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. Boutique bowling in the Crescent City. Leave it to the seasoned cocktail pros behind sleek bars Cure, Bellocq, and Cane & Table to raise the bar on bowling. Opening today in New Orleans’ CBD, the new restaurant and bar Fulton Alley has craft cocktails and 12 lanes. For the menu, chef Mike Nirenberg has eschewed hot dogs and nachos in favor of Southern small plates like fried Brussels sprouts with a pepper jelly glaze and deviled eggs with chicken cracklin and rémoulade.
2. Southern ‘Cue Supper in Charlotte. Wednesday’s dinner held at Midwood Smokehouse will be a melding of the best barbecue minds. Armed with a wealth of ‘cue knowledge, legendary pitmaster Sam Jones of Skylight Inn BBQ in Ayden, North Carolina, will spend the day sharing tips with Midwood’s Matt Barry and his team before preparing a whole hog atop his travel rig. Each course will be paired with a brew from local fave NoDa Brewing Company and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Southern Foodways Alliance.
3. Art exhibit opening in Decatur, AL. Artist Lee Nabors thinks you can tell a lot about a person by looking at their hands. In her exhibit of oil paintings opening Thursday at the Carnegie Visual Art Center, Lee has captured the personalities of 50 individuals (who have had a hand in shaping their communities) by focusing just on their 10 digits. From a former Alabama governor and NFL players to Miss Alabama, her subjects come from a large cross section of society and each set tells a powerful story. Don’t miss the opening reception on Thursday.
4. New Southern novel. All of best-selling author Joshilyn Jackson‘s books have been poignant, impossible-to-put-down reads, and her sixth book, Someone Else’s Love Story, out Tuesday, is no different. Her protagonist Shandi is caught at gunpoint at a gas station and finds herself falling in love with the handsome scientist who intervenes in a story that mixes secrets and miracles with forgiveness. In December, the Georgia author’s book is our second pick of the Sip and Flip Book Club. Visit southernliving.com/book-club later this month for our Q&A guide and a chance to win signed copies.
5. Cider Week in Virginia. The Commonwealth has been leading the hard cider revolution since Founding Father Thomas Jefferson made a champagne-like version at Monticello. All this week you’ll find plenty of tastings and cidermaking workshops from Richmond to Roanoke, and it all wraps up on Saturday with an all-day festival at Castle Hill Cider in Keswick. Our (juicy) pick: Using Foggy Ridge Cider, chef Jason Alley will prepare a five-course dinner at his Charlottesville outpost of Pasture (anyone for cider vinegar pie with apple butter stack cake ice cream?) at a dinner tomorrow night.