Marcie Ferris in the New York Times!

The New York Times has noticed that there are a lot of women growing, canning, preserving, cooking, and brewing in North Carolina:

Women run the state’s pre-eminent pasture-raised meat and organic produce distribution businesses and preside over its farmers’ markets. They influence food policy and lead the state’s academic food studies. And each fall, the state hosts the nation’s only retreat for women in the meat business.

Of course they reached out to Marcie Ferris, author of a number of studies of food and culture, most recently The Edible South, published late last year by UNC Press. Give it a read here.

Southern Food, Southern Music at Mama Dip’s

Students in UNC’s Southern Music (History 571/Folklore 571) had the pleasure of sharing a class on
“Southern Music and Food” over breakfast at Mama Dip’s Kitchen in Chapel Hill recently.
The class opened with a brief lecture by William Ferris that included selections by Bob Wills (“That’s What I Like About the South”), Bo Carter (“Banana in Your Fruit Basket”), Tony Joe White (“Polk Salad Annie”), Big Bill Lister (“RC Cola and Moon Pie”), and Goodie Mob (“Soul Food”).
Mildred "Mama Dip" Council

Mildred “Mama Dip” Council describes the history of her iconic restaurant.

The highlight of the class was a presentation by Mildred “Mama Dip” Council who explained how she created the restaurant and the ties of food and music she remembered growing up in rural North Carolina. The class concluded with a performance of “Amazing Grace” by Mary D. Williams, a student in the class.

Call for Proposals: “State of the Plate” Local/Global Foodways Conference

The Center for Global Initiatives at UNC-Chapel Hill will host “The State of The Plate: Food and the Local-Global Nexus,” a conference on foodways and the global south, March 27-28, 2015. They have issued a call for proposals that will remain open until November 15.

The conference will take place at the FedEx Global Education Center on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Among the event chairs is Marcie Cohen Ferris, associate professor in the Department of American Studies.