On February 29 -- on the eve of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival -- the Southern Foodways Alliance, along with Fatback Collective members, will pitch their tent in Marion Square Park.
The SFA documents, studies, and celebrates the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. The Fatback Collective is a cadre of the region’s civic-minded food folk.
Together, they will serve up: Honest food. Hip films. Good company. Porgy Tosses.
Leading the way will be:
--Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, SC
--Drew Robinson, Jim ‘N Nicks Bar-B-Q, Birmingham, AL
--Jeremiah Langhorne, McCrady’s, Charleston, SC
--Ashley Christensen, Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC
--Samuel Jones, Skylight Inn, Ayden, NC
--Donald Link, Link Restaurant Group, New Orleans, LA
--Rodney Scott, Scott’s Barbecue, Hemingway, SC
--Stephen Stryjewski, Cochon, New Orleans, LA
Here’s half the menu. The other half is a secret:
--Potlikker, perfumed with Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Ham
--Rappahannock River Oysters, bathed in barbecue sauce
--Fatback Pig Project Berkshires, cooked Alabama Asado style
--Border Springs Lambs, cooked Williamsburg (County) style
Brown whiskey drinks, shaken to a froth by LeNell Camacho Santa Ana, mistress of cocktails for Little Donkey, straight outa Birmingham, Alabama
On the screen, Joe York-directed SFA-produced films:
--CURED, a hymn to Tennessee ham and bacon man Allan Benton
--DORI, a profile of South Carolina peach farmer and novelist Dori Sanders
--EGGERS, a tale of harvesting paddlefish for their roe on the Mississippi River
--DEADLIEST THROW, a glimpse at the Interstate Mullet Toss on the Alabama-Florida border
--PRIDE & JOY, a prequel to the hour-long SFA opus on Southern food culture