southern food

Spring Preview 2015: 14 Restaurants Opening Throughout The American South

Big-name chefs are busier than ever down in Dixie
Mar 17, 2015 1:00 pm

Restaurant expansion in the South continues to be hotter than a skillet full of popping bacon grease. Restaurateurs both new and old are rushing forward with plans for new eateries, expansions of existing restaurant empires and even some high-tone food-court stalls that could raise the level of fast-casual fare to new heights. Chris Chamberlain reports.

10 Hot Topics From The 10th Annual Charleston Wine And Food Festival

Highlights from a wild weekend in South Carolina
Mar 9, 2015 3:15 pm

Bizarre weather conditions, hotfoot electric-cart-driving chefs and a whole lot of deliciousness went down at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival over the weekend. Nashville-based writer Chris Chamberlain was there to take it all in.

East Tennessee Bacon God Allan Benton Will Not Be Stopped

In the smokehouse for decades, he's still obsessed
Feb 25, 2015 10:00 am

Since 1973, Allan Benton has been creating some of the most delicious cured hams and smoky bacon using the same basic method he learned during his mountain upbringing. Chris Chamberlain sits down with the esteemed yet ever-humble pork purveyor.

Southern Food Road Trip: How To Eat Your Way From New Orleans To Austin, TX

Buy the ticket, take the ride, open wide
Feb 10, 2015 1:00 pm

The Gulf Coast is a gastronome's paradise, with all sorts of tantalizing pit stops along the road from New Orleans to Austin. Nashville-based writer Chris Chamberlain steers us to the most enticing exits in his latest Southern road-trip dispatch.

Virginia Is For Food Lovers Now More Than Ever

Oysters, ham and the nation's No. 5 wine region
Jan 14, 2015 3:00 pm

Modern day Virginia has definitely found its groove culinarily, and Esquire magazine recently crowned the Old Dominion “The Food Region of 2014.” On Monday, Jan. 12, many of Virginia’s greatest agricultural assets came together at Rappahannock Restaurant in Richmond to pat themselves on their collective backs. Chris Chamberlain reports from the raw bar.


Small Town Virginia Lands Another Big City Chef

Dixie gem The Shack is expanding, luring NYC talent
Dec 2, 2014 12:00 pm

Former New York chef Ian Boden's tiny tasting menu restaurant, The Shack, has been luring folks to Staunton, VA, since it opened less than a year ago. Now, he's lured another New York chef to join him down south and open a second restaurant nearby. Chris Shott chats with both chefs about the move and about all the hubbub over Boden's little powerhouse in small town Virginia.

Blue Smoke Is Not A Barbecue Restaurant Anymore

New chef puts emphasis on 'South' ahead of the pits
Nov 6, 2014 10:00 am

Back in June, chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois hinted at "some exciting new things" ahead for Blue Smoke, restaurateur Danny Meyer's pioneering NYC barbecue spot. Last week, after months of tinkering, Bourgeois, the restaurant's first new head chef in 12 years, quietly debuted his fully revised menu. And, it's clear that he has bigger things in mind than just barbecue.

Southern Snacking: Country Ham Gritters Recipe

Grits and country ham were made for deep-frying
Oct 29, 2014 3:00 pm
Photo: Mark Boughton

We're sinking our teeth into Southern food master and FR contributor Chris Chamberlain's spectacular new cookbok, The Southern Foodie's Guide To The Pig. Suffice it to say, this beloved cuisine is centered around one animal in particular: the one country ham comes from. Packed with facts, recipes and more important hog knowledge, this book is one every lover of ham, bacon, pork, hocks, face, ears, tail and the rest of the mighty pig should own. First up: crispy, cheesy fried ham and grits.


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