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. Florida mermaids in New Orleans. Since 1947, visitors to Florida’s Weeki Wachee Springs State Park have been dazzled by the can’t-miss underwater live mermaid show. Now through January, you can catch the equally glam exhibit of photographs of the bathing beauties out of the water captured by photographer Annie Collinge at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
2. Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey. We’re still waiting for John Currence to open a Big Bad Breakfast in Birmingham, but lucky for us, anyone can get a taste of his cooking with the release of the Oxford, Mississippi-based chef’s new cookbook. With recipes spanning from Pickled Shrimp to Kitchen Sink Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, John incorporates 130 of his best eats alongside stories from his Southern upbringing.
3. Louisville Cocktail Competition. Attention all spirit swillers–the town’s best bartenders from Decca, Garage Bar, Harvest, and more will be stirring and shaking drinks on Sunday afternoon. You’ll also enjoy eats from the not-yet-opened restaurant Atlantic No. 5. (Want to get a head start on trying some amazing cocktails? Pick up a passport at one of the participating bars, get it stamped when you order, and present the completed passport for free admission to the event.)
4. Atlanta Cheese Festival. A new fromage festival will bring more than 50 cheese and artisan food producers and their tasty wares to Park Tavern in Piedmont Park on Friday. Sample cheese from Looking Glass Creamery, Goat Lady Dairy, and more, and buy full-size versions of your favorites. Later in the evening, vote for your favorite grilled cheese as chefs from local restaurants like The General Muir, Miller Union, and others will raise the classic sandwich to new gourmet heights with a cook-off.
5. Southern Reinvention. Organized by a collective that celebrates the traditions of the South while advancing the culture into the future, Saturday’s event in Elkmont, Alabama, will bring out the best in the region’s food, fashion, and art. First up, demos from artisans such as cheesemaker Tasia Malakasis–her Belle Chevre celebrates the grand opening of a new creamery right behind their store front. Also on the agenda: a Billy Reid pop-up shop, a lecture by fashion designer Natalie Chanin, and plenty of food from Jim ‘N Nick’s BBQ. Need another reason? Our Test Kitchen Director Robby Melvin will also be putting on a demo straight from the South’s Most Trusted Kitchen.