There’s no better way to start off your week than with the hottest things happening in the South. We’ve rounded up fun film and beer festivals, found your new favorite guidebook and cookbook, and discovered good Southern cooking in Tennessee.
Brown Betty Bakery cookbook. This bakery may be above the Mason-Dixon (in Philly), but there’s heart and Southern soul in every delectable cookie, cake, and brownie in their cookbook out today. Run by three generations of women (pictured above), the bakery has Tappahanock, Virginia-raised Betty Hinton (center) to thank for its made-from-scratch mentality. Betty passed down the family stories and recipes to her daughter and granddaughter, and each goodie is named after a remarkable woman in the family. With recipes such as Sallie Marie’s Sour Cream Pound Cake and a coconut cake called Company’s Comin’, you’ll taste the South in every satisfying bite.
New Tupelo Honey Cafe. One of our favorite Asheville restaurants opens a new location across the North Carolina border in Tennessee today. Knoxvillians can now grab breakfast, lunch, and dinner (and of course, dessert) at Tupelo Honey Cafe in the heart of downtown. We have a feeling they’ll love Tupelo’s down-home dishes with fresh twists such as cheesy grit cakes, Appalachian egg rolls, and Southern fried chicken BLTs as much as we do.
Austin Film Festival. Hollywood comes to Texas as the weeklong 19th annual Austin Film Festival kicks off Thursday. Writer and director Billy Bob Thorton will be there with his latest film Jayne Mansfield’s Car set in 1969 Alabama and starring James Franco (who will also be in attendance), Robert Duvall, and Kevin Bacon. You’ll also be able to catch upcoming flicks such as the comedy-drama Silver Linings Playbook featuring Bradley Cooper and the mystery thriller Flight with Denzel Washington, John Goodman, and Don Cheadle.
A field guide to Nashville. After writing about the newest bars, shops, and eateries in Nashville for our September issue, former SL staffer Taylor Bruce is back with even more to say about the Music City. Wildsam Field Guides is his new line of guidebooks meet extensive almanacs, and Nashville is the first city given its due. Inside the carefully culled book, you’ll spot hand-drawn maps, interviews with insiders, and lists of the city’s best. Pick up your copy at Parnassus Books, the Otis James and Emil Erwin shop, or the Wildsam website, and start exploring.
Brews and brats. Craft beer lovers in Jackson, Mississippi, are in luck on Friday with the start of the 6th annual Jacktoberfest. There will be plenty of German and local beer, bratwurst, burgers, and bands playing all day long. Buy a festival pint glass, and you’ll be able to sample all the suds from local brewers in the Craft Brew Beer Garden. Cast your vote for the best as part of the state’s largest craft brew competition.
And if your week wasn’t full enough of fun things to do yet, get to the theaters this weekend for Alex Cross. Set in Washington, D.C., the film has Tyler Perry suiting up to play James Patterson’s protagonist, a role last filled by Morgan Freeman.