Category Archives: The Foodist

The University Of Kentucky Teaches Taco Literacy To Scholars And Gastronomists

My heart is filled with pride that the University of Kentucky is now offering college classes on tacos. Professor Steven Alvarez is teaching “Taco Literacy: Public Advocacy and Mexican Food in the US South” this semester on UK’s Lexington campus.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Wildcat Mountain Cheese In East Bernstadt Kentucky

I’m always hunting. I began doing research on Southeastern Kentucky as soon as I got word that I would be traveling there at the end of October. I know the foodways of Eastern Kentucky are among the most diverse in … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: A Taste Of Knox County Kentucky

Some of the finest cooks in USA hail from Knox County, Kentucky. With a few notable exceptions they are mainly old granny women living up hollers and putting out Eastern Kentucky classics like chili buns, soup beans, corn bread, greasy … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Scotties Diner In Knoxville Tennessee

When I was a young eater growing up in the Cumberland Highlands region of Appalachia it was a big deal when a new restaurant would open up in our little hamlet of Corbin, Kentucky.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Chunky Shoals Fish Camp

Chunky Shoals Fish Camp opened in 1951 on the banks of the Chunky River in Chunky Mississippi. Since this portion of Mississippi is near the buckle of the bible belt it’s hard to find restaurants that are open for service … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: 2015 Andouille Festival In LaPlace Louisiana

I’m a longtime charcutière so when I read that LaPlace was set to hold the latest installment of their long-running Andouille Festival, attendance was mandatory.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: 2015 Festival Acadiens et Créoles In Lafayette

Lafayette is the eating center of Acadiana and a sustained argument could be made that it’s the eating center of the entire state of Louisiana. Even battle-hardened New Orleanians would admit that our Westerly neighbor has us beat in a … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Hansen’s Sno Bliz

Today, October 3rd 2015, marks the last day of sno ball season in New Orleans. Yes, there will be sno ball stands still operating across the city after today. Some will even be serving til Thanksgiving, just like Hansen’s Sno … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Ring Of Fire Nashville Chicken Pop Up

New Orleans hot chicken cooks still have a ways to go before they can compete with the descendants of Thornton Prince, founding father of Nashville’s Barbecue Chicken Shack which eventually became known as Prince’s Hot Chicken. But this past Sunday, … Continue reading

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Dragged Kicking And Hollering Out Of The 2015 Kentucky Ham Breakfast

God I hope that’s never a headline associated with me. Chris Hartman, however, probably has a different take on it. The young Hartman was indeed dragged kicking and hollering out of the signal event in the Kentucky ham industry just … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Abear’s Cafe In Houma, Louisiana

Abear’s Cafe is Cajun country cooking of the highest order. Seated in Houma, Louisiana, the old, wood-frame building that houses the eatery was constructed in 1922 to be the home of S.E Gaidry and his wife Louise. The Gaidry’s went … Continue reading

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2014 Guide To Barbecue Competitions In USA

Gas up the Jetta and hit the open road this Summer to reconnoiter your way through pick-up truck loads of smoked meats at barbecue competitions across the USA. It’s how I’ve lived my life for over 20 years and I … Continue reading

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Broadbent Wins 2014 National Country Ham Association Championship

At the big 2014 National Country Ham Championship held recently in the heart of the ham belt: Paducah, Kentucky; Broadbent Hams captured the title of Best Unsmoked Ham in USA. Ham aficionados across the globe have had Broadbent on their … Continue reading

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Rest In Peace: Ray’s Barbecue In Montopolis, Texas

A morning trek through the Montopolis neighborhood of Southeast Austin yesterday brought a gut wrenching discovery. Ray’s Barbecue has fallen. In its stead is a muffler repair shop. Flying under the radar for years until it became a set location … Continue reading

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East Austin Charcuterie Project: A Cured Meat Food Party At Tamale House East

Here’s the menu for our East Austin Charcuterie Project food party this weekend, Saturday April 5th 2014 at Tamale House East. Boudin Shrimp Cake Fried In Hog Lard w/Andouille remoulade   Allan Benton Smoked Ham Hock Bean Purée w/Easy Tiger … Continue reading

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The Price Of Green Lawns In Travis County: Texas Rice Farmers Forced Out Of Business

Brilliant article in this morning’s Houston Chronicle on the plight of the Texas rice farmers. With the Travis County region’s population boom, and attendant thirst for water, Matagorda, and other historical rice farming counties are suffering greatly. That pretty lawn … Continue reading

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Dolester Miles Of Highlands Bar And Grill Snags James Beard Nomination

Update March 2016 Ms Miles has been nominated for yet another James Beard Award. ———————- Dolester Miles is one of USA’s best pastry chefs. Now, national media have started to figure out what Alabamians have known for decades: when you … Continue reading

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Appalachia Proud: New Farm To Market Program In Eastern Kentucky

The old days when good, $15 an hour jobs mining coal were readily available in Southeastern Kentucky are long gone. Nowadays the big employers are Wal Mart, Cracker Barrel, and CSX (formerly L&N Railroad.) You’ll work your fingers to the … Continue reading

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Smokey D’s BBQ Of Iowa Wins Kingsford Invitational In New York City

Darren and Sherry Warth of Smokey D’s BBQ out of Iowa emerged victorious at the monster Kingsford Invitational barbecue competition in New York City this past weekend. The couple walked away with fifty thousand dollars for their efforts. The competition … Continue reading

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Happy Halloween From Chowpapi

 

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