SL Hot List: Cheese, Concerts & Southern Comfort

October 1, 2012 | By | Comments (1)
Academy jewelry

Photo Courtesy of Rachel Albright

It’s Monday and you know what that means–we’re back with the freshest and most fun things to do in the South. On our radar this week: A new cookbook, an autumn jewelry collection, and a trio of festivals.

Southern-made baubles. Spruce up your fall sweaters with some wearable art from the new autumn/winter collection from Academy, the jewelry line made by Virginia-native Rachel Albright. The Richmond-based designer was inspired by sculpture and the modern simplicity of Alexander Calder’s mobiles, and each piece (such as the one above) was crafted from the scraps of Rachel’s own mobiles. Find necklaces and bracelets for your fall wardrobe at Academy’s online shop, Richmond’s super cool Need Supply Co., and Community in Charlottesville.

Southern Artisan Cheese Festival. If words like Asiago and Roquefort get your heart racing, then brace yourself for a heart-pounding, cheese-centric afternoon. The 2nd annual Southern Artisan Cheese Festival takes over the Nashville Farmers’ Market on Saturday, and will feature fromage from all of our Southern faves including Alabama’s Belle Chevre and Georgia’s Sweet Grass Dairy. Taste samples from 20 other artisan cheesemakers, take classes such as “Cheese + Beer,” and learn from master cheesemonger Gordon “Zola” Edgar. And since cheese goes well with just about everything, pair your picks with gourmet goodies from cured meat to chocolate and Southern craft beers from Terrapin, Lazy Magnolia, and Straight to Ale.

Music in Mobile. The 18th annual BayFest brings some of the biggest names in music to Mobile, Alabama, for a weekend of live concerts. Willie Nelson, Al Green,  Journey, Big & Rich, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, and our most-recent Biscuits & Jam artist Jerrod Nieman are just a few of the 125 acts performing at the three-day festival.

Southern Comfort cookbook. If you can’t make it to New Orleans to eat at MiLa, the restaurant run by Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing, then the pair’s new cookbook is the next best thing. Out Tuesday, Southern Comfort is packed with elevated twists on New Orleans classics weaved together with tales from their Southern upbringing. We predict you’ll soon be busy in your kitchen cooking up the Crescent City couple’s favorites such as Oysters Rockefeller “Deconstructed” and Chocolate Croissant Bread Pudding.

Atlanta Streets AliveThere will be dancing in the street in Atlanta on Sunday afternoon as a five-mile stretch of North Highland Avenue is closed to cars. Inspired by a movement that originated in Bogota, Colombia, 30 years ago, the organizers want to encourage Atlantans to get some fresh air and boost business along the route. Come experience the streets on foot or by bike, and get in on the free activities such as yoga and tango.


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