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. Hotel Domestique and Restaurant 17 opening. The pristine 13-room resort sits atop the Blue Ridge Mountains, overlooking rolling vineyards in South Carolina’s idyllic countryside. And though set up for pure relaxation, the stunning location in Travelers Rest is no coincidence if you know the hotel’s co-founder, George Hincapie. The well-maintained roads of rural South Carolina offer the perfect setting for this 17-time Tour de France competitor’s tranquil escape where getting outdoors is just as easy as getting a meal from a renowned chef. The on-site Restaurant 17, is set to open November 17, with Executive Chef Adam Cooke manning the helm. His former post at the Barn at Blackberry Farm is often credited for launching the farm-to-table movement and bringing the emphasis back to homegrown goods.
2. Nashville’s Tennessee TapRoom opening. Nashville is getting sudsy. Sip the latest in the brewing trend (this is the fourth craft brewery in the neighborhood) at Tennessee Brew Works, a craft brewery and taproom located in a repurposed printing warehouse in downtown SoBro. The 25-barrel brew system is currently churning out five headliner beers, with plans for some seasonal and specialty brews with time. Try the Sweet Potato Stout, made with baked sweet potatoes mashed into the grains, or the Tennessee Farmhouse Ale, brewed with Thai basil for a beer with a bit of spice.
3. Enjoy Arts & Tastes in St. Petersburg. Launching November 15-17, the Enjoy Arts & Tastes festival melds the art and culinary scenes for a three-day binge of St. Pete culture. This inaugural event will showcase live cooking demonstrations from some famous culinary faces like Donatella Arpaia and Curtis Stone, as well as put a face to some of the region’s chefs that are making a name with their signature dishes. The event kicks off on Friday with a Sense Immersion Dinner, hosted by restaurateur Todd English, and comes to a close on Sunday, once no one can button their Bermuda shorts, with “Battle of the ‘Burg,” a poolside event to crown the area’s best burger. The next great annual food festival? You tell us.
4. Kellie Pickler’s latest album, The Woman I Am. Get closer to the country darling with her new album released this week. With some of the same spunk that has defined her career, Kellie sticks to her twangy country roots for some party picks like “Little Bit Gypsy” but intersperses the 12-song disk with more emotional and personal lyrics like the album’s first single “Someone Somewhere Tonight.”
5. The Prayer Journal by Flannery O’Connor. Savannah, Georgia’s beloved literary hero, Flannery O’Connor, is still marveling wordsmiths nearly 50 years after her passing with the upcoming release of works found within a Sterling notebook in Flannery’s archives, previously seen only by her biographer, William Sessions. The journal entries, published under the title, A Prayer Journal, are her musings, prayers, and meditations, written during her coming-of-age as both a woman and writer at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.