Hot List: New Scotty McCreery, Charleston’s Fashion Exhibit & The Southern C Summit

October 14, 2013 | By | Comments (8)

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.

Photo courtesy Razorbill

Photo courtesy Razorbill

1. Haylie Duff’s cookbook. Following the success of her blog, Real Girl’s Kitchen, Haylie releases her first cookbook of the same name tomorrow (October 15). In it, the Texas-born actress and musician serves up recipes for everything from healthy smoothies to elegant date-night spreads to drink and appetizer recipes for stylish get-togethers.

2. Baltimore’s homegrown diner. Chef Spike Gjerde’s (of Woodberry Kitchen and Artifact Coffee) latest endeavor, Shoo-Fly Diner, continues his tradition of exalting the Mid-Atlantic bounty. The 5,000 square-foot space doubles as a basecamp for Spike’s serious canning program at Woodberry Kitchen and a diner-style restaurant with menu items featuring only regional and seasonal ingredients. Highlights include jars of local crab salad, sourdough pancakes, and a Hangtown Fry with fried oysters, crispy bacon, and eggs on toast. Breakfast for dinner anyone?

3. Scotty McCreery’s new CD. American Idol alum Scotty McCreery releases his second album tomorrow, October 15. See You Tonight offers up a mix of sing-a-long friendly crowd-pleasers such as “Blue Jean Baby” and “Now,” as well melodic ballads and more traditional bluegrassy tunes like “Carolina Moon” featuring harmonies by Allison Krauss.

4. Atlanta’s underground Japanese feast. Though not technically new, many people still don’t know about the weekly Asian dinner series at Gato Bizco Café, the 30-seat breakfast-and-lunch joint in Candler Park. From 7 to 11 p.m. every Monday and Tuesday, chefs Allen Suh and Nicholas Stinson serve up a traditional Asian meal with á la carte dishes coming in under $10. There’s no set menu but you can expect items like okonomiyaki (seafood pancakes), pickled lotus root salad, ramen bowls, and pork belly mochi. The drink selection is up to you: it’s BYOB.

Photo courtesy Charleston Museum

Photo courtesy Charleston Museum

5. Charleston’s fashionable exhibit. Classic literary characters come to life during this stylish exhibit at the Charleston Museum opening October 19. Fashion in Fiction shows the influence that clothing has had in creating the memorable heroines behind popular tales such as The Great Gatsby and Jane Eyre. See flapper dresses a Fitzgerald muse would have donned, alongside cotton faille dresses inspired by Anne of Green Gables and a pair of leather high-button boots from Mary Poppins.

Bonus Giveaway: Our favorite hostesses Cheri Leavy and Whitney Long of the Southern Coterie host their third Southern social on Thursday, October 17, in Nashville. Tune into the panel discussions with tastemakers such as Elizabeth Nichols of and Carrie Morey of Callie’s Charleston Biscuits and feast on treats served up by Olive & Sinclair, Husk Nashville, Edley’s Bar-B-Que, and Cathead Vodka. We’ll be joining the party on Thursday evening with tours of our Idea House at Fontanel Mansion and a cocktail reception with our editor, Lindsay Bierman.

We are giving away one Southern Coterie Summit pass (worth $175). To win, tell us why you love the South in the comments below. Official rules here


  1. Zeze Smith

    AlaBAMA Rocks the South say amen

    October 24, 2013 at 1:25 pm
  2. Patrish Refre

    Love the South….I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana!!!

    October 19, 2013 at 9:10 pm
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    October 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm
  4. Robyn Mantooth

    The South contains friendly people who love God, sweet tea, and the SEC. We see God in everything we do and it’s easy to do because His beauty is in the South. We are known for that good ol’ sweet tea…not with sweetener but SUGAR! Let’s not forget our bourbon, whiskey, and mint juleps, too. We love, love, love our sports. SEC all the way! If it’s a bad year, we always say “Next year…” We are the most loyal because that is the way we were raised. The South is rich in heritage and tradition. Once you’ve visited, you’ll be impressed… Not just with places but the people. I could not imagine living anywhere else where God, sweet tea, and sports are more present… And the best!

    October 15, 2013 at 7:04 pm
  5. Taylor Lieberstein

    The South gives me countless reasons to be in love with it First being southern flavor. We hold claim to Sean Brock, everything he touches turns to gold or fried chicken. Also, honorable mention to all homemade biscuits and sorghum!

    We make the best bourbons and we get first rights to it- think limited barrels of Pappy Van Winkle. That said, we get Kentucky and the Bourbon Trail.

    The list could go on all day but I think my last and most important reason I love the South is our history. We have a great history and we master the verbal passing down of it. There’s nothing better than sitting on the front porch (which are also the most well decorated in the deep south) in a wooden rocking chair, drinking a glass of homemade sweet tea listening to your granny tell you how it was “back when” just the way her grandmother told her.

    October 15, 2013 at 12:22 pm
  6. Heather Jordan

    I truly love the coastal South. I am a coastal artist that needs your opinion. I have a collection but would love to welcome suggestions that you feel would match in a coastal setting, color, subject matter. Ect.
    Thanks again
    Heather Jordan

    October 15, 2013 at 8:56 am
  7. E Hopping

    There is nothing not to love about the South! We have the best people, the best food, the best topography – both beaches and mtns, and finally, the best FOOTBALL!

    October 14, 2013 at 4:17 pm
  8. Anna robertson (@Reddirtword)

    I love the south because the air is heavy and moist like a first kiss and suffocates you just enough to want to leave, but once you do all you can think about is getting back.

    October 14, 2013 at 4:06 pm

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