Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Meat & 9 in Oxford, MS

The Southern Foodways Alliance held its annual Symposium last weekend in the lovely university town of Oxford, Mississippi. The SFA--part of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi--is an organization that Jim 'n Nick's Bar-B-Q takes pride in supporting. Their studies and celebration of the traditional, diverse and changing foodways of the American South inspires what we do at our restaurants and last week, we were honored to be a part of their "Cultivated South" programming.

Photo: Jennifer Davick

Many friends--including Caleb Zigas (pictured above serving food to symposium attendees) who is the director of the amazing organization La Cocina in San Francisco, California joined us for the fun. The dinner included some other Southern chefs and kitchens and together we created a "meat and nine" dinner. Jim 'n Nick's smoked pork and provided vegetables from Southern farms like spicy greens, a sweet potato hash and giant skillets of cornbread.

Photo: Jennifer Davick

A team of Jim 'n Nick's folks caravanned to Oxford by bus, plane, car and smokin' rig. The site of the rig parked beneath the Oxford water tower whetted the appetite of passers by and provided a gathering place for friends like South Carolina BBQ pitmaster, Rodney Scott, Jim 'n Nick's team members, Nicholas Pihakis and Sarah Johnson, Atlanta mixologist and restaurateur, Greg Best, and Chef Steven Satterfield of Miller Union Restaurant in Atlanta.

To find out more about the Southern Foodways Alliance and their oral history collections, films and events, visit

Many thanks to Alabama photographer Jennifer Davick who took photos of the event all weekend long. To see more, visit her website and blog at

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