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. Beer festival in Raleigh. Celebrate the end of the first-ever North Carolina Beer Month with a suds-centric event in the capital city on Saturday. Brewgaloo is your chance to sample beer from old favorites like Carolina Brewery and newer brews from Deep River Brewing Company and Fullsteam Brewery all in one place. Get your food truck fix from local favorites Only Burger and American Meltdown while live bands perform all day.
2. Steve Martin’s bluegrass album. He might have made his name as a comedian and actor, but these days Steve Martin is continuing to earn cred with music lovers thanks to his banjo playing. (He even won a Grammy Award for his earlier album, The Crow.) On his latest release, Love Has Come For You, he teams up with singer-songwriter Edie Brickell and her smooth, soulful voice for a collaboration of folksy bluegrass out Tuesday. We bet the duo sounds even better in person–lucky for us, they make stops all over the South in May.
3. Photo exhibit in Oxford. Often photographed, the Mississippi Delta continues to inspire artists such as Columbia, South Carolina-based Kathleen Robbins. Her new exhibit “Into the Flatland” at The University of Mississippi Museum features photos from visits home to the area (left is nearby Brooklyn Chapel) and her family’s farm and reflect her sense of familial obligation, ties to the land, and feelings of nostalgia. Catch the exhibit up now through August and look for Kathleen’s book in fall 2014.
4. Nashville dinner. Yazoo Brewing Company has tapped Lisa Donovan of Buttermilk Road (and soon-to-be pastry chef at Husk Nashville) for a dinner on Tuesday. Alongside chef Aaron Clemins of City House, she’ll prepare a meal that starts with an amuse bouche: beer cheese pale ale biscuit bite. Have your beer and eat it too with ice-cream sundaes made from vanilla bean and chocolate malt ice creams, Yazoo Porter Caramel, and salty beer nuts.
5. Vietnamese eats in Dallas. It was a motorcycle ride through Vietnam that first made owners Jeana Johnson and Colleen O’Hare interested in opening their eatery Mot Hai Ba (pronounced mo’oht high bah and meaning 1, 2, 3). The duo behind the Lone Star State’s Good 2 Go Taco took cooking classes and explored the culture to put together their menu featuring pho, chargrilled pork belly, and of course, banh mi. Opening on Tuesday, Mot Hai Ba shows signs of French influence with an all-French wine list and beer from France, Belgium, and Asia.