How many stories lie in a plate of food? There’s the story of the ingredients and where they grow and how they’ve been prepared through generations. There’s the story of the technique and artistry and hard work that made them shine. There’s the story of how they were consumed and whom they nourished — in a restaurant, maybe, or around a table at home.
All of these stories, every one of them, are really stories about people. And they are as relevant today as they have ever been before.
Last week at Charleston Wine & Food we had the pleasure of speaking with John T. Edge, Executive Director of the Southern Foodways Alliance. Since its founding 20 years ago, the SFA has been devoted to documenting, studying, and exploring the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. From oral histories and podcasts to visual and performance art, the SFA has stretched our appreciation and understanding not just of Southern food, but of what food can tell us about our shared history, culture, and humanity.
In our conversation, John T. shared insights on the evolution of food studies, how to tell stories that resonate and persist, and the biggest misconceptions about Southern food today. Read on. [Read more…]