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. Cane & Table opens in NOLA. The guys behind some of our favorite New Orleans bars (Cure, Bellocq) just opened their newest outpost, Cane & Table ( 1113 Decatur Street) in the French Quarter. Expect a rum-heavy menu of elevated tiki drinks (all of which you can have served in a pineapple), and a South-meets-Caribbean dinner menu of ropa vieja served with braised greens and crispy pork ribs with spicy chutney, developed by The Company Burger’s chef, Adam Biderman.
2. The Gulf on the Travel Channel. Tonight’s episode of Bizarre Foods America with Andrew Zimmern turns a lens onto Gulf Coast culture. Watch as Andrew Z. catches and eats duck with celeb chef John Besh, breaks bread with a Vietnamese family in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, and goes bow fishing for stingray at night. It’s a side of the Gulf few people ever see.
3. The Southern Revelry debut in Opelika. On Saturday, July 27, more than 1,200 hip peeps descend on the unlikely town of Opelika, Alabama, for the inaugural Southern Revelry—a celebration of all that is cool in Southern culture. Hosted at coffee house the Overall Company, the bash features a Billy Reid pop-up store, cheese tastings by the lovely Tasia Malakasis of Belle Chevre, and music by some of our favorite artists including Alabama-bred Banditos and Dana Swimmer from Athens, Georgia.
4. Jack Spencer’s exhibit at the Frist. Running now through October 13 at the Frist Center in Nashville, Jack Spencer: Beyond the Surface explores 70 of the local photographer’s best works. Jack’s use of darkroom techniques to elevate people and places to an almost mythical realm have made the Mississippi native an icon in Southern photography. On Thursday, July 25, the museum’s chief curator leads a tour tracing Jack’s impressionist-like work and his significance in the world of art and literature.
5. Natalie Chanin’s sewing party. The recently launched Crafted by Southern Hands event series continues this week with an exhibit, trunk show, and sewing workshop with Alabama designer Natalie Chanin at Warehouse Row in Chattanooga. The beginner-friendly sewing workshop ($475) is on Saturday, with trunk show and exhibit events running from Thursday through Sunday.