What I learned from Food Media South

Last Saturday, this was my world.

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Food Media South
WorkPlay
Birmingham, AL
Southern Foodways Alliance

Here are my take-aways. At least, I think this is what they said. Any errors of interpretation are mine.

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Duncan Hines was a real person. He wrote travel guides back in the days before restaurant inspections. He was more concerned about whether a restaurant would make you sick than how locally it sourced its artisanal products. // Post and Courier: Hanna Raskin

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After World War II, Greeks in Birmingham changed from immigrants after our jobs to fellow Americans. They became white. (Question: how could Greeks ever not be counted as from a Western country? Greece is the birthplace of Western culture. WTF?) // Alabama News Center: Opa! and Okra: The Greek Connection By Bob Blalock

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The ~8-minute film is available at the SFA site, Johnny’s Greek And Three.

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America is a young culinary country. // Wanna become a food writer? Become a writer. // Lucky Peach

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When entering a situation in which you have no experience, own your ignorance. // Discomfort is not always a bad thing. // From Lagos

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Johnny’s

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Montgomery, AL, has a large Korean population due to Hyundai. Most stay for 3 to 5 years and plan to go home when done. IT dudes often come for 3-5 months. Being intentionally temporary changes the “immigrant experience.” It becomes similar to a diplomatic mission or military deployment. // Cooking Light: Mississippi Chinese Lady goes home to Korea

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Classes now require digital literacy. // You Can Now Study Tacos at the University of Kentucky // Taco Literacy

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Story Corps teaches people to interview their family members. (I think. Notes started to get foggy about here. Long day.)

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Who is being left out of the story? Who is being centered; who is being othered? // La Cocina: Cultivating Food Entrepreneurs

Thank you for reading,
Katherine Walcott

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