Every Monday we bring you the Southern Living Hot List, a roundup 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. Grab a slice. Austin, Texas, is abuzz about the new St. Philip Pizza Parlor and Bakeshop. The just-opened spot is from the team behind über-popular Uchi. In addition to stellar pies, the menu offers breads and baked goods, sandwiches, and smaller, seasonal dishes. We’re excited to try the Meatball pizza with house-made balls, red pepper chutney, ricotta, onions, mozzarella, Thai basil, and red sauce.
2. Southerners unite. As we reported in the “Is Elkmont, Alabama, the next Marfa?” piece, we have our eye on this town. This weekend is the perfect time to make a trip to the North Alabama hamlet, to attend the Second Annual Southern Reinvention. The day will be a celebration of the region’s talent, including a pop-up shop by Billy Reid, food tastings from celebrated chefs, and cheesemaking classes by Tasia Malakasis of Belle Chèvre, the organizer of Reinvention and a key player behind Elkmont’s revitalization. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.
3. Professional pickers. Antiques aficionados, rejoice—this festival is made for you. Also in its second year, the City Farmhouse Pop-Up Show is moving the massive shopping event to Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. The festival, October 17-18, has more than 150 vendors showcasing vintage, antique, and artisan goods. All activities are held around the gardens of the late music publisher Buddy Killen’s mansion. He is credited for helping develop the Nashville music scene, and throughout his career he worked with the likes of Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, Bill Anderson, George Jones, and Jerry Lee Lewis.
4. Gold diggers. We love the events that small towns do so well, like Dahlonega, Georgia’s Gold Rush Days. Held October 18-19 in the town that lays claim to the first major gold rush in U.S. history, the festival features hundreds of arts-and-crafts booths, live music, and a parade, plus lots of kitschy fun including wheelbarrow races, hog calling, buck dancing, and the crowning of the Gold Rush king and queen.
5. Learning from a legend. This weekend, October 19, famed chef Emeril Lagasse will host four young chefs at his New Orleans-based Emeril’s restaurant as they battle it out to earn stagiaires (the culinary version of an internship or apprenticeship) at some of America’s most prestigious restaurants. First and second place winners will be picked. The judges will be chef Susan Spicer of NOLA’s Bayona and Chris Hastings from Birmingham’s Hot and Hot Fish Club. The event is part of the ment’or Young Chef Competition series that is taking place in four cities across the U.S. and designed to recognize young chefs and further their career. You can witness the competition firsthand with a $50 ticket. All ticket proceeds go directly to the ment’or program.