Southern Foodways Alliance director and friend of Serious Eats John T. Edge was on Nightline's Platelist program over the weekend talking about the importance of food in the South. "Our food matters, our food comes with a really distinctive, sometimes troubling, but ultimately triumphant backstory. That's what makes it matter to me," he says in between visits to Bertha's Kitchen and Scott's BBQ, both in South Carolina. "By learning the backstory, we can bridge race and class gaps...there is hope in barbecue." Watch the video, after the jump.