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. Julia Reed’s cookbook. In “But Mama Always Put Vodka In Her Sangria” out tomorrow (April 30), the New Orleans author gives us the tools to be the ultimate hostess this summer through essays and recipes divulged in her signature witty repertoire. Each chapter starts with a short essay with titles like “Men and Martinis” and “Shellfish Chic” paired with recipes. Her tales of travel, dining, and hosts she admires, makes this a must-read.
2. NOLA’s Jazz Fest. New Orleans is deep in the throws of Jazz Fest, and there’s still a bevy of amazing artists to catch. Pick from acts such as St. Louis’ Pokey LaFarge, Willie Nelson (who celebrates his 80th this week!), Little Big Town, Preservation Jazz Hall Band, and The Black Keys to create your schedule for the weekend.
3. A New Hotel in Downtown Miami. The second of Florida-based B Hotels & Resorts‘ hotels debuts in Miami Wednesday, May 1. The b2 Hotel woos guests with oversized rooms, a restaurant stocked with craft beer, and prime location in the heart of Miami near the downtown action of Biscayne Bay.
4. A Sweet Festival in Atlanta. The Sugar Coma Tour put on by The Broke Socialite takes small groups on dessert tasting crawls through the city. On Sunday, May 5, the blogger combines all her favorite pastry chefs, confectioners, and bakers at The Foundry at Puritan Mill near Atlantic Station for a day of indulging on decadent offerings from local favorites such as OMG Pound Cakes, The Cookie Studio, and Chocolate South. The swimsuit diet will just have to wait.
5. A Menswear Pop-Up Market in Nashville. The husband-and-wife duo behind accessories line Pierrepont Hicks stop in Music City on Sunday (May 5), bringing their mobile marketplace, NorthernGRADE, to the aVenue downtown. Dapper lads can expect to find hunting knives, American-made denim, and leather carriers from local brands such as Imogene + Willie, Emil Erwin, and barbershop Parlour & Juke. Check out this video to get a taste for the event.