In 2015, Chris Thomas saw his dream come to life when the first MADE SOUTH event happened in Franklin, TN. He says, “This is a regional movement of folks who believe that shopping locally with small businesses in our region is important. I’m so stinking proud to be even a tiny part of that movement.”
Food at Made South
It wouldn’t be MADE SOUTH without extraordinary food. As Thomas said, “Because that’s a big part of Southern hospitality.” We couldn’t agree more, and it’s our goal for our Eat Y’all Tasting Spotlights at MADE SOUTH to highlight the best regional chefs, farmers and ingredient makers in innovative ways that don’t just fill your belly – but truly inspire you.
The Birmingham Recap
The Tasting Spotlights at the Hoover Met event were enough to mesmerize even the most discerning palettes. The featured chefs and restaurants were well recognized names, mostly from Alabama and all within a short drive and tastes that resulted when we paired them with regional farmers and makers was mind boggling. In case you missed it – here’s what you missed. We really don’t want you to make that mistake again!
Jim Smith / Executive Chef of the State of Alabama
Chef Jim Smith has prepared meals for the First Family for several years as well as menus and planning for events sponsored by the state of Alabama.
In 2011, he represented Alabama as the King of American Seafood by winning the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. Jim fittingly remains a member of the Alabama Seafood Board, where he is currently the chairman.
Jim recently represented himself and Alabama in the acclaimed Bravo television cooking competition show, Top Chef, and placed in the Top 10.
Jim Smith stayed true to his roots as a spotlight chef at MADE SOUTH where he served Friday’s VIPs Poached Gulf Shrimp from Graham Shrimp Co. with Miso Squash and Spicy Eggplant from Hornsby Farms, and Crisped Rice from Two Brooks Farm.
Chris Rainosek / The Noble South
In 2014, Chef Chris Rainosek opened The Noble South in a historic building in downtown Mobile.He sought to bring the best Deep South ingredients to his tables and to make farmers the real heroes – creating a new awareness for a new generation.
On Friday night, Chris served VIPs his Bourbon Cured Simmons Catfish with pickled peach, smoke aioli and rye croutons.
Brittany Garrigus / Satterfield’s
Brittany serves as the Chef de Pâtisserie at acclaimed Satterfield’s Restaurant in Birmingham where she gets to work with fresh seasonal ingredients everyday.
Dessert at the Friday night VIP event was an irresistible Peanut Butter Cream Pavlova with Praline Peanuts with a Piper And Leaf Tea Co pairing. The peanuts are grown by Southern Peanut Growers Williston Peanuts, Inc. Piper & Leaf’s teas are artisan made with local fruit and herbs that are grown, picked, chopped and dried in Alabama.
Von Larson / Von’s Bistro
Von Larson is the owner of Von’s Bistro and Von’s Food Truck in Mobile, Alabama. Von serves fresh, local food that’s a fusion of Southern cuisine and her Asian heritage in the seafood industry in Bayou La Batre, Alabama.
Von’s Asian Pork Belly over Coconut Curry Jasmine Rice was a hit with Friday’s VIP attendees. It featured local and regional products like pork belly from BILL E’s SMALL BATCH BACON and Southern artisan grown Two Brooks Farm rice.
The Saturday Tasting Spotlight Recap
Andy Chapman / Eat Y’all
Our founder showed off his skills as an outdoor cooking expert when he served crowd pleasing pecan smoked pork sliders with Doux South pickles and Sugar Taylor Sauce.
Andy is an outdoor cooking enthusiast and die hard advocate for extraordinary Southern ingredients. Andy is a self taught grill master and creator of Sugar Taylor Sauce, June Bugg Rub: All Purpose and June Bugg Rub: Steak + Brisket.
Chef Wil Drake / Hero Doughnuts
Hero Doughnuts are artisan, brioche style doughnuts made in Birmingham by the insanely talented Wil Drake. Aside from their own planned pop-ups, Hero Doughnuts are served in a few select coffee shops and breakfast joints in the area. On Saturday morning, they kicked off the main event by welcoming early arriving guests with their best specialty flavors like Fresh Strawberry, Maple Sea Salt, and Classic Vanilla Bean. They also debuted their new Peanut Butter Glazed doughnut with brown butter and sea salt crumble!
Hero Doughnuts paired up with Honest Coffee Roasters, a brilliant locally roasted, artisan coffee for the perfect start to a market day!
Matt Floyd / Daddy Bob’s Pimento Cheese
Chef Matt has catered to country music artists like Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Eric Church, The Band Perry, and more, and he loves working with local ingredients like Tennessee Made Daddy Bob’s small batch pimento cheese.
Chef Brandon Frohne + team / Holler & Dash
Holler and Dash, led by fifth generation chef, Brandon Frohne, serves up Southern style biscuits with sizzle. Their menu is rooted in traditions from the South, but it’s far from standard fare—with big bold flavors, premium ingredients and heirloom recipes reinvented for the way you want to eat right now. They believe biscuits make the perfect platform for all kinds of new flavors, and they are doing it well.
The Holler & Dash team paired with H.L. Franklin’s Healthy Honey to serve up their incredible biscuits with house made jams and raw Southern honey.
Bill Harden / The RailYard
Chef Bill Harden is the owner and executive chef at The RailYard, a hot spot in Downtown Decatur, Alabama, that features seasonally influenced Southern comfort food and the best local craft beer and cocktails.
George McMillan, III / FOODBAR
Farm-to-table is at the heart of the FOODBAR concept. Like a true Southerner, owner George McMillian says it’s the only way he’s ever really known to cook. He hand-selects ingredients that are fresh, local and seasonal to craft dishes that are unique, yet approachable.
Jan Potter / dreamcakes
Any serious food fan living in Alabama has heard about dreamcakes, and owners Jan and Dwight Potter brought their well known sweets to MADE SOUTH to share with attendees. In a twist, dreamcakes partnered with local Hornsby Farms to serve a variety of her pound cakes and shortcakes with their incredible jams.
Jan has worked in the Southern Living Test kitchens as a recipe developer and food stylist. She is also the author of two cookbooks.
Do We Have Your Attention Now?!
There’s good news! There are four more MADE SOUTH events this year – all with their own exciting chef and ingredient lineup. Visit madesouth.com for locations and tickets. We hope to see y’all there!