve always roamed widely. Take this week: Filmmaker Joe York is on Sapelo, a barrier island off the coast of Georgia, reachable only by ferry. He’s shooting in the Hog Hammock community with Cornelia Bailey, who is working with a group of her neighbors on the Sea Island Purple Pea Project. Look for a documentary, directed by Joe, out late this summer.
Meanwhile new SFA oral historian Sara Wood is in South Carolina collecting oral histories with local cooks, including the ladies of Bertha’s Kitchen, in North Charleston, and Martha Lou Gadsden, the fried chicken queen of dockside Charleston. At the 16th Southern Foodways Symposium, set for October 4-6, Sarah O’Kelley of the Glass Onion will put Sara Wood’s research to good use when she cooks batch after batch of well-spiced Martha Lou-inspired yardbirds for attendees.
Meanwhile, I’m headed to Charleston tomorrow to research and write about rice grits. That’s the SFA, a Mississippi-based organization, roaming widely.