5 Things You Need To Know In The South Right Now

December 9, 2013 | By | Comments (0)
Meta cocktail bar in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

Meta cocktail bar in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.

1. Chef Sean Brock hosts his first Workshop Series. Two of the region’s finest chefs take on the South’s beloved bird. Both winners of the coveted James Beard Foundation Award, Sean Brock of Husk welcomes Joseph Lenn of Blackberry Farm tonight at The Stables adjacent Husk. The event marks the first of Sean’s Workshop Series in which he hosts acclaimed chefs from all over the world. The intimate, family-style event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. as both chefs prepare appetizers and their interpretations of fried chicken, followed by dessert from Husk’s pastry chef, Lisa Donovan. Or consider dessert to be the Nashville debut of three brews from Blackberry Farm Brewery, Classic Saison, Farm Ale, and Screaming Cock Dubbel.

2. Opening of Meta cocktail lounge. Downtown Louisville is getting a bit more rowdy with the recent opening of Meta, an upscale cocktail lounge occupying the four walls of a former strip club. Now more refined, Meta features a vintage decor, topped off with a wall of hand-painted wallpaper and a floor tiled with pennies. The drink menu is reminiscent of pre-Prohibition sippers, like the Sidecar, but Meta shakes the concoctions into modern time by capitalizing on the craft cocktail movement with house-made ingredients like umami and habanera syrups. Try the Don and Ted, a fiery mix of Jerez Brandy, rye whisky, palm sugar syrup, and Créole Shrubb.

3. The Dallas Winter Warmer Beer Festival. Don’t let encroaching Old Man Winter hold you back from a good time. Put on your winter party pants and head to Dallas’ only cold-weather beer tasting event, the Dallas Winter Warmer. This Saturday, Main Street Garden in the Dallas Arts District transforms into a winter wonderland for beer enthusiasts where local and national breweries will showcase their greatest suds, including some winter seasonal, that guests can try for $40 for 12 two-ounce samples. Reps from each brewery are there to answer any questions you may have brewing up in your mind, as well as suggest optimal food pairings and talk about their place in the craft beer evolution.

4. The opening of D.C.’s Alba Osteria. D.C.’s ever-expanding culinary scene is about to have yet another player—please welcome Alba Osteria. Paying homage to chef Roberto Donna’s home in the Piedmont region of Italy, Alba Osteria will feature classic Italian cuisine including an entire meatball section on the menu, authentically Italian house-made pastas, and an 8,000-pound, wood-burning oven for crispy Neapolitan pizzas. A modern black-and-white palette finds a charismatic pop of color with vibrant orange and a bit of glitz with sleek black chandeliers.

5. The Chanel Metiers D’Art Fashion Show in Dallas. The Chanel Metiers D’Art show is like an early Christmas for Dallas fashionistas. The annual fashion event is heading to the Big D for the first time ever and setting up residence at Dallas Fair Park on December 10. Prior to the runway show, Karl Langerfield, the artistic director of Chanel, will premiere The Return, a film he wrote and directed about the years leading up to Gabrielle Chanel launching her couture line in Paris in the 50s. Then the troops descend the catwalk showcasing Chanel’s ready-to-wear fashion; a truly historic occasion that will solidify Dallas’ spot in the fashion world.

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