Since 1974 the North Carolina Folklife Institute (NCFI) has supported programs and projects that recognize, document, and present traditional culture in North Carolina.
NCFOOD is a space to share stories about traditional NC foodways, local and regional recipes, restaurants that epitomize our culture old and new, and personal experiences rooted in North Carolina cooking and eating. NCFood wants to hear from wide range of voices across the state.
Every highway and byway in the state is a potential jumping off point for a food adventure, whether discovering the Restaurante Rosa de Saron in Sampson County or the Pakse Café in Greensboro.
Writers should submit stories and personal experiences on all manner of subjects relating to North Carolina food traditions — about farmers and food artisans, local recipes, great traditional eateries, restaurant reviews, regional and group traditions. We’re looking for what you might expect—posts on barbecue joints and biscuits, collard greens and canning—and what might come as a surprise. We’d love to hear more about Hmong sticky rice and Poat Dot made with corn grown in the Piedmont, or how the farm-to-table movement has changed your life. In other words — a celebration of the rich and diverse food traditions of North Carolina and the magic that happens when many cultures come together around a common table.
What are Traditional Foodways?
Foodways involve culinary traditions – how and why people in a community interact with food in growing, cooking, and enjoying it. Foodways is food as communication – what growing, preparing, and eating in certain ways says about a community’s traditions, history, and values.
Traditional foodways requires both 1) artisans (individuals or groups) who are part of the cultural community and 2) the community itself – a group of people who intuitively understands how the food is supposed to look and taste, and the best way to appreciate it. (This understanding may be so engrained that it’s unconscious.)
Foodways, like all traditions, evolve over time. New traditions emerge, and new communities settle in an area, bringing culinary expressions of their heritage.
Posts should range from approximately 400 to 700 words and, ideally, should be accompanied by recipes (if applicable) and color photographs supporting the content.
Bloggers are paid $25 per post, with a maximum of $100 per month.
All published writing is property of NC Food, the blog for the North Carolina Folklife Institute (NCFI), and may be included in a future published collection.
Writers are encouraged to promote posts published on the NC Food/NCFI site through social media by including links to the post. Writers may not submit posts being published by NC Food/NCFI for any “competing” publication, online or offline, during, and for six months after, the term of the contract. Writer may add each post he prepares to his personal blog six months after the NCFI has published it on the NCFOOD blog and will include an acknowledgement “reprinted by permission from the North Carolina Folklife Institute. NCFI requests the courtesy of an included acknowledgement “reprinted by permission from the North Carolina Folklife Institute.”
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