'A Spoken Dish' Documents Southerners' Food Identities

In an effort to capture the true identity of the South, the folks at A Spoken Dish are asking Southerners what ingredients and dishes connect them to their roots.

"The goal of A Spoken Dish is to document the palate of a changing South — one that demonstrates the diversity of our communities by way of what lands on the supper table," said producer Kate Medley.

The video storytelling project, partnered with the Southern Foodways Alliance, Whole Foods Market, and Georgia Organics, celebrates and documents food memories and rituals of the American South.

Those interested in contributing can submit their stories via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #aspokendish.

It is a modern approach of the age old tradition of passing down stories to younger generations.

"It's difficult to balance the web's want for short content with the SFA's want to deliver stories of substance about Southern food culture," John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance at the Univ. of Mississippi, told NPR's food blog The Salt.