Appalachian Food Summit Convenes at Berea College With Opening Inaugural John Egerton Cornbread Convocation

BEREA, KY (September 2, 2016) – The Appalachian Food Summit will open with a free soup beans and cornbread supper at The Loyal Jones Center at Berea College September 16 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The event, the first John Egerton Cornbread Convocation honors the generosity and inclusiveness of the late social justice activist, Southern food writer and Kentucky-born historian, John Egerton. The dinner is free of charge but a suggested $15 donation will benefit West Virginia Flood Recovery Efforts.

The evening will include food prepared by James Beard Award Winner Louisville Chef Edward Lee and the Smoke & Soul Pop Up. A reading by poet Rebecca Gayle Howell and a conversation with master seed saver Bill Best will also be part of the dinner. Everyone is welcome to the event and no one will leave hungry.

The AFS is a movement of writers, chefs, academicians, social historians and interested individuals who work to study and preserve the foodways of Appalachia and leverage this rich heritage towards economic development in the region.

The event is presented by Bush’s Best Beans, the Appalachian Food Summit, and Grow Appalachia of the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College in Berea, KY. For more information, visit

Also read: Join the Appalachian Food Summit for a Mountain Foodways Journey Along Roads, Routes, Rails and Rivers




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Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 41 states and 76 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.