South Magazine - Fall 2021

Southern-made kitchen

From ideas hatched while tinkering around woodsheds to thousands of hours of hands in clay, and over forges, the unpretentious style of these Southern-made classic goods have intimate familiarity between maker and material. From the kitchen to the campfire, all their founders ask is for you to use them well.

New England Meets Southeast: Pan Seared Fish Fillet with Crab and Corn Chowder

This is a spring and summer dish that we do a rendition of every year. It's one of my favorites because it blends a little bit of my cooking background in New England with the great local ingredients of the southeast. We make a corn chowder with a lot of seasonal elements as they become available. The base is always a buttery sweet corn puree. We add in some local vegetables, whether that's escarole from Billy's Botanicals, locally foraged chanterelles, or my favorite - small new potatoes in the spring. We always serve it with a smoked pork element, usually bacon but sometimes ham. There is always a shellfish component. Right now it's crab from North Carolina, but it's very good with mussels or clams as well. Lastly, the main component is some variety of local, pan seared fish. We have done everything from grouper to flounder and lots of different varieties in between. 

The Haunted South

Stories of encounters with spirits are as much a part of the Coastal South as Spanish moss and iced tea, but the true chills and thrills are deeper than the retelling of famous tales. Local paranormal investigators and tours recall their profound experiences investigating haunted Savannah and Charleston and their encounters with the ghosts you have never heard of.

The Southern Side of Hollywood

Georgia knows how to weather a storm and tell a story, and this past year it succeeded at both, to the tune of $4 billion. Despite a pandemic, a production shutdown and several boycott hashtags, Georgia film emerged even more electric, artistic, and profitable than its former, formidable self.

A Savannah Haunting

Just about everyone in Savannah has a ghost story, but only William Mark McCullough could turn his into a feature film. A Savannah Haunting, currently making the rounds in film festivals, is based on real-life ghostly experiences that occurred in McCullough’s own home. Mark and his co-producer Alexis Nelson managed to produce this movie during the height of the COVID pandemic in 2020. I was able to catch the busy filmmakers and find out more about the making of this supernatural thriller.

Judd Wild Is: A Hollywood Stunt Man

Broken glass in your hair, cartilage floating around your elbows, actually being hit by a car... That’s just one afternoon in the life of a stunt performer. Recently South “ran” into a real, live daredevil and got the lowdown of what really happens on and off the set.

Born to Die

Clinton Cowart knew from a young age that he was destined for the stage. Some would say he was born to perform. Others told him he was born to die.

Hunting for Elizabeth Mitchell

From the mysterious island of “Lost” to the sunny beaches of the “Outer Banks,” Elizabeth Mitchell brings a little touch of Southern charm to a pantheon of beautiful yet dangerous characters.

Celebrity Shooters

To be a Southern photographer is to capture images of a region with vast natural beauty, distinctive culture, complex history and inexplicable ethos. South presents the second of two installments of curated works from the greatest photographers wandering the Southeast.

Double (oh!)7

These days, the world needs a little saving (to say the least). As we already know, women wield an innumerable amount of superpowers and are capable of anything from motherhood to CEO status, and everything in between. While each woman is running her own empire — whatever that may be — it can be hard to find time to put a drop-dead look together, too. That’s where the SOS Makeup Kit comes in, like a Robin to any woman’s Batman.

Don McGraw’s Quest for Tybee Island’s Freshest Catch

The coastal south has been a destination of choice for those moving from big cities or moving away from heated political climates. Don McGraw is one such man. But when he made the decision to move, he also put his money where his heart was; In the restaurant business. When McGraw takes on a project, he’s all in. So when he moved to Tybee Island, Ga., and opened up Coco’s Sunset Grille, it only made sense that he needed his own shrimp boat. as luck would have it, one of the region’s greatest shrimp boats was prime for new ownership.

The Deens are Moving On

They may be world-famous for their Southern charm and culinary prowess, but before they ever appeared on camera or opened the famed Lady and Sons, they were just a lady and her sons. With fame came controversy, a storm that many thought would spell the end of the Deens. But ask any Southerner and they’ll tell you: You can’t keep a good family down.

Destination Dining

From Charleston to Savannah, the coastal south has experienced a food revolution in the past decade attracting top chefs from around the country putting their expertise to work while embracing southern recipes. These destinations are worth the drive.

2021 South’s Greatest Restauranteurs

Behind every divine burger, every fish prepared to perfection, every plate of perfectly balanced flavors, is a team of people who make magic happen. South pulls back the curtain on our readers’ favorite dining establishments to reveal the men and women behind it all.

Food Show 2021

If a chef is an artist, then their signature dish is the masterpiece. These featured dishes represent each of these local chef’s favorite regional flavors and secret techniques, with a twist of their own personal style. Let these exceptional dishes inspire your next great Southern meal — or venture out to taste for yourself.

Dine South 2021-22

This year, South magazine’s dining issue is back in full force. We know you missed Savannah's best compilation of the who, what and where of the hottest restaurants in the Lowcountry. From stunning sunset views to the swankiest spots downtown, here is who is serving the best plates around.

Bar Crawl 2021

Let’s face it: not all bars are created equal. Some serve art in a glass, others serve a mean brew. Some are perched in the sky, others are tucked away. Whatever revelry you seek, we’ve got it covered.

Play South

The South has a lock on the best festivals in the country, hands down. Plus, we have them year round so we’re never out of practice in the art of great food and good times.

Bluffton Seafood Festival

Any venture into Old Town Bluffton is captivating, but none so much as the Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival coming October 16-24. Held in the heart of the charming downtown district with southern exposure May River breezes, we have your itinerary for enjoying a week “Where Fine Art & the Bounty of the Sea Come Together.”

Wag-O-Ween ‘21

Wait, what? It’s Wag-O-Ween! Oct 23–24! A dog-dedicated trick-or-treat event attended by 1000s annually, this year’s 16th annual outing is offering more bark for your buck!