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. Goo Goo Outpost opens in Nashville. Devotees of Southern sweets have a new stop to add to their must-see list: Goo Goo Cluster‘s first retail shop. Located on the grounds of Fontanel in an old dairy barn, the store will sell the classic confection and gelato from Bravo Gelato including new flavors such as Chocolate Peanut Butter Goo Goo. Be sure to stop by when you visit the nearby Southern Living Idea House opening for tours June 29.
2. Music from Darius Rucker. After giving the commencement address at the University of South Carolina last week, the Hootie & the Blowfish frontman traded his cap and gown (he received an honorary doctor of music degree) for a baseball cap for his new album, True Believers, out Tuesday. Darius dug deep on his third country release and wrote most of the songs including the heartfelt title track about the struggles and triumphs of marriage. When we spoke to Darius back in December, he told us he was especially proud of “Love Without You” featuring Sheryl Crow and a cover of Old Crow Medicine Show’s “Wagon Wheel” with Lady Antebellum.
3. Potluck supper in Raleigh. It’s time to dig out your favorite pecan pie recipe because guests at Ashley Christensen‘s Southern Foodways Alliance potluck, held tonight at CAM Raleigh, are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. Don’t worry–the superstar chef has the main dish covered and is cooking in honor of Atlanta chef Steven Satterfield. Get your ticket to the event that will include local beer, cocktails, and a movie screening from SFA filmmaker Joe York.
4. Texas-made fashions. Texas native and designer Ashley Burghardt’s line Ashard Richley has all the color we’ve been waiting for spring to wear. The spring/summer collection has bright tops and dresses that pair well with her graphic, roomy clutches. We love that every part of the design process from the sketching to the stitching is done in Dallas. Shop the latest collection online or at area boutiques like Melanie Gayle and La Marque.
5. Jazz in Jacksonville. With The Great Gatsby in theaters and sequined fashions everywhere, we can’t get enough of the Jazz Age. Thankfully the Jacksonville Jazz Festival (the country’s second largest) runs Thursday through Sunday and it’s free! Go listen to the rich sounds of the Roaring Twenties as groups such as BWB (featuring Rick Braun, Memphis-born and Grammy Award-winning Kirk Whalum, and Norman Brown), Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, and Asheville-based Firecracker Jazz Band (below) perform all weekend long.
5 1/2. Husk Nashville opens for dinner. We’ve been ready for the opening of Sean Brock’s Music City outpost of his iconic Charleston restaurant since he whet our appetite with the news back in October. On Thursday, Nashville eaters will finally get to try the James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef’s dishes made from Tennessee ingredients like Cruze Farm buttermilk and Muddy Pond sorghum.