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. Louisiana hosts the Grammys of Cajun music. The Le Cajun Awards and Festival, August 20-22 in Rayne, Louisiana, honors the best in musicians in the category. You can experience the best in Cajun music and dance in this three day event. With a two-day music festival that accompanies the awards, it’s the perfect opportunity for those who like to jitterbug and to get acquainted with some lesser-known artists.
2. A new Southern restaurant in Franklin, Tennessee. Honeysuckle—the newest Southern comfort joint in Tennessee, located 30 minutes from Nashville in small-town Franklin—offers Southern classics like hot chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and wild mushroom meatloaf. Beyond the classics, you’ll also find a tasty menu of seafood and pastry offerings.
3. Kip Moore latest album. Country music star Kip Moore goes more rock than honky-tonk with his latest album, Wild Ones, out August 21. We’re digging the title track for its upbeat and pounding rhythm.
4. New Orleans historical cookbook. Cooking Up a Storm: Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans compiles recipes lost by Times-Picayune readers during Katrina. Ten years later, the iconic newspaper re-releases the book in hardcover edition and hosts the very first Louisiana Eat and Cooks Club Dinner, which will feature a different cookbook and author each month for a three-course dinner of dishes from the featured cookbook.
5. Georgia’s musical photo exhibit. Enjoy the combination of music and food at the reception of Adam Smith’s exhibit, “Mornin’ Ain’t Come Yet: A Look Into The Music and Landscape of the Deep South” at the Chamblee, Georgia, restaurant Southbound. Adam Smith has been a photographer for 16 years and even assisted on photoshoots with world acclaimed photographer, Annie Leibovitz due to his extensive knowledge of the Mississippi Delta and the blues. While you attend the exhibit, you can snack on Southern inspired dishes like pork biscuits and fried okra with pepper jelly.