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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 ex...Show More

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Y'all Have Chilaquiles?

25:42 | Dec 20th, 2018

With its vibrant take on Mexican breakfast, Con Huevos restaurant is bringing Louisville, Kentucky, brand-new answers to the question of what to eat for breakfast. Answers like tortas, chilaquiles, huevos rancheros, and poached eggs with chipotle gra...Show More

Smoking on the South Side

16:26 | Dec 6th, 2018

Barbecue purists from the Carolinas to Texas might balk at the notion that Chicago, Illinois, has a barbecue tradition all its own. But owing to the Great Migration, and to a special piece of equipment called the aquarium smoker, reporter-producer Am...Show More

Vinegar & Char

15:34 | Nov 15th, 2018

Vinegar & Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance, edited by poet Sandra Beasley, is SFA's latest book, available now from University of Georgia Press.  In this special episode, you'll hear half a dozen of the poems in the collection, read by...Show More

Visible Yam

18:32 | Nov 1st, 2018

“For me, the hallmark of food in literature, raised to the level of art, is food interacting with character. Food as character. Food doing stuff. Food being stuff. Just as it happens with our flesh and blood, our mouths and our bellies and our memori...Show More

The Swamp Witches

27:18 | Oct 18th, 2018

The Swamp Witches, as this group of friends call themselves, have been duck hunting together for nearly 20 years. Men are often surprised to stumble upon a half-dozen women—not in the company of fathers or husbands or brothers—out hunting. In this ep...Show More

Comfort Food

22:58 | Aug 9th, 2018

This week, we bring you Gravy's first foray into fiction. It's a story of macaroni and cheese and maternal love, set in the fictional Canard County, Kentucky.  Robert Gipe is the author of the novels Trampoline and Weedeater. He teaches and coordinat...Show More

Agave Diplomacy

23:33 | Jul 26th, 2018

Bars mean different things to different people. For some, they are places to find community and discover new ingredients and flavors. They can serve as a gateway for cultural understanding. A group of bar operators in Houston, Texas, use their establ...Show More

What Is Latino Enough?

29:58 | Jul 12th, 2018

Mine is a slightly funky ancestry: a Colombian mother, a Cuban father, a combination that leads many Latinos to say, “¡Que mezcla tan rara!” But even in saying the phrase myself, it’s clear that neither tongue works comfortably for me. My Spanish is ...Show More

Catfish Dream

24:26 | Jun 28th, 2018

When he was shut out of the industry during the 1980s catfish boom, Scott turned 160 acres of arable farmland into catfish ponds and built a processing plant of concrete and stainless steel atop the bones of an old tractor shed. In doing so, he march...Show More

The Price of Cheap Milk

19:16 | Jun 14th, 2018

When we pour a glass of milk, most of us don’t consider the economics that brought that milk from a cow to our kitchen. Reporter-producer Allison Salerno visited two women, friends and neighbors in southeast Georgia, who both grew up and spent their ...Show More

Native Strangers of the South

29:28 | May 31st, 2018

Writer Naben Ruthnum compares outsiders' expectations and assumptions about the South Asian diaspora to those about the American South.  This week's episode is adapted from a lecture Ruthnum gave at SFA's Taste of the South at Blackberry Farm in Wall...Show More

Where Kentucky Meets Somalia

24:55 | May 17th, 2018

Many Muslims in the United States feel the stings of xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiment on a daily basis. For them, safe public spaces are essential. As many lament the death of the American mall, the International Mall on 8th and York Streets ...Show More

A Message and a Verse

03:18 | Apr 19th, 2018

Gravy listeners, we invite you to join us in Lexington, Kentucky, June 21–23, for our annual SFA Summer Symposium. Today, listen to Kentucky poet—and Summer Symposium presenter—Rebecca Gayle Howell reading her poem "What Wealth Is."  Visit southernfo...Show More

Subterranean Chop Suey

21:02 | Mar 22nd, 2018

In the early 20th century, an Arkansan real estate developer named C.A. Linebarger had an idea. American was in the throes of the Great Depression, and the worst drought in recorded history gripped the heartland. Times were tough. But like many folks...Show More

Hungry in the Mississippi Delta

37:41 | Mar 8th, 2018

While civil rights activists worked in Mississippi in 1964, they encountered a poverty they could never have imagined. People were hungry, starving to death from malnutrition, particularly in the Mississippi Delta. Doctors and medical professionals, ...Show More

Hostesses of the Movement

39:35 | Feb 22nd, 2018

The hostesses of the Civil Rights Movement: They were school teachers, church ladies, and club women. Their subtle contributions played a vital role in the change that was to come. While others hit the streets, marching, singing protest songs, and ri...Show More

Dispatch from Duplin County

32:19 | Feb 8th, 2018

By the end of the twentieth century, hog farming had replaced tobacco as the backbone of eastern North Carolina's economy. Today, the hog industry is a source of both contention and pride in the area. In rural Duplin County, the home of Smithfield Fo...Show More

Home with the Armadillo: The Austin Sound, with a Side of Nachos

26:25 | Jan 25th, 2018

Austin, Texas, calls itself the Live Music Capital of the World. Back in the 1970s, country music mixed with rock-and-roll to create the "Austin sound." Its cradle was the Armadillo World Headquarters, where the so-called hippies and rednecks came to...Show More

Hidden in Plain Sight: Las Pulgas of New Orleans

27:21 | Jan 11th, 2018

When people think of New Orleans food, jambalayas, gumbos, and beignets usually come to mind. But with the arrival of thousands of Central American and Mexican immigrants after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Latin foods are increasingly present across th...Show More

Baptism by Biryani

24:58 | Dec 28th, 2017

If you want to see the American future, visit Greater Houston, the nation's most diverse major metropolitan area and home to the South's biggest city. Since the 1982 collapse of the oil boom, the city's sprawling and overbuilt subdivisions have attra...Show More

A Taste of Place: Whiskey as Food

24:25 | Dec 14th, 2017

When most people sit down to enjoy a pour of whiskey, they aren't thinking about where the grain that it is made with comes from, nor do they think much about how it's produced agriculturally. Though spirits are distilled from wheat, potatoes, rice, ...Show More

A Most Civil Union: from Reconstruction to Restaurateur

21:14 | Nov 30th, 2017

Brunswick, Georgia's The Farmer & The Larder restaurant is forward-facing with its menu, while paying homage to an agricultural legacy that reaches back to days of Reconstruction. Rose Reid reports the story of self-described "CheFarmer" Matthew Raif...Show More

Stories from the Hem of my Mother's Apron

25:53 | Nov 16th, 2017

For Hannah Drake, it all started with a trip to Dakar, Senegal. The author, poet, mother, and native Kentuckian was transformed by the communal experience of simply preparing and eating food with other women. So occasionally she gathers a group of wo...Show More

Of Hunger and Humanity: Resilience on the Texas Coast

24:20 | Nov 2nd, 2017

When Hurricane Harvey unleashed 30 trillion gallons of rain on Texas last summer, thousands of evacuees and first responders needed to be fed. Restaurants and commercial kitchens were turned into relief operations, and residents hauled their grills t...Show More

The Wise Family at Work: A Sound Portrait

34:35 | Oct 19th, 2017

Historically, African Americans played a central role in the nation’s agriculture system, and, through their labor and know-how on farms and plantations, in the very building of the American economy – particularly in the South. Of course, black peopl...Show More

Booze Legends

26:31 | Oct 5th, 2017

Striking up a conversation with a stranger in a bar is accepted, even expected. And storytelling is a big part of that engagement. But when it comes to origin stories behind cocktails, Wayne Curtis has noticed a shift in focus over the last ten years...Show More

Kimchi and Cornbread

33:58 | Sep 21st, 2017

When you sit down for a meat and three in Montgomery, Alabama, say at the Davis Café, you choose from the menu and you get one plate all for you, but at a Korean table in Montgomery – or anywhere – your plates are all shared. And there are many of th...Show More

Shad Stories: The Ebb and Flow of the Founding Fish

26:46 | Sep 7th, 2017

The American shad were once as plentiful in the water along the east coast as the buffalo were in the west. But after decades of overfishing and pollution, their numbers plummeted and Virginia outlawed commercial fishing of shad in the 1970s. Now, sh...Show More

Pie by Another Name: The Burekas of Or Ve Shalom

26:06 | Aug 24th, 2017

Every Tuesday a group of women gets together at Or Ve Shalom Synagogue in Atlanta to bake hundreds of savory hand-held pies. They're called burekas, from the Turkish word Burek, which means pie. Sephardic Jews trace their heritage to the countries ar...Show More

Hostesses of the Movement

39:07 | Aug 10th, 2017

This week’s Gravy podcast looks at hostesses of the Civil Rights Movement. They were school teachers, church ladies and club women who were not direct in their assault of segregation, but nonetheless played a vital role in the change that was to come...Show More

The Mala Project: Chinese Flavors, Tennessee Family

27:31 | Jul 27th, 2017

What happens when a white family in the American South adopts an 11-year-old Chinese girl who’s never eaten a meal other than Chinese in her entire life and has no intention of starting now? Fear and frustration on all sides give way to a solution in...Show More

Bluegrass Tacos

27:23 | Jul 13th, 2017

In the northwestern part of Lexington, Kentucky, just inside the city’s loop road, there is a little bit of Mexico. In all directions, there are signs in Spanish – a bakery, a restaurant, a grocery store, a daycare, a church. And just down the road m...Show More

Separation of Church and Coffee

28:47 | Jun 29th, 2017

How many of us would be lost without our regular coffeeshop? In the age of wifi and telecommuting, cafes have become more than purveyors of lattes and cappuccinos. They’re the office, the community hub, and the conference room as much as the provider...Show More

Going Whole Hog in Israel

28:13 | Jun 15th, 2017

When you think about Israeli cuisine there are a few things that may come to mind; hummus or shawarma, shakshuka and baba ganoush. What probably doesn’t come to mind is pork. After all, Israel is the self-proclaimed home for Jews in the Middle East. ...Show More

How A Texas Vine Saved European Wine

29:08 | May 31st, 2017

Thanks to Texan viticulturist Thomas Volney Munson, you should probably think of Texas when you think of that French wine you're drinking. During an agricultural crisis in France in the late 1800's, his tough grafted Texan vines saved the industry fr...Show More

Farmer's Blues

22:06 | May 18th, 2017

Imagine you’re a young person wanting to be a farmer. If you don’t inherit land from your family, the challenges of finding and affording farmland might make your dream a non-starter. The average farmer in the United States is in her late 50s, and mu...Show More

Halal Memphis

27:59 | May 4th, 2017

Chicken shawarma might not be the first food that comes to mind when you think of Memphis. This episode of Gravy takes us inside Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill to meet Mahmoud al-Hazaz, who made his home in the U.S. South after being forced to leave hi...Show More

Booze Legends

26:34 | Apr 19th, 2017

Striking up a conversation with a stranger in a bar is accepted, even expected. And storytelling is a big part of that engagement. But when it comes to origin stories behind cocktails, Wayne Curtis has noticed a shift in focus over the last ten years...Show More

Corned Beef Sandwiches in the Delta

20:27 | Apr 6th, 2017

It’s the season for communal meals, like Easter dinners and Passover Seders. In the Mississippi Delta town of Greenville, members of the Hebrew Union Congregation synagogue have been hosting a community meal on the past 130 years. It brings together ...Show More

The Chili Powder Cheat: A Tex-Mex Story

29:39 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Texas: the land of BBQ, breakfast tacos…and of course Tex-Mex. But what if we told you Tex-Mex wasn’t created by a Texan or Mexican, but a German immigrant? On this episode of Gravy, we tell you the story of William Gebhardt, the inventor of chili po...Show More

Southern Food Gets Christopher Columbus-ed

33:07 | Mar 9th, 2017

So much of our national culture—food, music, dance—has come from the South. Where would American dance be without Jane Brown? Where would American music be without Robert Johnson, the Delta blues player? Where would American modern food be now if you...Show More

Korean BBQ in Coolsville: A Memphis Report

20:39 | Feb 23rd, 2017

What happens when Korean barbecue goes from suburban strip malls to restaurant rows in cities like Atlanta, New Orleans, and Memphis? On the latest Gravy, new host (and old SFA director) John T Edge reports from DWJ Korean BBQ in Memphis, Tennessee, ...Show More

Reclaiming Native Ground

29:03 | Feb 9th, 2017

For centuries, the bayous and lowlands of coastal Louisiana have fed the Point-au-Chien Indian Tribe. From cattle to crabs, oranges to okra, the fertile landscape provided almost everything they needed to eat. But now, the land is disappearing,  and ...Show More

Ironies and Onion Rings: The Layered Story of the Vidalia Onion

28:43 | Jan 26th, 2017

If you know and love the Vidalia onion—an onion sweet enough, its fans say, to eat like an apple—you likely also know it as a product of Georgia, as proudly claimed as the peach. But the story of the Vidalia’s popularity is far more complex than just...Show More

Hungry in the Mississippi Delta

37:50 | Jan 12th, 2017

While civil rights activists worked in Mississippi in 1964, they encountered a poverty they could never have imagined. People were hungry, starving to death from malnutrition, particularly in the Mississippi Delta. Doctors and medical professionals, ...Show More

ENCORE: The Emotional Life of Eating

23:13 | Dec 29th, 2016

Many of the stories we hear and tell about food are positive—food’s power to nourish, to comfort, to bring people together. But it also has the potential to cause shame, fear, disgust and a whole host of other uncomfortable emotions. Today on Gravy: ...Show More

A Tale of Two Krauts

29:42 | Dec 15th, 2016

Sarah Reynolds takes us into the kitchens of Louise Frazier and Sandor Katz to learn how fermenting vegetables has helped them both carry on through illness and aging. Frazier learned to ferment from her mother in the 1920s, while Katz studied the th...Show More

The Southern Story of Coca Cola (Gravy Ep. 51)

25:25 | Dec 1st, 2016

You might think of Coca Cola as an iconic American brand… and you’d be right. But: it was born in the South. How did Coke’s Atlanta birthplace shape what the soft drink became? And how has Coke shaped the South? It’s a story that includes many surpri...Show More

Beyond the Golden Leaf (Gravy Ep. 50)

26:02 | Nov 17th, 2016

For generations, farmers in western North Carolina have relied on tobacco as a core crop, their lifeblood. It was more than just income, though: tobacco supplied these families with a cultural backbone, a way of ordering their year—and their meals. S...Show More

Maize Migrations (Gravy Ep. 49)

25:22 | Nov 3rd, 2016

Corn is a ubiquitous part of Southern food—from bread to whiskey. But how did it get to be that way? In this episode of Gravy, we go on a hunt for the origins of corn, and how it came to be so fully embedded in the South. Stephen Satterfield is a fif...Show More

Transplanted Traditions: From Southeast Asia to North Carolina (Gravy Ep. 48)

27:15 | Oct 20th, 2016

In Chapel Hill, there’s a farm that’s much more than just a spot to grow food: it’s a gathering place for refugees, including a group of Karen teenagers from Burma. In this episode of Gravy, those teens report on the farm, their lives, and the ups an...Show More

What Is White Trash Cooking? (Gravy ep. 47)

27:32 | Oct 6th, 2016

In 1986, Ernest Matthew Mickler of Palm Valley, Florida, published White Trash Cooking. It was a loving ode to his people—rural, white, working-class and poor Southerners—and their recipes: tuna casserole, baked possum, white-bread tomato sandwiches....Show More

Repast (Gravy Ep. 46)

36:08 | Sep 22nd, 2016

One spring day in 1965, a waiter in Greenwood, Mississippi gave an interview for an NBC television documentary. What he said has made him an unlikely Civil Rights hero… and the subject of an opera oratorio. In this episode of Gravy, the story of that...Show More

Dancing the Shrimp Dry: How Chinese Immigrants Drove Louisiana Seafood (Gravy Ep. 45)

25:45 | Sep 8th, 2016

Imagine this: deep in the Louisiana wetlands, a wooden platform the size of three football fields, covered in shrimp, drying in the sun… which are being danced on by Chinese immigrants, to rid them of their brittle shrimp shells. Now multiply that vi...Show More

The Leftovers In A Coal Miner's Lunchbox (Gravy Ep. 44)

31:49 | Aug 25th, 2016

For decades, Ronnie Johnson woke up in the late afternoon, and fixed a lunch to bring with him 2,000 feet underground, as he worked all night in a coal mine. In this episode of Gravy, his son, Caleb, tells the story of the evolution of his father’s l...Show More

An Apple Quest (Gravy Ep. 43)

26:10 | Aug 11th, 2016

You’ve heard of explorers discovering new lands, but new… fruits? Fruit exploring has a long and abundant history, including in the American South, a region once rich in apple orchards. In this episode of Gravy, a couple of young fruit explorers scou...Show More

Schnitzel and the Saturn V (Gravy Ep. 42)

33:43 | Jul 28th, 2016

How did Huntsville, Alabama become home to a whole host of German restaurants? It has more to do with rocket science, than with Southerners’ love of spaetzle. In this episode of Gravy: a story of space exploration, World War II, nationalism—and the f...Show More

ENCORE: Dinner at the Patel Motel (Gravy Ep. 33)

0:00 | Jul 14th, 2016

We stay at them around the South and across the United States: Day’s Inn. Best Western. Quality Inn. But there is a food world behind the scenes at some motels that most people are unaware of. In this episode of Gravy, a partnership with the Post & C...Show More

Fish Camps: Fried Seafood and Family in a North Carolina Mill Town

22:46 | Jun 30th, 2016

For years in Gaston County, North Carolina, just west of Charlotte, there was a local tradition on Friday or Saturday night: Get the whole family in the car, and head to the fish camp. A fish camp is not what it sounds like. You don't fish there. You...Show More

A Seafood Phenomenon: the Wonder of Alabama Jubilees (Gravy Ep. 40)

22:02 | Jun 16th, 2016

Imagine: crabs, fish, eels—a whole team of sea creatures—rushing towards the shore, and then sitting there, as if waiting to be caught. This isn’t some fisherman’s daydream. It really happens in Alabama’s Mobile Bay. In this episode of Gravy, we tell...Show More

The Middle East in Music City (Gravy Ep. 39)

28:21 | Jun 2nd, 2016

The pride of Nashville: honky tonks and… Halal lamb? The area of the city known as Little Kurdistan contains a whole culinary universe that many people—even those who live in the city—are unaware of. In this episode of Gravy, we partner with Jakob Le...Show More

What’s Growing in Mossville? (Gravy Ep. 38)

31:37 | May 19th, 2016

The residents of Mossville, Louisiana have long prized self-sufficiency. Founded by freed slaves in the 1700s, Mossville was a place where everyone grew their own fruits and vegetables, caught fish, and hunted. African American families built the tow...Show More

Halo Halo: Growing up “Mix Mix,” Filipino in the American South (Gravy Ep. 37)

26:14 | May 5th, 2016

When Alexis Diao’s father arrived in Tallahassee, Florida, he couldn’t even find coconut milk—let alone many other ingredients to make the Filipino food of his home. But there was an even bigger problem: he didn’t know how to cook. His feeling of rem...Show More

The New Old Country Store (Gravy Ep. 36)

26:04 | Apr 21st, 2016

Every week, Cracker Barrel provides 4 million Americans with a studied version of down-home Southern food and hospitality. The dumplins and the chicken-fried steak. The country knick-knacks and the rocking chairs. What are we really consuming, cultur...Show More

Wanting the Bourbon You Can’t Have (Gravy Ep. 35)

26:51 | Apr 7th, 2016

When it comes to a certain kind of bourbon, it doesn’t matter who you are or how much money you have—you can’t get it unless you’re exceptionally lucky or you’re willing to break the law. In this episode of Gravy, we teamed up with the podcast Crimin...Show More

Jell-O Makes the Modern (Mountain) Woman (Gravy Ep. 34)

21:42 | Mar 24th, 2016

Jell-O could seem like a trivial food. It’s brightly colored-- vibrantly orange, electric green or unsettlingly blue—nutritionally void, and, hey, it jiggles. But in Appalachia, Jell-O marked a transformation in the lives of rural residents. In this...Show More

Dinner at the Patel Motel (Gravy Ep. 33)

28:50 | Mar 9th, 2016

We stay at them around the South and across the United States: Day’s Inn. Best Western. Quality Inn. But there is a food world behind the scenes at some motels that most people are unaware of. In this episode of Gravy, a partnership with the Post & C...Show More

Mexican-ish: How Arkansas Came to Love Cheese Dip (Gravy Ep. 32)

26:35 | Feb 25th, 2016

There’s a dish you’ll find at every kind of restaurant in Little Rock, from the pizza places to the burger joints: cheese dip. How did it become so beloved in Arkansas? And what does it reveal about the state’s past—and present? In this episode of Gr...Show More

A Trailer, a Temple, a Feast: Making Laos in North Carolina (Gravy Ep. 31)

29:45 | Feb 11th, 2016

Sticky rice. It may not be the first dish you expect to be served in a double-wide trailer in the mountain South, but in Morganton, North Carolina, you will find it in abundance. In this episode of Gravy, Katy Clune brings us the story of one Laotian...Show More

The Pull of Pollo: How the Chicken Industry Transformed One Arkansas Town (Gravy Ep. 30)

21:16 | Jan 28th, 2016

When you think of Southern food, especially if you're not from the South, fried chicken might be the first dish that comes to mind. Chicken is a Southern staple, and the biggest chicken companies in the world are all based in the South. The second-la...Show More

Hip Hop to Bibimbap: the Atlanta of Christiane Lauterbach (Gravy Ep. 11)

30:36 | Jan 14th, 2016

What kind of view of a city can you have through its restaurants? Or—more specifically—through its strip mall restaurants? Christiane Lauterbach’s multi-decade career proves: a whole lot. Christiane is a woman full of contradictions. A loner who is ...Show More

Fighting for the Promised Land: A Story of Farming and Racism (Gravy Ep. 29)

50:15 | Dec 31st, 2015

Shirley Sherrod’s introduction to the intermingling of agriculture and racism came when she was 17 years old, with an incident that changed the course of her life. And, after that moment, her life has been one defined by the fight for black-owned far...Show More

Southern Fried Baked Alaska (Gravy Ep. 28)

28:03 | Dec 17th, 2015

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 his Charleston, South Carolina home revealed a South attempting to be less… Southern. This was the 1970...Show More

Delta Jewels (Gravy Ep. 27)

25:17 | Dec 3rd, 2015

When Alysia Burton Steele moved to Mississippi, she found herself drawn to the Delta. Something about it reminded her of her grandmother, who’d grown up in rural South Carolina. That observation would lead Alysia on a journey of discovery, seeking ou...Show More

South by South of the Border Soul Food (Gravy Ep. 26)

27:09 | Nov 19th, 2015

Black-eyed peas and collards. Fried chicken and peach cobbler. Customers at Delicious Southern Cuisine in Los Angeles come for these soul food staples, a taste that reminds some of their Southern roots. But: there’s a different narrative going on in ...Show More

The Cajun Reconnection (Gravy Ep. 25)

25:56 | Nov 5th, 2015

How is a region of the far north—Canada—intimately connected to a region 2,000 miles away in the Deep South? It’s a story that begins 250 years ago, and involves both loss and reunification, the reconnection of a people with shared ancestry. In this...Show More

The Mason Jar Pickle (Gravy Ep. 24)

25:47 | Oct 22nd, 2015

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 slurpers. How did mason jars get to be so ubiquitous? How did they come to be embraced by the DIY cann...Show More

Combat Ready Kitchen (Gravy Ep. 23)

28:22 | Oct 8th, 2015

One of the more important places for the modern Southern (and American) diet may be... an obscure army base in Natick, Massachusetts. The Combat Feeding Directorate looks just like any other suburban office park, but it’s an origin point for many of ...Show More

A Salt Story: West Virginia Siblings Mine the Past to Build a Future (Gravy Ep. 22)

23:22 | Sep 24th, 2015

While West Virginia may be known for resources like coal, the country once turned to this mountain state for a culinary staple: salt. Salt production started in this part of the Appalachian mountains in the late 1700s. It was an industry built on the...Show More

Coming Out Meatless (Gravy Ep. 21)

24:40 | Sep 10th, 2015

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Red Beans, Red Wine, & Rebuilds: a Katrina Anniversary Special (Gravy Ep. 20)

1:01:30 | Aug 27th, 2015

Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, how does the city’s food reveal how the place has changed? This hour-long special episode of Gravy takes on that question, from what was eaten just after the storm to the stories of two restau...Show More

Ice Cream, Coffee, and Community in Alabama: A Gravy Road Trip (Gravy Ep. 19)

21:54 | Aug 13th, 2015

The Shoals is a community in Northwest Alabama made up of four towns: Muscle Shoals, Florence, Sheffield, and Tuscumbia. Tucked in the foothills of the Tennessee River Valley, the Shoals is an hour from any interstate, and at least a two-hour drive f...Show More

Bill Smith Turns Up the Volume (Gravy Ep. 9)

0:00 | Jul 30th, 2015

How does a chef’s taste in things other than food wind up influencing what’s on the plate? For example, if they like rocking out to, say, the Butthole Surfers—is that relevant? If you were to meet Bill Smith riding his bike around town, you might no...Show More

Holding Onto the Bayou (Gravy Ep. 18)

32:44 | Jul 16th, 2015

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A Charleston Feast for Reconciliation (Gravy Ep. 17)

28:18 | Jul 2nd, 2015

Charleston, South Carolina has become the center of discussions about race and violence in America these past few weeks. The massacre of nine African American parishioners at a historic black church there has prompted a national discussion and collec...Show More

Fried Chicken: A Complicated Comfort Food (Gravy Ep. 16)

25:51 | Jun 18th, 2015

It’s easy to love fried chicken. The light crunch of a crisped wing or leg, followed by the moist meat of the interior; it’s understandably beloved. But there is more going on with this comfort food than you might think. Fried chicken has both been t...Show More

A City Built on Barbecue (Gravy Ep. 15)

26:22 | Jun 4th, 2015

Lexington, North Carolina calls itself the “Barbecue Capital of the World.” (In fact, the state legislature got a little more specific about it, dubbing the city “the Hickory Smoked Barbecue Capital of North Carolina.”) For more than one hundred year...Show More

The Last Jews of Natchez (Gravy Ep. 14)

35:01 | May 21st, 2015

People are often surprised when Robin Amer tells them her family is from the South. That’s because her family is Jewish, and a lot of people don’t realize there are Jews in the South, especially in tiny towns like Natchez, Mississippi. But Robin’s fa...Show More

A Migration Reversed (Gravy Ep. 13)

23:50 | May 7th, 2015

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 South for the North. Donnie “Pen” Travis was one of them. But that was just the start of his journey. ...Show More

Tamales for the Derby (Gravy Ep. 12)

24:10 | Apr 23rd, 2015

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 whole other world to racetracks in the South—and one with food that tells a story about who’s working th...Show More

Hip Hop to Bibimbap: the Atlanta of Christiane Lauterbach (Gravy Ep. 11)

29:37 | Apr 9th, 2015

What kind of view of a city can you have through its restaurants? Or—more specifically—through its strip mall restaurants? Christiane Lauterbach’s multi-decade career proves: a whole lot. Christiane is a woman full of contradictions. A loner who is ...Show More

Our Bourbon Street or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Hand Grenade (Gravy Ep. 10)

26:13 | Mar 26th, 2015

You probably have a mental image of Bourbon Street: drunken revelers, neon signs, debauchery of many kinds. Well, it once was just a residential street in the heart of the French Quarter—totally normal. No Big Ass Beers or Huge Ass Beers. How did it ...Show More

Bill Smith Turns Up the Volume (Gravy Ep. 9)

24:07 | Mar 12th, 2015

How does a chef’s taste in things other than food wind up influencing what’s on the plate? For example, if they like rocking out to, say, the Butthole Surfers—is that relevant? If you were to meet Bill Smith riding his bike around town, you might no...Show More

The Pie Formerly Known as Derby (Gravy Ep. 8)

20:48 | Feb 26th, 2015

In and around Louisville, lots of things are named after the Kentucky Derby. The famous horse race, held at Churchill Downs every first weekend in May, has leant its name to everything from apartment complexes to hats to… pie. It’s a part of many Ken...Show More

Brothers, Soldiers, Farmers (Gravy Ep. 7)

23:34 | Feb 12th, 2015

There are more military veterans in the South than any other part of the United States. This region has also been losing farmers at an astonishing rate. Those two things sound disconnected? Not if two brothers in Kentucky have any say about it. Th...Show More

The Jemima Code (Gravy Ep. 6)

22:29 | Jan 29th, 2015

Toni Tipton Martin was just starting out as a reporter back in the 1980’s, when she noticed something that struck her as odd about the cookbook section of the newspaper she was working for. There were no cookbooks by black people. “That just didn’t j...Show More

Sweet, Sour, Bitter, Salty: The Emotional Life of Eating (Gravy Ep. 5)

23:19 | Jan 15th, 2015

Many of the stories we hear and tell about food are positive—food’s power to nourish, to comfort, to bring people together. But it also has the potential to cause shame, fear, disgust and a whole host of other uncomfortable emotions. Today on Gravy: ...Show More

Live at Fred's Lounge (Gravy Ep. 4)

27:17 | Jan 1st, 2015

Normal 0 0 1 112 643 5 1 789 11.1539 0 0 0 Fred’s Lounge in Mamou, Louisiana, is a dancing and drinking destination… on Saturday mornings only. That’s the only time it’s open. F...Show More

The Fight for Water and Oysters (Gravy Ep. 3)

28:29 | Dec 18th, 2014

Normal 0 0 1 87 497 4 1 610 11.1539 0 0 0 Normal 0 0 1 87 498 4 1 611 11.1539 0 0 0 Atlanta can s...Show More

Separation of Church and Coffee (Gravy Ep. 2)

27:00 | Dec 4th, 2014

Normal 0 0 1 46 263 2 1 322 11.1539 0 0 0 In cities and towns across the South, an increasing number of the folks offering up latte art and high-end pourover brewing are devout Ch...Show More

Adaptation, Survival, Gratitude: a Lumbee Thanksgiving Story (Gravy Ep. 1)

24:22 | Nov 20th, 2014

For Thanksgiving, a Native American story… but not the one you’re imagining. No Pilgrims here. For the Lumbee Indians in North Carolina, the holiday meal involves cornbread, collards and a whole lot of pork. The Lumbee food story is a portal to a hyb...Show More