A collection, titled “A Portrait of Birmingham at Work” is on display at the Birmingham Public Library now through Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Southern Foodways Alliance commissioned Birmingham artist Celestia Morgan to create a series of portraits documenting restaurant labor across the city. Morgan pairs the images with quotations from each subject in the exhibit.
Bob Sykes Bar B Q pie and cake maker Sharon Mayes and Pitmaster Martin Vaca are featured in this photo exhibit on the 1st floor of the Birmingham Public Library. Sharon has been Bob Sykes pie maker for 33 years and Martin has been the Pitmaster for 13 years.
2nd Generation owner and Pitmaster of Bob Sykes Bar B Q, Van Sykes is honored to be one of the 50 founding members of Southern Foodways Alliance which documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South. The photo exhibit was debuted at the 2019 Winter Southern Foodways Alliance “Food Is Work” Symposium which Van Sykes attends every year in Birmingham.