Gravy Podcast

Series produced by Southern Foodways Alliance

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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.

Gravy showcases a South that is constantly evolving, accommodating new immigrants, adopting new traditions, and lovingly maintaining old ones. It uses food as a means to explore all of that, to dig into lesser-known corners of the region, complicate stereotypes, document new dynamics, and give voice to the unsung folk who grow, cook, and serve our daily meals. Gravy the print journal lands in the mailboxes of SFA members four times per year. Gravy the podcast releases a new episode every other week.


67 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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In Chapel Hill, there’s a farm that’s much more than just a spot to grow food: it’s a gathering place for refugees, including a group of Karen teen...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Oct 20, 2016
  • Length: 27:14
  • Purchases: 1
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In 1986, Ernest Matthew Mickler of Palm Valley, Florida, published White Trash Cooking. It was a loving ode to his people—rural, white, working-cla...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Oct 11, 2016
  • Length: 27:31
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Justin Hopkins performing the role of Booker Wright in "Repast." , Credit: Photo by Brandall Atkinson.
One spring day in 1965, a waiter in Greenwood, Mississippi gave an interview for an NBC television documentary. What he said has made him an unlike...

  • Added: Sep 22, 2016
  • Length: 36:08
Caption: Man with rake and drying shrimp. , Credit: Photo courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Imagine this: deep in the Louisiana wetlands, a wooden platform the size of three football fields, covered in shrimp, drying in the sun… which are ...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Sep 08, 2016
  • Length: 25:44
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Coal miner Ronnie Johnson, with his lunchbox.
For decades, Ronnie Johnson woke up in the late afternoon, and fixed a lunch to bring with him 2,000 feet underground, as he worked all night in a ...

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and West Virginia Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Aug 25, 2016
  • Length: 31:48
  • Purchases: 4
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You’ve heard of explorers discovering new lands, but new… fruits? In this episode of Gravy, a couple of young fruit explorers scour the South on a ...

Bought by KVLU, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and KSFR


  • Added: Aug 15, 2016
  • Length: 26:09
  • Purchases: 3
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How did Huntsville, Alabama become home to a whole host of German restaurants? It has more to do with rocket science, than with Southerners’ love o...

  • Added: Jul 28, 2016
  • Length: 33:42
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If you’ve never heard of a fish camp, don’t let the name fool you. It’s not a place where you fish or camp. Instead, the term designates a place wh...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Jul 07, 2016
  • Length: 22:44
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Sunset overlooking Mobile Bay in Fairhope, Alabama. , Credit: Photo by Tina Antolini.
Imagine: crabs, fish, eels—a whole team of sea creatures—rushing towards the shore, and then sitting there, as if waiting to be caught. This isn’t ...

Bought by KVLU and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 16, 2016
  • Length: 22:01
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The Azadi Market in Nashville's Little Kurdistan. , Credit: Photo by Ava Lowery.
The pride of Nashville: honky tonks and… Halal lamb? The area of the city known as Little Kurdistan contains a whole culinary universe that many pe...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Jun 02, 2016
  • Length: 28:21
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Debra Ramirez, a Mossville native. , Credit: Photo by Tina Antolini.
The residents of Mossville, Louisiana have long prized self-sufficiency. Founded by freed slaves in the 1700s, Mossville was a place where everyone...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: May 19, 2016
  • Length: 31:37
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Alexis Diao's Father's Family in the Philippines.
When Alexis Diao’s father arrived in Tallahassee, Florida, he couldn’t even find coconut milk—let alone many other ingredients to make the Filipino...

Bought by KVLU, WJCT, and WABE


  • Added: May 05, 2016
  • Length: 26:13
  • Purchases: 3
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Every week, Cracker Barrel provides 4 million Americans with a studied version of down-home Southern food and hospitality. The dumplins and the chi...

Bought by WJCT and WABE


  • Added: Apr 21, 2016
  • Length: 26:03
  • Purchases: 2
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When it comes to a certain kind of bourbon, it doesn’t matter who you are or how much money you have—you can’t get it unless you’re exceptionally l...

Bought by WABE


  • Added: Apr 07, 2016
  • Length: 26:50
  • Purchases: 1
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Jell-O could seem like a trivial food. It’s brightly colored, nutritionally void, and, hey, it jiggles. But in Appalachia, Jell-O marked a transfor...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting and WMMT


  • Added: Mar 24, 2016
  • Length: 21:41
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Vimal Patel cooks inside -- and outside -- a room in the Day's Inn he operates in North Charleston. , Credit: Photo by Wade Spees for the Post & Courier.
We stay at them around the South and across the United States: Day’s Inn. Best Western. Quality Inn. But there is a food world behind the scenes at...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 28:49
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: The winner of the World Cheese Dip Competition, held in Little Rock on October 31st, 2015: Poblano Goat Cheese Dip from Café @ Heifer. , Credit: Photo by Tina Antolini.
There’s a dish you’ll find at every kind of restaurant in Little Rock, from the pizza places to the burger joints: cheese dip. How did it become so...

Bought by KVLU


  • Added: Feb 25, 2016
  • Length: 26:34
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: The Pi Mai New Years Celebration in Morganton, NC, Credit: Photo by Katy Clune
Sticky rice. It may not be the first dish you expect to be served in a double-wide trailer in the mountain South, but in Morganton, North Carolina,...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Feb 12, 2016
  • Length: 29:44
  • Purchases: 2
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This is the story of Springdale, Arkansas, and how chicken transformed a once-sleepy rural town into the most ethnically diverse city in the state—...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Feb 02, 2016
  • Length: 21:15
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Shirley Sherrod on the porch of the antebellum mansion at Resora Plantation , Credit: Photo by Tina Antolini.
Shirley Sherrod’s introduction to the intermingling of agriculture and racism came when she was 17 years old, with an incident that changed the cou...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WJCT, WABE, and KPTZ, Port Townsend, WA


  • Added: Jan 01, 2016
  • Length: 50:14
  • Purchases: 4