“One of the greatest pleasures of my life has been that I have never stopped learning about Good Cooking and Good Food.” ― Edna Lewis

For the past 20 years the Southern Foodways Alliance, or SFA, has “explor[ed] the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.” Their Fall Symposium, held this weekend in Oxford, Mississippi, is in its 21st year. A few members of the Alabama Chanin team are excitedly attending and in honor of their trip, this week we take a deeper look at the SFA and their mission of preservation and expansion of the culinary heritage of the South.

What is the Southern Foodways Alliance?

2018 Southern Foodways Fall Symposium

Alabama Chanin’s Friends of the Café Dinner Series, benefiting the Southern Foodways Alliance

Gravy Audio

The SFA Guide to Cocktails

Southern Foodways Alliance Studies in Culture, People, and Place with the University of Georgia Press

The Potlikker Papers by John T. Edge

Community Cookbooks on the Journal

“Shoals Chicken Stew”

Become an SFA member or make a donation

“What Americans can learn from other food cultures”

In Alabama: “Pork Ribs and Politics: The Origins of Alabama Barbecue”


@ Alabama Chanin
On the Journal: Collection: Plays Well With Others

@ The School of Making
The School of Making team will be offering an Intro to Hand-Sewing Workshop at Lowe Mill ARTS & Entertainment on Saturday, October 20th. Grab your tickets and plan to spend the day in Huntsville, Alabama. Get the details here.

@ The Factory Store + Café
Stop by and try our house-made pastrami, either at lunch or at brunch. Weekdays The Factory Café offers a Hot Pastrami sandwich, with Muenster cheese, pickles, purple slaw, and seasoned potato wedges. At brunch, we offer Pastrami Hash.

Lunch + Saturday brunch menu here

The Factory Store is hosting a second pop-up with design company Hawks and Doves. Visit us in-store from October 18th – November 3rd, to shop custom-made leather bags and accessories. Read about the Hawks and Dove founder and maker, Jessica Ullom, and find out what inspires her on the Journal.

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