5 Things You Need To Know In The South Right Now

December 2, 2013 | By | Comments (1)
Bless Your Heart cocktail

Photo courtesy GRAYS on Main

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. Prohibition Bash in Franklin, Tennessee. Thursday marks the 80th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition and GRAYS on Main in Franklin, Tennessee, is celebrating like it’s 1933. The restaurant will take on a speakeasy vibe with costumed actors and live period music. You’ll even need a password to enter and order a classic brandy sipper or a Bless Your Heart cocktail (above) with BarSol Quebranta pisco, blackberry marmalade, lime, and Peychauds bitters. Stay till the end for the champagne toast commemorating the passage of the 21st amendment.

2. Serenbe Holiday Bazaar featuring the Southern Living Christmas Village. Shop locally made jams, jewelry, and other gifts from a curated collection of artisan wares Friday through Sunday at The Inn at Serenbe, part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection. On Saturday, Norman King from our Test Kitchen will do a cooking demo and sign copies of his book, The Way to FryAnd join us Saturday evening for a VIP holiday party with live performances from Gabriel Kelley and Hurray for the Riff Raff on our Biscuits & Jam stage. Plus: canapés and cocktails, and a swag bag filled with Southern treats. For event tickets and more information about the inn right outside of Atlanta, visit serenbeinn.com/holidays

3. Jake Owen’s latest album. The Florida native and Nashville-based country hit-maker’s fourth album, Days of Gold, is out Tuesday just in time to pick up as a perfect stocking stuffer.  We caught up with the “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” crooner in the December issue of Southern Living, and he told us it wouldn’t be the holidays without his grandmother’s sweet potato casserole.


Courtesy of Nest

4. Columbia’s newest retail shop. The folks behind Soda City Market, a Saturday favorite near the State House, have made your holiday shopping a little easier. Nest, the market’s brick-and-mortar store, opened on Black Friday and sells some of the same goods from regular vendors such as Nana by Sally clutches, Wood Expressions cake stands, and Indah Coffee Company coffee. Best of all, the shop will be open seven days a week so there’s no stress if you can’t make it to the market on Saturdays. Look for Nest a few blocks away from the market’s Main Street location in the Marriott.

5. The Manship in Jackson, MS. After honing his culinary skills at Domenica in New Orleans and most recently, Table 100 in nearby Flowood, Mississippi, executive chef Alex Eaton recently opened his own restaurant in Jackson. There’s not a menu item that we wouldn’t want to try–and that includes the more than 140 whiskeys. From wood-fired pizzas to spit-fire roasted chicken and Italian pork shoulder, The Manship’s menu has all the warm comfort food you’ll need to get through the cold weather. 



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