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. Southern Living Taste of Charleston. Join us in the Holy City for three days of feasting and feteing at the 33rd annual event. On Friday and Saturday, restaurants across the city will serve up a special three-course meal paired with a craft beer from the likes of Terrapin, Abita, and Sweetwater. On Sunday, Boone Hall Plantation hosts the main event with bands, beer, and samples from 50 Lowcountry restaurants like Poogan’s Porch while the Test Kitchen’s own Norman King will put on a The Way to Fry demo.
2. New book celebrates French Quarter bars. Covering less than one square mile, the French Quarter is filled with hundreds of bars from swank watering holes to classic dives. Thankfully, three local authors have picked 100 bars and sharply summarized each one in new release, The French Quarter Drinking Companion. Packed with details only a regular would know, the guide will steer you to the coolest cocktails and best bars for people-watching. And this Sunday, you can raise a glass with the authors at One Eyed Jacks at their launch party, and get a complimentary Sazerac when you buy a copy.
3. Download this. Mix up your music with two new releases from Southern bands. First up is Southern rock band Gov’t Mule‘s new album, Shout!, with 11 tracks of their own and a second disc featuring a slew of guests like Dr. John, Elvis Costello, Dave Matthews, and more. (Catch the band on tour later this week with a trio of Southern stops in Atlanta, Louisville, and Nashville.) And on Tuesday, The Dexateens, a Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based band, drop Sunsphere, a punk rock EP they recorded back in 2009.
4. Raleigh’s fall fashion. Need another excuse for seasonal shopping? North Carolina-based designer Catherine Fain’s line Ramey Rhodes (a name–in true Southern form–that’s a nod to her family) debuts just in time for fall. After earning her master’s in retail at University of South Carolina and working in some of the chicest boutiques across the region, Catherine got sketching on her own line of American-made frocks. From the pretty, preppy Caroline dress to the swinging 1960s Twiggy, her dresses are well-designed blank canvases just begging to be glammed up with statement necklaces and a pair of heels.
5. George Washington’s Presidential Library. With presidential libraries in Arkansas, Georgia, and Texas, the South will have one more on Friday. George Washington’s was more than 150 years in the making and will open on the grounds of Mount Vernon. Along with the new exhibit, Take Note! Washington the Reader, the library will display manuscripts, handwritten notes, and books–like Don Quixote and Common Sense–that inspired the Founding Father.
5 1/2. Fashion show in Athens. You’ll be inspired to shop local on Thursday as the Athens Fashion Collective puts on the Revive + Recreate fashion show featuring six area designers. Laurel Wells kicks off the show with her fresh and feminine collection featuring 1970s silhouettes, and we can’t wait to see Sanni Baumgaertner of Community Service and her latest collection of repurposed garments–this season will be edgy and androgynous.