Donors Support Art in Southern Foodways Alliance Programming

Gifts will support creative relationships to bolster SFA events

OXFORD, Miss. – While food nourishes the body, art nourishes the soul. The Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi expertly blends both into programming, and supporters believe the two will continue to pair well together for years to come. Impressed by the SFA’s use of art to enhance the presentation of Southern foodRead the story …

Oxford Conference for the Book Brings Variety of Authors to UM

Poets, journalists, scholars and readers coming to campus March 2-4 for free event

OXFORD, Miss. – Pulitzer Prize-winning authors, as well as first-time novelists, are part of the variety of legendary and debut writers hosted at the Oxford Conference for the Book, set for March 2-4. Poets, journalists, scholars and readers will visit the University of Mississippi for the 23rd conference. The three-day event, which is free andRead the story …

Author Who Explores World of Food Trends Coming to UM

David Sax, guru of what America eats, to lecture Feb. 29

OXFORD, Miss. – Popular foods for 2016 include kimchee and packaged seaweed strips, but David Sax already knew that. Sax, an award-winning journalist and author, explores the world of food trends: where they come from, how they grow and where they end up. He will discuss the latest culinary developments at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 29 atRead the story …

SFA Journal, Podcast Named Publication of the Year

'Gravy' covers Southern food in both printed and audio media

OXFORD, Miss. – The James Beard Foundation has named “Gravy,” the quarterly print journal and biweekly podcast of the University of Mississippi’s Southern Foodways Alliance, as the 2015 Publication of the Year. The award honors fresh direction, worthy ambition and a forward-looking approach to food journalism. The printed journal Gravy lands in the mailboxes ofRead the story …

Generous Gift Supports Southern Foodways Alliance

Kentucky couple creates Smith Symposium Fellows to support individuals doing notable foodways work

OXFORD, Miss. – Drawing on academics, chefs, artisans, farmers, journalists, writers, food enthusiasts and more, the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi uses food as a cultural compass, guiding the understanding of history, race relations and politics. SFA members Pam and Brook Smith of Louisville, Kentucky, are helping bring more people to theRead the story …

Documenting the Culinary Wealth of the South

Jim 'N Nick's founder, wife make major gift to Southern Foodways Alliance

OXFORD, Miss. – Nick and Suzanne Pihakis of Birmingham, Alabama, have made a transformative gift to endow the Pihakis Foodways Documentary Fellow, a filmmaking and teaching position at the University of Mississippi and its Southern Foodways Alliance. Thanks to their generosity, stories of the South’s diverse food cultures will be filmed and produced for posterityRead the story …

Business Strengthens Study of Cultural Identity

Cathead Distillery supports UM's Southern Foodways Alliance

OXFORD, Miss. – Cathead Distillery has committed long-term support to the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi, as the company recognizes food as a powerful cultural product of the American South. Based in Jackson, Cathead Distillery is a longtime supporter of music as an important aspect of cultural identity and plans to provideRead the story …

Taking ‘Pride and Joy’ on the Road

Joe York's film selected for South Arts grant for regional tour

OXFORD, Miss. – Joe York is accustomed to traveling the country making documentary films, but he recently toured six cities in nine days as a recipient of a South Arts grant to screen and discuss his film “Pride & Joy.” A feature-length documentary about Southern food in all its regional variations – from beef barbecueRead the story …

Don’t Miss Pride and Joy, the Newest SFA Feature Documentary

OXFORD, Miss. – Pride & Joy, the SFA’s feature documentary by Joe York, is coming to a small screen near you. So near you, in fact, that it’s probably in your living room. (For those of you who haven’t finished your coffee yet, we’re talking about your television.) Here are your chances to catch PrideRead the story …

Private Gifts Endow Foodways Professorship

UM now searches for top scholar to fill position for 2014-15

OXFORD, Miss. – The Southern Foodways Alliance, an institute of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, has long led the nation in documentary work about foodways, the cultural and culinary practices of a region or group. With a new endowed professorship, the SFA aims to drive foodways scholarship,Read the story …