G&G Party Pics

12th Annual Made in the South Awards

On November 3, 2021, Garden & Gun joined Explore Asheville at The Loutrel to host a special cocktail party in honor of the twelfth annual Made in the South Awards. On the rooftop terrace of the newly opened Charleston, South Carolina, hotel, the event featured cocktails, live music, and honors for this year’s group of remarkable Southern makers.

Special thanks to:

The Loutrel

Explore Asheville

Darrell Cassell Photography

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Hosted in partnership with Explore Asheville, the Made in the South Awards affair was a true celebration of Southern artistry.

With a birds-eye view of the Holy City, the event took place on The Loutrel’s charming rooftop terrace.

Local Charleston band the Lowhills provided the evening’s Americana tunes.

The event’s signature cocktail, the No. 97, featured overall 2021 Made in the South Awards winner Wonderbird Spirits’ No. 97 Magnolia Experimental gin.

Hors d’oeuvres incorporated ingredients from various Food category honorees, including an Altman Farms buttermilk pancake topped with Lady Edison country ham and Sosu hot sauce from H3irloom Food Group.

Garden & Gun editor in chief David DiBenedetto takes to the mic to welcome the winners and nominees, as well as friends of the magazine.

David and Tonya Thomas of Food category runner-up H3irloom Food Group. 

Skye and Gyan Witherspoon of Home category winner Humphreys Studios. 

Guests, including Crafts category runner-up Anneliesse Gormley of the Asheville brand Spoon & Hook and Sarah Kilgore, Vic Isley, and Marla Tambellini of Explore Asheville, enjoy a cool evening on The Loutrel terrace.

Shuai and Corrie Wang, owners of Charleston restaurant Jackrabbit Filly, with Quincy Randolph of Drinks category runner-up RND Coffee and a friend.

Crafts category judge Jonathan Morris and his wife, Katherine, with G&G executive editor Amanda Heckert.

Justin James of Asheville’s Opie Way—2020’s overall winner—and a friend with Ben Ross and Jeff Plotner of Style category winner Brackish.  

Style runner-up Megan Huntz with her husband, Kizzy Patel.

Jewelry designers Hannah Carnegie and Gogo Ferguson with G&G cofounder and CEO Rebecca Darwin and Julie Montgomery.

Overall winners Rob Forster and Chand Harlow of Wonderbird Spirits.