Published on October 16, 2012 by Sean Flynt  

Samford’s Student Dietetic Association and the Restoring Eden student organization will present a free public screening of the award-winning Eating Alabama documentary Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, 4-5:30 p.m. in the university’s Christenbery Planetarium.

Drew Robinson, Executive Chef of the Jim 'N Nick's restaurants will lead a discussion following the film. He will discuss local food, its importance, and his role in the Birmingham food industry.

Eating Alabama documents the story of a young couple who return to their home state in search of a simpler life. Here, they set out to eat the way their grandparents did--locally and seasonally. As they navigate the agricultural-industrial complex, they soon realize that nearly everything about the food system has changed since farmers once populated their family histories. A thoughtful and often funny essay on community, the South and sustainability, Eating Alabama is a story about why food matters.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.