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. Birmingham’s Swine & Wine. Spend St. Patrick’s Day with chef Clif Holt of Little Savannah as he joined by chefs Stephen Stryjewski of New Orleans’ Cochon, Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse, and more for a whole pig roast. They’ll be serving up plenty of pig-centric eats such as chorizo sausage grits, pork belly bun, pulled pork, and appropriately, bacon and chocolate chip cookies. Proceeds from the event go right back into the ground: the Druid City Garden Project is a Tuscaloosa-based nonprofit that educates people about food.
2. The music of SXSW. The ten-day festival in Austin may have started last week, but the music part featuring hundreds of performances kicks off on Tuesday. We wish we were there to hear some of the killer line-up that includes Jason Isbell, The Polyphonic Spree, Lost Bayou Ramblers, The Flaming Lips, and Emmylou Harris.
3. Vegan Pop-up Dinner in Nashville. Finally, vegans can get in on the pop-up meal action at Celebrate Thy Vegetable on Friday. The five-course menu prepared by Dan Forberg of Dan’s Actual Food features gourmet dishes that even the staunchest carnivore will love such as a butternut and ginger soup and a Jerusalem artichoke and potato torte. Haute coffee bar Barista Parlor (mentioned in our Stylish Cities story in our March issue) plays host for the dinner and there’ll be plenty of live bluegrass and cocktails all night.
4. Spring break-worthy sandals. After making men’s flip-flops for years, Greenville-based sportswear company Southern Tide just rolled out their first line of women’s flip-flops. Modeled after the popular men’s shoes, the pretty but functional leather FlipJacks may just make your spring break packing list.
5. The Palace Saloon’s 110th anniversary. Florida’s oldest continually operating bar (mentioned in our January issue Scenic Route) is celebrating its 110th anniversary with live music, drink specials, and four nights of revelry starting on Thursday. The turn-of-the-century Fernandina Beach bar is steeped in history (the Rockefellers, Pulitzers, and Carnegies were all served here) so keep an eye out for the original embossed tin ceiling and beautiful wood details.