Category Archives: The Rural South

The Alabama Donut Trail

The Birmingham News has put a lot of hard-work into establishing an official Alabama Donut Trail . I’ll be heading through the state later this year and am looking forward to hitting old favorite Duchess Bakery in Cullman but the … Continue reading

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2017 Hillbilly Days Festival In Pikeville Kentucky

Howard “Dirty Ear” Stratton and “Shady” Grady Kinney founded the Hillbilly Days Festival in Pikeville, Kentucky back in 1977. Since then the party has slowly grown til now an estimated 100k people attend each year. There will be coon dogs … Continue reading

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Meacham Country Hams Is Closing

Meacham Country Hams of Sturgis, Kentucky is closing. The business was established in 1932. This is a wrenching loss for the state of Kentucky’s charcuterie scene. Article

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Legendary Kentucky Ham Producer Harper’s Total Loss In Fire

It took more than 61k gallons of water to quell the flames that subsumed Harper’s Country Hams in Hickman County, Kentucky Wednesday morning.

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Confederate Enthusiasts Cowed As Berea Kentucky Plans 2017 Spoonbread Festival

Interesting times in Berea, Kentucky. Last year you may recall that what would’ve been the 20th anniversary celebration of the city’s Spoonbread Festival was cancelled in a dust-up over the Confederate flag.

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Rest In Peace June Sullivan VanGorder

Hug your mother today y’all.

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2016 Boudin Cook Off Is Coming To Lafayette Louisiana

They just released the poster for the 2016 Boudin Cook Off held at Parc Sans Souci in downtown Lafayette, Louisiana. Entry is free. The event is Saturday October 22nd 2016 10am-4pm You can purchase eight sample tickets for $5 They … Continue reading

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2016 Appalachian Food Summit In Berea Kentucky

The 3rd annual Appalachian Food Summit is coming to Berea, Kentucky the weekend of September 16th 2016. I spent a fair amount of time in Berea when I was a kid growing up in the Cumberland Highlands of southeastern Kentucky. … Continue reading

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2016 International Biscuit Festival In Knoxville Tennessee

Five biscuits for $10. I’d give anything to be at the 2016 International Biscuit Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee this weekend . Strolling down Biscuit Boulevard with a salty, country ham biscuit in one hand while keeping a watchful eye for … Continue reading

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2016 Seedtime On The Cumberlands Festival In Whitesburg Kentucky

Seedtime On The Cumberland is a combination hoe-down and folk art festival with elements of film, theatre, dance, and of course plenty foods or vittles as some of my relatives who live in the hollers of the Cumberland Mountains like … Continue reading

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2016 Spoon Bread Festival In Berea Kentucky Cancelled Over Confederate Row

Last year 60k people attended Berea, Kentucky’s Spoon Bread Festival, an annual homage to that common rural Appalachia dish. This year the spoon bread pans will grow cold as the furor over the Confederate flag has caused the cancellation of … Continue reading

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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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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: Frying Fish With The Masons In South Louisville

The Suburban Masonic Lodge in south Louisville was established in 1902 but didn’t start frying fish for cash in the neighborhood til October 1st 1927. 1920s-era Louisville was in the full grip of Prohibition but we imagine the Masons occasionally … Continue reading

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