Elizabeth Hutchison

Made in the South Awards: Meet Judge Brooks Reitz

By Elizabeth HutchisonGood EatsJuly 2, 2014

Charleston, South Carolina-based Made in the South Awards judge Brooks Reitz is a busy guy. In addition to opening Leon’s, his new fried chicken and oyster house, he’s got a coffee shop in the works, and he’s a partner in the just-launched Khi Khi Milk Co., a globally inspired beverage company. Despite the harried schedule, though, Reitz continues to appreciate things done the old-fashioned way—slow and by hand. As the founder of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., he’s helping to revive forgotten staples of the American bar one bottle of artisanal grenadine, tonic, and aromatic bitters at a time. To celebrate beach season, we asked Reitz to come up with a couple of refreshing summertime cocktails

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Made in the South Awards: Meet Judge Chris Hastings

By Elizabeth HutchisonGood EatsJune 12, 2014

There’s no question G&G’s Made in the South Awards food category judge, Chris Hastings, recognizes the appeal of Southern-made goods. He’s even getting into the game himself: “At Hot and Hot, we have started taking the ash from the wood we burn and making lye to use to make our own soaps,” Hastings says. “We’re experimenting. Having a lot of fun with it.” But as much as he admires the talent of Southern makers—the canners, the confectioners, the bakers—and even enjoys tinkering himself, Hastings maintains a chef’s appreciation for the land and its seasonal bounty. We asked him to share the five ingredients he’s most excited to use in his kitchen right now.

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Fictitious Dishes

By Elizabeth HutchisonGood EatsMay 28, 2014

For photographer Dinah Fried, the memorable meals immortalized in her favorite novels—Edmund’s Turkish Delight in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Holden Caufield’s cheese sandwich in The Catcher and the Rye, Dickon’s roasted potatoes and eggs in The Secret Garden—captured her imagination in ways even the most unexpected plot twist didn't. So a few years ago, as part of a design project in art school, she set out to cook, style, and photograph a handful of these standout dishes. But what started as a short-term endeavor quickly became a full-blown obsession, culminating in the recent publication of Fried's new coffee table book, Fictitious Dishes

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Inside Creole World

By Elizabeth HutchisonA Southern FocusMay 21, 2014

In 1974, at age twenty, photographer Richard Sexton packed up his old Datsun station wagon and set out for South America. It started as a standard road trip but the six months he spent exploring the region—from Mexico to Bolivia and back—would influence his work for the next forty years.

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G&G Exclusive: Gregg Allman & Friends

By Elizabeth HutchisonSouthern SoundsApril 29, 2014

Legendary blues rocker Gregg Allman was just a teenager when he first took the stage, playing in seedy clubs up and down the Gulf Coast. Four and a half decades, countless hits, and a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame later, Allman continues to tour (though the Allman Brothers Band has announced that 2014 will be their last year on the road). To honor the veteran vocalist, a diverse group of Allman’s fellow musicians and friends gathered at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta for a four-hour tribute concert this past January.

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An Easy Easter Almond Cake

By Elizabeth HutchisonGood EatsApril 17, 2014

Mississippi baker and James Beard Award–winning cookbook author Martha Foose has a knack for letting simple flavors shine. Her recipe for a traditional almond cake is a showstopper of a dessert—the kind that leaves friends and family clamoring to know the secret. But you don’t need to be a Paris-trained pastry chef like Foose to pull it off. An almond cake is the rare dessert that’s almost impossible to mess up.

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Masters Week: 10 Things to Do in Augusta

By Elizabeth HutchisonThe Sporting SouthApril 8, 2014

Every year, come early April, the golf world’s elite descend on Augusta, Georgia. The population nearly doubles. The airstrip at Daniel Field is choked with private jets. More pimento cheese sandwiches are consumed at Augusta National during the Masters than on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July combined—or so it seems. And thousands of instagramable moments go undocumented (lest you make the unforgivable mistake of bringing your cell phone onto the venerable course). But whether you’ve managed to score Masters tickets or not, there’s plenty of entertainment to be found in the tournament’s host city. In a town this size, you don’t need a perch at Amen Corner to see your favorite pro up close; you’re just as likely to run into him at dinner or the local dive.

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Lordy, Lordy, the Opry's 40!

By Elizabeth HutchisonSouthern SoundsMarch 14, 2014

The radio show that made country music famous first hit airwaves in 1925. Back then it was just a weekly one-hour “barn dance” put out by station WSM in Nashville on Saturday nights. Today, the Grand Ole Opry is among the longest running broadcasts in history, occupying reverential space in the canon of American music. Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, Bill Monroe, Roy Acuff, Hank Williams, Dolly Parton, even Elvis Presley (though he famously only played the Opry once) have all performed. This weekend, the Opry celebrates the 40th anniversary of its move to its current space east of downtown. It left the historic Ryman Auditorium in 1974 after the show’s popularity demanded a larger venue—but not before taking a six-foot circle of oak from center stage and installing it in its new home.

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Mardi Gras Playlist

By Elizabeth HutchisonSouthern SoundsMarch 4, 2014

Happy Fat Tuesday. It's officially the last day of Carnival, which means if you haven’t had your fill of moon pies, king cake, and Hurricanes, today is last call. But for everyone working behind a desk instead of dancing through the French Quarter, we’re bringing the party to you with our essential Mardi Gras playlist on Spotify. Laissez les bon temps rouler! (Just keep the boozin’ to a minimum—we can’t be held responsible for any HR violations the playlist might induce.) 

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Great Southern Romances

By Elizabeth HutchisonA Southern FocusFebruary 3, 2014

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we started thinking about great Southern romances—both real and fictional: Rhett and Scarlett, Forrest and Jenny, Johnny and June. But while these couples are undeniably iconic, it’s the everyday romances of our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents that inspire us the most. This Valentine's Day, we want to honor those relationships—the time-tested love stories of our nearest and dearest.

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