December/January 2015: Best of the Sporting South

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Food
Kim Severson

Benne seeds and chile-kicked chocolate raise the bar on a traditional party-time treat

Food
Jonathan Miles

Bartenders are generating buzz with inventive cocktails for the craft brew age

Food
John T. Edge

From greens done right to a sublime sundae composed like a work of art, these 2014 favorites are a tasty look at the vibrancy and variety of what today's Southern chefs are cooking up

Food
Elizabeth Hutchison

You don't have to be a coffee snob to appreciate a quality cup. These new boutique cafés serve up high-end joe with a side of Southern hospitality

Food
Jenny Everett

Brighten up winter plates with the sweet juice of the satsuma

Music
Matt Hendrickson

A Florida kid from a conservative family, twenty-five-year-old Benjamin Booker may seem an unlikely candidate to lead a new wave of blues-influenced musicians. Until he gets onstage, where it's plain to see his talent is off the charts

Music
Matt Hendrickson

A look back at a few albums from the past year that deserve your ear

Home & Garden
David Thier

A New Orleans gun collection holds two hundred years of battlefield history

Home & Garden
John Kessler

Designer Barbara Westbrook makes the most of every square foot in her just-right-sized home

Home & Garden
Allston McCrady

A Charleston author restores an antebellum garden—and makes history along the way

Sporting Life
T. Edward Nickens

A top-notch guide can turn a bad day into a good one and a good day into an unforgettable experience. Hedge your bets with any of these eleven standouts

Sporting Life
Mike Grudowski

For the painter Eldridge Hardie, his art isn't just a vocation. It's a way of life

Sporting Life
Tom Keer

In the world of field-trialing bird dogs, there are pointers and then there are...more pointers. So when an English setter named Shadow Oak Bo won the National Championship, he sent a shock wave through the circuit. Then he did it again

Sporting Life
Daniel Wallace

During his thirty years tracking lost souls through the Smokies and beyond McCarter rescued twenty-six people, many of them children. These days he's still in the mountains, often thinking about those he found—and the few he didn't

Sporting Life
Jed Portman

Seven works of art that capture the essence of the sporting South

Arts & Culture
Elizabeth Hutchison, Jessica Mischner, T. Edward Nickens, Jed Portman

Southern makers possess an unrivaled commitment to quality and craftsmanship. This year's winners turn homegrown spirit into universal appeal. Click on each category below to see the winners and runners-up

Arts & Culture
Steve Russell

Lisa Elmaleh turns to a near-lost photographic process to capture a Southern music tradition

Arts & Culture
John Meroney

The actress gives an inside account of the most successful film of all time

Arts & Culture
Jed Portman

Goings-on in the South and beyond

Travel
Logan Ward

From modern Mexican cuisine to a luxe rooftop bar with panoramic views, a guide to soaking in San Miguel

Travel
Jenny Browne

A 1977 Waylon Jennings hit continues to draw country music fans to this tiny Texas hamlet

Travel
Logan Ward

With its cobblestoned streets, colonial architecture, and ever-growing creative class, this Mexican mountain city—an expat enclave since the 1940s—continues to bewitch Southern travelers