Tom Hanchett, the curator of the Levine Museum of the New South, needs your help with an interesting project. The museum is making some changes to the permanent exhibit, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers to reflect the old and new cultures that call Charlotte home. One feature will be a grocery store shelf with the favorite foods of the various groups that live here.
As a dedicated food searcher, Hanchett has the Latino, Vietnamese and Indian/Pakistani groups covered. But he'd like suggestions for the Northern and Southern products.
He has some ideas, but he'd love more. Here are the categories, with the ideas he already has:
Soft drinks: Southern - Cheerwine. Northern - Dr. Brown's?
Potato chips/snacks: Southern - pork rinds. Northern - ?
Canned vegetable or fruit: Southern - black-eyed peas or collard greens. Northern - ?
Hot sauce or other sauce: Southern - Texas Pete. Northern - Buffalo wing sauce?
Cookies: Southern - ? Northern - Tastykakes.
Spices: Southern - Barbecue dry rub? Northern - ?
Flour/rice/grains: Southern - grits (what brand?) Northern - ?
Post your suggestions in the comments and I'll let Tom know to watch for them. Personally, I'd think the cookie list is missing a Moon Pie and a black-and-white cookie.