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potlikkerfilmfest.jpgIn January 2007, we headed to Atlanta, where we showcased SFA films and celebrated local chefs, musicians, and brewmeisters for the first-ever Potlikker Film Festival*. For those of you who were able to join us, you know what a good time we had. For those of you who missed it, you got another chance when we took the the Potlikker Film Festival on the road to Houston, in July.

In Houston, we headed to St. Arnold’s Brewing Company, where we screened films by SFA filmmaker Joe York. Enjoyed creative munchies prepared by local chefs, including Shade’s Claire Smith. We shook our hips to some Texas tunes. Quenched our thirst with some of the creations from Texas’s oldest craft brewery. And, yep, it was hot.

Now we’re bringing Potlikker to Birmingham. Join us on February 23rd from 5-8 at the WorkPlay Soundstage for:

EATS showcasing the diversity of Southern cookery, as practiced in Birmingham and beyond: Oxtail-Goosed Potlikker Shots by McKinley’s Soul Food; Scorch-Your-Tongue Catfish by Hot and Hot Fish Club; Flattop-Fried Pimento Cheese Sandwiches by Bottle Tree Café, Greek Chili Dog Buffet, curated by Salt Fine Catering; Deep South Artisanal Cheese Tray, curated by Whole Foods; and, for dessert, Mable’s Coconut Cream Pie, from Jim ‘N Nick’s.

FILMS from Alabama native, and SFA filmmaker, Joe York, in concert with Matthew Graves.

  • Chicken Stew, a portrait of community feeds in and around Florence, AL
  • Something Better than Barbecue, about Chuck’s in Opelika, AL
  • The Rise of Southern Cheese, featuring, among other makers, Belle Chevre in Elkmont, AL

BARBECUE(D) POETRY about Southern cookery and culture from Joe’s brother, Jake Adam York.

MUSIC by the Pine Hill Haints of Huntsville, practitioners of “Alabama Ghost Country Music.”

BEER Pet the Keg of Reverend Mudbone from our friends at Jim ‘n Nick’s BBQ.

ADMISSION, by advance reservation, is a measly $40.

TO REGISTER, visit, download the registration form and then fax it to (662) 915-5814. Events sell out quickly, and early registration is encouraged. Tickets will be mailed to registrants in advance of the event; they will not be available at the door.

* "Potlikker from greens is a delicacy enjoyed by most greens lovers, and even by some who don’t care for the vegetables themselves." —John Egerton, Southern Food

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