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. Savor Nashville. Chefs from across the South and the country will descend upon Nashville for this two-day food-filled event. On Friday 12 chefs such as Karl Worley (Biscuit Love) and Brandon Frohne (Mason’s) will sharpen their knives to compete in a cookoff using three surprise local ingredients. On Saturday, chefs like Edward Lee (610 Magnolia) and Jeremy Ashby (Azur Restaurant) serve a seven-course dinner with wine pairings and live music.
2. Belle Chevre store opening. Everyone’s favorite goat cheese is having a grand opening of their first cheese shop and tasting room (above) on Saturday. Located in downtown Elkmont, Alabama, the shop will sell the award-winning cheeses plus gourmet goodies like honey and jam. Nibble on some cheese, enjoy the live music, and get your copy of Tasia’s Table signed by cheese queen and BC owner Tasia Malakasis.
3. Atlanta’s New South Family Supper. Chefs Anne Quatrano & Clifford Harrison of Bacchanalia have gathered together an all-star line-up of chefs for dinner on Sunday. The supper will celebrate the progress of women and their move up the culinary food ladder. Nearly two dozen chefs such as Asha Gomez (Cardamom Hill) and Ashley Christensen (Poole’s Diner) will cook at the event at Ponce City Market that benefits the Southern Foodways Alliance.
4. Columbia’s film festival. Get ready for 10 days of film and food at the 7th annual Indie Grits Festival hosted by art house theater, The Nickelodeon. The opening party on April 12 features food trucks and a must-watch screening of We Cause Scenes, a documentary about flash mob pranksters Improv Everywhere that just played at SXSW. Don’t miss Slow Food at Indie Grits (April 14), a food event with bites from some of the town’s best eateries, and Cinemovements (April 15), an evening of silent films paired with a performance by the South Carolina Philharmonic.
5. Dig South in Charleston. In a move that pairs its Southern hospitality with its growing tech sector, the Holy City plays host to a new festival that examines the digital economy on April 12-14. Speakers include media and technology leaders from Facebook, CNN Digital, and Coca-Cola will cover topics from e-commerce and social media strategies to multiplatform entertainment. Tech execs and bloggers alike can also take advantage of live music, networking, and of course, the superb culinary scene.
5 1/2. Memphis’ Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner. No stranger to guest chefs in their kitchen, chefs Michael Hudman and Andrew Ticer of Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen will welcome five other chefs to their Italian-Southern restaurant on Sunday. Jeff McInnis of Miami’s Yardbird, Jason Stanhope of FIG in Charleston, and other chefs from around the country will cook a seven-course meal inspired by their respective regions.