Hall, Melissa


Join the Southern Foodways Alliance in honoring the 2023 recipient of the 2023 John Egerton Prize, Sadé Meeks. Meeks is a food activist, registered dietitian and director of GRITS (Growing Resilience in the South), a 501c3 organization with the mission to improve the health and well-being of communities through increased awareness of nutrition, food history, and culture.


Melissa Booth Hall holds a J.D. from Northern Kentucky University and a B.A. in English from Centre College. In 2003 she volunteered at the SFA’s Fall Symposium…13 1/2 gallons of pimento cheese and 1000 deviled eggs later, she was hooked. Since joining the SFA’s staff, Melissa has led field trips and Summer Symposia, organized countless Potlikker Film Festivals across the region (and beyond), and served as operations manager for many many Fall Symposiums. These days, Melissa manages people and programs for the SFA.