An non-profit executive who compares farmers markets to pirates and punk rockers. A poet who wonders if Mrs. Butterworth is really black. A chef who has pushed to revive the olive oil industry in the South. A Korean chef who prepares a bento box lunch with, among other dishes, a side of braised collards and kimchi.

These are several of many reasons why the Southern Foodways Symposium remains one of the most inspiring food conferences in the country. Want to learn more reasons? Read a few of the curated Tweets in the box after the jump.