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
Caption: Oysters Mornay., Credit: Image courtesy of Ship Restaurant & Bar.
What do the restaurants of your childhood say about the place you grew up? In Jack Hitt’s case, the Oysters Mornay and Escargots Bourguignonne of h...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Dec 17, 2015
  • Length: 28:02
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Mrs. Joyce Meyers, Credit: Photo by Alysia Burton Steele
The image of the Mississippi Delta the public usually gets is one of poverty-- or of cotton fields. But, on a search for women like her grandmother...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Dec 03, 2015
  • Length: 25:16
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Food at Delicious Southern Cuisine, Los Angeles, CA. , Credit: Photo by Lena Nozizwe, copyright 2015.
Black-eyed peas and collards. Fried chicken and peach cobbler. Customers at Delicious Southern Cuisine in Los Angeles come for these soul food sta...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Nov 19, 2015
  • Length: 27:08
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: A 1936 photo of one of the first events reconnecting Cajuns and Acadians. It was taken at the Grand-Pre, the national historic site where the largest settlement of Acadians was before the expulsion of the mid 1700’s.  That's Simon Thibault's great uncle, , Credit: Photo courtesy of Simon Thibault.
How is a region of the far north—Canada—intimately connected to a region 2,000 miles away in the Deep South? In this episode of Gravy, the story of...

Bought by KVLU and WABE


  • Added: Nov 05, 2015
  • Length: 25:55
  • Purchases: 2
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They’re everywhere: in your fancy cocktail bar and your down home country restaurant. In the hands of farmer’s market shoppers and 7-Eleven Slurpee...

Bought by KVLU, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, and WABE


  • Added: Oct 22, 2015
  • Length: 25:46
  • Purchases: 3
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One of the more important places for the modern American diet may be... an obscure army base in Natick, Massachusetts. The Combat Feeding Directora...

Bought by KVLU, WMMT, and WABE


  • Added: Oct 08, 2015
  • Length: 28:21
  • Purchases: 3
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While West Virginia may be known for resources like coal, the country once turned to this mountain state for a culinary staple: salt. In this episo...

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


  • Added: Sep 24, 2015
  • Length: 23:22
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Choya Webb and his father, Choya Webb Sr.
What does *not* eating meat say about you? In one young biracial man’s family, his dietary change was construed as white, elite, even feminine. In ...

Bought by KVLU, WABE, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 10, 2015
  • Length: 24:40
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: New Orleans soul food restaurant Willie Mae's Scotch House in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, how does the city’s food reveal how the place has changed? The stories of a wine bar, and...

Bought by KUT, Northern Community Radio - KAXE & KBXE, WCAI / WNAN, KMUN, KOSU and more


  • Added: Aug 05, 2015
  • Length: 53:59
  • Purchases: 18
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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


  • 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 KALW


  • Added: Jun 04, 2015
  • Length: 26:21
  • Purchases: 1
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
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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, WBHM, and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 08, 2015
  • Length: 23:49
  • Purchases: 4
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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 WXDU, WBHM, and WABE


  • Added: Apr 23, 2015
  • Length: 24:10
  • Purchases: 3
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 WBHM and WABE


  • Added: Apr 09, 2015
  • Length: 29:37
  • Purchases: 2
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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
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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
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Derby Pie is a Kentucky staple. But the nut-and-chocolate-filled dessert has also been a source of controversy, one that has Kentuckians laying cla...

Bought by West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WBHM, and WABE


  • Added: Feb 27, 2015
  • Length: 20:48
  • Purchases: 3