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. Art of Alabama Food exhibit in the Big Apple. From barbecue at Big Bob Gibson’s to pizza at Bettola, we’ve been working our way through the “100 Dishes To Eat in Alabama Before You Die” list one delicious meal at a time. On Monday, New Yorkers will get the chance to sample our cuisine with a photo exhibit at Chelsea Market featuring 36 dishes off the mouthwatering list. And Southerners, don’t feel left out–you can get your fill of Alabama food when the exhibit stops in Nashville, New Orleans, and Atlanta later this year.
2. Southern weekender bags. The hunt is over–we’ve found the perfect present for your outdoorsy Valentine: a canvas tote constructed to withstand even his most rugged weekend trip. Tallahassee-based men’s outfitter Wm. Lamb & Sons teamed up with Hudson Sutler on a special collection of durable bags, lined with patterns like camo and hunting dogs.
3. Kentucky-inspired dessert cookbook. Author Sarah Baird is no stranger to cookbooks–she grew up in a Kentucky home full of lovingly annotated ones–so it should come as no surprise that she recently wrote one of her own. Inspired by her Bluegrass State upbringing and the state’s rich heritage, her book Kentucky Sweets has recipes from apple butter and apple stack cake to chocolate gravy and bourbon balls. You’ll also read about traditions like Appalachian weddings and interviews with experts like Rose Ann Stacy, owner of Muth’s Candy Shop, a Market Street mainstay in Louisville
4. The Farmbar opens in Charleston. For artist and culinary maven Tara Derr Webb and her husband Leighton Webb, their journey with farm-to-table food started years ago and took her to kitchens and farms in California, New York, and London. Last Friday, Charleston got to see her vision come to life with the opening of her food and retail project, The Farmbar, housed in a restored vintage Spartan Landcraft and this spring, sourced with ingredients from her four-acre farm, Deux Puces, in Awendaw, South Carolina. You can now get three square meals a day from The Farmbar including items like zucchini pickles, porchetta sandwiches, and fried egg sandwiches.
5. Two new Southern reads. With the weather still chilly, there’s no better time to curl up with a good book. On Tuesday, pick up one of these two new releases that couldn’t be more different. If you’re in the mood for a thriller, read This Dark Road to Mercy by North Carolina author Wiley Cash. And if you want wild and hilarious, check out Dance of the Reptiles, Carl Hiassen’s book featuring some of his best columns from The Miami Herald.