This September, The American Table Culinary Tours is offering a tour of one of the most famous and influential food cities on earth, Memphis, Tennessee.
The director of The American Table, Hanna Raskin, was the official “field trip maven” of the Southern Foodways Alliance. After the SFA cut back on travel events, Hanna started her own tour company. Although independent now, American Table still works with the SFA on occasion.
Running from September 13 – 15, the Pigging Out and About tour offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the world of west Tennessee barbecue. On Thursday, September 13, there is dinner with Times-Picayune columnist Lolis Eric Elie, author of Smokestack Lightning: Adventures In The Heart Of Barbecue Country and editor of Cornbread Nation 2: The United States of Barbecue.
Friday starts with a barbecue judging seminar put on by the Memphis Barbecue Association. Completion of the seminar makes graduates eligible to judge barbecue contests all over the country. Next is an eating tour that hits some of the high points of Memphis barbecue. Finally that night is dinner at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
On Saturday, SFA filmmaker Joe York, director of the documentary Whole Hog, will lead a tour to show the entire process of making whole hog barbecue. The tour will visit the sawmill, source of the hickory used for smoke; the slaughterhouse; and the ultimate destination, B. E. Scott’s, to see how whole hog is smoked and to eat whole hog.
The cost of the weekend is $595 per person. This includes all food, drink, activities and local transportation.
We’re Memphians. We live this stuff every day. Still, we are seriously considering attending. The behind-the-scenes events are too good to miss.