"Lens on the Larder: The Foodways of Southern Appalachia in Focus" will be on exhibit at the Southern Food and Beverage Museum in New Orleans July 21-Sept. 21.
Photographs by Larry Smith and oral histories collected by Fred Sauceman, both of East Tennessee State University, document traditional and emerging foodways of Southern Appalachia—lard-fortified bowls of soup beans, the first appearance of bottomland strawberries in late April, hand-cranked homemade ice cream at midsummer, and the making of artisanal goat cheese on a Western North Carolina farm.
Other subjects include an annual springtime memorial to the King of Hawaii in Tennessee; a fried pie business dating to 1949; the art of barbecuing fresh ham in a Tennessee hollow; the wild mountain leeks known as ramps; the peculiar energy drink called Dr. Enuf; and the red-dyed Dip Dog in Smyth County, Virginia.
The exhibit is comprised of more than 70 photographs and accompanying stories.
The Southern Food and Beverage Museum is located in New Orleans’ Riverwalk Marketplace. An opening reception for the "Lens on the Larder" exhibit will be held at 2 p.m. July 21. For information, call 504-569-0405.