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Gravy shares stories of the changing American South through the foods we eat. Gravy showcases a South that is constantly evolving, accommodating new immigrants, adopting new traditions, and lovingly maintaining old ones. It uses food as a means to explore all of that, to dig into lesser-known corners of the region, complicate stereotypes, document new dynamics, and give voice to the unsung folk who grow, cook, and serve our daily meals.
 
Two sisters, Lainie and Laura Beth, who love family, traditions, and all things Southern! There's plenty of room at the table, so pull up a chair as we discuss Southern culture, food, hospitality, travel, regional events, college football, preserving the good, Southern etiquette and more! Whether you are new to the South, never left the South, or just curious about the South, come on in! Follow us: https://www.instagram.com/steelmagnoliaspodcast/ Website: https://steelmagnoliaspodcast.com
 
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Born in Dawson, Ga., Otis Redding, Jr. and his family moved to Macon when he was two years old. At an early age, he began his career as a singer and musician in the choir of the Vineville Baptist Church. On this episode, we will discuss this legend that left us all too soon. If you are anywhere near Macon, GA and are looking for something for a mus…
 
On this episode, we are talking about odd Southern foods… more bizarre than putting your peanuts in a glass-bottled coke.. although we do recommend trying that. These are foods that us Southerners love that might come from a roadside stand or a gas station, but as we’ve mentioned before, the origin of eating such peculiar foods usually comes from t…
 
It's grilling season! On this episode we will discuss the two different ways that ribs can be prepared. Dry rubs are simply a mixture of dry spices or seasoning that you rub onto the meat, either ahead of time or immediately prior to starting the cooking process vs. a sauced (liquid) marinade. Lainie brought up there are different cuts of ribs: Bab…
 
Pageant culture is alive and well in the South and with that it’s festival season! Along with festivals having great entertainment, food, vendors and family fun there is a standing tradition of pageantry that is part of many of the celebrations. On this episode, we will discuss some with the funniest titles. Thanks to our partner Orca Coolers for t…
 
We have some incredible National Parks in this country.The most visited one is right here in the South and contains a glorious mountain range: The Great Smoky Mountains, aka The Smokies.Meet us at the table as we discuss this ridge that straddles the border between North Carolina and Tennessee. We have partnered with our friends at ORCA to let you …
 
This is our 159th episode, and every once in a while we wish we could go back and insert a nugget of info into an episode… so today we are taking the chance to insert those nuggets! Meet us at the table for the pearls of extra wisdom we wish that we’d said and those that are still with us after all these shows…. Referenced episodes: Southerners Thr…
 
Meet us at the table as we discuss with author Elizabeth Passarella why southerners are the very best at throwing funerals. After all, it's our opportunity to do more than provide closure, we experience the grief together, with deviled eggs, tissues, and a chance to reflect on eternity. Elizabeth is a contributing editor for Southern Living, where …
 
A steeplechase is a distance horse race in which competitors are required to jump diverse fence and ditch obstacles. Steeplechase has its origins in an equine event in 18th-century Ireland, as riders would race from town to town using church steeples. While steeplechasing originated in Ireland, when it was brought to the U.S., it came to the South …
 
Spring is here! It is a fresh beginning… a symbol of NEW LIFE THAT IS POSSIBLE! “To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 Today we are discussing that it is time to plant! Previous Episodes Referenced: South…
 
Can Co-Ops Fix a Broken Food Delivery Model? Gravy producer Sarah Holtz introduces listeners to food industry veterans in Lexington, Kentucky, who launched a food delivery co-op during the COVID era as an alternative to Big Delivery (think DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, or UberEats). It aimed to put drivers, restaurants, and take-out customers all o…
 
First off, thank you to our patrons that make it possible for us to now be over 150 episodes into this podcast! We have a small but mighty group of monthly supporters and we’d really like for you to check it out.. we offer all kinds of perks including a bonus episode and all memberships are $20/month OR LESS. This podcast is free but the perks and …
 
Tucked between the mountains of Southeast Tennessee along the beautiful Tennessee River sits the city of Chattanooga. We took a quick trip to explore and are telling you all about… Here are the places we mentioned (we did not visit all of these in 24 hrs!): Stir Restaurant & Bar: https://stirchattanooga.com Where Laura Beth went hanggliding on Look…
 
In “The Bitter and the Sweet of Craft Chocolate in the Global South” episode of Gravy, producer Sarah Holtz engages important voices in the complex conversation about ethical chocolate, from central Ghana to southern Missouri. In the chocolate world, terms like corporate sustainability and ethical sourcing are gradually entering the mainstream, but…
 
We talk a lot about hospitality on this podcast as it’s a huge part of southern culture… and a huge part of hospitality is food, the breaking of bread, and serving something to your guests… including …. COFFEE! Coffee is a HUGE piece of hospitality. It’s comforting. It’s easy. It can be served in the morning or even after dinner. It is a STAPLE to …
 
In "Memphis Restaurant Workers Unite," Gravy follows a group of restaurant workers that’s slated to become the first formal union of food and beverage workers in Memphis, Tennessee. Led by Lily Nicholson, the group, Memphis Restaurant Workers United (MRWU), organized a petition that resulted in $2.5 million in pandemic support grants from the count…
 
This is not a nerdy episode.. or is it? Well, when a President accepts a gift from a foreign Head of State, it becomes the property of the American people, as the President works on OUR behalf. So think about that… you have gifts in museums all around the U.S. In this episode, we are looking at the 5 Presidential Libraries that are in the South. Ly…
 
The American dream is one of opportunity that allows for aspirations to be achieved through hard work and commitment. Today we are taking a look at how that American dream was fulfilled by humble Greek immigrants in Birmingham, Alabama. Special thanks to Stacey Craig and Sonya Twitty and the team at The Bright Star for hosting us! Resources mention…
 
Last year, the city of Birmingham, Alabama celebrated its 150th anniversary. 150 years ago, iron ore, coal and limestone defined Birmingham. Today, however, it may be more synonymous with the civil rights movement. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said of Birmingham, “I like to believe that the negative extremes of Birmingham's past will resolve into the…
 
Welcome. We are so excited for a new year and a new season of the Steel Magnolias Podcast. Season Four kickoff, here we go! Resources mentioned: “The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry” by John Mark Comer and his supporting website: https://practicingtheway.org Travel & Leisure’s “Top 50 Places to Travel in 2022”: https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-i…
 
In "Filipino Balikbayan is Homecoming in a Box," Gravy explores the histories underlying the balikbayan box—a large box filled with everything from tubes of toothpaste to cassette tapes to cans of Spam—that Filipinos in the United States customarily send home to family in the Philippines. There is an entire industry in Filipino enclaves across the …
 
In "New Orleans Street Vendors, Old and New," Gravy explores the history of street food vendors in New Orleans, from Mr. Okra to the pralinière, or praline vendor. A conversation with urbanist Amy Stelly, who grew up in Tremé and remembers when street vendors populated her neighborhood, reveals that there is a fraught line between cultural apprecia…
 
In "The Skinny on the South Beach Diet" producer Katie Jane Fernelius speaks with Adrienne Bitar, author of Diet and the Disease of Civilization, all about diet books and why they capture the American imagination. They discuss the South Beach Diet, in particular, and the ways it answered a specific moral panic over obesity in the early 2000s. But w…
 
In this episode of Gravy, "The Kitchen Electric: Selling Power to Rural America," producer Katie Jane Fernelius looks at the role of women in campaigns for electricity and electrical appliances. She speaks with scholar Rachele Dini at the University of Roehampton about how advertising portrayed and defined the modern housewife in print ads and comm…
 
The season we are approaching requires preparation. We are here to help you to prepare your heart, mind and even your gift list for what's ahead. Enjoy this season! Here are the GIFTS we are LOVING THIS YEAR: 1) The Oyster Bed - Steak Bed https://www.theoysterbed.com/products/steak-bed-quartet 2) Old Fashioned On Purpose - 2022 planner https://meet…
 
In this episode of the Gravy podcast, “Orange Juice and the Making of the Sunshine State,” producer Katie Jane Fernelius examines how, for decades, the Florida Citrus Commission not only peddled orange juice, but Florida’s popular image as the sunshine state. She talks to James Padgett, a scholar who has studied Florida oranges; Fred Fejes, profess…
 
Welcome to another episode where we get to discuss more fun of southern culture! We are hitting our 3 year anniversary this week! Nearly 150 episodes have been produced by just 2 sisters! And with donations from some awesome listeners! If you didn’t know… we are listener supported, meaning, we have people that give to us each month to help us make …
 
In today’s episode we are sitting down with Ami Gangemella, aka Ami on Cloud Wine, to discuss holiday wines as we approach Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas. Wine could be a part of the host gifts you’d like to consider or the menu for your special occasions. Ami is going to help us understand how to evaluate a wine and help us confidently pair …
 
Negro Spirituals consist of a set of songs that were created by slaves during their time of slavery and were sung from spirit to Spirit. They carry messages from God to us, and today we can still build inspiration from these songs. The Fisk Jubilee Singers are an American a cappella ensemble that performs Negro spirituals originally sung by slaves …
 
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