Food & Wine
Taste of the South

Taste of the South January/February 2019

Taste of the South helps you savor the unique dishes, cooking personalities and culinary destinations of the South - and now you can enjoy every single page on your tablet! For readers who love Southern cooking or simply experimenting with new flavors, this magazine is a guidebook. Taste of the South is for those who have a passion for good food, at home and on the road. Every issue is a guide to Southern lifestyle.

United States
Hoffman Media
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
editor’s letter

This year, I resolve to eat more cornbread. It sounds simple enough, for sure, but as the days and weeks go by, as meals and snacks and weekends and holidays start to blur together, I’m sure I’ll need to remind myself of this. We all need a little nudge sometimes to get us out of our regular routines, and the beginning of a new year is as good a reason as any, isn’t it? With two young kids, my wife and I are always bouncing between the comforting meals expected and the desire to shake things up a bit. In this issue, we’ve come up with dozens of ways to help you spice up your winter. From novel ways to use hot sauce (page 65) and interesting takes on the classic flavors…

1 min.
editor’s picks

Parkway Bakery PO’ BOY: Some of my favorite po’ boys come from Parkway Bakery and Tavern in the Bayou St. John neighborhood. Try the Parkway Surf and Turf (slow-cooked roast beef topped with fried shrimp). Casamento’s OYSTERS: Raw, fried, or charbroiled, I’m not sure I’ve met an oyster I didn’t like. The Uptown locals’ haunt, Casamento’s Restaurant, shucks some of the best in town. Napoleon House MUFFULETTA: Muffuletta’s are the cause of many great debates in New Orleans. Hot or cold, I like them however they come. Central Grocery (cold) and Napoleon House (hot) are hard to beat. Mr. B’s Bistro GUMBO: Especially during the coldest months, I crave gumbo nonstop, and while I typically make chicken and sausage gumbos at home, I absolutely love the Gumbo Ya Ya at Mr. B’s Bistro.…

2 min.
dishing with

For more than a decade, California native Derek Emerson has worked tirelessly to cultivate his very own style of classic Southern cuisine in Mississippi’s capitol city. Now, the three-time James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist owns four of Jackson’s most well-known spots for homestyle eats, where he gets to share his passion for the food he learned to love so many years ago in his grandmother’s kitchen. What made you want to become a chef? My family was always into the coolest restaurants. Family vacations were based around certain restaurants. I had been going to these places in New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles, and I always really enjoyed it. I used to cook with my grandmothers, too, and I decided one day to go to culinary school. I just worked…

1 min.
prep + provisions

1 BLACKBERRY PATCH SATSUMA SYRUP AND JELLY Handcrafted in Thomasville, Georgia, these small-batch delights combine fresh satsumas and cane sugar for a rich sweetness. While the syrup is fantastic on a big stack of pancakes or drizzled atop cheesecakes, we love spreading the jelly on simple slices of toast or adding it to cheese boards for a delicious balance of sweet and savory flavors. $6.99 each; blackberrypatch.com 2 FORAGE SOUTH SEA SALT & BUTTERMILK BISCUIT MIX This must-try Music City mix takes the work out of baking homemade biscuits. Just add buttermilk, melted butter, and a bit of flour for rolling out, and these beauties come together in a snap. With a delicate and fluffy texture, they’re delicious with just a pat of butter and drizzle of honey for a warm, cozy breakfast.…

2 min.
new + noteworthy

HILTON HEAD ISLAND SEAFOOD FESTIVAL Hilton Head Island, South Carolina | February 18–24 It’s never too chilly for freshly caught seafood, live music, and the South’s finest chefs—or at least that’s what they say in the Carolina Lowcountry when it’s time for this week-long celebration. Guests from around the world descend on Hilton Head Island each year for this event as the region's best seafood takes center stage to raise money for a variety of local charitable organizations. hiltonheadseafoodfestival.com ZESTFEST Irving, Texas | January 25–27 Do you have a taste for the spicier side of cooking? Embrace those fiery flavors during ZestFest, a three-day, action-packed festival paying tribute to the hottest foods and products from around the country. Make sure to pop by for a few tongue-torching samples, and find out why they call it…

5 min.
where the locals love to eat 8 places that hit the spot

WHILE MANY VISITORS START IN THE FRENCH QUARTER—which is full of storied white-tablecloth establishments, jazz clubs, and po’ boys galore—the rest of the Crescent City is packed with Cajun, Creole, Southern, soul food, and more. If it’s been a while since you’ve visited New Orleans, it’s time to come back and try some of the new kids on the block. Finding the perfect home base in the Crescent City can make a good trip great. Located on St. Charles Avenue in the picturesque Lower Garden District, the Pontchartrain Hotel covers all the bases and then some. The historic 1927 property was renovated in 2016 and has amenities to spare. A few highlights from the 106-room hotel include a rooftop with stellar downtown views, nightly performances at the piano bar, and a…