Welcome to Film Bites, our weekly series of videos by renowned filmmaker Joe York, in partnership with the Southern Foodways Alliance, that dishes out the diverse culture of Southern foods. Come back next Monday for another sliver from our Southern silver screen.
Since 1928, the Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, Tennessee has hosted a Waffle Shop during the Lenten season each spring. Staffed by volunteers, the popular Waffle Shop sells homemade plate lunches (and yes, waffles) to hundreds of eager congregants and community members every weekday of Lent. With 85 years of history, and open only 40 days a year, the Calvary Waffle Shop might be the South’s oldest pop-up restaurant.
Joe York has made more than 35 short films for the Southern Foodways Alliance. His feature-length documentary on Southern foodways, Pride & Joy, is coming to the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham on August 24. Look for Pride & Joy on public television in late 2013.