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 news.
1. Food and Film. The second annual Charleston Food Film Festival returns this Thursday for three nights of viewing, sipping, and tasting at the High Wire Distilling Co., with a Kings of Barbecue kickoff on the USS Yorktown. Expect to savor bites from local favorites Butcher & Bee and The Macontish throughout the festival, as well as cuisine from across the country. Ramen burgers, anyone? For the complete list of films, click here.
2. Fast-Casual Fried Chicken. This Thursday, Winter Park, Florida, will see more a lot Southern food in town, thanks to chef John Rivers. John, the owner of 4 Rivers Smokehouse, is opening The COOP, a restaurant focusing on fried chicken with all the right fixins made from scratch daily: pimiento cheese with Benton bacon bits, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, deviled eggs, and buttermilk biscuits, just to name a few. For location and hours, visit asouthernaffair.com.
3. 45th Annual Jazz Fest. The infamous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival starts this Friday, and what better way to celebrate the culture of The Big Easy? Big name Southerners like The Avett Brothers and Jason Isbell will be playing this weekend, and let’s not forget the ample amounts of Louisiana dishes that will be served: jambalaya, boiled crawfish, po-boys and more. Be sure to stop by The Grandstand, an array of exhibits featuring the culture and cuisine of Louisiana.
4. Off to the Races. The Keeneland Spring Meet is wrapping up this Friday, so now’s your chance to hop on it, Kentucky natives! The Concert on the Lawn will send off the Meet on Friday with plenty of live music. The event is free and begins at 6 p.m. on the Keeneland Clubhouse Lawn. For the rest of the remaining events, click here.
5. The Triangle’s Best. The inaugural five-day Taste the Event food festival starts this Wednesday and will feature some of Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham’s best chefs. Some of the highlights include a cocktail reception at TOPO Distillery with the authors of the series Savor the South and a dessert and drinks reception at Piedmont. The guest chefs at Piedmont will include Daniel Ryan and Kim Floresca of [ONE] restaurant and Daniel Benjamin from lucettegrace. Finally, the main event is the Grand Taste Experience where dozens of restaurants, breweries, and artisan food brands will have samples on hand.