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. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.