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Afternoon in the Country at Serenbe

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On November 7th, “The 10th Annual Afternoon in the Country” will be held at the Inn at Serenbe in Palmentto,GA from 1 to 4 pm.  This benefits the Atlanta chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International. If you’re not familiar with LDEI, it’s a “worldwide society of women dedicated to creating a culture in the community that fosters excellence and promotes the achievement of women in culinary professions through educational and charitable activities“.  This event is will be featuring so many of our favorite local Southern chefs, farms and restaurants and they will all be here serving up their food to support the local LDEI Chapter with fresh Southern ingredients.

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It will be an afternoon spent sample from Atlanta’s finest local culinary offerings.  Still need more convincing?  Here is a few examples of what you’ll be tasting: Farmburger, a restaurant who is serving directly from their very own farm to their very own table; 4th and Swift, Jay Swift always finds the freshest seasonal local ingredients and allows them to speak for themselves; Muss & Turners, Todd Mussman uses a series of wonderful local Georgia farmers and ingredients and also does amazing tricks with a Big Green Egg; Miller Union is the hot new farm to table concept in Atlanta and this is your chance to sample Chef Steven Satterield’s farm plates; Abattoir means slaughterhouse and Joshua Hopkins always does something amazing with meat!   Then there will be the fine wines and micro-brews to wash all that wonderful local cuisine down.

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If the sight of all the seasonal local food, farmers and Chefs isn’t entertaining enough there will also be live Bluegrass music performed by DriveTrain, hayrides, a cake raffle and even a silent auction.  The tickets are on sale now $95 for adults and $35 children and all proceeds are to benefit the Atlanta Chapter’s scholarship fund and the Georgia farming community. What better way to come support your local farmers, chefs and a local charitable organization than to spend a wonderful afternoon in the Country sharing a meal with friends and family and shaking the hands of the people who grew those ingredients and prepared it.

For more information about Afternoon in the Country, tickets, the event, the Restaurants, etc visit: Les Dames d’Escoffier International

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Southern Culture – Bourbon Heritage

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I firmly believe that every self respecting American (Southerners this especially applies to you)  should keep a little bourbon tucked away for all occasions.  I actually learned this from my grandmother who would always keep a little Jim Beam hidden away,in a trunk no less, for cooking.  Bourbon is the signature flavor of the South, more so than Sweet Tea.  Why?  Because Bourbon was here first, it’s our Southern heritage; sacred, guarded and often the secret ingredient in many generation’s finest recipes.

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Southern Kitchen – Red Beans & Rice

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My all time, most loved and hated, Creole Southern food is Red Beans & Rice , but it’s been an essential part of my Southern culture.  Southern Culture, in general, is one giant melting pot, pulling from all continents and cultures, which is most prevalent in our cuisine.  Red Beans & Rice is a dish adopted from Latin American beans and rice dishes such as Arroz Moros, and blended with the creole way of life including the addition of the trinity; onion, bell pepper, and celery and creole spices.  Red Beans & Rice is also the ubiquitous meal I associate with eating 3 days straight when times were tough, to the point of never wanting to see red beans again.  So here is “the” Red Beans & Rice recipe that over came it all.

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Southern Culture – Sweet Tea

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When I think of the South, of Home, I think of Sweet Tea.  It’s ingrained in the culture, and synonymous with warm summer nights, fresh local food, and a slower way of living.  Ask any non-Southerner to describe the South, and I bet “Sweet Tea” makes the list.  Like a lot of traditions in the South, Tea drinking was brought in from another culture, and modified to suit the Southern way of life.  Just how did a fermented leaf from India, and the nectar of the sugar cane become the common liquid of southern life, and what is the secret to the perfect glass?

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Southern Culture – Seersucker

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There are certain images that recall an era of deep southern tradition.  Things that look like they belong to Southern Culture out of shear necessity.  Seersucker is an iconic fashion statement, born and bred for the heat and humidity of the South.  A statement is made every time you wear this unmistakable fabric;  a reflection of the laid back spirit of the South.  Seersucker is a classic.

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Tuesday Wine: Summer Whites

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If you’re like me, you get excited after a long, cold winter when the temperature begins to climb and the days start to lengthen in anticipation of summer.   Along with blooming flowers and bountiful vegetable gardens, summertime provides the perfect backdrop for backyard barbeques and impromptu dinners with friends over a bottle (or two) or good wine.

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Southern Kitchen – Winner’s Circle Derby Day Pie

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Dust  off your Seersucker suit, your favorite bow tie, and ladies, don’t forget your over the top hat, it’s Kentucky Derby weekend.  The Kentucky Derby is a southern tradition, celebrating the running of the thoroughbreds,reaching back to 1875. A classic parade of southern culture, style and Kentucky cuisine.  It’s always a great occasion to muddle some fresh mint and yell for your favorite horse and jockey.

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