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Five Things We Learned at the SFA Symposium

By Jessica MischnerGood EatsOctober 24, 2014

The 17th Southern Foodways Symposium kicked off last night in Oxford, Mississippi, with a Latin-Southern Nuevo North Carolina Supper spearheaded by Bill Smith of Chapel Hill's Crook's Corner. The theme of the meal reflects the event's larger focus on diversity. Halfway through the first full day's events, here is what I've learned:

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Botanical Prints: Six Books For Plant Lovers

By CJ LotzBelow the LineOctober 24, 2014

Gardeners know fall is the time to invest in the future: plan for next spring and summer's perennials, buy bulbs, plant shrubs and trees. As temperatures turn cooler, these six new books will inspire anyone who tends plants or just loves to read about them.

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Feed Your Inner Artist at Penland

By Elizabeth HutchisonBelow the LineOctober 23, 2014

Whether you paint, sculpt, or write, there are some day-to-day distractions even a good pair of headphones and a playlist can’t block out. But at the Penland School of Crafts, situated on 400 pristine Blue Ridge acres in Bakersville, North Carolina, just an hour’s drive northeast of Asheville, you’ll find a quiet haven for makers. (Not a grocery list or laundry hamper in sight.) Penland has been educating and inspiring would-be craftsmen and professional artists for the last eighty-five years. And beginning this winter, it will host its first winter residency program, opening up studios to aspiring or established artists for short term stays during the school’s slow season, between January 11 and February 7.

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How to Tell a Ghost Story

By Jessica MischnerBelow the LineOctober 22, 2014

Savannah’s ghost tour operators are legendary for their storytelling skills. They conjure the not-quite departed all over the moss-draped Southern city—in carriages, buses, hearses, even pubs, where the tales are washed down with cold pints of beer. David Thier, a writer and frequent G&G contributor based in New Orleans, spent a year at Savannah By Foot getting schooled in the ways of delivering a spooky tale. Here, he shares the secrets to telling a ghost story like a professional.

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Party Season Prep: The Perfect Hostess Gift

By Haskell HarrisBelle DecorOctober 20, 2014

Nine years ago, Robbie and Angie Cook launched Hester & Cook, a collection of tabletop, kitchen, and home goods out of Nashville, Tennessee. Their products take cues from Southern epicurean accoutrement of the past, from sets of salvaged silver-plate serving utensils—much of it sourced from estate sales across the United States—to paper placemats emblazoned with vintage botanical drawings and custom-commissioned illustrations that double as art for the table.

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