The Sandwich Brigade

What was the Sandwich Brigade? In his book Southern Food and Civil Rights: Feeding the Revolution, Historian Frederick Douglass Opie show how food has helped activists continue marching for change for generations. “The Sandwich Brigade” is the chapter on the organizing efforts to feed thousands who attended the August 1963 March on Washington.

Remembering the Ice Man and His Helper

In writing my first food history book Hog and Hominy, I interviewed my father Fred Opie Jr. Out of that conversation came a story about an ice cream related job he had as a boy growing up in the Hudson Valley’s Village of North Tarrytown (later renamed Sleepy Hollow) in New York. My father’s description of the job he had helping the town’s ice man make deliveries reminds me of an ice cream production and preservation system unknown to his two grandchildren.