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How a Highway Changed the Way People Eat

Foodways and Roadways, a documentary that looks at the changing landscape of food traditions among African Americans in the area around R.J. Reynolds Tobacco’s old downtown plants, prompted a lively discussion last week when it was screened at Wake Forest Biotech Place.

The film studies how nutrition and meal patterns changed over time with the construction of U.S. 52 and Business 40 through downtown Winston-Salem. The 16-minute film was produced by Jessica Pie, a graduate of the Wake Forest University Documentary Film Program, and Margaret Savoca, research fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Prevention at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Wake Forest Biotech Place itself was built from two former Reynolds factory buildings. The screening was part of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter’s “Boost! Lunch and Learn” program. In particular, the session focused on sharing a historical perspective of east Winston-Salem and the area surround Innovation Quarter.

Here are links to a Winston-Salem Journal story about the film, and to a Journal Facebook page in which people are asked to comment what they think about changes in the local food culture.