“Winning changed our entire business…our lives.”
—Covered in Cotton, 2020 Overall Winner
It’s an honor for Garden & Gun to celebrate the region’s talented artisans, creative makers, small-business owners, and other entrepreneurs with its annual Made in the South Awards—a spotlight we consider more important than ever as we enter the awards’ thirteenth year. If your Southern-made product falls into one of the awards’ six categories—Food, Drink, Home, Outdoors, Style, or Crafts—enter now. Small-batch bourbon, fishing flies, can’t-eat-just-one cheese straws, custom furniture, hand-stitched cowboy boots, an organic skin-care line, we want to see it all.
THERE’S ALSO A $10,000 GRAND PRIZE FOR THE OVERALL WINNER.
THE ENTRY PERIOD CLOSED ON JUNE 15.
Presented in partnership with Explore Asheville, the Sustainability Award celebrates those Southern makers who have committed themselves to conservation and the environment by incorporating eco-friendly practices into their business model or by partnering with like-minded nonprofits to give back.
To qualify, tell us more on your entry form—one winner will be chosen across all six categories.
Whether you’re selling masterful twists on your grandmother’s old-school pies and cakes, bringing seasonal bounty to the masses by the jarful, packaging this year’s venison as next year’s jerky, crafting artisanal cheeses, bottling a fiery hot pepper sauce, or producing just about any other product for the pantry, this is where you belong. Note: We can no longer accept raw foods (fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc.). But please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re a grower with a story to tell.
New York, New York
For twenty-six years, he’s been waking up with America as a host of NBC’s Today show, but if you scroll through Al Roker’s Instagram it’s clear the award-winning weatherman is passionate about food. As the host of “Cold Cuts” on today.com, he interviews friends, including Martha Stewart and the late Bob Saget, about life and, yes, sandwiches. And this past fall, he launched the Thanksgiving-themed, top-ten podcast, “Cooking Up a Storm.” Follow him on Instagram at @alroker.
Here, we’ll toast the game-changing vintners, distillers, and master brewers set on bottling some of the South’s best booze. Cocktail mixers, bitters, simple syrups, and the like are all fair game, too. Beyond the bar, iced teas, small-batch sodas, juices, and anything else that’ll quench our thirst makes the cut.
New Orleans, Louisiana
The New Orleans–based author of And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails, Wayne Curtis puts his encyclopedic cocktail and spirits knowledge to good use as the drinks columnist for Garden & Gun, musing on a range of topics from a surprising peanut butter whiskey to Jagermeister’s return to respectability. His award-winning work has also appeared in national publications such as The Imbibe, Wired, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, among others. Follow him on Instagram at @wcurtis.
Think lighting, barware, furniture, pillows, rugs, table linens, kitchen utensils, and cutlery—everything from rustic dining tables to contemporary rocking chairs to custom wallpapers. We’re looking for those items that turn a house into a stylish home. Note: Unfortunately, fine artists do not qualify for the awards. We’re always excited to discover new Southern talent, though. Email us at email@example.com. We’d love to hear about your work.
New York, New York
Following a stint on Wall Street in the late 1970s, Charlotte Moss launched a wildly successful career in interior design that has spanned more than three decades. The celebrated designer is revered for her timeless aesthetic, defined by layers of texture and color, as well as for her signature Southern warmth, rooted in her Virginia childhood. Moss, also a prolific writer, has published eleven design books to date. Her newest, Home: A Celebration, which benefits No Kid Hungry, hit shelves this past fall. Follow her on Instagram at @charlottemossco.
We’re on the hunt for products, whether for sport or recreation, that prod us to get off the couch and enjoy the outdoors. On the sporting front, imagine: fly rods and fillet knives, shotguns, gear packs, game calls, decoys, and more. For outdoor recreation: Bikes and boats of all types are welcome, as well as backyard games, grills, beautiful garden tools, hammocks, swings, custom campers, you name it.
Raleigh, North Carolina
The author of a handful of outdoor guides, including The Total Outdoorsman Manual, the North Carolina–based sportsman and Garden & Gun contributing editor T. Edward Nickens most recently published The Last Wild Road, a collection of essays on adventure and the sporting life. This year marks his twelfth appearance as a Made in the South Awards judge. Follow him on Instagram at @enickens.
Bespoke sunglasses? Sure. A great line of blue jeans? You bet. Jewelry, scarves, shoes, boots, blouses, handbags, hats, button-downs, watches, and more—any kind of apparel or accessories, we’re after it all.
New York, New York
Mignonne “Maggie” Gavigan was raised in North Carolina, but her namesake accessories brand was born on the streets of SoHo. After fastening a beaded scrap of vintage fabric around her neck, she was stopped on the street in the New York neighborhood by envious strangers curious to know where she had found the unique necklace. Seven years later, she and a team that includes partners in India and Asia began Mignonne Gavigan, a sophisticated but playful line of colorful handmade designs—from beaded scarf necklaces to statement earrings—inspired by Gavigan’s love of art, nature, architecture, and textiles. Follow her on Instagram at @mignonnegavigan.
Stationers, letterpress printers, bookbinders, basket weavers, quilters and textile crafters, ceramists and potters, candlemakers, small-batch beauty and skin-care experts: We’re looking at you.
Asheville, North Carolina
East Fork, the cult ceramics brand founded by Connie and Alex Matisse, along with fellow potter John Vigeland, had humble beginnings. The trio began shaping, firing, and selling their durable stoneware on an old tobacco farm in Madison County, North Carolina in 2009. But in just seven years, the demand for their dinnerware warranted a move to a 14,500-square-foot Asheville warehouse. The Matisses and company also own two brick-and-mortar shops in Asheville and Atlanta, and in 2018, their nesting bowls took home Made in the South Award honors in the Crafts category. Follow them on Instagram at @eastforkpottery.