Second Annual Made in the South Awards

by Haskell Harris, Elizabeth Hutchison and T. Edward Nickens - Dec 2011/Jan 2012

The 2011 award winners prove the best things are made in Dixie


Photographs Stacy Newgent

Red Truck Bakery; Warrenton, VA
Southern chefs across America will wish they’d thought of Sweet Potato Bourbon Pecan Pie, the latest recipe from sweets guru Brian Noyes at Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton, Virginia. A combination of two of the South’s iconic desserts, Noyes’s confection is made from equal parts Rappahannock County, Virginia, sweet potatoes and Southampton County pecans mixed with cream, butter, eggs, bourbon-smoked sugar, and a splash of Weller bourbon. What does that all add up to? A very happy ending to any holiday meal. $29;

Belle Chevre; Elkmont, AL
Alabama’s Belle Chevre creamery is bringing foodies a reason to get up in the morning: sweet spreads made from mild and creamy chèvre blended with fresh figs, cinnamon, honey, or coffee. “The idea for our breakfast cheese was inspired by the French tradition of stirring honey and preserves into fromage blanc at breakfast,” says Belle Chevre owner Tasia Malakasis, who counts everyone from her local sheriff to cheese whiz Max McCallum among her fans. Try this combo meal: warm croissant, fig chèvre, and coffee. Délicieux. $7;