Arts & Culture

On the Road with Peter Frank Edwards

Following along on assignment with a G&G photographer as he visits eleven cities in six days

The average person would cringe at the thought of traveling to 11 cities in 6 days. But not G&G contributing photographer Peter Frank Edwards. While discussing the photo shoot for the recent “Good Eats” feature in our October/November 2012 issue, we offered to have another photographer cover some of the cities. But to Edwards, the thought of 11 cities in 6 days wasn’t daunting; it was exactly what he wanted. “I live for this stuff,” he said. So, 6 flights, 2 rental cars, 4 cab rides, 7 hotels, and 3,800 miles later, he successfully completed his whirlwind trip around the South, having photographed 10 of Dixie’s best dishes. To get a taste of what a trip like this would be like, we’re taking you behind the scenes, giving you a day-by-day run-down of this Southern adventure and showing you the pictures that came out of it.

The experience began with a flight from Nantucket, Massachusetts, to Atlanta, Georgia, where Edwards did a 1:30 p.m. photo shoot of Clams and Ham at Miller Union. But by 5:00 p.m., he was expected at the Little Donkey in Birmingham, Alabama, where he photographed their Drunken Hog.

Photo on left by Steven Satterfield

By the following morning, he had made it to Delta Bistro in Greenwood, Mississippi, where the center of attention was the Rainy Day Minestrone. Then it was on to The Root in Little Rock, Arkansas, for pictures of their Root Benny.

At 2 p.m. the next day, Edwards arrived in New Orleans, Louisiana, to shoot the Sizzling Oysters at GW Fins. Luckily, he was able to spend the night in New Orleans, where he also visited Cure to photograph A Thousand Blue Eyes cocktail.

The next afternoon, Edwards was shooting fried chicken at Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee, and the following day, he was off to Kinston, North Carolina, where he photographed the Tomato Sandwich at Chef & the Farmer.

Finally, there was one photo stop left. By noon on Day 6, Edwards found himself in New York City, where his final photograph was of the Salted Lime Pie at The Dutch. On the final leg of his Southern epicurean adventure, Edwards flew from New York to Charleston, where he arrived triumphant, exhausted, and stuffed from 10 of the best dishes the South has to offer.

For the full “Good Eats” feature, see our October/November 2012 issue.