Every Monday we bring you the SL Hot List, a round up of the five latest and greatest things to hit the South. Consider it your weekly update on our region’s most buzzworthy food, culture, and style news.
1. Fairhope’s new brewery. The team at Fairhope Brewing Company crossed the country to visit more than 50 craft breweries before opening their own last week. Right now, the brewery is pouring pints of two beers: the Everyday Ale and Section St. Wheat. Visit their website for future “hoppenings” and to see what’s on tap. (A hoppy pale ale and black IPA are set to be released by the end of the month.)
2. Richmond’s James Beard Foundation dinner. There’s almost nothing we love more than a good collaboration in the kitchen so we were excited to hear that some of our favorite chefs will be cooking together on Saturday at Richmond’s The Jefferson Hotel. Chef Walter Bundy (of Lemaire Restaurant at the Jefferson) welcomes chefs Chris Hastings (of Hot and Hot Fish Club), Sean Brock (of Husk), and Sam McGann (of The Blue Point), all chosen for their commitment to local and classic Southern cuisine. Highlights from the menu include a Sunburst Trout Farms hors d’oeuvre, Ashley Farms rabbit, and a chocolate dessert made with Virginia peanuts.
3. Greenville’s newest eatery. One of the South’s Tastiest Towns will get even more delicious with the opening of Roost on Thursday. Run by chef Trevor Higgins who cultivated his love of local food in his grandparents’ garden, Roost features dishes made from seasonal ingredients only. (It’s one of the restaurant’s “Rules of the Roost.”) We’re looking forward to trying the 48-Hr. Country Pork Ribs and Yard Bird & Dumplings.
4. Southern state art. If the New Year has you wanting to spruce up your home, look no further than Knoxville native Kristen Vasgaard’s sweet state prints (left). The Nashville-based graphic designer has taken iconic songs about Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Alabama and turned them into frame-worthy pieces. Don’t see your state in her Etsy shop? Just wait: Kristen says she’d love to do all 50 states eventually–“starting with the rest of the South, of course!”
5. Chocolate Festival in Tampa. If you’ve ditched your New Year’s resolutions already, indulge at The Festival of Chocolate at MOSI in Tampa. Stop by for the delectable brownies, cookies, and truffles, and stick around for chocolate demos, a wine and chocolate pairing lesson, and even the chance to make your own chocolate lip balm. January 19-21.