Caroline Vaughan

Posts tagged with southern+food+film

Welcome to Common Table: A History of Southern Food

Common Table, a feature length documentary film by Red Dirt Productions and the James Agee Film Project, traces the rich and complicated history of the American South through the foods of the Southern table. Common Table will follow the path of Southern foods from the shores of Africa and Europe to the New World where plants and culinary know-how meet the ingenuity of the South's first farmers and inhabitants, the Southeastern Indians. From the beginning in the American South, those who depended on the land also relied on one another. Taylor's Grocery - Taylor, MSCommon Table will look beyond the written records of diaries and ledgers and cookbooks to Southern fields and kitchens and plates for the stories of the everyday people who shaped the core cuisine and culture of the South. The stories of the foods we treasure will deepen our understanding of who we are as a people. We welcome you to join us on these pages as we explore Southern food and Southern folks.

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Woodson's Mill

Last Saturday we journeyed down to Lowesville, Virginia to pay a visit to Woodson’s Mill. It has the distinction of being the one of the last remaining historic mills in commercial operation and upholds tradition with great aplomb. The mill has been home to a number of families since its erection in 1794. One its most notable owners, Dr. Julian B. Woodson, was once State Senator to Virginia.

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Emerson Pea Festival

The season of fresh corn, watermelons and tomatoes also signals family reunions and community festivals across the South. From the mountains of Southwest Virginia to the plains of East Texas, tables are loaded with foods sure to soothe the heart of the homesick Southerner. Much of the summer and fall, we will be capturing these celebrations and reunions, for our latest documentary, At the Common Table.

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A Fork in the Southern Road

At Red Dirt Productions, we love to travel, and we love to eat. The restaurants on this map satisfy not only bodily hunger but also the pangs of longing for flavors of family and place.

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