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. A new reason to start canning. With summer finally here it’s time to get canning, and Kevin West’s Saving the Season ($35; out tomorrow) is the perfect starting point. Following the success of his blog by the same name, Kevin draws from his rural Tennessee upbringing to walk home cooks step-by-step through the process—from the basics like how to prep jars to more complicated feats like making the “Ten-Hour Membrillo,” a quince paste spiced with cardamom and Turkish bay leaves.
2. Fresh eats in Orange Beach. If you’re planning a trip to Orange Beach, Alabama, this summer, add Fisher’s at Orange Beach Marina to your itinerary. The restaurant, opened by restaurateur Johnny Fisher (formerly of The Gulf and Lulu’s), has two kitchens helmed by chef Bill Briand, who has trained under Emeril Lagasse and Donald Link. Choose from two experiences—high-end and intimate upstairs or casual and bustling downstairs. We’re looking forward to trying dishes like the crawfish beignets and crispy red snapper.
3. A Jackson institution’s new era. The classic Brent’s Drugs, a pharmacy-turned-soda fountain in Jackson, Mississippi’s cool Fondren area, now offers a different kind of medicine to its patrons. Located in a back hallway of the shop, The Apothecary at Brent’s Drugs, serves up craft cocktails such as the Doc Noble with cayenne-and-pecan-infused rye, demerara, and lemon in a Prohibition-era inspired lounge.
4. Atlanta’s community radio show. Sidewalk Radio, based in Atlanta, has been making waves for its monthly shows that focus on the city’s art, history, food, and innovations. This month’s segment, airing tonight, covers one of our favorite culinary pursuits: barbecue. Tune into 1690wmlb.com at 6:30 (EST) to listen live as lauded Atlanta chef Anne Quatrano (of Star Provisions), and food writers Bob Townsend and Jim Auchmutey talk about ‘cue. Topics include finding perfect pig, barbecue pairing beers, and the city’s place in developing the Southern comfort food.
5. Miami’s growing cocktail scene. The era of $20, watered-down cosmopolitans is coming to an end in Miami thanks to a growing number of proper drink places taking over South Beach. Three new scene-shakers to watch: Drogerie in the Albion Hotel, opened by one of the leaders of mixology Albert Trummer and serving up healing drinks such as the Miami Chiller with cucumber-infused gin, green chartreuse, and Chardonnary vinegar; Radio Bar, an indie-chic bunker next to an abandoned radio tower led by James Beard Award nominee Craig Schoettler; and 1930 Social Club (305/695-4441), inspired by Brooklyn social clubs in the 50s, the bar located behind Lucali (a pizza joint), delivers games such as Connect Four, along with one of the best craft beer and vintage wine selections in the area.
5 1/2. Under The Dome premiere. Critics are buzzing about the new CBS series Under the Dome, by sci-fi dream team Stephen King and Steven Speilberg. Filmed in Wilmington, N.C., it’s another feather in the cap for the film industry in a community that has also served as a location for The Hunger Games and Safe Haven.