You love the South. You want to know all the cool, new things that are popping up around our region. That’s why every week we bring the the SL Hot List, a round-up of all the latest and greatest things to hit the scene.
1. Blackberry Farm’s cookbook. Nothing has us more ready for a rustic fall feast than the new cookbook, The Foothills Cuisine of Blackberry Farm. Inside you’ll find seasonal dishes (such as Fried Catfish and Cucumber Slaw), gorgeous photography, and even lessons on how to make artisanal cured meats and cheese, all from experts at the Tennessee foodie destination.
2. Boudin & Beer in NOLA. Emeril Lagasse, Donald Link, and 50 chefs from around the country will put their spin on the spicy Cajun sausage at Boudin & Beer in the Crescent City on Friday. Wash it all down with beer from Louisiana-favorite Abita, and enjoy Cajun music from Red Stick Ramblers and Feufollet.
3. A second store for Raleigh Denim. The North Carolina-based line is expanding beyond Dixie with the opening of their new digs in New York. Fashionistas can slip on a pair of the jeans admired for their blend of style and exceptional craftsmanship, get them hemmed on-site, and even shop for jewelry, shoes, and accessories handpicked by the staff. As for the rest of us, we’ll still be able to pick up a pair at boutiques all over the South and at The Curatory in Raleigh.
4. A (yummy!) gluten-free bakery. Dallas just got even sweeter with the opening of the second location of Tu-Lu’s. Memphis native Tully Phillips will be serving up gluten-free versions of classic sweets such as red velvet cupcakes, snickerdoodles, and dark chocolate brownies. “We Southerners take our desserts very seriously,” says Tully. We couldn’t agree more!
5. Nashville native on Hart of Dixie. Fresh off her Grand Ole Opry debut earlier this month, Kelleigh Bannen is ready to play another set in the spotlight. This time, the Southern songstress will make an appearance on Tuesday night’s episode of Hart of Dixie where she’ll perform her single, “Sorry on the Rocks.” (For more on the Alabama-set show, check out our interview with leading man Scott Potter in our October issue.)