1. Virginia peanut butter. When Commonwealth native Andrew Broocker started making peanut butter in 2011, he worked out of his mom’s kitchen. He now makes so many flavors of Reginald’s Homemade using local peanuts that he’s moved to a larger space outside of Richmond. Andrew continues to churn out new kinds of butters in small batches and recently released his Coconut Sour Cherry Peanut Butter. Look for Agave Habanero and two more flavors to follow later this year.
2. Chez Nous opens in Charleston. As restaurants continue to open farther up the peninsula, we’ll keep on following for oysters, Chinese food, and whatever else tastes good. Early next week, the team behind wine bar Bin 152 welcomes diners in the Cannonborough for lunch and dinner. Chef Jill Mathias spent years cooking Lowcountry cuisine at Carolina’s, but now she’ll serve up Southern French, Northern Italian, and Northern Spanish dishes. Although the menu’s limited to two appetizers, two entrees, and two desserts, it will change every day.
3. Outer Banks events. Visitors to the North Carolina barrier islands can catch more than waves this weekend. First up, at Taste of the Beach running Thursday through Sunday, visitors can try olive oil and tequila, tour a local brewery, and enjoy the oyster bounty of the “R” months. Our pick for the can’t-miss event: Troy & Sons Carolina Whiskey Dinner with samples of the Asheville-based distillery’s three whiskeys. And on Saturday, the Sanderling Resort (part of the Southern Living Hotel Collection) in Duck hosts its Wedding Showcase. Guests can meet with the area’s best bakers, florists, deejays, and other vendors and learn expert wedding planning tips and tricks.
4. New novel set in the South. Hailing from a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains, author Billy Coffey has become quite the captivating storyteller, penning three books filled with rich prose and relatable characters. His fourth novel, The Devil Walks in Mattingly, comes out Tuesday and tackles the themes of redemption, guilt, and sin as three people live with the knowledge of what really happen to a young man two decades earlier. The truth threatens to come out as the characters are confronted with consequences and haunted by their memories in a story that will hold your attention until the last page.
5. Dallas’ bookstore-bar. Speaking of books, we think nothing pairs better with a good read than a big cup of coffee… or a freshly poured pint. The people behind the newly opened The Wild Detectives clearly agree because their new shop sells all of the above. Housed in a tangerine bungalow, TWD has a hand-picked stock of books and plenty of comfy spots for reading and sipping the beverage of your choice.