Joe Gunn's Sheep Stew (2006)

About the Film

Joe Gunn is stewmaster for the Rocky Run Methodist Church in the small community of Alberta, VA. His sheep stew is a traditional farm stew, and a variation on the original Brunswick stew recipe attrited to African American camp cook, Jimmy Matthews who in 1828 is said to have named his stew made of squirrels for Brunswick County, VA. Over the years , farmers substituted "culled" sheep for squirrels.Sheep Stew is unique to the towns of Dundas, Danieltown, and Alberta, Virginia. Beyond this 10 square mile farming community sheep stew is not cooked, eaten, or in most cases known at all. The stew cooked for Rocky Run Methodist Church is the major fundraiser for missions and other church activities.


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