On Our Plates: Check’s Cafe


On our plates: On June 7th, KFP’s Nicole Musgrave had the chance to try out Check’s Café in Louisville’s Schnitzelburg neighborhood. Check’s has been a staple in the neighborhood since the 1940s, serving up a mix of German and Southern favorites such as Braun-schweiger & potato salad, and rolled oysters & cornbread. Visit the Southern Foodways Alliance website to view an oral history interview about Check’s Café from the @southernfoodways alliance.

“Not Just A Grocery Store”


Our Graduate Assistant, Nicole Musgrave, made a short film for Dr. Ashley Stinnett’s Visual Anthropology course last semester. The film centers on Jasmine International Grocery Store in Bowling Green, KY, and looks how it provides access to products important to immigrants’ and refugees’ foodways traditions. The film also explores how the store serves as a community center and informal social service center for newcomers to the area. Check out the link to watch the film! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg0nv-aD3cc

KFP hosting Kimchi Demonstration

The Kentucky Folklife Program and WKU Folk Studies are hosting a Kimchi demonstration on April 27th at 4:00pm in the Confucius Institute Kitchen as part of Western Kentucky University‘s International Year of South Korea. Open the public, Kyu Frohman of Radcliff, KY will lead the demonstration, and will share memories about family traditions tied to making and eating Kimchi.

The event is free and open to the public. If you are a WKU student, the event will also be “swipeable” for your Student Engagement Activities Transcript.

The Confucius Institute Kitchen is located in WKU’s new model Confucius Institute building on Normal Street, not to be confused with the Confucius Institute’s space in Helm Library.  The new Confucius Institute building is next to WKU’s Honors College and International Center.  While the brand-new Confucius Institute building is not on the campus map yet, you can get directions by locating the Honors College and walking to the next building over (single-story building with a garden).

We hope you join us!

KFP Kimchi Demonstration Poster

Click here to download poster (PDF)

From the Archives: Canning


From the archives: Irene Moore of Jackson County, #KY displays a selection of her canned goods at the 1997 Kentucky Folklife Festival. Canning has been an important mode of food preservation for many of Kentucky’s people, and it continues to be a vibrant tradition today. To read the poem “Canning Memories” by Frank X Walker, visit the Southern Foodways Alliance website.

From the Archives: Fried pies for Pi Day!


Fried pies for Pi Day! Sheila Burd from Horse Cave, #KY demonstrating how to make fried pies from our narrative stage at last year’s Horse Cave Heritage Festival. Burd told us a story about selling fried pies to pay for her daughter’s wedding dress: “I got up every morning at about 4:30 – and I was working full time at that time – to make the money to buy that dress with. And I sold enough [pies] to buy that dress and the stuff that went with it. Total it was about $1000 by the time I got done with it. And I gave that little country store a quarter for every five that I sold, and I sold them for $1 a piece. So I made a lot of pies.” #kyfolklife #piday #pieday #friedpies #kentucky #foodways