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. Cocktails and photography exhibit in New Orleans. Crescent City-based photographer (and Southern Living contributor) L. Kasimu Harris explores the theme of dreams with his photo exhibit “Dreams Do Come True” at Bellocq in The Hotel Modern. Come for the 6 p.m. cocktail hour on Tuesday and get a look at his best snaps from second lines and jazz greats to daily life through January 26. At 7 p.m., L. Kasimu will lead an informal chat with Jabari Greer of the New Orleans Saints (one of his subjects) Micaiah Bethune (The Wild Life Reserve), and Kirk Estopinal (Bellocq) about following their own dreams and career paths.
2. St. Cecilia opens in Atlanta. Chef Ford Fry has mastered seafood (The Optimist), Southern comfort (JCT Kitchen), Italian (No. 246), and most recently, open hearth cooking (King+Duke). And today, Atlanta’s king of the kitchen adds to his empire with St. Cecilia in Buckhead. Named for the patron saint of music, his latest restaurant was inspired by the southern European coastline where simple techniques like homemade pasta and freshly caught fish are a tasty way of life. We say try the spaghetti with Jonah crab, serrano chili, and garlicky crumbs and finish with coffee from the La Marzocco Strada espresso machine.
3. Warhol exhibit opens at The Dalí Museum. Florida art lovers can soon see Andy Warhol’s iconic pop culture masterpieces next to Salvador Dalí’s surrealist works with Saturday’s opening of “Warhol: Art. Fame. Mortality.” in St. Petersburg. Though one painted movie stars and the other melting clocks, Dr. Hank Hine, executive director of the museum, points out the two had lots in common. “If Dalí used popular media to present his vision of the dream world, Warhol used popular media as the subject of his art,” Hank said. Check out more than 100 of Andy’s works from paintings and photographs to screen prints and screen tests on display through April 27.
4. Pop-up dinners in Nashville. Mark your calendars for January 29 and 30 for two nights of special dinners melding food and words in the Music City held at Arnold’s Country Kitchen. The events are hosted by 12th & Broad, a Gannett-sponsored project bringing likeminded Nashvillians together, who partnered with The Porch Writers’ Collective and Jennifer Justus, as well as Nashville Creative Group and Shiner Beers to make the delicious dinners happen. Between courses prepared by Vivek Surti (of VEA Supper Club) and Karl Worley (of Biscuit Love Truck), the group will dive into readings related to the ingredients while paying tribute to writers like the late food great John Egerton.
5. Giant panda cub debuts at National Zoo. What’s black and white and arguably the cutest thing in the District? Bao Bao, the giant panda cub who we spent more time awwwing at (via The National Zoo’s panda cam) last week than we care to admit. Born back in August, the tiny fur ball (who can spend up to 20 hours sleeping) makes her public debut at the D.C. zoo on Saturday.