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“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. So whether you make small-batch bourbon, fishing flies, can’t-eat-just-one cheese straws, custom furniture, hand-stitched cowboy boots, or an organic skin-care line, if your Southern-made product falls into one of the awards’ six categories—Food, Drink, Home, Style, Outdoors, or Crafts—enter now.

Winners and runners-up in each category are selected by a panel of G&G editors and guest judges and will be featured in the pages of the December 2021/January 2022 issue.



About the Food Category

Whether you’re selling masterful twists on your grandmother’s old-school pies and cobblers, bringing seasonal bounty to the masses by the jarful, packaging this year’s venison as next year’s jerky, crafting artisanal cheeses, 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 [email protected] if you’re a grower with a story to tell.

Food Judge
Meet the Food Judge
Andrew Zimmern
Minneapolis, Minnesota

With four James Beard Awards as well as an Emmy, Andrew Zimmern has built a reputation as a television personality, chef, writer, teacher, and social justice advocate. In 2020, he returned to television with What’s Eating America on MSNBC, and later this year, he will premiere Family Dinner on Magnolia Network. He is also a founding member of the Independent Restaurant Coalition, fighting to save restaurants affected by COVID19. Follow him on Instagram at @chefaz.

About the Drink Category

Here, we’ll toast the game-changing vintners, distillers, and master brewers set on bottling some of the South’s best booze. Cocktail mixes are fair game, too. Beyond the bar, iced teas, small-batch sodas, juices, and anything else that’ll quench our thirst makes the cut.

Drink Judge
Meet the Drink Judge
Tiffanie Barriere
Atlanta, Georgia

Also known as the Drinking Coach, Tiffanie Barriere, who grew up in Louisiana and Texas and is a graduate of the prestigious BarSmarts program, spent seven years as the beverage director of Atlanta’s acclaimed One Flew South. Since then, she has branched out on her own as an independent bartender and innovative industry leader, hosting pop-up dinners and mixology classes across the country. Follow her on Instagram at @thedrinkingcoach.

About the Home Category

Think lighting, barware, kitchen utensils and cutlery, furniture, pillows, rugs, and table linens—everything from rustic farm tables to contemporary rocking chairs. 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 protected]. We’d love to hear about your work.

Home Judge
Meet the Home Judge
Keith Smythe Meacham
Nashville, Tennessee

In 2018, Keith Smythe Meacham, together with the longtime Garden & Gun contributor Julia Reed, who passed away in 2020, founded Reed Smythe & Company—a hybrid online shop that partners with Southern artisans to craft distinctive home and garden goods that reflect the elegant but eclectic design aesthetic of their native Mississippi Delta. Follow her on Instagram at @reedsmytheco.

About the Style Category

Bespoke sunglasses? Sure. A great line of blue jeans? You bet. Jewelry, scarves, shoes, boots, blouses, handbags, hats, button-downs, watches, and the like—any kind of apparel or accessories, we’re after it all.

Style Judges
Meet the Style Judges
Rae and David Liu
Dallas, Texas

Siblings as well as business partners, David and Rae Liu returned home to Dallas (leaving behind successful careers with Google and Alexander Wang, respectively) to found Leatherology, a direct-to-consumer brand of beautifully crafted, customizable leather accessories for men and women built on the premise of providing luxury at an affordable price. Follow them on Instagram at @leatherology.

About the Outdoors Category

We’re on the hunt for products, whether for sport or recreation, that prod us to get off the couch and go 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, you name it.

Outdoors Judge
Meet the Outdoors Judge
T. Edward Nickens
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 has a new book out this spring: The Last Wild Road, a collection of essays on adventure and the sporting life. This year marks his eleventh appearance as a Made in the South Awards judge. Follow him on Instagram at @enickens.

About the Crafts Category

Stationers, letterpress printers, bookbinders, basket weavers, quilters and textile crafters, ceramists and potters, candlemakers, soap and skin-care experts: We’re looking at you.

Crafts Judge
Meet the Crafts Judge
Jonathan Morris
Fort Worth, Texas

Texas entrepreneur Jonathan Morris, the owner of Fort Worth Barber Shop and cofounder of Memo Hospitality Group (the company behind Fort Worth’s hotly anticipated Hotel Dryce), is headed for the small screen with a new show, Self Employed, which premieres July 15 on Magnolia Network and highlights creative small businesses and makers. Follow him on Instagram at @jonathandfw