Southern Foodways Alliance

GroupAccount image

The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.

Based at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, we share oral histories, produce films and podcasts, publish great writing, sponsor scholarship, mentor students, and stage events that serve as progressive and inclusive catalysts for the greater South.

Donations from generous individuals, foundations, and companies fund our good work.


Series image
161 Pieces

Gravy is the SFA’s collection of original stories—fresh, unexpected, and thought-provoking. Like all of the SFA’s work, Gravy shares stories of the changing American South through the foods we eat.


Piece image
What if the place you’d lived your whole life started to disappear? For fishermen in coastal Louisiana, that’s not just a nightmare scenario. Meet ...

Bought by KVLU, WABE, and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.

  • Added: Jul 16, 2015
  • Length: 32:44
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Chef Kevin Mitchell at the Nat Fuller Feast of 2015, Credit: Photo by Jonathan Boncek
Charleston, South Carolina has become the center of discussions about race and violence in America these past few weeks. But a dinner party held in...

Bought by KVLU, WJCT, and WABE

  • Added: Jul 02, 2015
  • Length: 28:18
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Waiter Carriers selling fried chicken. , Credit: Photo courtesy of the town of Gordonsville, VA.
Fried chicken has both been the vehicle for the economic empowerment of a whole group of people—and the accessory to an ugly racial stereotype. How...

Bought by KVLU, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WABE, and PRX Remix

  • Added: Jun 18, 2015
  • Length: 25:51
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Hushpuppies, slaw and barbecue at Lexington Barbecue. , Credit: Sarah Delia
When officials in Lexington, North Carolina started to renovate a municipal building, they had no idea they’d tap into part of the city’s barbecue ...

Bought by KVLU and KALW

  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 26:21
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The reporter at age 12 with her mother, Mildred Amer, on the bimah of Temple B’Nai Israel. This photo was taken during the 1994 Natchez Jewish Homecoming, an event that celebrated the town’s Jewish history., Credit: Photo courtesy of Mildred Amer.
There has been a Jewish community in Natchez, Mississippi for 175 years—and Robin Amer’s family has been part of it for 160 of them. But now the nu...

Bought by WBHM

  • Added: May 21, 2015
  • Length: 35:01
  • Purchases: 1
Piece image
Once you’ve left home in search of a better life, what might make you return? During the Great Migration, six million African Americans left the So...

Bought by KVLU, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WBHM, and PRX Remix

  • Added: May 08, 2015
  • Length: 23:49
  • Purchases: 4
Piece image
Most of us know the Kentucky Derby from the front side of the track: the fancy Derby hats, the mint juleps, the thrill of the race. But there’s a w...

Bought by KVLU, WXDU, WBHM, and WABE

  • Added: Apr 23, 2015
  • Length: 24:10
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Christiane at North China Eatery on Buford Highway.
Christiane Lauterbach is a woman full of contradictions. A loner who is unfailingly gregarious. A self-described hermit who loves to ramble around ...

Bought by KVLU, WBHM, and WABE

  • Added: Apr 09, 2015
  • Length: 29:37
  • Purchases: 3
Piece image
Bourbon Street is a place some people love to hate, dismissing it as pure hedonism of the sleaziest kind. But what if Bourbon Street tells us somet...

Bought by WABE and WBHM

  • Added: Mar 26, 2015
  • Length: 26:13
  • Purchases: 2
Piece image
This is a story about one chef’s t-shirt collection. But it’s also a story about rock n’roll, Southern food, and the North Carolina bohemia that’s ...

Bought by WBHM

  • Added: Mar 12, 2015
  • Length: 24:06
  • Purchases: 1