The Whole Hog

(Collective Southern coverage from all our brands)

January 2014


Just ask Memphis born singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash.  Her latest album, The River & The Thread, was inspired by several of her road trips throughout the American South.  And in the January issue of Travel + Leisure, she mentions a few of her favorite towns including  Dockery Farms in Cleveland, Mississippi for its historic ties to blues music and Dyess, Arkansas where you can visit the childhood home of Rosanne’s father, the late great Johnny Cash.


Photo courtesy of:  Clay Patrick McBride


Chef Hugh Acheson of 5&10 in Athens, GA, creates a luxurious version  of a classic Mexican stew, Lamb Shank Posole.  Click here for the recipe or find it on page 146 of Food & Wine’s December 2013 issue.  Suggested wine pairing:  a juicy, medium-bodied Spanish Garnacha.

Photo courtesy of Chris Court.


The November issue of Travel + Leisure highlights three easy escapes in and around Atlanta.

Piedmont Park
Visit Piedmont Park, a dense hardwood forest in the center of the city made accessible by footbridges and paved trails to feel fall in the air.  Adjacent to the park you may want to continue your outdoor adventure at Atlanta Botanical Garden.

Old Fourth Ward
Old Fourth Ward is where history meets hip and is the birthplace of Martin Luther King, Jr.  Favorite local eateries in the neighborhood include Sister Louisa’s Church of the Living Room & Ping Pong Emporium, 4th & Swift,and Dancing Goats Coffee Shop.

Greenville, SC
A short two-hour drive northeast of Atlanta you can visit a bastion of Southern charm.  Greenville is a small town with big city appeal offering old master paintings at Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery, bike rides on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, and delightful upscale eateries such as Passerelle and Café at Williams Hardware.


Photo of Greenville, SC courtesy of Kris Decker / Firewater Photography

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Airlines in the U.S. are making large investments to install premium lie-flat seats in order to compete with their foreign counterparts.  The October issue of Executive Travel uncovers how Atlanta’s own Delta Air Lines is ramping up seating on some of its transcon aircraft.  Many of the upgrades are scheduled for completion this coming spring.  However, Delta’s 767s on transcon routes already have this feature.  BusinessElite has 16 seats which are staggered and slightly angled to provide personal space and privacy.  Passengers have access to power and USB ports, 18 channels of live satellite TV and in-flight Wi-Fi.  Click here to read more.


Photo courtesy of Delta Air Lines.

Food & Wine

Jennifer Lapidus of Asheville, North Carolina launched Carolina Ground in 2012.  She has since made it her mission to turn flour into a locavore food, much like the heirloom vegetables and heritage pork that chefs have praised for years.  Click here to see her story or look for it in the October issue of Food & Wine, plus an incredible Whole-Wheat Buttermilk Biscuit recipe by Lance Gummere of Bantam + Biddy in Atlanta, using Carolina Ground flour.


Photo courtesy of © Jonny Valiant

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Chef Kelly English will show his love of New Orleans cuisine at The Second Line in Memphis with a deliciously dangerous way to end a big night out.  Imagine french fries topped with crayfish, pimento cheese and andouille gravy!  Click here for the recipe or stop by The Second Line, which is scheduled to open this fall.


Photo courtesy of:  © Jonny Valiant

September 2013
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For the Ultimate Southern Fried Chicken by Chef Shaun Doty of Bantam + Biddy in Atlanta, check out his recipe on p. 146 of Food & Wine’s September issue.

Andrew Zimmern’s Global Chicken Guide shares places around the world to try every single part of the chicken—Chef Sean Brock of Husk, Charleston, SC, isn’t afraid of chicken skin.  The absolute best use is as an appetizer, visit

October 2013

Outside’s Life Issue stresses living life to the fullest possible and describes a trail of prime honky-tonkin and festivals. The article took a couple of stops in the Southeast, which are listed below.

  • First stop—Poor Monkey Lounge, Merrigold, MS, one of the last authentic juke joints in the South.
  • Next stop—Floyd, Virginia to experience four days of big-name bands and Blue Ridge Mountain fun at Floydfest in July.

Read about the full trail in the October issue of Outside.

October 2013
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What’s your ideal road trip route? 15% of polled Travel + Leisure readers choose Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia to North Carolina for its 469 miles of panoramas and up-close looks at lush forests and meadows.

The best views can be seen here:

Here’s a list of stops along the parkway: North Carolina’s artsy city of Asheville; scenic Price Lake; mountain towns such as Blowing Rock, Floyd and Galax, home to the Blue Ridge Music Center.

Stay: At the eight-room Black Walnut Bed & Breakfast Inn created by the architect behind the Vanderbilts Biltmore Estate.

Also found in Travel + Leisure October issue:

Southeast Travel Deals

Virginia  Historic holiday retreat from Kingsmill on the site of a former plantation in Williamsburg including a day trip to Colonial Williamsburg.  Two nights in a one-bedroom River suite for $529 Oct. 1 through November 30 (blackout dates apply)—45% savings.


Sommelier and Empire State South wine director, Steven Grubbs, embarks on a three-day tour of Southern wineries in the September Travel Issue of Food & Wine magazine.  Click here to read about Steven’s road trip adventures and discoveries as he journeyed to these Southern stops:


The Sisters Vineyards

Wolf Mountain Vineyards

North Carolina

The Double Crown

The Admiral

Carolina Heritage Vineyard and Winery


Foggy Ridge Cider

Veritas Vineyard & Winery

Early Mountain

Ankida Ridge Vineyards


Photo courtesy of Bobby Fisher.


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