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. The Lone Bellow’s Debut Album. Indie-folk fans (think Civil Wars, Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons) will love on-the-rise band the Lone Bellow. Download the Georgia natives’ first self-titled album so you can say you were listening to this band back when. Also out this week on the folky music front, the appropriately named “The Next Best Thing” by the Overmountain Men, fronted by Bob Crawford of the Avett Brothers.
2. Beer pairing dinners. Hold the wine, beer is the new drink of choice when it comes to adventures in food parings. As the craft beer scene continues to grow, restaurants are creating menus to highlight the best of its brews. On Wednesday, Little Savannah in Birmingham hosts its first beer dinner with Cahaba Brewing Company. On the menu: duck prosciutto paired with Cahaba’s White Belgian Tripple and bacon chocolate chip cookies with the Ryezome stout. In Atlanta, D.B.A Barbecue pairs with Abita Brewing Company for a five-course pairing on Thursday, and in Austin HomeField Grill is having a breakfast-for-dinner and beer supper, also on Thursday.
3. Boone Hall’s Massive Oyster Party. It’ll be September before oysters are at their peak again (you know the old agade: Only eat shellfish in months that end with the letter “r”). On Sunday, Boone Hall Plantation celebrates the end of oyster season with its 30th annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival, which brings more than 65,000 pounds of oysters to the picturesque plantation. Tickets are $15 to get in and $10 for a bucket of three dozen oysters.
4. A Crescent City Cookbook. Who wouldn’t want to learn how to cook like a New Orleans chef? Food writer Lorin Gaudin tapped the minds of some of the city’s best chefs including Root’s Philip Lopez, Brian Landry of Borgne, and Ian Schnoebelen of Iris to create “New Orleans Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the French Quarter to the Garden District” ($25). You’ll be whipping up andouille soup and tomato tarts like a pro just in time for your NOLA-themed Super Bowl party.
5. Dooky Chase’s New Airport Restaurant. If you’re traveling through the Louis Armstrong International Airport in the next month for the Super Bowl or Mardi Gras, you’ll want to check in with plenty of time to check out matriarch of Creole cuisine Leah Chase’s Terminal C outpost. Part of a $305 million renovation for the airport, Dooky Chase will serve up the same finger lickin’ good fried chicken, gumbos, and jambalaya dishes that have made the restaurant an institution for more than 70 years.