1. Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas. The historic home of Dr. Goodall Wooten has seen many faces throughout the decades. It has finally returned to its roots with Hotel Ella, named after the beloved doctor’s wife. A multimillion-dollar renovation has transformed the stunning grounds into a 48-room boutique hotel, featuring a ballroom, lap pool, and Goodall’s Kitchen & Bar, where executive chef Scott Mechura serves seasonal meals with local ingredients like Cinnamon Smoked Duck Breast and Dewberry Farms Chicken Breast.
2. Washington D.C.’s Bluejacket opening. The hype about this place is astounding, considering D.C. has been establishing itself as a culinary city on the move with new openings nearly every month for the past year. Bluejacket is housed in a former factory in the Navy Yard neighborhood where workers once labored creating boilers for ships. Now the building is transformed into a bi-level brewery and accompanying restaurant and bar, The Arsenal, crafting 20 original Bluejacket ales and lagers and a full dinner menu.
3. Down and Dirty on the Boulevard. The Chefs for Farmers culinary event of the year will kick off this week in Dallas’ Lee Park. Originally bringing local chefs and farmers together to showcase what they grow and how they cook with it, the event has evolved into a full-fledged festival. Bring your own wine glass and picnic blanket to celebrate more than 40 talented Texas chefs, local farmers and artisans, and area bands and DJs.
4. Monster Mash. The folks at Chattanooga Whiskey got the right to legally distill whiskey in city limits and are now on their way to opening a new distillery in Downtown Chattanooga in a building that once housed the Turnbull Cone Machine Company in 1910. They have more than enough reasons to celebrate, and they’re inviting you to join them for a Halloween party in Miller Plaza. Set to the beats of local DJ Tone Harm, the free event will offer a cash bar serving your favorite whiskey cocktails as well as “high-gravity” beers.
5. The Wood Brothers’ New Album, The Muse. With musical influences like Willie Nelson and modern comparisons like Mumford & Sons, The Wood Brothers released their latest album, The Muse, under Zac Brown’s Nashville-based label. Recorded in Nashville’s Southern Ground Studios, the album is described as an eclectic mix with a bit of blues, folk, and country. Check out the stirring video of their latest single, “Sing About It,” shot by Mason Jar Music at the American bluegrass festival FreshGrass at MASS MoCA last month.