Plan a Southern eating tour with SFA's new interactive map
Since 2003, the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA) has been meticulously documenting the flavors of the American South.
And now you can follow in its footsteps by using its new Oral History Initiative interactive map to plot a road trip through the region's rich culinary landscape, from Tennessee barbecue to Louisiana gumbo and beyond.
The SFA map stretches from the Mason-Dixon Line (to the north) between the Florida Panhandle (to the east) East Texas (to the west). The photos, videos and interviews have always been available online, but were only recently condensed into an easy click-and-follow tool.
Pick a food trail to travel--boudin, barbecue, gumbo or Mississippi Delta tamales--or chart your own course through the hubs of iconic Southern cuisine.
Love oysters? Head to the bivalve-rich Apalachicola Bay. Country ham? Western Kentucky is a hotbed of cured pork (SFA oral historian Amy Evans Streeter says not to miss The Ham Lady's prosciutto), and Birmingham, Alabama, is home to surprising Greek-Southern fusion.
The SFA's most recently documented trip was a journey back to the organization's roots in the smoky wilds of Tennessee barbecue country.
New additions will hit the map soon; in the meantime, there's ample fodder for your next food foray. The hardest part is choosing where to begin.
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