FERN’s Friday Feed: Wine’s wasted beauty

Welcome to FERN’s Friday Feed (#FFF), where we share the stories from this week that made us stop and think. Wine’s beauty is wasted on the rich; the pandemic won’t change that Esquire When sommelier Amanda Smeltz briefly lost her sense of smell to Covid-19, she wondered if the pandemic might make people appreciate the… » Read More

FERN’s Friday Feed: Does food actually unite us?

Welcome to FERN’s Friday Feed (#FFF), where we share the stories from this week that made us stop and think. The limitations of ‘breaking bread’ Vice “The language of ‘food unites us,’ as it’s sold in shows and stories like” Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, Dave Chang’s Ugly Delicious, Andrew Zimmern’s What’s Eating America, and most… » Read More

FERN’s Friday Feed: The soul of the kitchen

Welcome to FERN’s Friday Feed (#FFF), where we share the stories from this week that made us stop and think. Black women are the backbone of Southern food Southern Foodways Alliance (video) This short film, by Kat Hernandez, shows how Juneteenth is celebrated in Natchez, Mississippi, following three generations of women who carry on the… » Read More

FERN’s commitment to equity and diversity

The reporters, editors, organizational leaders, and funders of food and environmental journalism — the arena in which FERN works — are mostly white. There are important exceptions, but as a journalist since the mid-1980s, I have witnessed these racial disparities at every company where I’ve worked. Although I am, and identify as, biracial (white/Asian), I’ve… » Read More