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76 Southern boys NeedtoBreathe are on the brink of releasing what most say will be their most successful album yet. But faith in God and their roots are what keep them grounded.

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64 TINA TYUS-SHAW

This beloved local journalist reveals her empowering and heartwrenching struggle.

68 MACHINE GUN PREACHER

From doing the devil’s work to taking on a mission from Christ, with an AK47 in hand.

42 SOUTHERN SOUND

Georgia musician Danielle Hicks gets down and dirty with more than just her voice.

52 HOW TO MAKE IT

The seven elements to making it as an actor from the home-grown bad boy who’s already there.

108 THE CANADIAN GENERAL

How Celebrity Chef Hugh Acheson is leading Georgia in the Southern food revolution.

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106 DEPARTMENTS 26 CHIT CHATS Pete the Cat. 28 CLUB SOUTH Craft Brew & Andaz Salon

32 HIGH COTTON Noble Mouse. 34 IN THE STUDIO Coke’s “Pop” Artist.

38 TELL SCARLET More than a family affair.

FILM/FAMOUS FOLKS 46 IS SAVANNAH THE

NEW HOLLYWOOD?

Filming locations, incentives, celebs from SAV, Vice Principals, and more!

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180 SOUTHERN LIFE

56 FAMOUS ALMOST Tytan Pictures next big thing.

106 CHEF SPOTLIGHT Simple. Fresh. Better.

Southern fashion & culture.

62 INCOMPARABLE RAY From Hollywood to Tybee.

98 THE SOUTH’S GREATEST

188 FOODIE TOUR

72 SIT, STAY, DUCK Nicole Kanoy brings wildlife to the big screen.

112 THE SWEET SOUTH South’s Greatest Desserts.

198 HAUNTINGS

DINESOUTH 80 THE SOUTHERN FOOD

REVOLUTION

Early Bird Gets the Gravy, Local Faves, Brunch So Hard, Food Trucks, and more!

Chefs leading the food revolution.

124 DINESOUTH The Guide to the Greatest Restaurants in the South! 168 SCOTCH 101 Mike Owens knows scotch.

88 FIELD TO FORK

170 SOUTHERN BAR CRAWL Drinking our way through the Hostess City.

92 THE SPANKY’S FAMILY Forty years of family.

STYLE/GO/ PLAYSOUTH

Eat what you kill.

94 SOUTHERN PUB FARE Changing the classics.

178 ALTON LANE

The new way for men to shop.

The best food destinations in the Coastal South. The city of the living dead.

200 FEATURED EVENTS

Masquerade at the Mansion, Savannah Pride, Escape Savannah. 202 CHILDREN’S BOOK

FESTIVAL

The largest in the country. 204 #TURNITPINK Celebrating breast cancer survivors. 206 BEST FESTS

208 EVENTS CALENDAR


ABOUT THE COVERS

P U B L I S H E R ’ S L E T T E R / IT’S GOOD TO BE A SOUTHERNER HANGING OUT WITH BOBBY AND JAMIE DEEN AT THE LADY AND SONS RESTAURANT IN SAVANNAH, GEORGIA. CAN YOU SMELL THAT FRIED CHICKEN, GREENS, MASHED POTATOES AND CORNBREAD?

THERE ARE CERTAIN VALUES THAT ARE TIGHTLY WOVEN INTO THE FABRIC OF THE SOUTH THAT SHOULD MAKE US ALL FEEL FORTUNATE TO LIVE HERE. A RECENT ENCOUNTER WITH A COUPLE OF OUR NOTABLE SOUTHERN BROTHERS REMINDED ME OF ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ONES.

Way back when we launched South, I was able to persuade members of a famous Southern culinary clan to grace these pages. That family is the Deens. Truth be told, they had little to gain by patiently slogging through an eight-hour photo shoot to appear in our fledgling little magazine. But I had gone to high school with Jamie Deen back in Albany, GA. And Bobby and I have developed a friendship over the years, too. The Deens were being hospitable. They were lending a helping hand because, well, that’s what good neighbors do.

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So recently Jamie, Bobby and I met up at the famous Lady and Sons restaurant to do it all over again. The circumstances this time were a bit different. Our magazine has since gained a firm foothold and, while the Deens have enjoyed unimaginable success, they’ve also endured some difficult times. I’d like to think South has done its small part to support them, too, because, well, that’s what good neighbors do. I hadn’t seen the brothers for about a year but it sure didn’t seem like it. They’ve always been easy to talk to so we picked up as if it were last week. Or yesterday. And as guests at the restaurant approached to chat or snap a picture, the brothers were happy to oblige as models of southern hospitality. Soon the conversation commenced over sweet tea and a plate of fried chicken. We talked about their family’s 27-year journey. There have been so many victories and, of course, some things they’d like to be able to forget. But that’s not

their way; they’re no strangers to challenges. They won’t hide from them. And that’s been a strong hallmark of their success, which has been anything but accidental. It has been built with hard work, uncanny insight, and the oh-so-southern ability to pick themselves up after they’ve been knocked down. I would have understood if the Deen boys were a little gun shy or standoffish. I couldn’t blame them if they politely declined to talk this time around. I could have accepted if, this time, they thought twice about meeting even with their old neighbor from Albany, GA. After all, the media hasn’t always been very kind to their family in the recent past. But that wouldn’t be very hospitable now would it? Many Thanks & Keep Reading

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NEEDTOBREATHE H A R D L O V E is quite the contrary. NTB’s music will have you dancing, singing and slappin’ your knee. This Southern band is too good to be true. Writer, Robyn Pasante. Photographer, Ryan Gibson. Design by Michael Brooks. SEE PAGE 76 no.64

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HUGH ACHESON AT THE FLORENCE His resaurant is too cool for school and matches this hip chef’s style right down to the cool forearm tat. Writer Emma Iocovozzi. Photographer Blake Crosby. Stylist Danielle Hicks. Design by Michael Brooks. SEE PAGE 108

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The Pub That Exploded on the Culinary Scene and Makes No Bones About Recreating Southern Cuisine.

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MEETING PETE THE CAT, STEVE PENLEY’S ART, NEEDTOBREATHE’S NEW VINYL, HUGH ACHESON’S COFFEE SHOP, DANIELLE HICK’S VOICE, PREPARING TO RIDE WITH MACHINE GUN PREACHER, $4 OYSTER AT THE RAW BAR AT FIDDLERS, SOUTH’S GREATEST RESTAURANTS, MIKE OWEN’S SCOTCH COLLECTION, ALTON LANE’S CAMOUFLAGE SUIT, BLACKED OUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE, AUDIO OF GHOSTS, INCREDIBLE FOOD TRUCKS AND HANGIN’ WITH THE DEEN BROTHERS.

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ORDINARY PUB This pub is everything except ordinary. From the food to the fun, this local pub in Savannah has it all. It’s a shame it’s not open 24-7. Writer Kelly Heitz. Photographer Michael Hrizuk Design by Michael Brooks. SEE PAGE 94

P H O T O G R A P H Y by Cedric Smith


CONTRIBUTORS

ROBYN PASSANTE

STELLA KATSIPOUTIS

LUKE SMITH

Luke Smith is a father of three beautiful children and self made thousandaire. He’s working full time as a freelance photographer, specializing in food and marketing photography but open to whatever sounds fun. Growing up in Louisiana, Luke is happy to call the Georgia coast home since 2007. His work can be seen throughout our DineSouth section beginning on page 124.

A native New Yorker, Stella Katsipoutis is a professional writer and editor based in Jacksonville. In addition to contributing to South, Stella pens monthly lifestyle features for Jacksonville and 904 magazines and works as a full-time marketing content creator. Her work has also appeared in various national and international publications, including Bridal Guide, Fitness, Redbook and more. Read Stella’s Jax foodie guide on page 190.

Robyn Passante is a freelance journalist, author and blogger. The former newspaper editor traded daily deadlines for hourly diapers when her first son was born nine years ago. These days when she isn’t writing and editing for magazines, websites or her WellPhrased.com clients, Robyn can be found running after -- or away from -- her two boys, who are getting faster every day. Find her at RobynPassante. com. Read Robyn’s features on local news celebrity Tina Tyus-Shaw (page 64) and The Machine Gun Preacher (page 68).

KAY CANTRELL

BLAKE CROSBY

Blake Crosby is an award-winning photographer and major contributor to this and past issues of South. His work has graced many of our most esteemed covers and can be seen throughout the pages of every issue. For our annual DineSouth issue, Blake photographed his fiancé Danielle Hicks (page 42), the band Tell Scarlet (page 38), The South’s Greatest Chefs (page 98), and Scotch connoisseur Mike Owens (page 168).

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With over 14 years in the beauty and fashion industry, Kay Cantrell has a passion for all things beautiful. She prides herself on bringing out the beauty in others, naturally. She gives incredible beauty tips, which she calls Pantry Products, on All Things Beautiful with Kay Cantrell each week on The Tom Joyner Morning Show. Whether behind the chair, on set, or traveling, this Savannah native has an eye for design and believes that beauty is simply within. She recently launched her Instagram, follow her @naturallykaycantrell. In addition to South’s last 9/11 cover, Kay styled Tina Tyus-Shaw (page 64) and Ray Jacobs (page 62).


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CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Robyn Passante, Emma Iocovozzi, Kriste Sanders, Barry Kaufman, Stella Katsipoutis, Marty Fischer, Sydney Gallimore, Anna Jones, Mary Thomas Pickett CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Blake Crosby, Dylan Wilson, John Alexander, Michael Schalk, Chuck Coleman, Tracy Scarpati, Cedric Smith, Lauren Auda, Luke Smith, Cole Zimmerman, Matt Odom, Kevin Garrett, Ryan Gibson, Brittany Gilliam, Rob Kaufman, Roxify Studios, Emily B. Hall, Jason Hales, Nick Gant PRODUCTION/MARKETING INTERNS Virginia Montero, Janay Whitehead Copyright© 2016 South magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or any part without express written permission is prohibited.

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PETE THE CAT CLUB SOUTH CR AFT BR EW AN DA Z SA LON NOBLE MOUSE STEV E PENLEY

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To learn more about the Deans visit petethecat.com. For more information on their beloved children’s book character head to petethecatbooks. com. To meet James and Kimberly Dean, don’t miss the 2016 Children’s Book Festival, where they will be Featured Authors/ Illustrators. Pete the Cat

SEE MORE OF PETE AND THE CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL ON PAGE 202.

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t’s pretty sensational when you can quit that corporate nine to five and follow your passion into a world of unknown possibilities. The creator and artist behind the famous children’s book series, Pete the Cat, is one of the few that has been able to turn passion into a rewarding career. Growing up, James Dean quickly gained a passion for art by watching his father paint as a hobby. With artistic prowess aplenty, one would easily think Dean would follow a path to a world of professional art, but Dean had other ambitions. He studied hard and attended Auburn University, majoring in Electrical Engineering. He had grown up watching his parents struggle to pay the bills, and didn’t want the same burdens on his own life. After graduating from Auburn University, he began work at Georgia Power. As much as he loved what he did, that artistic itch was still inside him. In 1996 Dean quit his job at Georgia Power to become a full time artist. “I began making a living selling landscapes,” remembers Dean. “Then in 1999, I adopted this adorable black shelter cat named Pete. Pete would sit in my lap as I painted until one day I decided to paint him. I made him blue and put him in all these crazy scenarios. My first Pete painting sold for $100!” From there, Pete’s popularity snowballed. In 2004, James and his wife Kimberly decided to write a children’s book using Pete as their main character. “In 2006, I was standing on a street corner in Atlanta and I ran into Eric Litwin (popular children’s author and musician); actually he yelled at me from across the street,” laughs Dean. “He wrote a song about Pete the Cat and we later used it to put the first book together.” That first book sold 7,000 copies in the first year. James and Kimberly Dean were able to combine their love of cats with their whimsical outlook on life to create an award-winning series that quickly grabbed the hearts and minds of kids all over the world. Through his art, James has created a world in and of itself through the adorable characters on Pete the Cat’s Cat pages. From Gus, Pete’s platypus friend who is a little shy but an excellent drummer, to Grumpy Toad, the owner of the Magic Sunglasses, all the characters in the Pete the Cat series keep kids young and old enthralled. And who knew all it took was to take a leap of faith into the unknown? ž


CLUB SOUTH/ CRAFT BREW FEST

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Hurricane Hermine couldn’t stop hundreds of dedicated beer lovers from getting their brew on Labor Day Weekend at the 9th Annual Savannah Craft Brew Festival. Presented by Habersham Beverage and Southbound Brewing Company, this “crafty” event featured tastings from local and national breweries and beer related product booths.

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The monthly Andaz Artist Salon returned on August 25 and featured members of the Coastal Jazz Association. Guests enjoyed delicious food prepared by new Chef, John Maffei, while enjoying an evening of networking and jazz music.

Jim Gibson and Fran Luce

Christine Hill, Jimmy and Donna Orzada

Drew Scullers and Ava Pandinai Rev Schulle, Andy Resende

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wo Bahamians (one a pilot), a cyclist, a redneck, and a recent SCAD grad walk into a bar… It sounds like the setup for a joke, but these are just some of the real-life characters you’ll find at Noble Mouse—one of the most accomplished locallyowned boutique marketing agencies you’ve likely never heard. Full service(-ish)? Right. So, they specialize in digital and social, branding, traditional marketing and consumer engagement. Their client list is nothing short of a Who’s Who of household names: Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter, Coca-Cola, Cotton Inc. and Remington Outdoor Company, just to name a few, along with serving clients in London and The Bahamas. Which begs the obvious question—why haven’t you heard of Noble Mouse?

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Well for starters, their office is easy to miss. Perched above Leopold’s Ice Cream on Broughton Street, the front door is hidden behind the everpresent wall of patrons lined up for a taste of that legendary ice cream. In fact, the Noble Mouse From left to right: Content staff even has a running inside joke about the Director Hal length of Leopold’s line relative to the economy. Thomas, Noble Mouse, along with their national client Project Manager roster, has begun working on a select batch of Victoria both local and regional brands. In April of this LaFrance, year, Noble Mouse became the agency of record Founder and President for the prestigious Ford Plantation, located in Kevin Richmond Hill, and is taking on current projects Thompson, Chief Creative for the Georgia Ports Authority and working Officer Josh with a non-profit roster including T.A.P.S, Get Barrett, and Associate Georgia Reading, The Savannah-Chatham Metro Creative Police Department and The Episcopal Diocese of Director Georgia. Alric “Ricky” Comery.

BEGINNINGS

Noble Mouse opened in 2012 with offices in Savannah and Los Angeles, but its story begins much earlier. Founder and president, Kevin Thompson, is an alum of the Savannah College of Art and Design and has called Savannah home since 1994. Thompson started his first agency Velocity Works (VW) in Savannah immediately following his graduation from SCAD. VW quickly became an award-winning interactive design


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firm, and it eventually merged with a larger agency, where Thompson served as president of the interactive division and later the chief business development officer for digital. A SUM OF ITS PARTS

Noble Mouse is an indie-spirited artist collective, and some of their characters are just that: Chief Creative Officer Josh Barrett is a national caliber cyclist, an Eagle Scout, and was once a regular dancer on MTV’s The Grind. Brutal. Barrett and Thompson worked together on global brands

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and Thompson are both originally from Nassau, Bahamas and have worked together for the last 16 years. Content Director Hal Thomas is a selfproclaimed high-tech redneck, a barbecue junkie, and enjoyed his 15 seconds of internet fame recognized by Huff Post, MSN, and the NY Post as one the first people to use Twitter to land a job. From Mello Yello to the South Carolina Deptartment of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism, Thomas has touched some killer brands. Thomas and Thompson met in Savannah when they were

“We pride ourselves with blending big ideas with badass creative at the intersection of consonant execution.” – Thompson while at another agency, and the relationship endured. Josh has been known to rock the one’s and two’s for Kevin at some of his night clubs here in Savannah. Associate Creative Director Alric “Ricky” Comery is a former barber and DJ. A unique blend (pardon the pun) of Comery’s talent showcase his range unique of funk; from rocking the mic with clients like Remington, Warner Bros. to Jake’s Fireworks—and everything in between. Comery

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both still college students—before the beard. And that’s a mere snapshot of Noble Mouse crew. ž

Noble Mouse has offices in Savannah and Los Angeles. You can find them in their local office located at 208 E. Broughton St. Savannah, GA (p) 912-226-2548 / (w) noblemouse.com

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Why did you start another agency? Ultimately, I wanted to maintain a high quality of life/work balance and work with passionate talent. I felt I understood the bigger picture and wanted to craft a team that made a difference. What did you want to do differently or what had you learned from your previous experiences? Treat everyone equally. From clients to vendors and everyone in between. Deliver our clients a superior product, having the most fun as possible. I’m from the Bahamas; it’s what we do. And we have a semi-mandatory lunch and daily coffee break. It’s key to get out of the office—as cool as ours is—to expand our horizons. The conference room pool table and audio studio are a bonus to that point.

Why have you hired the team that you have? What makes them special/unique? We’re a sum of our parts, each member of the NM team has delivered time and time again. Against lunatic deadlines, with best-inclass creative. We’re a family and with that, we are always pursuing the ideal work/life balance. Why do you run NM the way you do? Respect and love for the craft and the people. It’s that simple. What’s the best thing about NM? We’re the intersection of creativity, function, and bang. What’s Next for NM? Amassing a collective of clients and partners alike. Offices in the UK and the Caribbean. Oh, and more flying—lots more.

A partner of Noble Mouse, Hewlett Packard, is a leading competitor in hard and software.

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COCA-COLA’S ARTIST IN RESIDENCE, STEVE PENLEY, BRINGS ART, COLOR, AND EXCITEMENT TO SOME OF AMERICA’S MOST FAMOUS ICONS. HIS UNIQUE STYLE AND OUTLOOK ON ART HAS TAKEN HIM TO PLACES HE WOULD NEVER HAVE IMAGINED. By Barry Kaufman / Photos by Kevin Garrett

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ere’s a quick and easy test to determine what icon best represents America. Picture the American Flag. Quick; how many stars are there on the top row? Time’s up. There are six. Now picture Mount Rushmore. Quick; what order are the Presidents in? Time’s Up. Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, Lincoln. Now picture a Coke bottle. We don’t even need to ask you a question with this one. Of course you know what a Coke bottle looks like. And we’re willing to bet your mental image is a little clearer than those other icons of Americana. “It’s the perfect icon,” said artist Steve Penley. “All of us have some connection to it, especially in the South.” Penley should know. He’s been called the “artist in residence” at Coca-Cola, with his works displaying at a year-long showing when World of Coca-Cola first opened, commemorating the brand’s 100th year in Central America, and gracing the walls at the company’s offices around the globe. There’s no counting how many works he’s done for the company since he first created a massive 4x6 foot portrait of the classic contour bottle for a college friend who worked in shareholder relations for Coke. But it’s extensive. Essentially, if Coca-Cola needs something energetic and vibrant, they come to him. “There are worse brands to be tied to,” he quipped. Then again, there may be a touch of destiny involved with Penley’s long-standing allegiance to the Coca-Cola brand (his Southern roots notwithstanding). Growing up in Macon, Penley spent many an afternoon riding shotgun as his grandfather went about his route delivering – you guessed it – Coca-Cola. “It seems like fate that I would be so closely tied to the brand, but I’m not going to pretend I’m unique in that,” he said. “For a lot of people in the South, it’s such a part of their lives.” YOU CAN’T BEAT THE REAL THING Like the carbonated bubbles of a freshly poured Coke rising to the surface, Penley’s path has meandered here and there, sometimes pausing, sometimes veering hard to one side before finally surfacing. For starters, when he first darkened the doorstep at UGA to study the arts, he was hardly your typical art student. A fraternity boy in the existential and angsty world of the student artist, he soon found his boundless optimism and unapologetic devotion to the everyday at odds with the zeitgeist. “My subject matter was so trite (to them),” he said. “The popular thing was what I call death art; it was just so negative and hopeless. I felt like my

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stuff was almost looked down upon.” Death art it isn’t – Penley fills his canvases with color, a blazingly vivid style that harkens back to the sanguine pop art of the 1960s and artists like Peter Max (a favorite of Penley’s). “I never quite fit into a mold as an artist. My fraternity brothers thought I was artsy, and people in art school thought I was a frat boy,” said Penley. Still, he clearly enjoyed his time at UGA as it was some time in his eighth year on campus that his fraternity brothers staged what he refers to as an “intervention,” telling him it was time to move on from the university. (He also noted, with his trademark dry wit, that at that point he hadn’t even been going to class for three years). A move to New York further cemented his status as an artist of color at odds with an arts community awash in gray. He sold women’s shoes, an experience that taught him a valuable lesson: “Girls don’t like guys who sell shoes.” A move back to Georgia followed, as did the first of what would be many happy accidents. OPEN HAPPINESS Upon returning to Georgia, Penley found himself tending bar at a friend’s restaurant. Knowing that Penley was an artist by training, the restaurant’s owner asked him an unusual favor, and unwittingly sent his career in a completely new direction. “He told me ‘I need 15 paintings by Friday.’ I think this was Wednesday when he asked,” said Penley. “So I had to do something really fast.” Buying some cheap enamel paints from Home Depot, Penley started dashing off painting after painting at a blistering pace, drawing on one of his favorite subjects for inspiration:

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Americana. What had been a painstaking oneto-two-month process, creating portraits of meticulous detail and realism, was boiled down to bold brushstrokes of dazzling color, and a style emerged that would define his career. “I didn’t realize my real ability was to do things with energy; to do them fast, and to do them with color,” he said. “I didn’t know that I had that. It just forced me to do it.” Not only did a new style emerge that would come to define him, but so too did a knack for bringing American icons to enticingly vivid life, as his portraits began returning again and again to American presidents. It culminated in the release of his book Ronald Reagan And The American Ideal, a series of portraits of the Gipper. “People ask me if I’ll get tired of painting presidents,” he said. “I’m not just painting presidents. I’m painting icons – I’m painting symbols of America. They transcend themselves a little. When you look at George Washington on the dollar bill, you’re not seeing this individual, you’re seeing a symbol of the nation.” In that way, Penley not only proves that there is room for hope and optimism in the art world, he proves that the same is true of America. His colors add that extra twinkle to Ronald Reagan’s movie star smile. They infuse the soldier’s steady gaze of Teddy Roosevelt with the kind of can-do spirit that helped him create America’s National Parks. They illuminate the clear-eyed composure of George Washington, seeing a young nation of optimists come together for the first time. They even reflect off of every contour and crease of perhaps that greatest of American icons: the humble Coke bottle.

Penley uses his high energy brush strokes and bright colors to depict some of America’s most notable icons and historical scenes.

Above right: “Coke Bottle 2” 16” x 20” Edition: 125, Original giclee printed on gallery wrap canvas with hand embellishment by Steve Penley.

Above left: “Washington, Delaware Crossing” 19” x 43”, Original giclee printed on gallery wrap canvas with hand embellishment by Steve Penley

To view more of Penley’s work visit penleyartco.com.

Steve Penley will be donating two prints for the silent auction at DineSouth Thursday, Oct. 6. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Rape Crisis Center.


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than it sounds,” laughed Mary Davis, leaning forward slightly and nudging her daughter beside her. Julia Shuman returned her mother’s laughter with an easy smile and quipped, “We don’t want to be the Von Trapps or the Partridge family.” The three of us sat at the corner booth of The Collins Quarter, and the mother-daughter duo perched on a bench next to each other, matching each other in mannerisms more so than looks. They sipped their steamy lattes steadily, balancing the mugs in their right hands and glancing at each other every so often.

Tell Scarlet performing at a private event at Oldfield Club 2014 (L-R: Cory Shuman, Julia Shuman, Kyle Conner, Mary Davis, Jeff Davis) Photo credit: Kevin Childree

“One day I recorded something and sent it to Cory, and he took it from there and made it into a real song.” ~ Mary Davis The saying goes that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, and Mary and Julia are no exception. Luckily for Julia, this apple includes a deep bench of musical talent, too. As the lead singers and mother-daughter pair of local up-and-coming Savannah band Tell Scarlet, Mary and Julia give new meaning to balancing work life with personal life. They blur the typical divide between colleagues and family to produce a musical group that is completed by Mary’s

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husband Jeff – Julia’s dad – and Julia’s husband Cory, plus two others, Kyle Connor and Jessie Collins. Yes, that’s correct – as if it weren’t enough to work with your mom or your daughter, Mary works with her sonin-law, and Julia works with her dad, too. It is indeed a family affair – of the best kind, of course. “Julia likes to say it was a happy accident,” said Mary about the group’s formation, and Julia smiled and shrugged in

agreement. They share an easy rapport, giving a glimpse into their strong mother-daughter bond that extends into their working relationship. It all begin in 2012 when Julia and Mary began singing together. Mary, having performed locally with her husband Jeff for many years already, was familiar with the Savannah music scene. And when Julia graduated from high school and wanted to make a little money, Mom was happy to help her daughter by offering to perform with her. The pair played at events both locally and around the South, gaining traction in the wedding circuit and at other social events. Then Jeff joined

Tell Scarlet is also one of the most soughtafter wedding reception bands in the area. Because they can deliver both male and female vocals, Tell Scarlet can play a wide range of music, which is so important for a wedding reception. No one wants to hear 80s hair bands all night (although they do a pretty good Foreigner).


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in – the talent in this Because drummer family runs Cory Shuman is the deep – and music director at then Julia LifeBridge Church, you met Cory can find Tell Scarlet and he joined singing the gospel the band – most Sundays. You’re because, after welcome to stop in on all, love is Sundays at Savannah the natural Arts Academy to see connector the band in action or in this story. see what this unique Cory then church is all about. For brought his more information visit friends Kyle lifebridgesavannah.com. and Jesse into the fold and Tell Scarlet was born. “I have two biological children, and then two adopted children, too,” Mary said of Kyle and Jesse. With Julia and Mary at the helm as the lead singers of the band, they mix the talents of each band member to produce a sound that is “a bit of alternative, indie, pop, rock, and a little country crossover,” said Julia. “A modern day Fleetwood Mac,” Mary chimed in – they can’t help but finish each other’s sentences in a way that only a mother and daughter can. Cory plays drums, Jeff plays the bass, and Kyle and Jesse alternate on the acoustic and electric guitar. Mary also plays acoustic guitar and harmonica, too. Try that for multi-tasking. Julia and Mary set the tone – quite literally – for the band, each of their voices harmonizing to complement the other’s melody. “Julia’s voice is

young and current,” Mary said. “And she channels Stevie Nicks,” Julia said, nodding to her mother. And what about the name, Tell Scarlet? “We were looking for something that was feminine enough that would hint there were girls in the band – something a little mysterious and Southern – [but] we wanted to make sure the guys didn’t gag when they said the name,” laughed Julia.

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Tell Scarlet started out as a cover band, playing at many weddings in the area and building a highend clientele that the group is proud to claim. But their source of pride these days has shifted to something real, something they can call their own – an album. The band spent the entire month of August writing, recording and producing a five-song extended play (EP) that will debut in November, and all of the songs on the album were co-written by Mary and Cory. “Cory has always been writing [songs], and it’s something I wanted to do but never had the time because I was raising my kids,” Mary said. “One day I recorded something and sent it to Cory, and he took it from there and made it into a real song. Then he sent me a song he wrote and I added some lyrics,” she recalled. From there, Mary and Cory began writing songs together, playing to the other’s strengths and developing a bond that far surpasses the normal in-law relationship. “It is kind of weird how well they get along,” said Julia of Mary and Cory’s relationship. Mary

chuckled at this and replied, “I wrote most of the music and lyrics [for the album], but everyone contributes. I try to write for her range,” Mary said, gesturing towards her daughter. “But I look at you and Cory as the two co-writers,” Julia replied. But even though not everyone writes the lyrics, they all contribute to the songwriting process, Mary explained. The youthful talent of Julia, Cory, Kyle and Jesse brought a fresh perspective to the album’s creation, one that Mary appreciated. “And Cory is the visionary,” Mary added. “I would not know how to write the lyrics and songs and make them current without him.” “Cory wears a lot of hats,” Julia chimed in, taking another sip of her latte. “He’s the drummer and producer and songwriter – and he teaches [music] too.” Mary nodded in agreement, and her expression of pride mirrored Julia’s exactly. “We’ll continue to do events and weddings because we have to eat, but now we have this other thing where we get to be a real grown-up band and have an album. It’s really exciting,” Julia said. When asked when their next gig was, they both immediately turned away from the table, rifled through their purses, and each extracted a medium-sized notebook with their individual calendars in it. I couldn’t help but smile. Regardless of when their next performance is, one thing is certain – this mother and daughter are in lock-step ready to tell everyone about Tell Scarlet. ¡

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Danielle in her early modeling days in New York City. Danielle Hicks is tired of people asking her if all her songs are about men. “People always assume I’m talking about sex or a guy,” she laughs as she takes a sip of her iced coffee, “but really I write these songs for myself.” It’s true, the lyrics in Hicks’ new album are unrepentant, fun, and sometimes subversively symbolic but sitting down with her at a coffee shop in the Victorian District, I am immediately comforted by the positive, unapologetic female energy radiating from this fiery redhead. Hicks is currently working on a new album of all original music and right after we meet she’s driving to a studio in Charlotte to finish mixing a few songs. “Hopefully we will be able to release the album in November,” she says with a coy smile, “I’m excited to be mixing and mastering these songs properly this time around.” If you have never heard Hicks sing you are depriving yourself from something truly wonderful. In a world full of Miranda Lambert wannabes, Hicks has seemed to carve out a piece of alt-country music and make it all her own, creating a new sound for the city. Her voice is deep and sultry, but with a confidence that can elevate any song she’s singing. Many of us in town have seen her perform covers at places like Jazz’d and Huckapoo’s but you can tell she’s itching to show the world the music she’s been working on for over 10 years. Growing up in Tifton, Ga., Hicks entered her first singing contest when she was seven years old. “Yep, the Georgia Big Pig Jig,” she says with a laugh, “I sang ‘Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue’ in the style of Patsy Cline in a god awful dress and big poofy hair and I loved every minute of it.” Even as a kid Hicks says she was indoctrinated into a world of rock, country, and blues, the music that would eventually influence her songwriting tremendously. “My dad was in a classic Southern Rock Band when I was growing up,” says Hicks, “so I was always listening to them play and even making a few cameos myself.” As a teenager she grew to love Bonnie Raitt and Led Zeppelin, as well as Tracy Chapman. Two weeks out of high school, the valedictorian moved up to New York

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City where she attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy on a full scholarship. “I found out I’m a much better singer than actor,” she says, but continued to book gigs all over Manhattan, “Even though I never made the jump to acting, school taught me so much about stage presence, and singing in front of an audience.” I ask her if it’s easier singing for smaller or larger audiences. “Every venue is different but I always like larger audiences because I can feed off the energy really well, the smaller the audience the harder it is for people to lose their inhibition and get into the music. That being said, nothing beats having a connection with an intimate group of people.”

I just love the atmosphere of a music festival, you go there trying to see one band and end up falling in love with three others. I’m hoping people will see my band and do the same. After living in New York for over a decade, Hicks moved back down South, settled in the Hostess City and has been here ever since. You can catch her performing a multitude of local gigs every month but over the past couple years, backed by an all-star band, she’s managed to hone her sound and transform it into something thicker, more hefty, and with a smooth narrative permanence that stays with you long after you’ve left the bar. As far as her own idea of performance, Hicks does not want to be pigeonholed into the sexy songstress stereotype many people expect women to be in this industry. “I kind of see myself as a Hidden Treasure is a collection of songs that Danielle Hicks has written and collaborated for over a decade. Spanning from her early 20s in NYC to the rediscovering of her nitty-gritty Georgia roots, the album covers a range of styles from R&B and reggae to Americana and blues. South magazine has the only exclusive, pre-release download of the single

Danielle singing at the Tybee Post Theater. goofy person actually,” says Hicks with a grin, “a little bit off kilter, and never like one of those girls who has to perform with full hair and makeup.” It’s refreshing, honestly, to hear musicians speak so comfortably about themselves, especially when their music is so full of spirit and soul. During our meeting, Hicks tells me she just recently booked her first music festival near Boston in September. “I’m hoping this new album will lead to more music festivals in the future,” she says, “I just love the atmosphere of a music festival, you go there trying to see one band and end up falling in love with three others. I’m hoping people will see my band and do the same.” The title track to Hicks’ new album, “Hidden Treasure,” has been on repeat in my house since she sent it to me a couple days ago. The low melodic rhythms, mixed with Hicks’ voice, smooth as molasses, serve as the perfect platform for her modern-blues lyrics and alt-rock style. “I’ve been writing these songs for years,” says Hicks, “it’s nice to finally put them together in an official capacity.” The quality of the music shows. You can tell Hicks has been working on this for a long time, and it seems inevitable that this new album will only serve to cement her into the pantheon of new and notable musicians changing the scene, in Savannah, and hopefully elsewhere. Look for the new album by Danielle Hicks and the Resistance, dropping this fall. Better yet, go see her and her husky honeyed voice at one of the many gigs she is sure to play. You won’t be disappointed. ♦ “The Tools.” This funky, sanguine number is a provocative metaphor for simply having what you need to succeed. You can pre-order your copy of Hidden Treasure through Pledge Music (via Daniellehicks.com) and don’t miss a surprise musical guest at the Album Release Party on December 9 at the Ships of Seas Maritime Museum!


And...Action! The film industry is growing rapidly in the South. Popular sequels and franchises have filmed here over the last five years.

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The Walking Dead, filmed in northern Georgia, is six seasons strong with its seventh scheduled to premiere on Oct. 23, 2016 on AMC.

The South has become the new Mecca for the American film industry. It’s no longer required to pack up and move to Hollywood to make it big. From the beautiful scenery, the talented people and the incredible tax breaks that Georgia and the rest of the South are offering, it’s no wonder more films were made down here in the past year than in California. It’s no surprise to us that these Hollywood types are falling in love with the people, places, history, and intrigue of Savannah. We aren’t called the Hostess City of the South for nothing. So in honor of our city’s bustling film and television production industry, we’ve dedicated the following pages to the people who tirelessly work on both sides of the camera, and the locations that put Savannah on the map.

Why These Cities Are the Best for

Filming in the South S AVAN N A H Savannah topped MovieMaker’s list of Best Small Towns to Live and Work as a Moviemaker this year and it’s no surprise why. As locals, we understand the lure of Savannah’s beauty and charm. In 2015, Savannah hosted 90 professional projects and 2016 is looking to be even better. With star-studded productions like Baywatch, The Do-Over, and A Little Mermaid filming this year, Savannah’s film clout is only growing. For more information on Savannah film projects and incentives, visit savannahfilm.org.

AT L ANTA With Georgia’s film industry steadily growing to the top, Atlanta seems to be its epicenter. Home to most

feature films including Bad Moms, Juarez, and The Big Short, as well as TV series like Scream Queens and NCIS: New Orleans, have been filmed in The Big Easy in the past year. For more information on upcoming New Orleans projects, visit filmneworleans.org. The second Spongebob movie, Sponge Out of Water, was filmed on Tybee Island and Downtown Savannah. of the Marvel franchise movies and quite a few television series, Atlanta is quickly becoming a hub for Hollywood South. Fast & Furious 8 also filmed in ATL this year along with Office Christmas Party starring Jennifer Aniston and Jason Bateman, Spiderman Homecoming, the latest in the Spiderman series, and Baby Driver starring Kevin Spacey, Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm, which is set to

release in March of 2017. For more information on filming in Atlanta, visit tourgeorgiafilm.com.

N EW O R L EA N S New Orleans has long been Hollywood’s favorite Southern city for filming. With its dreamy architecture, storied history, and slew of tax incentives, filming in New Orleans has been a no brainer for many major Hollywood studios. Major

WILMIN GTO N Wilmington, N.C. has become quite the popular place for filming in the last decade. In the last 18 months, the area has wrapped six major television series and two major feature films. When watching shows like Sleepy Hallow, Six, or Good Behavior, keep on the lookout for Wilmington scenery! For more information on filiming in Wilmington visit wilmingtonfilm.com.

Natural Born Actors

From Savannah Not only is Hollywood attracted to Savannah, Savannahians are attracted to the bright lights and the big screen. Maybe it’s in the water. Here are five stars born here in the Hostess City.

Your Face Here

Maybe next year you’ll make this list. Get tips on making it as an actor on page 50 from a local bad boy who is quickly moving up the ranks. Or study hard at one of our local film schools on page 52.

The Ultimate List of Movies Filmed in and Around Savannah

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT > Dianna Agron: Known for Glee, I Am Number Four, Burlesque Omari Hardwick: Known for Power, Being Mary Jane Desmond Harrington: Known for Dexter, Gossip Girl, Rescue Me Diana Scarwid: Known for What Lies Beneath, Mommie Dearest James Keach: Known for Walk the Line, Waiting for Forever (Director), The New Swiss Family Robinson

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1976: Bernice Bobs Her Hair, Gator, Squirm, The Bingo Long Traveling All Stars and Motor Kings 1977: The Lady and the Lynchings, Lincoln Conspiracy, Roots 1978: The Double McGuffin

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Streaming sources are the new way to catch your favorite movies and shows, and now more and more shows are being created just for these services. Here are some of our favorites found online or on the apps.

Savannah Native

Hits the Big Time BY KRISTE SANDERS In 2012, Susie Hohenstein took some acting classes just for kicks. She never imagined four years later she would land a role on the HBO hit series Vice Principals and begin a journey into the world of film. “I always wanted to be a zombie,” Hohenstein confesses. “I was an extra on the set of Abraham Lincoln Versus Zombies and they used me as three different zombies throughout the shoot. It was awesome! I got to spit blood and everything!” Sitting in a coffee shop on Wilmington Island, Savannah native Susie Hohenstein shares her story with a comedic flare and a respect for a business she now considers home. “It has been amazing ride and sometimes I can’t believe what is happening,” she shares. “I am in the second half of my life and I absolutely love what I am doing.” A graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy, Hohenstein attended Armstrong State University and went through several careers including a substitute teacher, a tennis coach, bank teller, and most importantly, wife and mom. After her son graduated college, she was ready for something different. “I started taking acting classes from some of the best coaches around,” she reflected. “The improv classes really taught me a lot about myself. They make you peel back the layers and expose who you are. This was so important in my career.” The classes paid off. After being cast as an extra in several films, her big break came with a live audition in Charleston for the HBO series Vice Principals. “It was a cattle call with hundreds of people auditioning,” she said. “I was given a three-page script which I memorized. When I walked in, they threw out the script and asked me to improvise and I said ‘yes’ – I am a master at improv!” Her comedic improv was just what casting agents were looking for. Hohenstein landed the role of Mrs. Kingsbury, a teacher at a high school where a want-to-be principal and vice principal compete for the coveted title. She found herself working alongside veteran actors Danny McBride (Pineapple Express, Eastbound and Down, This is the End) and Walter Goggins (Django Unchained, Lincoln). (continued on page 49)

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The Do Over starring Adam Sandler is one of his many made-for-Natflix films and was filmed here in Savannah.

UNDERGROUND (AMAZON) BATON ROUGE, LA. AND SAVANNAH, GA.

Underground centers on a group of slaves planning a daring 600-mile escape from a Georgia plantation. Along the way, a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad helps them. Throughout the 10-episode series the group must evade the people charged with bringing them back, dead or alive. After a successful first season (originally airing on WGN), Underground has been green lighted for a second season and will be filming here in Savannah.

only has the series been a huge success for Netflix, but it’s also been a major boost for the Keys’ tourism. According to a recent study, commissioned by the Monroe County Tourist Development Council, the show was a $91 million boost to the Florida Keys’ economy. LAST CHANCE U (NETFLIX) EAST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE

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Taking place in the Florida Keys, this Netflix original is a Southern thriller that has garnered quite a loyal fan base. A drama series about family entanglements gone awry, Bloodline is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Not 1989: The Judas Project, The Return of Swamp Thing, Glory 1990: Love Crimes, The Rose and the Jackal 1991: Cape Fear, Prince of Tides 1993: Camilla, The Fugitive 1994: Chasers, Flight of the Intruder, Forrest Gump, Now and Then, The Jungle Book, The War

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South. Last Chance U follows a group of elite athletes in tough circumstances who struggle to find their redemption on a champion junior college team. Under Coach Buddy Stephens, who has guided the junior college to multiple national championships, East Mississippi Community College graduates more than 20 players per year into football scholarships at four-year universities, and nine of his former players currently play in the NFL. This incredible documentary series, which has just been green lighted for a second season, tells the stories of the athletes, coaches, and academic advisors who work tirelessly to make impossible dreams become a reality. THE DO-OVER (NETFLIX) FILMED IN SAVANNAH

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two others, who they quickly realize are in some deep trouble. The movie was filmed here in Savannah and featured quite a few recognizable locations.

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Hulu’s parody on the famed Real Housewives franchise has been a huge hit. The scripted show follows six “hotwives” who enjoy ultraglamorous lives in Orlando. If you’re a fan of reality TV, you should give this show a try. It was just renewed for a third season, and we can’t wait to see what antics these hotwives get up to next.

Catch the entire first season of Vice Principals on HBO now. “It started to hit me what was actually happening when I arrived on set,” she said. “I had my own trailer and my own wardrobe and makeup teams." Hohenstein also developed close relationships with the cast and crew. “Once I got to know Danny, Walter, Kimberly Gregory and so many others, we became family and I learned so much from them,” said noted. “I enjoyed every minute of my time on and off the set." Filming for Vice Principals has wrapped, but Hohenstein has plenty on her plate. “I continue with live auditions, hoping to land another break-out role,” she said. “I’m also wanting to produce and direct. I want to learn more about working behind the camera. There are some really great stories to tell.” When asked what advice she would give to someone wanting to get in the business, Hohenstein had several recommendations. “Be an extra on a film. Be ready to work, sometimes on very long days, in cold or hot weather, with what seems are long, long wait times to get on set,” she said. “Also, take classes, and not from just one coach, but many coaches. The more coaches you have, the better.” Hohenstein is certainly on her way and doors are opening faster than she ever dreamed. “I’m finally flying! What a great feeling!” ¡ 1998: Claudine’s Return, Forces of Nature, The General’s Daughter 1999: The Legend of Bagger Vance 2000: Rules of Engagement, The Gift 2003: Undertow

FILM FEST 2016 PRESENTED BY SCAD, THE SOUTH’S PREMIER FILM FESTIVAL WILL BE HELD IN SAVANNAH OCT. 22 THROUGH 29. Because Savannah has been a secret Mecca for the film industry for years, Savannah’s annual film festival has also been able to attract thousands of attendees and a slew of honored guests who are top in their field and ready to share their knowledge with students, fans, and colleagues for a weeklong event. Actually, the Savannah Film Fest is more than an event; it’s an extravaganza of film screenings, workshops, panels and lectures. The Savannah College of Art and Design presents the annual festival for more than 40,000 attendees. Previous honored guests have included Meg Ryan, Olivia Wilde, Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), and Alfie Allen (Game of Thrones), and that was just last year! filmfest.scad.edu

Originally airing on The CW, One Tree Hill was filmed in Wilmington, N.C.

ONE TREE HILL (NETFLIX) WILMINGTON, NC

A Southern classic, One Tree Hill was a popular teen drama in the 2000s. The show takes place in a small Southern town, which in real life is Wilmington, N.C. A lot of the original filming locations are still in tact, and the show really put Wilmington on the map as one of the best cities to film in the South. Although the show is now over, all nine seasons are currently streaming on Netflix. HART OF DIXIE (NETFLIX) ALABAMA

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Taking place in fictional Bluebell, Alabama, Hart of Dixie follows a New York doctor (Rachel Bilson) as she takes over her long lost father’s small town Alabama medical practice. It takes her a while to get used to our Southern ways, but she eventually takes a liking to Alabama and its crazy residents. The show’s ode to Southern culture and charm would make anyone want to move down South. This CW original is no longer airing, but the entire series is available on Netflix. ¡

"Don't I know you from the cinematographer's party?" Paul Simon

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Now you can apply those famous Paul Simon lyrics to life and follow your heart to film school; an initiative by Savannah Tech that is helping to bring an expected 5,000 new jobs to Georgia. The state of Georgia's $6 billion boom to the economy because of filmmaking is opening doors for career opportunities behind the scenes. At Savannah Technical College, students can complete a two semester course where they learn all the ins, outs, cuts and takes of working on a film set. After completing the program, Savannah Tech signals the top dogs who are in charge of hiring film crews to help students land jobs in the area. savannahtech.edu

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COME ON DOWN! How our state and local governments are working to make this area more appealing to the movie biz. States all over the country are realizing there is big money in the film industry. Not only do these films create thousands of jobs, but they also stir up the economy. Georgia jumped on the film bandwagon early and is already starting to reap in the benefits. Major production studios are popping up within our state lines, big time films are slated for the next few years, and more productions were completed in Georgia in the past year than California! Our state is quickly becoming Hollywood South because of the amazing tax incentives our government has implemented to entice production companies to want to film in Georgia. The Georgia Film, Music & Digital Entertainment Office offers Georgia production incentives up to 30 percent of a project’s production expenditures in transferable tax credits. The program is available for qualifying projects, including feature films, television series, commercials, music videos, animation and game development. GEORGIA TAX INCENTIVE HIGHLIGHTS:

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tax credit > 10 percent Georgia Entertainment Promotion with inclusion of Georgia logo on approved projects > $500,000 minimum spent to qualify > No limits or caps on Georgia spend, no sunset clause > Both resident and non-resident workers’ payrolls and FICA, SUI, FUI qualify > No salary cap on individuals paid by 1099, personal service contract or loan out > Travel and insurance qualify if purchased through a Georgia agency or company > Original music scoring for projects produced in Georgia qualify > Post production of filmed-inGeorgia movies and television projects qualify Now that the production companies are looking at Georgia, Savannah wants those companies to settle themselves in the Hostess City. And why not? You can film virtually any scene here from ocean and jungle to city and farms. Our area has a plethora of backgrounds that are appealing to any possible genre. So, in order to pull those moviemakers down our way, Film Savannah offers production incentives on top of the already lucrative deal that the state offers. These incentives include: > Cash rebates for feature films and televisions series for qualified productions. > Relocation expenses reimbursement of up to $2,000 per household for qualified moving expenses for approved applicants. With these offers, it’s no wonder more and more movies are coming to the Savannah area. They’d be losing money if they went anywhere else! For more information about how our state and local governments are working to bring production to the area, visit savannahfilm.org.

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5 Tips from Devious Maids'

Officer Carter

Rivers as Officer Carter on Devious Maids.

JERMAINE RIVERS LIVES IN SAVANNAH AND HAS BEEN WORKING AS A FULL-TIME ACTOR FOR THREE YEARS. WE SAT DOWN WITH HIM FOR A LITTLE INSIGHT ON HIS STEADY CLIMB TO THE TOP.

SOME OF THE CELEBRITIES HE'S WORKED WITH:

Going from the military to the big screen doesn’t seem like a natural transition, but for Jermaine Rivers, there was no better fit. “The military taught me to train and prepare for any situation, and that’s what you have to do if you want to make it as an actor. You have to train not so you get it right, but so you don’t get it wrong.” We believe in his intensity and his work ethic, I mean how else would he be booking recurring roles on shows like Devious Maids and working with the likes of Tyler Perry? After sitting down with Rivers, we learned some more insight on how to make a living as an actor. Here are his five tips for holding your own in an industry known for being cutthroat: 1. Figure out your brand. “Knowing what you bring to the game is important.”

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2. It’s just a business. “You’ve got to be willing to sell them. Figure out what problem they have and let them know you can fix it.” 3. Train. Train. Train. “Constantly educate yourself. You’ve got to train so you’re ready for anything they might throw at you.” 4. Know Your Support. “Support is important in this industry. You’ve got to know where to look for it and know your expectations of it. Build relationships with the right people, separate yourself from negative energy, and don’t ask permission to do what you love.” 5. Be a good person. “You’d be surprised how far just being nice and genuine will get you in this industry. People don’t like to work with people with bad attitudes. How you make someone feel when you enter and exit a room says a lot about your character. Go out of your way to be good and genuine and you’ll get love in return.”

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THIS JUST IN: Mark is inching his way to stardom with each new role. He just booked the latest Stephen Soderbergh film, Logan Lucky. He’ll be working alongside Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, and Sebastian Stan. Congrats, Mark!

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A Little About Mark

MARK MCCULLOUGH “You’re the only you there is, so whatever that is, you know you’re the best at it.”

MARK'S UPCOMING

FILMS VANISHED: LEFT BEHIND – NEXT GENERATION Plays a part in helping a group of teens deal with the aftermath of the end of the world as we know it. SEPTEMBER 2016 THE BIRTH OF A NATION Plays a small part in the story of Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South who orchestrates an uprising. OCTOBER 2016 PATIENT SEVEN Plays Patient Six in this film centered on Dr. Marcus (Michael Ironside), a renowned psychiatrist who has selected six severe mentally ill and dangerous patients from a mental hospital to interview as part of research for his new book. OCTOBER 2016 SIREN Plays an addict in this horror movie about a bachelor party that becomes a savage fight for survival when the groomsmen unwittingly unleash a fabled predator upon the festivities. DECEMBER 2016 THE SHADOW EFFECT Plays Deputy Wallace in this thriller starring Jonathan Rhyes Meyers and Michael Biehn. DECEMBER 2016 MERCY STREET Plays Larkin in the show's second season, which follows the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposing sides of the Civil War - New England abolitionist Mary Phinney and Confederate supporter Emma Green. JANUARY 2017 AMERICAN MADE Stars as Pete Duboix, Tom Cruise's co-pilot, as Cruise plays a pilot who lands work for the CIA and as a drug runner in the South during the 80s. SEPTEMBER 2017 SOUTHERN FURY Stars opposite Nicolas Cage as Luca, the badass hitman to Cage's Southern mobster character. Also starring John Cusack and Adrian Grenier OCTOBER 2017 LOGAN LUCKY Mark just landed a role in Stephen Soderbergh's latest film, which also stars Daniel Craig, Channing Tatum, Hilary Swank, Katherine Heigl, and Sebastian Stan. OCTOBER 2017 For more of Mark’s acting and directing credits, visit imdb.com or fortargylefilms.com.

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When Mark McCullough walks into a room, positive energy engulfs it, which is kind of a surprise when you think of the bad guys he plays on screen. But even under that gritty mustache, his smile is welcoming and approachable. McCullough credits that to his Southern roots. “Southern people are refreshing in Hollywood. We’re kind and gracious, and, shockingly, people actually like that.” That could be one of the reasons McCullough does, and always will, call Savannah his home. “I’ve done the whole L.A. thing and I hated it. That place sucks out your soul,” McCullough notes. “You used to have to live in New York or L.A. in order to get jobs, but that’s not the case anymore. More movies were filmed in Georgia last year than in California. And that number is growing. As long as you’re willing to go where the filming is, you can live wherever you want.” This isn’t McCullough’s only tip for those dreaming of jumping into the film industry. Mark has made a point to teach upand-comers the craft of acting whenever he is in town. He came up with the idea to teach after his father passed away. “My dad was always helping people,” McCullough remembers. “He would fix a neighbor’s toilet or help with minor repairs, all out of the goodness of his heart. When he passed I wanted to carry on that legacy, the only problem was I’m terrible at those things. I was doing more harm than good, I promise.” So instead of fixing broken pipes, McCullough decided to help at what he does best: acting. He began taking on students in both individual and class settings. He teaches his own brand of success, which centers around being the best you can possibly be. “I can’t promise I’ll get you to superstardom, if I knew that secret I’d already be there! But I can promise I can get you to my level, the rest is up to you.” It’s those kind of insightful one-liners that make McCullough such a great teacher. He gets in your head and makes you believe you can succeed, which, according to him, is half the battle. ¡


Once you get a few roles, joining the appropriate unions is important. As a member of the Screen Actors Guild, you’re guaranteed a minimum pay rate, adequate working conditions, and arbitration of disputes with studios. For more information visit sagaftra.org.

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Mark McCullough dedicates his free time to helping others succeed in the tough business of acting. “When one of my students books a job or gets a callback, I get the same feeling as when I book a job or get a callback. It makes me so happy to see other aspiring actors, especially people in the Savannah area, on the road to success.” Through his experience as an actor, McCullough has developed a seven point system for success. Here are his seven elements, in order of importance:

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7 Elements for Making It As An Actor

1. POSITIVE MINDSET Having a positive mindset is the most important factor to making it as an actor – or really in any aspect of your life. If you don’t think positively, it’s never going to happen. 2. KNOWING YOUR BRAND Spend the time to figure out who you are, and what you bring to the table. There is no other person exactly like you. There is no one else who can do what you do. Once you figure out what exactly that is, you’ll go to every audition with confidence that you’re the best there is at

being you. Think about it like this: say you’re an orange. You’re the juiciest, sweetest, most delicious orange ever. You show up to an audition and they’re looking for apples. You can’t just paint yourself red and pretend to be an apple. They’ll see right through it. Instead of trying to be an apple, just focus on being the incredibly awesome orange that you are. Go after parts for oranges and those are the ones you’ll get.

I play the tough guy. Any questions?

5. ON-CAMERA TECHNIQUE Most initial auditions in the Southeast are done via self-tape. The actor gets the sides from his or her agent and is expected to film the audition and send it to his agent who will then forward it on to the casting director for review. When doing those taped auditions you must know how to work within the parameters of the camera. Many people have nervous ticks they aren't aware of, they move too much, they blink too much, etc. Learning camera technique removes all of those unwanted traits. In addition, it teaches you how to use your eye line and body movement in a way to maximize their performance on camera. Camera technique also involves you allowing yourself to relax and simply "be in the moment;” to live within the circumstances and truly feel things without having the need to "show" the audience. The camera demands absolute truth from an actor. Any attempt to fake it or push the emotion will come across as unreal and will result in not getting cast. Another component of on-camera technique is what happens when you book the job and you’re on set working. The same skills that are needed for your taped audition are also needed during the close-up shots working on a film or TV show.

3. HAVING A COMPELLING MARKETING CAMPAIGN Once you know your brand, you’ve got to market it. Remember, no one does you better than you. You bring something unique and special to the table. Now that you know you’re the best and juiciest orange around, showcase that sending marketing materials like postcards and flyers to casting directors letting them know what projects you're working on. 4. PROFESSIONALISM It’s important to treat everyone exactly the same. When I’m on set I act the exact same towards the craft services delivery guy as I do Tom Cruise. Do you know why? Because Tom Cruise wants to be treated like a normal human being, because that’s what he is. And that food delivery guy just wants to be treated with respect because he deserves it.

6. STRONG SALES TEAM (AGENT, MANAGER, PUBLICIST, ETC.) It’s important to have a strong team behind you, but only after you’ve got the rest down. Remember that agents and managers work for you. You need to find a team that shares your vision, is excited about your future, and wants to be the person to help get you there.

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7. ACTING TALENT I would say that acting talent is least important because many TV and film roles just require you to be real without any great emotional depth or range. I have many friends without much talent who are successful working actors. They book a lot of roles, but only small roles that only require them to be themselves and say a few lines. Obviously, this shouldn't be our goal as an actor, but it demonstrates that with the knowledge of elements one through six, an actor can work professionally without much acting talent. I also know actors who are masters of their craft, but don't understand elements 1 through 6 and they almost never book any professional roles. Ideally, actors should strive to master all seven elements. With all that in place an actor can reach the highest levels of this business.

If you’re interested in learning more about Mark’s techniques, try out one of his classes or schedule a one-on-one session with him. Mark makes himself available to his students whenever he is in town, so check out his schedule at savannahactorsstudio.com.

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Directed by Robert Redford, The Conspirator tells the story of the only woman charged in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. The movie was filmed almost entirely in Savannah.

Famous Movie Locations

In and Around Savannah 10 Have you seen them?

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Celebrity Sightings

With its Southern charm and distinct lack of paparazzi, celebs love getting lost in Savannah. Don’t worry; we know where to find them. 1. Adam Sandler was apparently very generous with fan photos while filming The Do-Over on Isle of Hope. 2. The Rock paused to take photos with Savannah’s finest after filming a scene for Baywatch in Forsyth Park.

3. It’s rumored Woody Harrelson was caught smoking weed in the lobby of The Mansion on Forsyth Park.

4. When Danny Glover is in town, he likes to take in a few laps at the Chatham County Aquatic Center.

5. When Sandra Bullock had a beach house on Tybee, residents regularly saw her riding on the back of Jesse James’ chopper.

6. After a public split from Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck began spending a lot of time on Hampton Island, a high-end community south of Savannah. 7. Johnny Depp hits up The Pink House bar when he is in town, which tends to cause a stir among the female employees.

8. On breaks from filming Magic Mike XXL, Channing Tatum could be seen frolicking on the beach with his castmates.

9. Daniel Graig visited Savannah on a romantic vacation with his wife, Rachel Weisz, and stayed at The Foley House Inn.

10. Nicholas Cage's father lived in Savannah before he died. Cage has been seen visiting many locations throughout Savannah.

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Julian Kelly House – Isle of Hope This was the shooting location of the film adaptation of F. Scott Fitgerald’s novel, Last of the Belles. The movie was filmed in Savannah in 1973 and starred Richard Chamberlain and Blythe Danner. Washington Avenue The scene of the opening chase in the orginal The Longest Yard starring Burt Reynolds. The movie was filmed in Savannah, Hilton Head, Brunswick, and at the Georgia State Prison in Reidsville, Ga. The Olde Pink House The Lincoln Conspiracy, filmed in 1977, centered around The Olde Pink House, one of Savannah’s famed buildings. City Hall The east wing of Savannah’s City Hall was the backdrop for the movie 1969 starring Wynona Ryder, Kiefer Sutherland, and Robert Downey, Jr. and filmed in 1987. Six Pence Pub One of our favorite neighborhood pubs was the location of the famous “nightgown scene” in Something to Talk About starring Julia Roberts and Dennis Quaid. Chippewa Square One of the most unassuming of Savannah’s squares, Chippewa Square was the location of Forrest Gump’s famous bench. Tourists come to Savannah every year searching for the bench, but there was actually never a bench there. Tom Hanks won the Best Actor Academy Award for his role in

for filming of the 2013 movie CBGB starring Alan Rickman, Rupert Grint and Donal Logue about the famed NYC nightclub. Broughton Street A pirate ship raced down Broughton Street while filming The SpongeBob Movie: Fish Out of Water starring Antonio Banderes.

The Tybee Island Wedding Chapel was the location of the funeral scene in Miley Cyrus' The Last Song. Today it is a popular event venue.

Forrest Gump, which was primarily filmed in Savannah.

Song. Today, it is a popular wedding and events venue.

Debi’s Restaurant And speaking of Forrest Gump, this Savannah eatery at 10 West State Street was the diner Jenny (played by Robin Wright) worked in.

Fort Pulaski National Monument This famed battle fort was the backdrop of quite a few scenes in Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies filmed in 2012.

Dunes Inn & Suites – Tybee Island One of the many Tybee and Savannah area sets of the Channing Tatum stripper hit Magic Mike XXL. The Mercer House The Mercer House was the scene of the murder in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but it was also used in filming the Shaw Party scene in Glory. River Street Arguably Savannah’s most famous street, River Street was used to film the parade scene in Glory starring Denzel

Clary’s Café There are quite a few filming locations in Savannah for Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, but Clary’s is our favorite. It remains virtually unchanged from the 1997 filming. Madison Square There’s a scene in The General’s Daughter where John Travolta and John Benjamin walk through Madison Square. The majority of the film was filmed in the Savannah area. Tybee Island Wedding Chapel This new Tybee landmark was actually built for the Miley Cyrus film, The Last

Eat at Larie Debi's where Jenny worked in Forrest Gump.

Chatham Square The Conspirator, directed by Robert Redford and starring James McAvoy, was filmed in Savannah in 2010. Congress Street Moviemakers transformed Congress Street into 1970s New York City

Washington, Morgan Freeman, and Matthew Broderick. Wormsloe Historic Site The entrance of the famed Wormsloe Historic Site was used as the entrance gate to the military installation in The General’s Daughter starring John Travolta.


Famous Movie Locations

DID YOU KNOW

In and Around Savannah Savannah State University Many Savannah State University buildings were used in filming The General’s Daughter including Hill Hall (the General’s Headquarters), Wiley Gym and WileyWilcox Gyms (the pool and jail), Felix-Alexis Circle, and Wright Hall (since torn down). Federal Courthouse on Wright Square This historic courthouse was used as a train station in The Legend of Bagger Vance starring Matt Damon and Will Smith. Golf courses throughout the Lowcountry were also used in filming. Amtrak Station Savannah’s Amtrak Station was used to

film the train scene in Forces of Nature starring Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock. Other filming locations include St. Joseph’s Mercy Hospital, Colonial Oil at Lathrop Avenue, and the Savannah Airport. Hunter Army Airfield Heartthrob Jonathan Taylor Thomas rolled into town in 1996 to film Wild America. Many scenes were filmed at Hunter AAF, as well as Ebenezer Creek and Broughton Street. Factor's Walk You can see the Factor's Walk in Adam Sandler's The Do Over as well as several other movies filmed in Savannah. It's a favorite for film crews because of it's versatility and charm.

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The Pathfinder (1996)

First Avenger (2011)

Dragon Force (2016)

Born Yesterday (1993)

The Wolfman (2010)

Jasmine (2015)

Blood In, Blood Out (1993)

Paycheck (2003)

Parker (2013) The Wolfman (2010) L.A. Actors (2008) Mission: Impossible III (2006)

A LONGTIME HOLLYWOOD LOCAL Did you know that your favorite local ice cream man is also a big time Hollywood producer? Stratton Leopold, owner of Leopold’s Ice Cream on Broughton Street, has Hollywood production credits that rival some of the biggest in the biz. So next time you’re in for a sweet treat, peruse Leopold’s collection of movie memorabilia. It doesn’t disappoint.

Red Thread (2005)

The Sum of All Fears (2002)

The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990)

Bless the Child (200) The General’s Daughter (1999)

The Rose and the Jackal (1990)

The Big One: The Great Los Angeles Earthquake (1990)

Paycheck (2003) The Sum of All Fears (2002)

Tango & Cash (1989) They Live (1988) Illegally Yours (1988) Man Outside (1987) Prince of Darkness (1987) The Mosquito Coast (1986) Door to Door (1984)

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988)

Wise Blood (1979)

Doorman (1986) Bless the Child (2000) The General’s Daughter (1999)

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AS THEY STRIVE TO BE THE LARGEST PRODUCER OF INDEPENDANT FILMS IN THE SOUTH, TYTAN CREATES' NEW VENTURE IS PUTTING THE LITTLE TOWN OF EATONTON, GA. ON THE RADAR OF EVERY FILM MAKER IN THE COUNTRY. WORDS: EMMA IOCOVOZZI // PHOTOS: TYTAN CREATIVE

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Storm Soldiers II is the second installment of the Tytan Pictures project examining the lives and careers of the brave men and women who work in America’s electrical utility industry. The documentary was an official selection at the 2016 Big River Film Festival, the 5th Annual Workers Unite Film Festival, and the 2016 Louisville International Festival of Film. For more information on the film visit stormsoldiers two.com

or years Savannah has been the ideal backdrop for films. From the Southern gothic moss dripping from centuries old oak trees, to the dusty cafe au lait colored sand dunes of Tybee with their cattails swaying in the breeze, film companies flock to this lush and unique landscape, finding inspiration in every patinaed statue, every turned up cobble stone. But as with anything truly sustainable in this world, aesthetics cannot be our bread and butter forever. The world’s attraction to this city is of course its beauty, but dig a little deeper and you will find layers upon layers of inspiring and interesting happenings all converging to create an endlessly unique town. It was only a matter of time before film companies stopped traveling here and started setting up shop. Set back at the ending of Highway 80, right as you enter the sleepy, sunburnt town of Tybee Island, Tytan Creates stands blithely situated in what one could harken back to 1970s Venice Beach-- creative types and locals co-mingling in a uniquely special ecosystem. Scott Jacobs and Jim Stone opened Tytan Creates over 10 years ago and estab-

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“We fell in love with [Eatonton] when we first visited, and plan on being there a long time.” Tytan Creates has a list of clients that goes beyond feature films. Here's a list of some of their best clients:

Tytan Pictures loves to use Savannah as a backdrop for its films.

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EnMarket The CW Admira Dentistry Loeber Motors Hubbell Power Systems Savannah Morning News X-Games LiveOak Resaurant Group CHANCE JC Lewis Ford Black Tusk 24e Savannah Bee Company Costner Clemson Nike Notre Dame South magazine Red Bull

lished themselves as the premier commercial consulting agency in Savannah, specializing in creating content in the realm of film and cinematography. Almost two years ago, when they expanded their crew to include a Head of Film and a Senior Producer, Julio Saldarriga and Jim Wacker respectively, they started taking on more and more film projects and eventually decided to create a wholly separate entity devoted entirely to long form films. Thus, Tytan Pictures was formed and with it, the Tytan crew’s journey was catapulted into something entirely new and thrilling. “I like to think we are storytellers,” says Wacker in the conference room of Tytan Creates, a sun-filled office overlooking picturesque marshes and palm trees. The whole crew is there, Stone, Jacobs, Wacker, Saldarriga, and Jessica Thomas, their 26-year-old associate creative director, who seems to bring an air of youthful confidence to the group. The camaraderie in the place is high, you can tell by the slight jabs and jokes they interject at one another throughout the interview. When it’s time to talk Tytan Pictures however, they each seem to bring a different, yet, passionate view of the project. “About a year and a half ago is when we started looking at Tytan Pictures as a way to focus more on feature films,” says Wacker, “to create a separate and more permanent entity from Tytan Creates which does more short-form creative advertising.” e want to be one of the premier destinations of the Southeast for independent films,” interjects Stone, “and that would be 10 million dollars and under.” Stone is, of course referring to what is perhaps the most game changing aspect of Tytan Pictures, their newly acquired space in Eatonton, Ga. Located about one hour outside of Atlanta and three hours away from Savannah, Eatonton is, perhaps, one of the most picturesque towns in the South, and with only approximately 6,000 residents in this small town, there is no doubt Tytan Pictures will have a huge impact on the revival of commerce and jobs. “We want to give Eatonton a sense of purpose,” says Jacobs, “We fell in love with the town when we first visited, and plan on being there a long time.” Adds

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Wacker, “Anyone can get a job in filmmaking in some form or fashion, whether you’ve ever worked on a film or not you can find your place in it, and that’s what we hope will happen with Eatonton.” he current state of filmmaking in Georgia is rather astonishing; Atlanta alone generates billions of dollars in revenue each year and is only getting bigger. Georgia is now the third state behind California and New York to feature primary filming locations for major television and movies. Why this sudden boom in commerce? The main reason is tax credits, huge ones, between 20 and 30 percent depending on the size of the production. This alone is a huge selling point for filmmakers travelling from all over the world. Tytan Pictures, ahead of the game already, essentially wants to carve out a space of their own, away from Atlanta. It’s clear this team plays by its own rules, but big risks afford even bigger payoffs. The area itself, is a 60,000 square foot manufacturing space, including an old cotton processing plant that was built in 1887 and an old prison, which closed 12 years ago. “The space will be perfect for location shots,” says Wacker. “And the best thing about it is how easy it will be to renovate depending on the production.” Adds Jacobs with a smile, “The future is driving us forward and we can’t wait to make Eatonton our own little filming oasis” The company hopes to start production in the coming fall and you can tell the crew is continually buzzed for what lies ahead. “It’s not just about making money anymore,” says Stone, “we’re not going to let this fail because it’s too important to us. Other people who are in this industry let things fail because they don’t have the right motivation, you have to truly love what you’re doing and we do whole heartedly.” Perhaps the most appealing part of the deal, aside from the tax credits and wonderful location, is the close knit team. When you hire Tytan Pictures, you are hiring a seasoned group of professionals that, in the short time that we spoke, exuded passion and know-how that is insanely rare in any industry, let alone the film business. “It’s very

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"[We] have outside people coming in to use our facilities, our goal is to keep the space rocking year round.” To view some of Tytan's impeccable filmography head to tytancreates.com and stay tuned for news on their upcoming projects.

Above left: Tytan worked with Notre Dame football to create "Honor & Tradition." Top: "The Hill" which highlights the most exciting 25 seconds in college football. Middle: "X-Games: Jeremy Jones" is the pro skater's impressive highlight reel. Bottom: Documentary "Love, Sweat, and Tears" follows Savannah gyno Dr. Pamela Dee on her mission to "save the menopausal vaginas of America."

rare that films go smoothly, there are always going to be problems, and that’s why you need a core team,” says Wacker. Their goal is to produce three to five of their own films a year, according to Stone, “but on top of that have outside people coming in to use our facilities. Our goal is to keep the space rocking year round.” Even though the Tytan Pictures crew is still in the preproduction phases of development, they have already made a name for themselves as an Emmy award winning company. Their latest film, Love, Sweat & Tears, a female-centric body positive documentary exploring menopause, received the jury prize at the Illuminate Film Festival this year and is set to be released in major cities across the country in 2017. Tytan Pictures is redefining the notion that in order to be a great film company you have to be located in Los Angeles or New York. The level of people and work coming out of this company in the upcoming years is sure to be astonishing, and as we part, I cannot help but feel as though this strange mix of people fit perfectly with one another to create solutions that make something better and create content and films that are sure to change the face of not only Georgia but also the movie making industry as a whole. ¡


What About Ray? THE BRANDING EXPERT AND LIVING LEGEND BEHIND THE TONIGHT SHOW AND JUDGE JUDY, GETS CANDID ABOUT WHAT REALLY MAKES IT OR BREAKS IT IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY. WRITTEN BY EMMA IOCOVOZZI PHOTO: ROXIFY STUDIOS HAIR & MAKEUP: KAY CANTRELL

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WHEN IT COMES TO UNDERSTANDING BRANDS,

advertising, and how businesses market themselves, Ray Jacobs seems to be in a class all by himself. His list of accomplishments is prolific, having worked with The Tonight Show, Judge Judy, Paramount, starting the most successful full service ad agency in America, being inducted into the Promax/BDA International Hall of Fame, and receiving multiple honors and awards for his many ad campaigns over the years. More than that, however, Jacobs seems almost intrinsically and innately dedicated to creating and being creative. He writes books, draws comics, is a consultant and the executive creative director of the Savannah Film Alliance, all post-retirement. Most recently he has taken on the task of re-locating to Eatonton, Georgia, where he will serve as a liaison between Tytan Pictures and the town. We sat down with Jacobs to talk about his innovative time in the world of advertising and what's next for him in a new city.

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in print or film. There is always, what I like to call ‘homework’, involved when dealing with clients, getting to know what their marketing objective is, how they want to ultimately be portrayed, and their “psychographic mindset”- in other words, how will it brand them? That being said, the best advertisements are often simple and subtle, providing the audience with a little curiosity and humor. You want to create a sense of wellbeing, even if it’s just for a moment, like taking a little mind vacation.” +++ WHAT IS THE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE YOU WOULD GIVE TO A YOUNG PERSON ENTERING THE FIELD? R: Know your audience. Do

they want to save money? Do they want to feel successful? Think about the difference between Tiffany’s and Zales. They are essentially selling the same exact product, but advertising it in a completely different way. The best way to appeal to an audience is to show them something completely unexpected.

+++ WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING WITH YOUR SON’S COMPANY? R: “I can honestly say, they brought me back to creative life. After going into

+++ WHEN DID YOU REALIZE YOU WANTED TO GET INTO CREATIVE MEDIA? RAY: “Even though I was born in New York, I grew up in Los Angeles

and that really defined my aesthetic. I grew up in a very creative household, and knew I wanted to be an art director by the time I was seven years old. My mother passed away when I was fifteen and all I could do was throw myself into creative projects, becoming first chair trombone in the Junior Los Angeles Philharmonic, and training in hand lettering with my father who taught it at the collegiate level. After graduating high school, I simultaneously joined the National Guard, took a job as a paste up artist, started going to night classes at Art Center, and married my high school sweetheart. Going to school at night was like a creative vacation for me. During the day I was a paste up artist, which is real technical work, but at Art Center I had wonderful teachers who helped inspire me creatively.” +++ WHAT DO YOU THINK IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF ADVERTISING TODAY? R: “A lot of people don’t see the value of spending

money on creative. What people don’t realize is that there are always four pillars of making a successful advertisement- trust, believability, honesty, and foundation- all of these things, if put together correctly, make for a successful ad and help establish the company as a seminal entity. Spending the money on high quality “creative” or those individuals that have experience as well as originality, is imperative when branding yourself.” +++ WHAT IS THE BIGGEST MISCONCEPTION PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT THE ADVERTISING AND FILM SECTOR? R: “Advertising is a process. JUDGE JUDY SHEINDLIN

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One of the biggest misconceptions about creating a successful ad is the hard work that goes into it. Many of our clients, go into a meeting expecting us to spout off ideas, but there is a very long process involved in creating anything successful

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retirement my son, who helped found Tytan Creates, wanted us to move down to Savannah so I could help consult on projects and be with their family. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. I’m now a full time consultant with Tytan, and am amazed at the level of quality the production company is providing. Since moving to Savannah and working with Tytan, I’ve learned so much about branding for a different kind of audience. There is an entirely different mindset in the South, the way they approach comfort and success, it's inspiring to be around.” The future for Jacobs and Tytan is bright, recently garnering a deal to open a new production space in Eatonton, Ga. Jacobs was recently named Film Commissioner of Eatonton and is working on rebranding the city, itself. These days, however, you can find Jacobs working on one of his many books, consulting with clients on branding, or just continuing to learn more and more about the ever changing world of advertising. “What I learned about marketing in 1960 is completely different than what exists today,” says Jacobs, but he seems to be keeping pace with the young crowd quite easily, if not running circles around them altogether. The last question I ask Jacobs before we part is how does one person brands themselves. “Everything you do, say, and wear, is apart of your brand,” he says with a smile. “All you have to do is try on different things and see what works.” ~RAY

JACOBS HAS WORKED WITH MANY CELEBS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, FROM WILLIAM SHATNER TO JUDGE JUDY. HE'S EVEN BEEN QUOTED AS NOT REMEMBERING ALL THEIR NAMES!

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SAV-TV news anchor Tina Tyus-Shaw remembers doing a live report from an eye doctor’s office on the afternoon of April 5, 2001. Things were going well for the broadcast journalist; she was celebrating her nine-year anniversary at the station, and the Georgia native’s gracious smile and no-nonsense news judgment had made her a household favorite in the Savannah area. She’d been happily married for a year and was five months into her first pregnancy. She’d even invited viewers to be part of her growing family’s excitement, posting

“But that was the beginning of what was to come.” She remembers the rest of that day the way survivors of trauma recall the ordinary moments leading up to the horrific thing that changed their lives. She remembers feeling sick through the 11 o’clock newscast but pressing on. “I had no idea during every commercial break that I was actually having contractions,” she says. Afterward she stuck around to tape a radio newscast despite her co-anchor, Jim Carswell, insisting he’d cover for her. She finally made it home

But when I look back on everything that happened, I know I am strong because of my faith. And I think tough times don’t last, but tough people do. And we’re tough people. a picture of their first ultrasound on the station’s website. The grainy photo showed two heartbeats, and the well wishes had poured in. After the remote was finished, Tyus-Shaw climbed into the TV truck and felt a subtle pull in her abdomen. “I didn’t think much of it,” she says.

after midnight, took a shower and kept grimacing through pain she didn’t quite understand. By 2 a.m., her husband, James, insisted they head to the hospital. Hours later, on April 6, 2001, she delivered her twin sons, James and Julius; neither had survived.

“It really shattered our lives, just like glass hitting the floor,” she says. “When something this traumatic happens, you really don’t know what tomorrow holds. You just don’t know. You feel like you’re in a deep, dark hole.” Living and moving through that life-shattering place of darkness is something Tyus-Shaw will do on some level for the rest of her life. Fifteen years after the tragedy, however, she felt ready to write about what she and her husband went through in hopes of helping others deal with the unthinkable. “I’m hoping I can help as many women and men as possible to see that when you go through something as traumatic as James and I went through, if you have a great faith, you can endure anything,” she says. “The journey is rough, and sometimes you don’t know which way to turn. But if you have a belief, if you have the grace, courage, strength and resilience faith gives you, you can really make it through.” Tyus-Shaw’s story will be part of The Shift: Volume III, an anthology of stories about people who’ve gone through a tremendous shift in their lives. The book will be published later this fall, with a release party with the authors set for Nov. 12 in Dallas. The 52-year-old says there was some healing in the writing, but also a great deal of unearthed pain. “I had to take myself back to that day over and over again, and at times I’d just cry. Celine would come into my office and I’d try to explain to her why I was crying,” says Tyus-Shaw of her 14-yearold daughter, born on Mother’s Day a year after the twins’ death. “I’d tell her ‘You’re a miracle. And you’re gonna see your brothers one day.’” Tyus-Shaw is one of the most recognizable and most popular faces in Savannah. Her current co-anchor, Ben Senger, learned that this year

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while riding on the station’s float with her during Savannah’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “At least four times along the parade route, chants of ‘Tina Tyus-Shaw! Tina Tyus-Shaw!’ would erupt from the crowd,” says Senger, who recently nominated his partner for an Emmy, a lifetime achievement Silver Circle Award that she accepted in a special September ceremony in Atlanta. “But in the journalistic sense, she’s somebody who does this for the right reasons. She is not concerned about the notoriety that it brings her; she’s concerned about the service component of journalism.” That same sense of service coaxed her to write her story for The Shift. And it eventually brought her back to work, 18 weeks after she lost her sons, though for a long time wasn’t sure she could go back at all. “I was just nervous and wondering how people would look at me. I felt like all eyes were on me at the grocery store, everywhere, because this was a different Tina. You’d always seen me smiling. But I carried a pretty sad look for a long time. I just could not get rid of it,” she says. “I wasn’t even trying; it just stayed with me. It clings to you.” But the warm reception she received upon her return helped the grieving mother slowly embrace

life again. Senger, who’s only been Tyus-Shaw’s co-anchor for a year, says she opened up about her pain, and the community’s encouragement, right from the beginning. “She mentioned the twins’ deaths the very first meeting we ever had, when I came here to interview,” Senger says. “I was asking, ‘What do you like about Savannah?’ And she said, ‘I felt very supported by this community. I had this tragedy happen, and the love and kindness from strangers really kept me going at that time.’” At times it’s been especially difficult, Tyus-Shaw says, to report the news about a child who’s been lost, neglected or abandoned. “There are so many people in the world who do not want children. We knew what it would take to nurture children, to raise them up in the right way. So sometimes I would think ‘Why me?’” she says. “We know we’re going to be with them again. But I won’t be the mom who gets to go to the mother-son dance. I won’t be able to post their report cards on my refrigerator. I won’t be able to take pictures and have all these memories over the years.” James, who has two grown children from his first marriage, and his bride did get their chance a year later with Celine, who was born premature at 31 weeks, briefly throwing her parents into prayer-fueled turmoil once again.

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to be goodbye. Because with the boys, our hello was goodbye. We never heard them cry; we never saw their eyes open.” Thankfully, her daughter proved to be as tough as her parents, enduring through struggles many might not overcome. “God does not put us through anything more than we can handle. And trust me, we didn’t think we could handle (the twins’ deaths),” she says. “But when I look back on everything that happened, I know I am strong because of my faith.

I felt very supported by this community. I had this tragedy happen, and the love and kindness from strangers really kept me going at that time.

“I wanted so badly to hold her,” Tyus-Shaw says of the moment Celine was born, weighing a fairy-like 3 pounds, 8 ounces. “I didn’t want our hello to her

SHATTERED Tina & James with their twin sons, James and Julius. Both didn't survive childbirth.

Tina Tyus-Shaw with co-anchor Ben Senger: co-anchors of WSAV's nightly newscast.

GRIEF TYUS-SHAW HOPES TO BRING STRENGTH TO THOSE WHO READ HER CO-AUTHORED BOOK

And I think tough times don’t last, but tough people do. And we’re tough people.” •

"Planning a family is a time of joy. For my husband and I, our joy turned to sorrow. 15 years ago we faced a heartbreaking journey. Losing our twins is a pain that will never go away. Sharing our story helps us grow stronger.

Thankfully we gained a miracle in the midst of our storm. As we continue to cope with our loss we have the power to stay strong. I hope our life shift will support others to speak their suffering and open a path to healing."


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Afer seeing a child dead from a land mine, Childer's got the call from God to dedicate his life to helping the helpless in East Africa. t’s been a lifetime since Sam Childers lived and partied in Jessup, Georgia. If his old pals from those wild days come to the Harley ride he’s hosting out of Savannah on Oct. 15 – if they’re even still alive – they will likely not recognize him. Childers is a different man now, evidenced not just by the graying mustache and the sober, creased eyes, but most noticeably by the self-made brand tattooed across his forearms: Machine Gun Preacher. The former hired gun for drug deals in cities dotted across the U.S., now wields an AK47 on missions of a whole different nature halfway around the world. A recovering heroin addict, Childers has spearheaded the effort to build seven orphanages and five schools in Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda. He is a high school dropout from

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e isn’t kidding. His marriage to ex-stripper Lynn, whose church-going ways in 1992 led him back to the religion he’d abandoned as a kid, ended in divorce. He once let his house in Pennsylvania slide into foreclosure in favor of sending every cent he could find to his first orphanage project in southern Sudan. He sold his construction business in the States for the same reason. His son died of a heroin overdose, the same drug that gripped Childers’s life for much of his 20s. But his singular focus has yielded success on multiple fronts. He’s written two books, the first of which, an autobiography titled “Another Man’s War,” was made into a 2011 full-length feature film starring Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan. He owns a custom bike shop and a security company, both based in Pennsylvania. And he hawks

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shot glasses, ball caps, T-shirts and other items branded with the “Machine Gun Preacher” logo on his website. "I never dreamed there’d be a business, a clothing line, motorcycles, it turned into a brand now,” he says of the ‘Machine Gun Preacher’ moniker, originally given as a slight over his seemingly conflicting use of weapons and occasional violence as part of a Christian-led purpose: Childers purports to carrying an AK47 assault rifle and occasionally fighting alongside the Sudan People’s Liberation

Childers in front of a work-in-progress in Ethiopia. Army to rescue children from the grips of the Lord’s Resistance Army, headed by guerrilla leader Joseph Kony. (SPLA officials have denied the claim that Childers has worked with them.) “I look at it as it allows me to make a good honest living to keep doing more work and save more children,” he says of his commercial success. “So yeah, it turned into a brand, but I couldn’t have done that on my own. God’s hands were in it.”

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e believes God’s hands have been on every part of his life, starting long before that fateful first trip to Africa in 1998 when he came across the body of a child who’d been torn apart by

a landmine. “I stood over that body and I said ‘God, I’ll do whatever it takes to help these kids,’” he recalls.


The inspiring story of Sam Childers was set to screen in 2011 by Golden Globe nominated director Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball, Finding Neverland). It starred Gerard Butler as The Machine Gun Preacher and closely depicted the true story of Sam Childer’s transformation and determination to help the children suffering in East Africa. The film was an official selection at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival and received positive reviews. To watch the official trailor head to machinegunpreacher.org/ movie.

Eighteen years later, he seems to be making good on that promise. Donations from his nonprofit and church ministry are being used to fund a six-story building in Ethiopia and a 1,000-acre farm in Uganda that both serve to teach young adults various trades to help them eventually earn a living and sustain themselves. “I’m excited to see how those projects are going to keep maturing to change young people’s lives,” Childers says. But he also says he’s working to change lives here in the States. In fact, A&E is about to debut a reality show about him and the down-on-

their-luck people he helps while speaking and preaching at high schools, churches and corporate events around the world. His motivational speaking engagement calendar is booked two years in advance. But locals intrigued by his story, or fans of the film based on his life, don’t have to wait that long; Savannah’s Compassion Church and Savannah Harley Davidson will host Childers the weekend of Oct. 15 and 16. It’s an opportunity for people to see and hear a message of redemption that many could find hope in, says Dave Stewart, the church’s global outreach pastor.

Childer's orphanage is the largest in Southern Sudan and has housed and fed over 1,000 children.

MEET THE MACHINE GUN PREACHER After hearing his compelling story, we’re sure you are dying to meet Sam Childers. Well lucky for us, he will be in Savannah at the Henderson Campus of Compassion Christian Church (formally Savannah Christian Church) on Oct. 15 and 16. See below for his schedule of events.

Saturday Oct. 15 - Motorcycle Run for Charity - $10 donation per bike/$15 per couple. All proceeds go to the ministry Angels of East Africa - Start: CCC Henderson campus 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Savannah, GA - End: CCC Midway campus Hwy 84 Midway, GA - 60+ Mile Ride Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. (last bike out at 10:30 am)

HEAR SAM’S STORY Come hear Sam Childers tell the amazing story of how God used his life experience to impact the future of so many others. Be inspired as Sam shares the truth that “No one is ever too far from God.” Henderson Campus Worship Center 55 Al Henderson Blvd. Savannah, GA 6:30 pm

Sunday, Oct. 16 Worship Service at Savannah Harley Davidson Everyone is welcome for worship as Sam Childers shares his message. Savannah Harley Davidson 1 Fort Argyle Rd. Savannah, GA 11 a.m. – Noon

“I think there’s a lot of people out there who believe they’ve done things or seen things or been places or committed cardinal sin, and they believe God could never love them. The truth is God can use anybody’s life story to his glory. Nobody’s too far from the love of God,” Stewart says. “The opportunity to bring Sam in here was really exciting – to meet him and to have that story spread, but also because we want to be a church that’s an outreach to anyone and everyone. I think a lot of people who will be attracted to Sam’s story might not be the type who would feel comfortable accepting an invitation to a regular church service on Sunday morning.” Though he and his ex-wife founded a church of their own, Childers echoes Stewart’s sentiments regarding the kind of preacher he is – and isn’t. “I’m not a Bible thumper; I’m not gonna tell you what you should do,” he says. “I’m just gonna tell you the changes I made in my life, and what happened.” •

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Call her the animal whisperer, Kanoy can tame even the wildest of creatures, like Robin here.

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The more exotic the better. For over ten years, Nicole Kanoy has wrangled alligators, led a stampede of wild hogs and brought the love of all creatures to the screen.

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Soon she was working with Renee DeRosset, training rescued animals and earning her certification as a licensed animal trainer. Together with Animals on Set, they provide a range of animals, from the exotic to domestic, and deliver these creatures for still shots, creative parties, commercials and of course, motion pictures.

“but sometimes you just have to work with the lethal [animals] as well.” Their list of clients is impressive including television series such as Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Containment, The Haunting, and Constantine, which was her first job as a lead trainer. Feature films include American Made, Bastards, Birth of a Nation, Who Gets the Dog, CBGB, The Sacrament, Killing Winston Jones, Family Moon, and the Left Behind Series' Vanished. Her most notable work

in advertising is the AFLAC duck. “Everybody likes the AFLAC duck,” she smiles. “There are usually about three ducks on set that are trained. Some scenes are computer manipulated but a lot of training goes into the preparation.” “Working with the more challenging creatures is what I love most,” Kanoy continues. “The more exotic the better.” Bears and otters are two of her favorite to train. The otters, she explains, are smart, playful and have a wonderful sense of family. As for the bears, she has recently been certified to rehabilitate and train them for shoots. She hopes to one day be able to have a bear on her farm outside of Atlanta and provide the necessary accommodations and care. Another animal she fondly recalls is Leroy the rat. He was one of her most dependable actors and followed the most challenging commands with ease. “Common rats only live about three or four years,” said Kanoy. “Leroy lived to be seven. His last shoot was to crawl on an actor, sniff his face,

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Nicole works with various types of animals, ranging from chinchillas to snakes. Here, she's pictured with her buddies Dora (above) and Brooks the horse.

Other times she works with creatures that are not usually at the top of people’s list. “Roaches are not the easiest to train and snakes are pretty intense to work with lick ‘blood’ from his as well.” arm, and retreat. Kanoy explains Leroy performed with that she works with perfection. He died all sorts of snakes, Nicole doesn't normally sit on Tank, but for about a week later. He us, she made an exception. both venomous and was a great rat. I miss non-venomous. him terribly.” Naturally, the venomous are the bigger challenge The more challenging creatures? “Coyotes,” and it’s up to Kanoy to stand-in when a dangerous she explains. “They are one of the most difficult snake is on set. to tame because everything scares them.” On one “I put on a venom-proof suit and stand in to shoot, a reality television series, Kanoy had to take a snake-hit for the actor,” said Kanoy calmly. have the coyotes howl on cue. “We try to use non-venomous species that look “It was three in the morning and very cold and like the venomous kind, but sometimes you just dark,” she recalls. “The actors were tired and we have to work with the lethal ones as well.” had been working a long day. I decided to have a Kanoy not only trains the reptiles, she also little fun so I hid in some bushes near the coyotes protects the crew from any that may be lurking and played a coyote howl on my phone. Of course about on location. Animals on Set also provides the coyotes heard it and all began loudly howling. safety and protection services, which includes It scared the actors half to death and had everyone doing sweeps of fields and wooded areas prior to running for cover!” and during filming. “Cats are also not the easiest to work with,” “It’s my job to clear the area of all snakes and she adds. “They are finicky and can change their harmful creatures,” said Kanoy. “Whenever there minds in a second. If possible, we try to have a is a shoot near water where alligators are present, cat-double on set in case the first decides they are I have to stand by and keep them in place if they going to be uncooperative.” decide to creep closer to set.”

For people interested in pursuing her profession, Kanoy recommends finding a certified trainer that treats the animals with respect and to understand the delicate relationship between the client and trainer. “I’m training a girl right now and it takes time to train an animal and produce the right outcome,” she said. “A trainer has to locate animals, train them, and meet the needs of the client. One of the hardest parts is dealing with the director of the show or film. They know what they want but they don’t understand the behavior of the animal. What they want and what I can provide can be a challenge. I have to recommend other camera shots for a safety issue as well as get what they hired me to do.” So why does Kanoy put herself into these often dangerous and stressful situations? Simple. Her undying devotion to all creatures and her crusade to bring compassion back to the screen. “I love animals and there is a lot of controversy about animals in movies these days,” she explains. “I want people to have compassion for animals, just as they do for children. In my opinion, they’ve taken compassion out of the movies and shows we watch. I want to encourage family-friendly themes and the animals help with that connection to human compassion.” She also adds that training keeps her farm going and supports her family. “I’m a single mom raising three girls,” said Kanoy. “It's a big sacrifice to care for all of these animals. My girls are amazing. They help me feed and care for the animals. I couldn’t do it without their support.” Kanoy continually seeks the support of wildlife rescue with her non-profit organization, Wildlife Critters, Circle of Life. Animals lovers are asked to make a donation, no matter the amount, to help with rehabilitation. So what’s next on the agenda? “Miami,” quips Kanoy. “Time to shoot another AFLAC commercial. Me and a few ducks are ready to roll.” To read more about Animals on Set and Nicole Kanoy, visit animalsonset.com. To make a donation to Wildlife Critters, Circle of Life, visit wlcritters.com. •

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The Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre is cut into a canyon on the campus of San Diego State University, home to surfers, high-tech wannabes, tanned sorority girls and laidback frat boys. But on the night Charleston-based rock group NEEDTOBREATHE takes the stage, the atmosphere is decidedly more family-friendly. The crowd is eclectic, polite and grows by the minute as a parade of musicians perform set after set of inspirational rock, soul, blues and folksy hip-hop for this stop on the 53-city Tour de Compadres. By the time the headliners take the stage, the place is packed with stylishly faded T-shirts sporting Christian band logos and Bible verses. Millennials are out in force, and so are Gen-X parents with teens and tweens in tow. In a tight, eclectic set of new tracks and old favorites, the band – Bear Rinehart (vocals/guitar), Bo Rinehart (guitar/vocals/strings), Seth Bolt (base/vocals) and Josh Lovelace (keyboard/ vocals) – introduces its fans to the best of its sixth studio album, H A R D L O V E, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Albums chart in July and is not what anyone necessarily expected from the Southern roots rock band with the loyal Christian following. “We’ve made a dance record,” says Bear of H A R D L O V E, which is laced with synth sounds and layered instrumentation. “I think it’s a big departure (from 2014’s Rivers in the Wasteland). But that’s what we always think.” Though in some sense departing from the album that peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Albums Chart and earned the band its first Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Christian Music Performance/Song for “Multiplied” seems like a questionable move, leaving behind the discord from that album’s creation was no doubt a step toward the light.

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“We were in a dark place when we made the last record,” Bear says of Rivers, which took much longer to produce because Bear and Bo had so badly damaged their bond as brothers and band mates due to competitive spirits and unchecked egos. They eventually reprioritized family over fame, and came back stronger and closer than ever. And if that whole chapter in NEEDTOBREATHE’s history seems to echo of another pair of Southern rock brothers, it’s a pretty fitting coincidence. “The first band that really changed things for me were the Black Crowes,” says Bear of Georgia natives Rich and Chris Robinson, who earned both critical and popular acclaim in the early 1990s

Seneca where they befriended Bolt when he was just 7 years old. The threesome soon started playing music in their church after hours, eventually “borrowing” the church van to travel to gigs. NEEDTOBREATHE got its informal start playing coffeehouses and other small venues around Furman University, where Bear was a standout wide receiver, winning the 2002 South Carolina Player-of-the-Year Award by the Greenville Touchdown Club. After releasing independent recordings in 2001, they were signed by Atlantic

WE GREW UP IN THIS WHOLE GOSPEL ENVIRONMENT WHERE SONGS ARE MEANT TO BE A LIFELINE, THEY’RE MEANT TO BE INSPIRATIONAL. THEY’RE MEANT TO BE SOMETHING POWERFUL. before public feuds repeatedly ripped them apart. “They were soul and rock and gospel, all these things meshed. And I think that’s inevitable. Even if we’re trying to make this modern record, a lot of the throwback stuff sinks its way in.” That “throwback stuff” echoes all the way back to the Rineharts’ childhood. The sons of a pastor, Bear and Bo were born in the (very) small town of Possum Kingdom, S.C., and later moved to nearby

Records in 2005. It was a huge milestone for the group, as they had turned down a Christian label, not wanting to limit their music’s audience and airplay. But the challenge of remaining true to who they are and where they’re from inside an industry that’s constantly trying to copy, warp, critique or reinvent a band’s sound started pretty much right away. “The first thing they told us was ‘You should be


TOUR DE COMPADRES

Known for the dynamic energy of theur live shows, NEEDTOBREATHE is right in the middle of a 53-city tour covering some of the best venues in the U.S. Along for the ride are friends and musicians Mat Kearney, John Mark MacMillan, Parachute, and Welshly Arms. Highlights of the tour include a massive hometown concert at Charleston, S.C.’s 10,000+

capacity Volvo Car Stadium as well as performances at such legendary venues as Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, Morrison, Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, and New York City’s Beacon Theatre. For complete details and ticket information visit tourdecompadres.com.

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NEEDTOBREATHE performing at the Verison Wireless Ametheatre in Alpharetta on Aug. 20, 2016 as part of their 53 city Tour de Compadres.

more international,’ which meant ‘Be less redneck’ — no harmonicas, no banjos. That sound was not popular at the time. It is now, but at the time it felt very rebellious,” Bear says of their early roots rock style. “It wasn’t popular to be rootsy. Everyone thought of it as bluegrass.” But the band kept their influences intact, and the music scene began to catch up. “There were some great bands like My Morning Jacket and Kings of Leon that have made Southern music modern and they put their own spin on it,” Bear says. “And I think we kind of grew up in that.” Josh Lovelace, raised in Knoxville on the other side of the Appalachian Mountains, joined the band in 2011, the same year they put out “The Reckoning” and, oh yeah, went on tour opening

for Taylor Swift. They’ve also done the TV circuit, performing twice on Conan as well as on The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Late Show With David Letterman and a string of others. While River gave them a renewed focus and a crossover hit with “Brother,” their collaboration with Gavin DeGraw that earned them a 2015 Dove Award for Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year and a 2016 Billboard Music Award nomination for Top Christian Song, this latest album is a much more upbeat take on the layers of life and love – and the faith that serves as the foundation for both. “The roots show through,” Seth says. “This record has a lot more gospel choir.” Such hand-clapping church choir vocals might be a new sound on this album, but it’s an old influence, the bandmates say, that’s actually more about the message than the harmonizing. “We grew up in this whole gospel environment where songs are meant to be a lifeline, they’re meant to be inspirational. They’re meant to be something powerful,” Bear says. “I think that comes across in our music the most. We sing songs that you can hang onto. They move you in some way.” They prove this point easy and often to their San Diego fans, perhaps most notably with the band’s first single off H A R D L O V E, a crowd pleaser called “HAPPINESS” that debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart in the spring. “We added a choir (to this one) in the studio. But we didn’t think about the live show,” Bear says by way of introducing “HAPPINESS” to the thousands on their feet before him. “You’ll have to sing that part!” The request feels more like a gift, and the eager audience cheers as Bo dances to the undeniably catchy anthem while his brother sings. “I’ve got dreams that keep me up in the dead of night Telling me I wasn’t made for the simple life There’s a light I see but it’s far in the distance I’m asking you to show me some forgiveness It’s all for you in my pursuit of happiness.” Jubilant fans raise their arms in praise and their voices in joy: “Singing ohh, happiness!” “Singing ohhh, happiness!” And it fills the night. •

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We are loving the early morning bites at some of Savannah’s favorite breakfast joints.

Early Morning

Don't forget to try the gooey cinnamon rolls at Goose Feathers Cafe and Bakery. The earlier you get there the fresher they'll be!

FOODIE

APPS With this whole “food revolution” going down, you need the right tools to keep you up to date and in the know about all the latest restaurants, bars, and hotspots in town. Here are the best apps for the foodie’s phone: Zomato What used to be known as Urban Spoon, is now Zomato. This is the best foodie app for travelers and locals alike. You can find restaurants by type of food, location, price, hours and pretty much any other filter you can think of. It’s great for finding something new.

EARLY BIRD GETS THE BISCUITS AND GRAVY BY KELLY HEITZ I know, I do it too. I hit the snooze (repeatedly) every morning, hoping for just a few more minutes in my comfy, fluffy bed. Have you ever thought about what we might be missing by hitting the snooze? What amazing breakfast treats could be available to us if we just became early risers? Well one week I ventured to find out. I got up at the crack of dawn everyday for a week to be first in line at some of Savannah’s most amazing breakfast spots. And let me tell you, it was worth it.

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GOOSE FEATHERS CAFÉ AND BAKERY As soon as

I grumpily opened the door to this charming café, I was greeted with the warmest smiles and genuine happiness of everyone in the room. I didn’t know it was possible for people to be that happy at 7 a.m. To the suggestion of the sweet woman behind the counter, I ordered two stuffed croissants: one savory with ham and Swiss and the other sweet with raspberry cream. Oh, and a large cup of their premium house blend coffee because, duh. After taking a bite of the stuffed ham and cheese croissant (I saved the sweet one for last), I understood why everyone in the vicinity was so happy. Imagine the most amazingly perfect, flaky croissant filled with melted cheese and ham. Mouth watering yet? Next, I moved on to the sweet raspberry cream croissant, which was the perfect way to round out

Open Table This handy app allows you to make coveted restaurant reservations from your phone. You also get points for every reservation you make, which can be used for cash back at some of your favorite spots in town.

my breakfast: it was sweet, gooey, and instantly put me in a good mood for the rest of the morning. Maybe this whole “early bird” thing wasn’t such a bad idea. 39 Barnard Street • Savannah, GA 31401 866.221.1948 • goosefeatherscafe.com J. CHRISTOPHER’S I hear J. Christopher’s is the kind of place you enjoy with friends, so for my second early morning I dragged my husband out of bed to taste-test with me. I’ve found I can easily entice him to do anything for food. The hubby ordered one of their famous skillets, on recommendation from the waitress. It came in a cast iron skillet and was stacked with potatoes, onions, peppers, cheddar cheese, sausage and gravy. Oh and a biscuit to sop it all up. He let me try a bite and man it was good; a perfect savory breakfast for the hungry. I almost had order envy until I looked down at my Eggs Christopher: poached eggs, smoked turkey, bacon and tomato on an English muffin dripping with hollandaise. Oh. My. Gosh. The hollandaise was some of the best I’ve had and that egg was poached to perfection. I highly recommend getting to J. Christopher’s early to avoid the wait and get the opportunity to savor the classic dishes this place serves up well. 122 E. Liberty Street • Savannah, GA 31401 912.236.7494 • jchristophers.com SUNNYSIDE UP Perfect for southsiders, Sunnyside Up is your typical Southern breakfast diner. But who says that’s a bad thing? I had to get up a bit earlier as the door to this diner opens at 6 a.m., but it was worth it to sit down and immediately have a smiling face pouring a piping hot cup

WineGlass Ever look at a wine menu with a confused look? Yeah, we’ve all been there. With WineGlass you can take a picture of the menu and the app will create an interactive version that gives you prices, ratings, and food pairings with each wine on the menu. You’ll be an instant wine snob at every gathering. Price: $4.99 NoWait This app should have been invented a long time ago. NoWait allows you to put your name in for a table at a restaurant, without even being there. Can you imagine putting your name on the list, finishing your hair and makeup, then walking in right when your table is available? It’s restaurant brilliance. Text to Table Using texttotable.com you can order from a gourmet catering menu and have hot food delivered to you anywhere in Downtown Savannah. Make sure you tip Chef Toni!

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Savannah locals like simplicity and convenience and these spots are chock full of both. Plus, they’ve all got incredible food.

Locals Love It

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FAVES In a town spilling over with tourist attractions and gimics, there are a few spots that locals love for the authentic atmosphere and just plain awesome food.

Try The Collins Quarter’s walk-up coffee bar for a quick jolt on the go, or sit a spell at one of their outdoor tables for excellent downtown people watching.

of coffee in front of me. It’s like this woman read my mind (or my tired, haggard-looking face). I got the Philly Cheese Steak Omelette. Talk about slap my grandma fantastic! It had the perfect cheese-to-egg ratio (aka lots of freakin’ cheese). Sunnyside Up is never going to be your fancy, dress-to-impress kind of place, but they don’t want to be. This place is perfect for what it is: quick, delicious, and Southern. 800 E DeRenne Avenue • Savannah, GA 31406 • 912.354.2289 • sunnysideupsavannah.com THE COLLINS QUARTER Right around the corner from my office is The Collins Quarter, which is pretty much the chicest coffee bar you’ve ever seen. I’m not exactly a coffee connoisseur; if it contains caffeine, I’ll drink it. But I was intrigued by the friendly barista’s explanation of the different coffee drinks available. That’s one of the best things I’ve learned about getting to these places early; you get to actually speak to the staff before they get too busy. After much deliberation, I decided to go with the Spiced Lavender Mocha. Holy mother of perfection. This was quite possibly the best cup of coffee I have ever had. Made with espresso, dark chocolate, earthy spices, lavender, and steamed milk, this espresso is seriously the nectar of the gods. Nothing has ever made me quite so happy to be alive at 6 a.m. than this cup of coffee. 151 Bull Street • Savannah, GA 31401 912.777.4147 • thecollinsquarter.com CLARY’S CAFÉ I found it only fitting to round

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one of Savannah’s most famous breakfast spots. Clary’s Café is quintessentially Savannah, and everyone you meet there is the nicest person in the world and has the best stories to tell. It’s like the bar in Cheers, except it serves the most incredible Southern-style breakfasts. I ordered the Crab Cakes Benedict. When the waitress placed the plate in front of me, my eyes got wide and my taste buds began salivating, begging for a taste of this delectable pile of crab cake goodness. I was in no way disappointed. With poached eggs, Canadian bacon, handmade crab cakes on an English muffin topped with hollandaise sauce. I mean come on! There was no other way to round out my week than with this truly Southern treat. 404 Abercorn Street • Savannah, GA 31401 912.233.0402 • claryscafe.com After a week of no snoozing, I came to one conclusion. The early bird really does get the worm. Yes, I could get the same breakfasts at the same restaurants a few hours later, but being the first in line allowed me to get to know the staff, ponder the menu, and savor each and every bite. Will I do it every day? Uh, no. But at least now I know what is waiting for me on the other side of that snooze button.

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FLYING FISH Located on Wilmington Island just before heading over the Bull River Bridge to Tybee is Flying Fish. If you’ve driven past you’ve probably seen the patio lights and heard the Jimmy Buffet cover band crooning the happy hour regulars. Islanders love Flying Fish because they serve incredible seafood without the upcharge. Every single dish is good and nothing is over priced. Plus, their drinks are served in very healthy portions! Head in for happy hour on Thursday and Friday nights for half-priced wings, drinks and live music on the patio. flyingfishsavannah.com JALAPENOS As Savannah’s classic Mexican food staple for years, Jalapenos delivers on their promise of cheesy, delicious favorites every single time, which is why locals love this little spot. Plus, no matter what part of Savannah you call home, there’s bound to be a Jalapenos nearby. There’s nothing we Savannahians love more than convenience and good food. jalapenosinc.com. TAILGATE SPORTS BAR & GRILL This unassuming sports bar is the kind of place where everybody knows your name. If there’s a game on, you know it will be packed with fun-loving locals expecting good food and a good time. They have an extensive craft beer menu complete with all the local favorites, and their bar munchies are some of the best in town. facebook.com/tailgatesavannah TEQUILA’S TOWN This place has become so popular in Savannah that every local thinks they are the mayor of Tequila’s Town. Their downtown location sees a line of locals out the door almost every night. The reason could be the table-side guac, or the unique street tacos, or maybe it’s because they have the best margaritas in town. tequilastown.com

Now that oysters are aplenty here in the Lowcountry, take a stop in Fiddler’s Crab House on River Street. Here you can sample several varieties of oysters with new ones arriving every week. We recommend the Kusshi (Japanese for precious) oysters from Stellar Bay in British Columbia, Canada, which you can’t find anywhere else in town.


The South’s new favorite meal is done right in Savannah with bottomless mimosas and classic Southern favorites.

Out to Brunch

BRUNCH SO HARD

THERE’S NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT TO YOUR SATURDAY MORNING SOCIAL CALENDAR THAN BRUNCH. Gone are the days where it was socially acceptable to sleep in on a Saturday morning. Nope. You’ve got people to see, and mimosas to drink, my friend. Savannah’s brunch scene is bustling and bigger than ever. Here are the spots you and your pals have to try on your next social brunch.

Bottomless mimosas? Yes, please! They’re a weekend brunch essential.

THE ORDINARY PUB Bottomless mimosas. Need we say more? Probably not, but we will because The Ordinary Pub’s brunch menu is too good not to shout about. Everything on the menu is original and perfectly thought-out. We honestly recommend everything, but if we have to choose, go with the Bacon, Sausage, Donut Slides (sausage patty, bacon and cheddar in between Baker’s Pride donut buns) or the Mac & Cheese Morning (the most incredible mac and cheese with ham, tomatoes, bacon, a fried egg and an incredible gouda cheese sauce). 912.238.5130 • theordinarypub.com CHA BELLA This Broad Street eatery has an incredible farm-to-table brunch that will blow your tastebuds away. The menu is seasonal, so there’s always something new to try. Plus, they also have bottomless

mimosas in quite a few delicious flavors. We recommend sitting outside under the patio lights for lazy Southern Saturday kind of feeling. 912.790.7888 • cha-bella.com HUEY’S ON THE RIVER If you’ve become the brunch master and allow your brunchiness to spill over onto the weekdays, then Huey’s is the place to try. Served everyday, their brunch menu is full of delectable New Orleans-inspired dishes. We recommend the Shrimp and Grits, as it is some of the best in town. Finish off with an order of beignets, which are served hot and covered in powdered sugar. 912.234.7385 • hueysontheriver.net

The beignets at Huey’s are so good you’ll slap your mama.

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OATMEAL Home grown and mixed to perfection.

The Savannah Oatmeal Company knows what you like: fast, fresh, delicious, and healthy. Owner and Founder Gabe Thomas takes healthy steel-cut oats and mixed in other natural ingredients to create ready-toeat breakfasts that promotes healthy lifestyle and satisfied bellies. Our favorite flavor is the Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, but visit savannahoats. com and decide for yourself.

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Mid Day Morsels

Don’t miss the authentic Italian cuisine at Bella Napoli in Downtown Savannah

MEALS ON WHEELS SAVANNAH IS NOW A FOOD TRUCK CITY. THESE TRUCKS ARE SO GOOD, YOU WON’T FEEL ASHAMED CHASING AFTER THEM. Breaking news: food trucks are now legally allowed to operate in Savannah. Y’all know what this means? We will now get to enjoy the delicious delectables in secret pop up locations that other cities have been bragging about for years. We can now grab everything from Southern barbecue to spring rolls on the go. Savannah is now a food truck city and its citizens couldn’t be happier about it. “It’s about time Savannah is able to jump on the food truck bandwagon. It does nothing but help our dining industry. This will make it easier for food entrepreneurs to get started and allow amazing food to be more accessible to everyone. It really is a win-win,” says Ryan Giannoni, creator of the Savannah Food Truck Festival and mastermind behind getting city council to wake up and smell the eggrolls. Now that Savannah is officially in the food truck business, some of our favorite area trucks have been popping up throughout the city. Keep an eye out for these meals on wheels: 1. Chazitos Latin Cuisine 912.441.8448 facebook.com/chazitos-latin-cuisine 2 Psycho Circus Carnival and specialty cuisine 912.704.4437 psychocircusfoodtruck.com 3. Curbside Kitchen Wholesome delicious Southern cuisine 843.815.5335 Downtowncateringcompany.com 4. Frankie & Flynns Food for your soul facebook.com/frankieandflynn 5. Lowcountry Lobster Specialty lobster rolls and dishes 843.290.4388 lowcountrylobster.com

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LUNCH HOT SPOTS Nothing breaks up the monotony of the workday like an incredible lunch. One of the biggest perks of working downtown is the plethora of lunch options just steps from our door. We make it a point to try new things, but these are the places that pull us back in week after week. THE PUBLIC KITCHEN & BAR

When you need a break from the office, there really is no better place for lunch than The Public Kitchen & Bar. The décor is bright and light and the food is always up to par. For lunch I always go with the Daily Soup. The soup changes everyday and is always a unique take on a classic. If you’re lucky enough to be there on tomato bisque day then you’re lucky enough. If you’re smart (and I’m sure you are), you’d push your lunch hour past 3 p.m. to take advantage of their Happy Hour specials, which always include small plates and great drink specials. 912.200.4045 • thepublickitchen.com OUR DAILY BREAD

This breakfast and lunch hub is fairly new, but that certainly doesn’t make it any less amazing. If you walk by in the mornings, you are lured in by the smells of breads and sweet treats just baking away. We definitely recommend trying Our Daily Bread for breakfast, but their lunch is a treat in and of itself. As a Kentucky native, I love their Hot Brown because it’s one of the only places you can

NOT ALL SHROOMS ARE CREATED EQUAL You may think of those rubbery, flavorless mushrooms in a can or the wacky ones you tried at a music festival, but what makes one mushroom superior to all the others? Keith Hubbard, owner of

find one down here. It’s probably because owner, Dee Gibson hails from the Bluegrass State. If open-faced goodness and bacon isn’t your thing, go with the Chicken Salad Croissant, made with their house-made chicken salad recipe. 912.713.4977 • facebook.com/ OurDailyBreadCafeSavannah BELLA NAPOLI

Italy’s finest for lunch in Savannah? Yes, please! Bella Napoli serves the best, most authentic Italian in town. You can sit outside at one of their adorable bistro tables or venture in to feel like you’ve stepped onto the set of The Godfather. Once you sit down, impeccable service and European charm greet you, making you want to stay for hours and try everything on the menu. If you have to choose only one thing, go with a calzone. Add as many toppings as you like and wait for perfection to be served in front of you. 912.355.5555 • bellanapolibistro.com SODA POP SHOPPE

If you’re looking for a quick grab-and-go option, there is nothing more local than the Soda Pop Shoppe. It’s Bull Street location makes it convenient to everything downtown, and the local character inside is always a great midday pick-meup (we’re talking about the people, but the food is pretty awesome too). Grab one of their famous hot dogs with a side of chips and a Coke float, take it right over to Wright Square and enjoy a throw back lunch your grandparents would appreciate. 912.236.5860 • facebook.com/sodapopshoppe

Rainwater Mushrooms, shares several reasons why Shiitakes rule the mushroom realm. “Unlike most things that taste good Shiitakes are really good for you. In fact, they’re one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. The most common mushrooms you see in stores are button and portobellos. They grow in compost and manure, however,

shiitakes only grow in hardwoods.” Shiitake mushrooms are prized for their smoky, woodsy flavor and meaty texture. Rainwater supplies these exotic, hearty shrooms to chefs and markets throughout the Lowcountry. You can also contact them to purchase a log to grow your own at home! rainwatermushrooms.com 843-247-9289


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Whether it’s a special occasion, a charity ball, or just a plain old Friday night, sometimes it’s nice to get dressed up in your finest attire and hit the town. But when you’re looking that good, you want your atmosphere to reflect it.

1 ALLIGATOR SOUL Off the beaten path and a bit hard to find, Alligator Soul is a Savannah gem that’s perfect for a formal night on the town. This sultry eatery is housed in an old grain warehouse and still carries much of the same intrigue and charm. If you’re on a fancy date, you’ll love the intimate dining room and sharable small plates menu prepared by Executive Chef Stephen McLain. 912.232.7899 • alligatorsoul.com

2 39 RUE DE JEAN When you’re dressed to the nines where is the best place to go? Paris. When you don’t have a private jet what’s the next best thing? 39 Rue de Jean. This upscale downtown restaurant allows you to escape to Paris without ever leaving Savannah. An exquisite French menu paired with the best in French wine allows Rue de Jean to provide an elegant setting for every special occasion. 912.721.0595 • holycityhospitality. com/39-rue-de-jean-savannah

3 ELIZABETH’S ON 37TH This elegant restaurant located just south of the Historic District has been Savannah’s upscale date night staple for over 30 years. Savannahians love Elizabeth’s for its sophistication, ambiance and exquisite locally curated menu. Everything on the menu is seasonal and executive chef Kelly Tambor takes care to make full use of the freshest coastal seafood, local produce, and the restaurant’s home grown herbs. For a fancy night out with your special someone, we recommend the chef’s tasting menu if it’s available. It’s $90 a person and includes seven amazing courses of Southern delicacies. 912.236.5547 • elizabethon37th.net 86

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4 UNIQUE SOUTHERN DATE NIGHTS WHETHER YOU’RE ON YOUR FIRST DATE OR YOUR 50TH, IT’S IMPORTANT TO SPICE IT UP AND THINK OUTSIDE OF THE DINNER-AND-A-MOVIE DATE NIGHT BOX. BILLY’S PLACE

A favorite of locals, Billy’s Place is a swanky upstairs piano bar that exudes style and sophistication. Their menu is limited, but that just means everything on it is exquisite. Wine pairings are listed on the menu with each item, so you’ll look like a pro in front of your date. After dinner, get a little wild and head downstairs to McDonough’s, Billy’s Place’s wild Irish cousin. Show off your fun side with their nightly karaoke. Your date will appreciate the classy start of the date and the rowdy ending. 912.231.9049 • billysplacesavannah.com COTTON & RYE

If you’re looking to impress but not overwhelm, take your date to Cotton & Rye. The dining room is bright and unpretentious, but the food is top notch. For a more romantic feeling, ask to sit outside. The patio is perfect for a fall Savannah evening and the café lights will create a romantic glow that’s lost inside. Show your date your adventurous side and order the Fried Duck Livers as an appetizer. Sounds gross, tastes amazing. Finish off the meal by splitting the Peach Cake. It’s a Cotton & Rye original and tastes like heaven. 912.777.6286 • cottonandrye.com

The bar at Local 11ten evokes a certain Southern sophistication only found in Savannah.

SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT CRUISES

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For a uniquely Savannah date night, try a Savannah Riverboat Cruise. There’s nothing more romantic than the views of Savannah’s skyline and River Street at night. You’ll enjoy a delicious dinner prepared by one of the South’s Greatest Chefs, Kevin Nape. We recommend his shrimp and grits; songs have been written about them! After dinner, take your date to the dance floor and enjoy a fun, no-fuss evening together. When your feet get tired, grab two glasses of wine and head to the top deck to enjoy a romantic moment under the moonlight.

Show your sophisticated side by taking your date to Local 11ten. While you’re waiting for your table, head upstairs to The Perch, an outdoor rooftop lounge that is incredible on a fall evening. Order a few cocktails and get to know each other in an intimate but cool setting. Inside, request one of the intimate candlelit tables near the window and order the chef’s tasting menu. You’ll get a four course meal prepared specially by the chef with wine. It’s a great way for you and your date to bond over the food and local flavors set before you. 912.790.9000 •

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EAT WHAT YOU KILL FROM THE FIELD TO THE FORK, WE GET THE KNOW ON WHEN AND WHERE TO ENJOY WILD GAME IN THE SOUTH.

WRITTEN BY MARTY FISCHER If there is one thing consistent about true Southerners, it’s that they often disagree in order to agree. We disagree on what college football team is the best, but can all agree that football in the South is the best in the country. We disagree on whether Savannah or Charleston is the most charming Southern city, but all agree they both exude Southern charm. But

what we don’t disagree on is this: the food in the South is superior to any other region of the country. It can also be said that no region of the country has seen its residents live off the land more than the South. When prepared properly, wild Southern game is delicious and very healthy because the meat is low in

fat and high in protein. On the next page are some of the wild game and bird species that are hunted in the South and some ways to prepare them for the table. One word of caution here. Because wild game is low in fat, it should be no more than medium rare to medium. This will insure that the natural juices remain to keep the meat tender.

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WHITETAIL DEER The whitetail deer is the most hunted of all animal species in America, as more than 10 million hunters across the country, including more than 300,000 in Georgia, venture afield every fall with the idea of putting venison on the table. Because of the wooded and grainfield habitat that whitetails prefer, most hunters position themselves 10-25 feet above ground in a tree stand or tripod stand or on the ground in a blind. Deer can be processed much like beef, but is much healthier. The most popular ways to prepare venison is in stew or chili, grilled tenderloins, hamburger or roasted in the oven.

Most of the hunting for these species takes place on rivers, beaver ponds or improved marshes. The majority of hunters use decoys and calls to entice ducks into shotgun range, but where there is access, jump shooting either by floating in a boat or walking along the water’s shore is popular. Wild duck is relatively dark meat, and many chefs choose to marinate the breasts in an Italian dressing, wrap it in bacon and grill it no more than medium over a relatively hot fire. When prepared this way, the flavor of the meat is very close to that of grilled beef.

WILD BOAR Many states in the South have wild pig population problems. The pigs are for the most part feral, meaning they came from a strain of once domesticated animals that got loose and have learned to live in the wild. Wild pigs are very prolific breeders, so the population numbers are rising sharply throughout the South. Most pigs tend to be nocturnal, especially when they feel pressured. As a result, hunters sit in blinds early in the morning and late in the day in hopes of catching them coming out to feed. Many hunters use night vision and optics, which are legal for wild pig hunting in most states. Wild pork can be cooked just like the meat you might buy from your local grocery store. Keep in mind, however, that the fat content will be somewhat lower than grocery meats. The most popular means of preparing wild pork is grilled ribs and barbecue. The best meat comes from younger animals and not the big boars that are considered trophies.

WILD TURKEY One thing is certain, the wild turkey gobbler bares little resemblance to the Butterball bird you might find in the frozen food section at your local supermarket. This cunning bird is native to America and has been a staple in the diet of those who have inhabited this land for thousands of years. Hunters use woodsmanship, calling and lots of patience when pursuing these big birds. Mother Nature says the gobbler struts and gobbles to attract the hens to him; he isn’t supposed to go to the hen. Therein lies the challenge for hunting these great birds. There is great turkey hunting throughout most of the South, and there are lots of birds, but make no mistake, the turkey usually wins the day and lives to play the ultimate game of outdoor chess one more time. The breast of the wild turkey is by far the best part of the bird for the dining table. Most of the time the breast meat is cut into strips or small squares, soaked overnight in buttermilk and lightly battered, seasoned and deep fried to a golden brown. It is absolutely delicious.

WILD DUCK For generations wild ducks have made their winter migration south in search of food for survival. These days there are more food sources than ever before for the birds due to increased agriculture and proper habitat management. While many hunters covet the mallard duck, the most popular duck species in the Deep South are the greenwing teal and the wood duck. Both of these ducks are beautiful to observe and are quite delicious when properly prepared.

DOVE Dove hunting in the South is often more about a social gathering of friends than it is about a hunt. The mourning dove is a fast flyer and is the most shot at and most missed of all game birds. Doves require two things daily – food and water. As a result if you can find a good dove shoot to participate in when hunting is over a grain field or water source, you’ve got a good chance to bag a few birds. The dove is a small bird and most of time hunters only eat the breast meat, which is not white or dark,

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THE WYLD DOCK BAR hasn't been around for long, but in its few short years this place has per perfected the art of eating what you kill - off the boat. Tony Seichrist is certified to catch, cook, and serve in his Skidaway restaurant. "It so great to be able to serve seafood you just caught to the people who come eat at Wyld. Because I caught it, I knkow it's fresh and

our diners can trust that what they see is what they get," says Seichrist of his menu at The Wyld Dock Bar in Skidaway. To sample some of Seichrist's freshest catches, head to The Wyld.

The Wyld Dock Bar 4740 Livingston Avenue Savannah, GA 31406 912.692.1219 thewylddockbar.com

NOW THAT YOU'VE MADE THE KILL If you are fortunate enough to harvest a deer or wild pig, there are a number of processing operations nearby who can handle the job quickly. Not all processors take the wild pigs, but virtually all of them will process deer into a variety of cuts including roasts, tenderloins, hamburger and a variety of spicy sausages. Here are a few who come highly recommended: WILD BOYS 109 Brabham Street, Ridgeland, SC 843.726.3247 ZOLLER DEER PROCESSING 1123 Indigo Road, Springfield, GA 912.754.9541 HORTON’S DEER PROCESSING 620 Chester Thomas Road, Springfield, GA 912.754.9791 OGEECHEE MEAT MARKET 6021 Ogeechee Road, Savannah, GA 912.961.5223 WISE BROTHERS DEER PROCESSING 326 Bush Road, Savannah, GA 912.920.9455 BUTCHER BLOCK 102 East Highway 80, Pooler, GA 912.748.6060


HUNTING SEASON Each state regulates the time of year for hunting each species. Follow these guidelines to plan your hunting seasons accordingly.

DEER Archery – Sept 10 – Jan 8

WILD BOAR Archery – Sept 10 – Jan 8

Firearms – Oct 22 – Jan 8

Firearms – Oct 22 – Jan 8

but somewhere in the middle. As a result, the dove breast meat can be either battered, seasoned and lightly fried or wrapped in bacon and cooked to medium on a hot grill. Either way, it can be considered an outdoor delicacy. BOBWHITE QUAIL The bobwhite quail has been hunted for generations in the South. It was in the South that wealthy businessmen from the northeast purchased large tracts of land, called them plantations and used them as a winter retreat where wild quail hunting was the featured attraction. Those days are pretty much gone, but the tradition of hunting

WILD DUCK Nov 19 – 27, Dec 10 – Jan 29

quail over pointing dogs lives on today. There are dozens of hunting preserves where virtually anyone who wants to hunt the bobwhite quail may do so. Like many upland flushing birds, the bobwhite quail is an allwhite meat species. The meat is very tasty whether prepared fried, barbequed or smothered in gravy. Wild quail is considered a delicacy on the table by virtually all who hunt them. As you can see, the land here in the South can be very good at providing food for its inhabitants. There are rules and limits imposed on almost all game birds and animals, but the opportunity is there if you want to give it a try. ¬

WILD TURKEY March 25 – May 15

QUAIL Nov 12 – Feb 28

DOVE Sep 3 – 18, Oct 8 – Oct 28 Nove 24 – Jan 13

For more information on Georgia’s Hunting Seasons or state regulations, visit georgiawildlife.com.

HUNTING LODGES If you want to hunt any of these named species, here are a few hunting lodges and preserves that can offer you exciting days afield, delicious meals and terrific overnight lodging in most cases:

BEAVER CREEK HUNTING PRESERVE Twin City, GA beavercreekplantation.com BLACKWATER HUNTING SERVICES Ulmer, SC blackwaterhunting.com BUCK RUN Estill, SC buckrun.com

RED FERN PLANTATION Statesboro, GA redfernplantation.com

RED BLUFF LODGE Allendale, SC redblufflodge.com

ROBERTS SHOOTING PRESERVE Egypt, GA robertsshootingpreserve.com

CYPRESS CREEK HUNTING LODGE Garnett, SC cypresscreekhunting.com

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THE SPANKY’S FAMILY

ANSLEY WILLIAMS, OWNER AND FOUNDER OF SPANKY’S ON RIVER STREET HAS CRACKED THE CODE FOR SUCCESS IN THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY: HE MAKES HIS EMPLOYEES FEEL AT HOME.

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“We actually like coming to work. What a concept!” laughs Miss Gwen, who worked in Spanky’s kitchen for 36 years. She isn’t the only lifer at Spanky’s, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. There are plenty of people from the bar to the kitchen who started as employees and have turned into family. So while Spanky’s celebrates a milestone of 40 years in business, which in itself is an accomplishment these days, the family of workers that calls this place home also celebrate their own anniversaries of the day they decided to join the wacky, crazy team they’ve grown to love. THE SPANKY'S CREW 1

“When I started I was just supposed to bartend for my summer break from Georgia Tech. I had so much fun I never went back to school!” Cleve Williams started as a bartender and worked his way up to General Manager of Spanky’s until his retirement three years ago. “This was a lifetime job for us. The other day I realized I never had to make a resume. This place was my only job, and it was fun until the day I retired. That’s all you can really ask for in life.”

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CLEVE WILLIAMS General Manager Worked at Spanky’s 37 years

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CHRISTINA NORMAN Live Oak Restaurant Group CFO Worked at Spanky’s since 1980 “I was the baby duckling when I started, now I’m everybody’s grandmamma!” laughs Christina Norman who worked her way up from waitress to CEO over her 36 year career at Spanky’s. “The people here are my other family. Sharon, Ansley’s wife, trained me and became my best friend. We’ve been together through it all and I wouldn’t have it any other way.” When asked about what the 40th anniversary means to such a tight-knit team Norman said, “It’s a whole new chapter for us. It’s amazing to look back at everything that has happened, everything that’s evolved. And I got to be there to see it all. What a blessing.”


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FREDDIE THOMAS Bartender since 1978 “I started selling Schlitz beer to restaurants,” laughs Freddie Thomas, a jovial man who recalls hours of laughs behind the bar at Spanky’s. “I was hired as a bartender, learned the ropes, and been back there ever since.” Thomas raves about the family atmosphere Spanky’s has and the good people that have been a part of the story for years. “We’ve become a family, and the stories I could tell you would get me in trouble, but man do we have some stories!”

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CHERYL KIEFT Bartender Worked at Spanky’s since 1994 “I started as a hostess then Joy took me under her wing. She taught me everything she knew about being a waitress,” remembers Cheryl Kieft. “At the time there weren’t many female bartenders, but Freddie had confidence in me and put me behind the bar on St. Patrick’s Day! Talk about throwing me to the sharks, but it’s really the only way to learn. I learned quick and had a blast. We still have fun back there!”

JOY BISHOP Waitress since 1986 “I had never waited tables in my life before I came here,” remembers Bishop. “I’ve stayed so long because these people are my family. We’ve grown together over the years. We laugh, we cry, all the big stuff, we’ve gone through together.” It’s touching how Bishop smiles at the coworkers who have turned into family. You can tell she has a passion for the people and place she has called home for 30 years. “I’ll stay as long as Ansley lets me!” she jokes. We have a feeling that will be a very long time.

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GWEN HICKS “MAMA SPANKYS” In the kitchen since 1985 “I started in the kitchen. That’s my baby,” laughs Gwen Hicks, who is also known as “Miss Gwen” or “Mama Spanky’s” to the entire Spanky’s family who has loved her laugh and humor for the last 36 years. “I was a salad chopper then a fry cook and not long after that became manager. It’s important to work beside people not over them. It makes them love their job and, in turn, do a better job.” After years behind the scenes making Spanky’s beloved chicken finger (“I may not have invented it but I surely mastered it!”), Miss Gwen has officially retired, but that doesn’t mean she’s slowed down. “I’ll never really leave. It’s more than a job; this place and these people are my family. They’ve officially adopted me now!”

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Ordinary Pub’s Lowcountry Mac ‘N’ Cheese combines two Southern favorites into one hearty dish.

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PUB FARE

FIVE SAVANNAH PUBS THAT ARE UPPING THEIR FOOD GAME. A pub’s kitchen used to be limited to a deep fryer and a microwave. Their menus didn’t go much further than fried chicken wings and limp French fries. Now that a wave of foodie revolutionists have been popping open their pups throughout the city, pub fare has become a bit more highbrow. These local pubs have said goodbye to the tasteless plate of fried goods that used to accompany a big name beer, and hello to local craft beers paired with gourmet dishes prepared by seasoned chefs who take their trade very seriously. Pub fare is now something to be proud of, and these Savannah pubs are doing it right. BY KELLY HEITZ • PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL HRIZUK, LUKE SMITH, KATE BLOHM

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THE ORDINARY PUB LOCATED IN A BASEMENT along bustling Broughton Street, The Ordinary Pub has quietly marched into town and revolutionized the pub market. The atmosphere is cool and extremely well thought out. Everything is intentional from the exposed brick and stained glass windows to the wooden tap wall and the incredible menu. “We wanted to create a classic pub menu, but with a modern twist. There’s no reason the food you pair with your beer can’t be delicious,” says executive chef Zach Starr. Enjoy your pairing after work at their happy hour, which is seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. or late into the night; their full menu is served until 12 p.m. 217 1/2 West Broughotn Street | Savannah, GA 31401 912.238.5130 | theordinarypub.com

Molly’s Scottish Pub is the perfect combination of Scottish heritage and Savannah lifestyle.

MOLLY MCPHERSON'S IF YOU WANT TO ENJOY Savannah’s take on the classic pub, head into Molly MacPherson’s for a truly Scottish experience. Get the Scottish meatloaf for a twist on your mama’s classic dish. After trying it you’ll swear it’s better than any you’ve tasted. You also are required to try some Scotch before you leave here. Molly MacPherson’s has the largest selection of Single Malt Scotch Whisky on the East Coast.

311 West Congress Street | Savannah, GA 31401 912.239.9600 | macphersonspub.com

Dub’s pioneered upscale pub food in this city with unique burgers and mason jar salads.

DUB’S, A PUBLIC HOUSE WHEN YOU MAKE “ELEVATED PUB FARE” your calling card, you have to deliver with a menu full of unique flavors. Dub’s does just that. Stationed smack in the middle of River Street, Dub’s convenience might have lent itself to the quick and greasy pub food you were previously used to, but instead they deliver a menu full of fresh ingredients and interesting combinations. For instance, the Dub’s burger is topped with bacon, spicy ketchup, fresh sliced jalapenos and gooey jalapeno beer cheese. Not convinced yet, be sure to order the side of cheddar grits. Your welcome. 225 West River Street | Savannah, GA

31401 | 912.200.3652 | dubspubriverstreet.com

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Six Pence Pub may be quaint, but the flavors pack a real punch. Don't miss their famous Bangers & Mash!

SIXPENCE PUB MORE THAN JUST A FILMING LOCATION for one of Julia Roberts’ most famous movies (Something to Talk About), Six Pence Pub is a neighborhood favorite among local pub hounds. Being that it’s the closest thing to an authentic British Pub this side of the Atlantic, Six Pence has perfected the classic pub menu. We recommend sticking with the theme and ordering a Shepherd’s Pie. If you’ve never had one

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before this is the best place to get one, unless of course you want to hop on a plane to London. Pair it with a Guinness Stout and prepare to be stuffed full. While you’re digesting, take in the atmosphere and imagine you’ve been transported to another world, because that’s really what Six Pence is. 245 Bull Street | Savannah, GA 31401 |

912.233.3151 | sixpencepub.com


80 East is an anomoly on Tybee, which is why we love it. Try their pub tacos for an intersting treat.

80 EAST GASTROPUB IN AN UNASSUMING BUILDING connected to a gas station is a gastropub that is changing what pub fare means to Tybee Island. You’ll swear you’ve left the beach and entered a completely new world. With TVs on every wall, hundreds of beers on tap, and a menu that will blow you out of the water (literally), 80 East Gastropub is Tybee’s answered pub prayer. We always start with the Lobster and Shrimp Fondue; one dip and you’ll know why. From there we recommend either the Fried Chicken N Sweet Potato Waffles or the Buffalo Mac N Cheese; both very different flavors, but equally thrilling. Have your server recommend a good beer pairing; they’re very knowledgeable about the local craft beer scene. 725B First Street | Tybee

Island, GA 31328 | 912.786.4782 | 80eastgastropub.com

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CLAYTON ROLLISON LUCKY ROOSTER KITCHEN + BAR HILTON HEAD, SC LUCKYROOSTERHHI.COM

"WE GET OUR SOUTHERN SOUL FROM SERVING THE FRESHEST INGREDIENTS SOURCED FROM LOCAL AND REGIONAL FARMS, PURVEYORS, AND OUR LOCAL WATERS. REVOLUTIONIZING SOUTHERN FOOD IS ABOUT USING WHAT IS IN SEASON AND CHANGING IT UP BASED ON WHAT'S AVAILABLE. I TAKE INSPIRATION FROM MY SURROUNDINGS, BUT ALSO MY STAFF. WE'VE GOT A GREAT ARRAY OF PEOPLE FROM EVERY BACKGROUND THAT BRING SO MUCH TO THE TABLE."

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JESSE RICE BACKWOODS CROSSING TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA FACEBOOK.COM/ BACKWOODSCROSSING

“BEING RAISED IN THE TRUE SOUTH, MOST OF US ARE USED TO OUR PARENTS HAVING A GARDEN OF SOME SIZE IN THE BACK YARD. I’M BRINGING THAT SUPER FRESH TASTE BACK TO THE TABLE WITH A GARDEN GROWING AT BACKWOODS CROSSING FED BY ANY ORGANIC MATERIAL LEFT OVER FROM MY RESTAURANTS TO CREATE A SUPERRICH COMPOST. MOMMA’S PROUD!”

ZACH STARR THE ORDINARY PUB SAVANNAH, GEORGIA THEORDINARYPUB.COM

"AT ORDINARY PUB WE TAKE PRIDE IN THE METICULOUSLY DETAILS THAT GO INTO EVERY DISH. WE'VE COMBINED CLASSIC PUB FARE WITH SOUTHERN CUISINE THAT WILL SERIOUSLY BLOW PEOPLE'S MINDS. THAT'S WHAT THE FOOD REVOLUTION IS ABOUT. PUTTING YOUR SPIN ON THE CLASSICS SO IT IS MORE ACCESSIBLE TO EVERYONE."

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RYAN GOREAU FIFTH AND THOMAS KITCHEN AND MUSIC HOUSE TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA FIFTHANDTHOMAS.COM

“SOUTHERN FOOD OVER THE YEARS HAS BECOME MUCH MORE DESIRABLE TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC BECAUSE THE OLD CLASSIC "STICK TO YOUR RIBS" SOUTHERN FOOD HAS BECOME MUCH MORE REFINED AND DELICATE WITH THE INFLUENCE OF FINE DINING THAT HAS TAKEN OVER THE WORLD. I DO WHATEVER I CAN TO CONTRIBUTE TO THIS FOOD REVOLUTION. I VISIT LOCAL FARMS AND VOLUNTEER MY TIME, SUPPORTING THE LOCAL FARMS BY USING ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING AVAILABLE TO ME THAT IS SOURCED LOCALLY. I FEEL AS THOUGH I DO A REALLY GOOD JOB TRANSFORMING SOUTHERN CLASSICS INTO A MORE DESIRABLE CUISINE BY LIGHTENING UP THE DISH, REPRESENTING THE INGREDIENTS FROM MY REGION OF THE SOUTH, PUTTING MY MORE "HIGH END" PERSPECTIVE OR INTERPRETATION ON THE DISH, AND BY LETTING THESE AWESOME SOUTHERN INGREDIENTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES. ALL OF THESE FRESH INGREDIENTS ARE SO DELICIOUS, SO WHY WOULD WE COMPENSATE THEIR INTEGRITY BY OVER COOKING THEM?”

MATTHEW COBURN CYPRESS RESTAURANT TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA CYPRESSRESTAURANT.COM

“SOUTHERN FOOD HAS GROWN IN POPULARITY OVER THE YEARS, WITH AN EMPHASIS ON FARM TO TABLE COOKING AND PRESERVATION. IT HAS COME FULL CIRCLE FROM PEOPLE ONLY COOKING WHAT THEY COULD GROW ON THEIR OWN LAND TO THE MORE ECLECTIC SOUTHERN FINE DINING SCENE WE SEE TODAY. SOUTHERN FOOD ISN'T JUST FRIED CHICKEN, GRITS, GREENS, AND GRAVY. IT IS A RESPECT FOR THE FOOD THAT GROWS AROUND US AND THE ANIMALS RAISED AROUND US. SOUTHERN FARMERS SHOW THE LAND AND ANIMALS RESPECT BY GROWING AND RAISING FOOD SUSTAINABLY AND I ATTEMPT TO SHOW THAT SAME RESPECT BY WORKING WITH THE FARMERS DIRECTLY AND SERVING THEIR PRODUCTS AT CYPRESS. I THINK MORE PEOPLE ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE BECOMING AWARE OF THIS FARM TO TABLE MOVEMENT WITH WELL-RESPECTED CHEFS BRINGING IT TO LIGHT AND MAKING IT MORE EASILY ACCESSIBLE TO THEIR RESTAURANTS. MOST OF THE FOOD I COOK IS GROWN OR RAISED WITHIN A 50-MILE RADIUS. KNOWING MY FARMERS PERSONALLY CONTRIBUTES TO MY PASSION FOR THE FOOD I AM COOKING AND MY AWARENESS OF THE PLATES I AM SETTING BEFORE GUESTS IN MY RESTAURANT. “

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MICHAEL WRIGHT NATALIA’S MACON, GEORGIA NATALIAS.NET

“I THINK MAINLY SOUTHERN FOOD HAS BECOME MORE REFINED. WHEN I MOVED TO THE SOUTH FROM MICHIGAN IN ’98 SOUTHERN FOOD WAS ALWAYS YOUR TYPICAL MEAT AND THREE. NOW WE ARE SEEING CHEFS USE TYPICAL SOUTHERN INGREDIENTS WITH NEW, MORE REFINED TECHNIQUES OR USING YOUR TYPICAL SOUTHERN TECHNIQUES WITH NEW INGREDIENTS. AFTER A FIVE YEAR STINT IN SOUTH FLORIDA, WHICH I DO NOT CONSIDER PART OF THE SOUTH, I MOVED BACK TO MACON. AS A CHEF YOU ARE ALWAYS SOMEWHAT RESTRICTED IN WHAT YOU CAN DO BY THE TYPE OF RESTAURANT YOU WORK IN. SINCE BEING BACK IN MACON, I HAVE DONE SOUTHERN FINE DINING, CASUAL EUROPEAN BISTRO, MONGOLIAN BARBECUE, GASTROPUB AND CURRENTLY ITALIAN FOOD. I TRY TO TAKE THE KNOWLEDGE I’VE GAINED WORKING IN ATLANTA, BOCA RATON AND OTHER MAJOR MARKETS AND BRING THAT TO MACON. IT’S VERY NICE BEING IN A SMALLER CITY THAT IS EXPERIENCING GREAT CULINARY GROWTH RIGHT NOW. I’VE BEEN ABLE TO COME IN AT THE BEGINNING AND HOPEFULLY PAVE THE WAY FOR THE FUTURE CHEFS OF MACON. ALSO MAKING SURE TO SOURCE AS MUCH LOCAL QUALITY INGREDIENTS AS POSSIBLE. BY USING LOCAL FARMERS WE ARE ABLE TO PROVIDE FRESHER FOOD AND GIVE BACK TO THE COMMUNITY.”

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CRYSTAL HOANG CORNER CAFÉ AND BUCKHEAD BREAD CO. ATLANTA, GEORGIA BUCKHEADRESTAURANTS.COM

“GROWING UP IN SAVANNAH PLAYED A LARGE ROLE IN MY DECISION TO BECOME A CHEF. SOME OF MY EARLIEST MEMORIES IN A KITCHEN WERE AT MY GREAT AUNT'S HOUSE HELPING HER COOK. IT WAS ALWAYS HEARTY, FILLING MEALS; CHICKEN FRIED STEAKS, GRAVIES, MASHED POTATOES, CASSEROLES, AND A LOT OF COOKIES. SHE CALLED IT 'STICK TO YOUR RIBS' FOOD. IT WAS ONLY WHEN I MOVED TO ATLANTA THAT I NOTICED A SHIFT IN THE MENTALITY OF COOKING IN THE SOUTH. NOWADAYS PEOPLE ARE MORE HEALTH CONSCIOUS AND THERE ARE WONDERFUL SUBSTITUTIONS FOR FATTY OR UNHEALTHY FARE AT OUR FINGERTIPS. MY PART IN THIS IS TO PAY HOMAGE TO INSPIRATIONAL SOUTHERN CHEFS IN MY LIFE BY TAKING WHAT THEY TAUGHT ME AND APPLYING IT TO TODAY'S TECH-ADVANCED KITCHENS. WHETHER IT'S SOUS VIDE CHICKEN BEFORE IT IS FRIED OR CREATING A CHICKPEA FOAM, WE HAVE NEW TOYS AND GADGETS THAT WEREN'T AROUND BEFORE; HOW EXCITING IS THAT? ALSO, IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE SUPPORT OUR LOCAL FARMERS, GROWERS, AND MARKETS. KEEPING THESE PLACES ALIVE IS KEY TO PUSHING US FORWARD WITH QUALITY INGREDIENTS TO BE INNOVATIVE WITH.”

KEVIN NAPE SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT SAVANNAH, GEORGIA SAVANNAHRIVERBOAT.COM

“IN THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS SOUTHERN FOOD HAS GONE BACK TO THE TRUE BASICS - WITH A TWIST. I’M CONTRIBUTING TO THIS SOUTHERN FOOD REVOLUTION BY USING TRUE AND LOCAL INGREDIENTS IN TIMELESS SOUTHERN RECIPES WITH FLARE. IT’S COMFORT FOOD; GOING BACK TO YOUR ROOTS WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD AND YOUR FAMILY COOKING YOUR FAVORITES WILL ALWAYS MAKE YOU FEEL BETTER. SOUTHERN FOOD IS ABOUT REMEMBERING THE GOOD TIMES.”

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GREG SILVER A.LURE SAVANNAH, GEORGIA ALURESAVANNAH.COM

“I FEEL THAT THE SOUTHERN FOOD HAS RECENTLY BECAME ONE OF THE MOST LOVED AMERICAN CUISINES. CHEFS ARE RECREATING THE FLAVORS AND DISHES ACROSS THE UNITED STATES AND GUESTS ARE EATING IT UP. I HAVE BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO WORK WITH SOME GREAT PEOPLE IN THE SOUTHERN FOOD SCENE SUCH AS THE BRENNAN FAMILY FROM NEW ORLEANS AND LOUIS OSTEEN FROM CHARLESTON. I USE MY EDUCATION THROUGH THEM TO TRY KEEP PUSHING FORWARD WITH MY FOOD. I WAS 16 WHEN I PICKED UP MY FIRST KNIFE IN A PROFESSIONAL KITCHEN. I WAS ACTUALLY A FAST LEARNER AND ENJOYED TRYING NEW THINGS I HAD NEVER TRIED BEFORE. I FOUND OUT I WAS ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD AT IT AND COULD HANG WITH THE VETERANS. I LOVED TO COME IN EVERYDAY AND LEARN NEW THINGS. BUT THE BEST WAS HOW I FELT WHEN I WOULD LEAVE AFTER A BUSY NIGHT; TO KNOW YOU DID WHAT SEEMED TO BE IMPOSSIBLE AT THE TIME GAVE ME SENSE OF PRIDE AND MADE ME FEEL UNSTOPPABLE.”

BRIDGETTE FRAZIER` GULLAH FRIED SWEET BLUFFTON, SOUTH CAROLINA

“SOUTHERN FOOD HAS BECOME MORE RESPECTED AND REVERED. IT HAS GONE FROM THE SIMPLISTIC NATURE OF GOOD OLE' BACKYARD BARBECUE AND ALL THINGS FRIED, TO NOW A FUSION OF MULTIPLE CULTURES WITH THE UTILIZATION OF LOCALLY GROWN PRODUCE, SEAFOOD, YOU NAME IT. I’M CONTRIBUTING TO THE SOUTHERN FOOD REVOLUTION BY EXPANDING THE PALATE OF ALL THINGS GULLAH. GULLAH CUISINE IS EXOTIC TO SOME BUT OFTEN OMITTED BY OTHERS WHEN THEY THINK OF SOUTHERN FOOD. I MAKE TRADITIONAL GULLAH DISHES, BUT I ALSO SPIN SOME OF THEM IN A WAY THAT INTRODUCES THEM TO THIS EVER EVOLVING CULTURE.”

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A mouthwatering Pork Porterhouse with purple mash potatoes and cherry peppers.

The Chef’s Peach Cronut combines a Northern favorite with Southern flavors.

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THE NEW CHEF AT ANDAZ SAVANNAH’S 22 SQUARE TELLS US WHAT IT TRULY MEANS TO BE HOMEMADE. BY KELLY HEITZ

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Chef John Maffei is welcomed with open arms to 22 Square at the Andaz Savannah.


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Not new to town but new to tapas, Jazz’d new chef brings a worldly flair to one of Savannah’s favorites.

hen you’re in the kitchen, it’s so important to keep it simple. Don’t overdo it,” says Chef John Maffei, the new head chef at Andaz Savannah. “Keep it simple” has become somewhat of a motto for the chef who hails from Brooklyn. Before making his way down South, Maffei was the culinary director at Bartaco, where he set Spanish tapas-style menus for the emerging chain. His travels with the company brought him as far South as Atlanta, where he quickly fell in love with the foodie scene. “Atlanta is a great foodie city. It has a fun nightlife and access to every kind of food you could possibly want.” From there, his good friend and Hyatt Corporate Chef Maximo Lopez reached out about the job as Head Chef at Andaz here in Savannah. Maffei had previously helped open and cultivate the menu for Andaz in New York, so Savannah seemed like a fun and exciting challenge. “I love the Andaz because we get to change the menu everyday. We experiment constantly. We leave items people love, take away stuff that doesn’t work out. Plus we can create a rotating menu using delicious ingredients that are actually in season,” notes Maffei. More than just using seasonal ingredients, Maffei and his team are meticulous about making everything themselves. Maffei learned this trait at the hand of his mother. “My mother was a butcher, so I learned so much from watching and helping her.” Maffei notes. Maffei butchers all his own meats, in house, and is careful not to waste even a single morsel of the animal. “Everything on the menu is cross-utilized, so nothing is being thrown away. My meatballs are made from unused portions from another dish. Using everything

is how they used to do it. Nothing needs to go to waste when you use simple, fresh ingredients.” Because he is originally from Italy, food is culture to him; he is passionate about making good food the right way. “Food is food. It doesn’t need to be dressed up and pranced around to be delicious. Any chef worth his salt knows that if you keep everything simple and authentic, whatever is on the plate will be amazing.” Food may just be food, but moving down South after spending a lifetime in The Big Apple has come as quite a culture shock to Maffei. “One thing that has been so weird to get used to is getting around,” laughs Maffei. “I never needed a car in New York, but I quickly learned I’d be stranded without one down here.” Maffei is also learning about the variety of flavors available down South compared to New York. “I think because there is such a huge Italian culture in New York that really good Italian food is more plentiful. Down here you have to hunt for it.” Not anymore. Maffei is incorporating his authentic Italian training into the menu at 22 Square. His famous spaghetti is made completely in house. Yes, he’s stringing noodles up everywhere in order to put authenticity on your plate. Maffei is also excited to introduce Savannah to real Italian pizza. “I’m actually a certified master pizza maker,” adds Maffei. “I make everything from scratch from the dough and the sauce to the mozzarella cheese. Good pizza is all about good ingredients and when you make them all yourself, you can guarantee their goodness.” His goodness comes not only from growing up around good food, but also being immersed in many different cultures and flavors during his youth in Brooklyn. “You get bits and pieces of different cultures down here, but never the whole story. I’m bringing the whole story back to the table.” ¬

A TEAM EFFORT with Chef Maffei

THE GOLDEN RULES TO ACHIEVING PERFECT TAPAS with Eric Golden

Eric Golden, the new executive chef of Jazz'd Tapas Bar, gives us the keys to executing a perfect tapas menu. 1. CREATIVE PASSION

Golden moved to Savannah initially as the Executive Chef for Co (formerly the Chef De Cuisine of Seasonal Services at Sea Islands Resorts). There he was able to flourish in Asian fare, but corporate restaurant restrictions inhibited him from following his creative passion for taking something classic and adding his own instinctive spin. 2. WELL-TRAVELED CULINARY JOURNEY

Golden has been in the professional cooking scene for 17 years with influences gathered from Korea, Hawaii, France, and the Pacific Coast. His first kitchen manager position was in Waikiki, Ohau for Duke's one of the businest restaurants in the world.

3. THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SOCIAL SHARING

Each tapas dish that he designs is centered around the act of sharing. His dishes are approachable for both one-on-one dates or large party groups. 4. PICTURESQUE VIEWS

Creating beautifully crafted dishes appeases both the mouth and eye. This has always defined the dishes at Jazz'd and makes him a perfect fit. 5. VALUED CULINARY EXPERIENCE

There is conscious thought behind every ingredient and behind where it is sourced, which goes into play when creating a tapas dish. Jazz'd Tapas Bar is the original authority in Savannah's underground nightlife scene. Located on the fringe of Ellis Square, Savannah's “newest” old square directly across from Goose Feathers.

52 Barnard St, Savannah, GA • 912.236.7777 • jazzdtapasbar.com

Chef Maffei is quick to point out that nothing in his kitchen is a one-man show. Kelly Fenner, who has been the Sous Chef at 22 Square since before Maffei arrived has been helping the new chef learn the ropes of the kitchen, the hotel, and the Southern way of life. “We really

do have a team atmosphere,” notes Fenner. “Because of that it takes a while to get on the same page, but we get the opportunity to learn from each other. Our team is learning Chef Maffei’s techniques and he is learning our processes. It’s a fun atmosphere to be a part of.”

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YOU MIGHT BE SHOCKED TO KNOW THE MAN WHO UNDERSTANDS AND PROMOTES SOUTHERN CUISINE AND CULTURE ON A NATIONAL LEVEL IS ACTUALLY CANADIAN, BUT HUGH ACHESON HAS BECOME A STUDENT OF OUR FOOD, OUR PASSION, AND OUR SOUTHERN FOOD REVOLUTION.

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am eager to sit down with Hugh Acheson for a couple of reasons. For one, I am in fact, interviewing my boss, which normally might be a point of contention for some writers, but in this instance serves as an opportunity to explore the food philosophy I have indoctrinated myself in for the past few months. I work at The Florence, Acheson’s fourth and latest restaurant, nestled quietly in an old ice factory on the edges of the Starland District, and I can proudly say it has been one of the best work environments I’ve ever experienced. My own personal intentions aside, Acheson has intrigued those who have a vested interest in Southern food ever since he jumped on to the scene in 2000, opening his first restaurant Five & Ten in Athens, Ga. Since then Acheson has plowed full steam ahead, putting his hands in numerous ventures and opening three more restaurants in the process. What could possibly tempt a native Canadian chef to trek all the way down to Georgia? I quickly find out that Acheson is not only a chef but also a historian, studying our detailed food past and helping to dispel the notion that Southern food is just fried chicken and mac and cheese. He uses this knowledge to inform his cooking of course, but to also revolutionize our children's food consciousness in the classroom, starting a new and invigorated home-economics program in Athens called Seed Life Skills. As evidenced below, Acheson has a fierce conviction for the evolution of Southern food and its future not only in Georgia, but also throughout the country. His honesty and hard work translates through his food and resonates with the people who surround him, creating a ripple effect that is sure to leave an indelible mark on the elevation of Southern food culture for years to come.

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HUGH: Savannah has the same issues that Athens does, you know, we have to make the schools better down there. Seed Life Skills is an active curriculum in sixth grade, but it’s growing to grades seven and eight next year. As soon as that happens then it will be a curriculum I can move anywhere. I am very interested in talking to the Chatham County school system about getting it into grade six as early as next year. We just have to start that conversation. The good thing about the curriculum is that it uses existing classrooms, existing teachers, and it is a free curriculum. EMMA: Do you think that it’s one of the more important things you’re doing in ter s of public policy HUGH: I was raised to be a progressive person and I am very quite left leaning, even though I’m thoroughly a capitalist. I believe that the betterment of society comes with the betterment and empowerment of the next generation. Home Economics or Family and Consumer Sciences, as they later named it, just wasn’t keeping up with the times, but if we look at life skills in a different way, as pure retainable knowledge for kids to learn, then it becomes more effective. If I teach a 12 year old how to poach an egg over a week long period, damn straight a kid who’s paying attention is going to retain that so that when they reach 20, they now have a way to feed themselves and their family. The reality is most of these kids are subsisting on fast and cheap food, and that is what we want to change.

EMMA IOCOVOZZI: Was there anyone from your childhood that you would consider a culinary in uence HUGH ACHESON: Not really, I started working in a restaurant when I was 15 years old and needed a job. I was pretty much raised by a single father who was a professor and an economist and his hard work was definitely an influence, but not in a culinary way. We had a cottage north of Toronto though, and there I started to understand the purity of food, the changing of the seasons, and how things like corn and tomatoes were palpable things that you waited for. EMMA: Growing up in Savannah, I’ve seen a lot of great restaurants come and go, hat ade you choose this city as the location of your latest restaurant HUGH: I think Savannah is an amazing container of culture and interesting things going on, with amazingly beautiful architecture and an amazing artistic community, and it’s learning the same way all of America is learning about food everyday. I’m learning more and more about food every day. What I want to do is serve good food and serve it to people who want to be there and appreciate what we’re doing as much as we appreciate them. With Savannah especially, I love that little underbelly of something interesting and macabre. I love the ghost tours, I love the squares, and I love the patina and the military presence. I love the fact that from block to block you see everything from subsidized housing, to million dollar homes. That to me shows a true cross section of society. EMMA: I think Seed Life Skills is one of my favorite things that you’re working on right now, would you ever consider bringing that to Savannah

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Meticulous attention to detail is Hugh Acheson's calling card, but when your passion for food is so great, you enjoy the little details.


Hugh Acheson at home at his latest restaurant, The Florence, in Savannah.

EMMA: Does your Canadian heritage give you unique perspective on this region, its deep history, and its food HUGH: This always rubs people the wrong way, but I think that I have a good perspective on how to look for things from the outside. The vast depth and interesting aspects of Southern food allows me to find an endless topic to immerse myself in and a topic I think I will never tire of. It is also the food of the community, of the place I have chosen to live my adult life, and the fact that I was born in Canada, you know, that doesn’t necessarily matter because of my understanding and positive advocacy of Southern food.

how to properly cook grits from scratch. I’m not telling people not to go to Popeye’s, because I love Popeye’s, I’m just saying there is beauty to cooking true Southern food based on what’s available at the market and in season. EMMA: here do you like to eat in Savannah other than The Florence HUGH: I love the Grey. I love that little seafood place out in Thunderbolt called Desposito’s. Mrs. Wilkes always hits the spot. I love having a drink at The Original, and B’s Crackling BBQ is amongst the best barbecue in the South. All of these places have an intrinsic permanence in the community that make Savannah super special and a unique place to be.

EMMA: Right. Have you gotten a lot of push back fro purists HUGH: The whole argument that “you weren’t born here, therefore you shouldn’t be an expert on Southern food.” I’m not sure if you’d want to say that to the Gullah slaves who brought Southern food here from West Africa. To me, it comes down to who has a better understanding of where Southern food comes from. I’ve got a pretty good understanding of that and I’m happy to go toe to toe with anyone on it! EMMA: hat can e as Southerners do to elevate our food consciousness HUGH: I think Southerners are extraordinarily food conscious. Food means a lot to them and it’s probably one of the regional areas of the U.S. where food is more important than anywhere else, because it’s really what brought us together over the years. I think we need to finally define our vision of Southern food and it needs to be more of a celebration of vegetables than lard, and more of a celebration of the agrarian beauty that surrounds us than, say, fatback. I think those things exist, but we have to remember that Southerners 200 years ago ate very small amounts of meat because it was so expensive compared to the ability to grow collards in your own backyard. I think we need to regale seasonality more than ever before and we need to be more supportive of our local agrarian economy systems and small farms. It has always been a very thrifty cuisine, so it revered simplicity, but it also reveres technique. Simple food is the most difficult to cook in a lot of ways, so I think the legacy of the future of our Southern food is, for instance, knowing

Hugh Acheson represented Athens and the entire state of Georgia well when he competed on Bravo's Top Chef Masters Season three. The network and the fans loved him so much, they asked him to return as a judge.

Acheson is also the author of the James Beard Foundation Award Winning Cookbook A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen, Pick a Pickle: 50 Recipes for Pickles, Relishes, and Fermented Snacks, and The Broad Fork: Recipes for the Wide World of Vegetables and Fruits. To learn more about Acheson's work and successes, visit hughacheson.com.


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NOTHING IS SWEETER THAN DESSERTS DOWN SOUTH. OUR DINESOUTH CHEFS HAVE PREPARED THEIR BEST SWEET TREATS FOR YOUR VIEWING (AND TASTING) PLEASURE.

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01 Churros & Hot Chocolate at Tequila's Town

02 Strawberry Shortcake at a.Lure

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COHEN'S RETREAT, RED VELVET BROWNIE

TEQUILA'S TOWN may be upscale Mexican, but they do classic churros better than anyone else in town. The warm dough that's covered in cinnamon sugar just melts in your mouth at the first bite. Dip them in hot chocolate for a fall treat that's both original and classic at the same time. 912.236.3222 • tequilastown.com

IF YOU LOVE THE CLASSIC Southern flavor of the red velvet cake, you'll die over the Red Velvet Brownie at Cohen's Retreat. You'll be glad you've got a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the side to balance the richness of the brownie. After trying this sweet masterpiece you'll never go back to regular red velvet cake again. 912.233.2111 • aluresavannah.com

IT'S NOT YOUR TYPICAL strawberry shortcake, but that's what makes it oh so good. This house made shortcake is topped with a mouth watering strawberry-mint coulis, fresh Southern strawberries and a vanilla bean whipped cream that is twice as decadant and ten times as delicious as regular cream. 912.355.3336 • cohensretreat.com

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04 COTTON & RYE, CHEF BRANDON WHITESTONE CANDY BARS GIVE YOURSELF a sweet treat that is nothing like you've ever tasted on the shelves of your local supermarket. The candy bar dessert at Cotton & Rye features shortbread, caramel, and milk chocolate candy bars made in house and served with whipped creme fraiche. 912.777.6286 • cottonandrye.com

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LOCAL 11TEN, CHEF CAROL LANSER, CHARLESTON ICE CREAM CONE

A Unique blend of flavors, this chocolate summer trifle from The Public Kitchen and Bar is made with orage pound cake, chantilly, decadant chocolate mousse and topped with fresh summer berries. It's a sweet cold treat that will cool you off into Savannah's hot fall months. 912.200.4045 • thepublickitchen.com

Local 11ten's pastry chef takes the time to create a seasonal dessert menu that uses locally curated ingredients. The Charleston Ice Cream Cone features two scoops of Charleston gold rice ice cream on a bed of mediera raisons and puffed rice and topped with a classic cone and sea salt caramel. It pairs perfectly with one of their sweet cocktails for a dessert fit for grownups. 912.790.9000 • local11ten.com

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CRONUTS ARE becoming Southern! While Northern cronuts are boring handhelds that can be recreated at any corner market, 22 Square's original peach cronuts are filled with the most amazing peach filling made with local peaches and topped with Southern pecans. It's what we like to call making it better with Southern touches. 912.233.2116

Jalapenos has turned your favorite Mexican entre into a delectable dessert. Their Chimi Cheesecake starts with a creamy cheesecake filling that gets wrapped in a flour tortilla and is then deep fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar and drizzled with caramel syrup. Mmmmm. You'll also get a scoop of ice cream on the side. 912.356.1800• jalapenosinc.com

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07 Chimi Cheesecake at Jalapeños Mexican Grill

08 Charleston Ice Cream Cone at Local 11ten

06 Chocolate Summer Trifle at The Public Kitchen & Bar

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09 Vacherin at 39 Rue de Jean

11 Banana Beignets at Alligator Soul

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10 White Chocolate Corn Bread at Five Oaks Taproom

12 Three layer Chocolate Cake at Billy's Place


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ALLIGATOR SOUL, CHEF STEPHEN MCLAIN BANANA BEIGNETS

FRENCH FOR COW'S MILK, Vacherin is a delicate dessert that can only be found at 39 Rue de Jean. The chef takes a hearty portion of Leopold's French Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and tops it with raspberry sorbet and meringue and sprinkled with toasted almonds. 912.721.0595 • holycityhospitality.com

WE LOVE WHEN LOCAL CHEFS take classic Southern dishes and turn them into something incredible and unique. We love our go-to favorites, but when you take them to new levels we are immediently impressed. The Banana Beignets at Alligator Soul fit this bill. The tempura fried fresh banana beignets are topped with cinnamon wonton crisps, candied pecans, and caramel and served with a scoop of Southern Swiss Dairy Organic Vanilla Ice Cream. 912.232.7899 • alligatorsoul.com

10 FIVE OAKS TAPROOM, CHEF LUIGI MONROID, WHITE CHOCOLATE CORN BREAD YOU MAY BE ASKING YOURSELF who would think of mixing the sweet richness of white chocolate with a classic Southern cornbread, but it's just those kind of unique concoctions that you'll find at Five Oaks Tap Room. At the same time savory and sweet, this cornbread is way better than your mama's. We promise. 912.236.4440 • fiveoakstaproom.com

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12 BILLY'S PLACE, THREE LAYER CHOCOLATE CAKE THIS IS CHOCOLATE CAKE like you've never tasted before. Billy's Place's three layer chocolate cake is a rich and moist perfection of a cake slice with layers of creamy chocolate icing and served with a scoop of vanilla gelato. We recommend ordering a mil-based cocktail to balance the rich flavors of the chocolate. 912.231.9049 • billysplacesavannah.com

13 TAILGATE BAR & GRILL, CINNAMON PRETZEL BITES TAILGATE BAR & GRILL has taken a classic pub appetizer and turned it into a dessert. These Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites come stacked for sharing and are drizzled with the most deliciously sweet icing you've ever tried. They're a serious crowd pleaser. 912.921.2269 • facebook.com/TailgateSavannah

14 FLYING FISH BAR & GRILL, THE FLYING FISH WHO SAYS YOU can't have drinks for dessert? With the party-like atmosphere at Flying Fish on Friday nights, you'll want to skip the sweet treat for a sweet drink. We recommend the Flying Fish. The restaurant's namesake drink features Malibu Rum and Blue Curacao mixed with pineapple and orange juice topped with a Myers dark rum floater. 912.897.2009 • flyingfishsavannah.com

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15 Orange Blossom Cake at Savannah Coffee Roasters

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15 SAVANNAH COFFEE ROASTERS, ORANGE BLOSSOM CAKE ALMOST TOO PRETTY TO EAT, the orange blossom cake at Savannah Coffee Roasters is sweet, creamy and full of a light citrus flavor that will cool you off on even the hottest of days. Pair this sweet treat with one of Savannah Coffee Roaster's famous caffeinated blends. 912.352.2994 • savannahcoffee.com

16 Fried Peaches from Dark Shark Taco Attack food truck

16 DARK SHARK TACO ATTACK, FRIED PEACHES IT DOESN'T GET more Southern than a sweet Georgia peach, except when it's deep fried and served on a stick! Dark Shark Taco Attack food truck's fried peach takes the cake. Grab a napkin for this one. It's crunchy on the outside, with just enough sugar glaze sticking to your lips as you sink your teeth into the bursting peach, its juices soon running down your hands and face. Trust us, it is worth the mess and extra calories. 912.210.8102

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17 Gulab Jamun & Kheer at Pakwan Indian Cuisine

18 Lemon Sorbet at The Florence

19 Marina Empanada at Chazito's Food Truck

17 PAKWAN INDIAN CUISINE, GULAB JAMUN & KHEER PAKWAN INDIAN CUISINE fuses traditional Indian dishes with modern flavors that is truly a unique flavor experience. We love the original desserts at Pakwan so much, we couldn't choose just one. You'll need to order both the Gulab Jamun, which are deep fried milk balls soaked in honey syrup, and the Kheer, a traditional rice pudding dessert. 912.349.4261 • pakwanusa.com

18 THE FLORENCE, CHEF KYLE JACOVINO, LEMON SORBET WE'D EXPECT nothing less than perfection from Chef Kyle Jacovino's kitchen, which constantly turns out some of the most innovative cuisine in town. The lemon sorbet on The Florence's impressive dessert menu features a pistachio cake topped with lemon curd, hibiscus, lemon mousse and pistachio cookie. 912.234.5522 • theflorencesavannah.com

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21 Creme Brûlée Cheese Cake at Moon River Brewing Co.

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CHEF CHAZ ORTIZ, like many artists, uses his craft as an emotional release and form of self expression. Ortiz created this dessert in memorium of his beloved cousin Marina after she passed away from brain cancer. "She loved apple pie and we used to always chow down together - that's why I made this desert," says Chef Ortiz. Ortiz make his empanada with dulce de leche, Apple pie mixture and sweet, crown royal caramel. A dessert with a beautiful story behind it is always just a little sweeter. 912.236.4229

BACON DESSERT? Yes please! This unique take on the classic brownie is made with bacon fat instead of oil. This changeup creates a rich and savory treat that can only be found at Top Deck. It's topped with chocolate and caramel sauces because why not? 912.436.6828 • topdeckbar.com

21 MOON RIVER BREWING CO., CREME BRÛLÉE AND CHEESE CAKE WHAT HAPPENS when you combine creme brûlée and cheese cake? A dessert experience that will blow your mind and tickle your senses. Don’t believe us? Order the Creme Brûlée Cheese Cake at Moon River Brewing Company. You’ll die over the combination of classic flavors that create a unique and thrilling dessert.912.447.0943 • moonriverbrewing.com

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Key Lime Pie at The Shrimp Factory

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RIVER HOUSE SEAFOOD, CHEF GLADYS YOUNG, CHOCOLATE PIE WITH BERRY DRIZZLE

THERE'S NOTHING BETTER than enjoying a delicately prepared dessert while admiring the most romantic view of the city. The Brownie Pecan Pie Parfait created by Chef Kevin Nape of the Savannah Riverboat Cruises features layers of brownies, candied pecans, sweet parfait cream and homemade salted caramel sauce. Divine. 912.232.6404 • savannahriverboat.com

THIS PIE will melt in your mouth on the first delicious bite. The classic and rich chocolate pie is drizzled with a sweet berry sauce, which does wonders to play up the incredible flavor of the chocolate. You won't want to miss this Southern delicacy. 912.234.1900 • savannahriverhouse.com

23 THE SHRIMP FACTORY, CHEF LETRECIA BLAKE, KEY LIME PIE WHO DOESN'T LOVE the classic Southern Key Lime Pie? This no fuss cool dessert has a tangy-sweet flavor and a melt-in-your-mouth crust. Chef Letricia Blake has perfected the art of the Key Lime Pie, which is evident at first bite. 912.236.4229 • theshrimpfactory.com

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25 JAZZ'D TAPAS BAR, CHEF ERIC GOLDEN, CHOCOLATE MARTINI CHOCOLATE AND VODKA are perhaps the most perfect pair. After a dinner of an incredible selection of the best tapas in town, order a sweet martini to finish the night off right. This chocolate martini from Jazz'd Tapas Bar features vodka, crème de cacao, Godiva chocolate, and cream, in a chocolate swirl glass. 912.236.7777 • jazzdsavannah.com

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THE PERFECT AFTER DINNER DRINK? WHAT DO YOU PAIR WITH YOUR DESSERT? OUR CHOICE MAY BE CONTROVERSIAL, BUT YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO TRY IT. By Kelly Heitz / Photos by Blake Crosby

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After diving in to some of the South’s most delectable desserts, you’re going to need a drink that tames the tastebuds and evens out your palette. Look no further than the cappuccino. We know, we know, in Italy it’s a mortal sin to order a cappuccino after a meal. Italians are firmly convinced that drinking milk after any meal will mess up your ability to digest food. Well, here in the South we’re used to indigestion. And we love our cappuccino any time, anywhere, but mostly with dessert. They just go together! No cappuccino after a meal is like one of those annoying unwritten rules you don’t really have to follow; like wearing white pants after Labor Day or not wearing red to a wedding. It might be tacky, but it makes you feel oh-so-good. Here are the best places in Savannah to grab your late night cappuccino. Don’t worry, they won’t stick up their noses at your faux pas.

STARBUCKS

COFFEE FOX

This classic coffee emporium has a cappuccino for every palette. Their classic cappuccino is soft and frothy, or you can mix it up with seasonal flavors.

This local favorite is the perfect location for grabbing your cappuccino after a fancy dinner downtown. They also carry alternative milks so dairy haters are welcome!

1 East Broughton Street Savannah, GA 912.447.6742 starbucks.com

102 West Broughton Street Savannah, GA 912.401.0399 thecoffeefox.com

GALLERY ESPRESSO

Quaint and cozy, Gallery Espresso is a favorite place to escape and unwind. For a sweet addition to your already sweet palette, try the White Chocolate Cappuccino. 234 Bull Street Savannah, GA 912.233.5348 galleryespresso.com

BLENDS

The newest addition to the Savannah coffee scene, Blends offers hand crafted single reserve coffees from around the world. You’ll love the variety of beans and the atmosphere. 102 East Broughton Street Savannah, GA 912.999.7134 blendscoffee blendscoffeeboutique.com

SAVANNAH COFFEE ROASTERS

With a fun atmosphere and an incredible menu, Savannah Coffee Roasters is more than your average coffee shop. If you love their cappuccino or coffee, grab a bag to take home with you. 215 West Liberty Street Savannah, GA 912.352.2994 savannahcoffee.com

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1. Salmon Two-Ways 3. Traditional Hawaiian Poke with soychile marinated ahi tuna, cucumbers, mango, scallions and toasted sesame seeds served in a cabbage cup 4. Jamaican Jerk Lamb w/ marinated Lolli Pop Chop, topped with rum lamb jus, w/ sweet potato swirl & mint oil

JAZZ'D TAPAS BAR

SWANKY, SEXY & SOPHISTICATED, THIS INDUSTRIAL CHIC RESTAURANT OFFERS MORE THAN JUST YOUR TYPICAL DINING OR DRINKING EXPERIENCE. THEIR EXOTIC MENU AND WEEKLY DINNER SPECIALS WILL KEEP YOU COMING BACK FOR MORE. Nestled deep beneath the busy streets of the ordinary downtown nightlife waits a special scene designed for sharing - tapas and live entertainment, that is. Jazz'd Tapas Bar is the leader of Savannah's underground scene - where vibrant sounds pulse through an industrial chic atmosphere on another dimension. This bachelorette hot spot may be home to Savannah's best chocolate martini, but its diverse tapas menu boasts flavors from more than just the South. The new executive

chef, Eric Golden, has influences gathered from Korea, Hawaii, France, and the Pacific Coast, making his dauntless attitude towards creative tapas an ideal match for the sultry vibes of this culinary destination. The only way to enjoy Savannah's underground music scene is with a round of creative cocktails and beautiful looking and tasting dish for the group to share at Jazz'd Tapas Bar. 52 Barnard St, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia • jazzdsavannah.com • 912.236.7777

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2. Seared duck breast with benton's country ham, smoked pickled peaches, pimento cheese grit fritters, charred leeks and molasses 4. Chicken Pot Pie with fried chicken breast, carrots, paoatoes, mushrooms, chicken gravy, waffle crust, spiced pecan, sorghum, blackberry coulis

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EXPERIENCE CHEF KEVIN CONWAY'S MODERN SOUTHERN CUISINE AND ENJOY THE SCENERY OF PERCH ROOFTOP BAR IN THIS RESTORED OLD SAVANNAH BANK BUILDING IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH. LOCAL 11TEN'S menu is home to modern Southern cuisine with a touch a French influence. Committed to creating lasting relationships with the customers, Managing Partner Jamie Durrence and his staff aim to please at this approachable downtown eatery. Chef de Cuisine Kevin Conway executes innovative southern cuisine that compliments the sleek, bright design of Local 11ten's airy interior space. The dishes that come

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out of the kitchen showcase local ingredients at their very best, often showing how delicious ingredients can be in their purest form. Nestled in the restored Old Savannah Bank building at the intersection of Bull and Duffy Streets just south of Forsyth Park. Dinner is served seven days a week from 6:00p.m. - 10:00p.m. 1110 Bull St, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia • local11ten.com • 912.790.9000

$15–$40 casual pescatarian friendly bar seating & rooftop bar dinner & drinks full service bar Known for: # Southern Cuisine

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1. Seafood Paella with peas, garlic, bell peppers, safron, mussels, shrimp & chorizo 2. Avocado Bacon Burger w/ fried egg, lettuce, tomato and onion 4. Seared Scottish Salmon with potato cake, spinach & feta

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THE PUBLIC KITCHEN & BAR MIDCENTURY-MODERN DECOR SETS THE STAGE FOR TRENDY COCKTAILS AND AN ECLECTIC ARRAY OF AMERICAN EATS AT THE PUBLIC KICTHEN & BAR. DON'T MISS OUT ON THEIR INCREDIBLE BRUNCH & DINNER MENUS! THE PUBLIC KITCHEN & BAR is a hip, midcenturymodern restaurant and the perfect urban setting for a night out with cocktails and eclectic American cuisine! Come enjoy their Avocado Bacon Burger, Seafood Paella or their delicious desserts, like the Summer Trifle, at this reasonably priced Downtown destination. Their Sunday brunch menu, happy hour specials and option for indoor and outdoor

seating assures that there's something for everyone at The Public Kitchen & Bar - even the dog! Let the friendly staff and bartenders show you their Southern hospitality at this cozy downtown eatery, open 7 days a week from 11am-10pm Sunday-Wednesday and 11am-11pm Thursday-Saturday. 1 W Liberty St, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia • thepublickitchen.com • 912.200.4045

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1. Snow Crab and Steamed Shrimp Platter with fresh shrimp, sausage, new potatoes, and corn boiled in low country spices 2. Fried Seafood Platter w/ baked deviled crab, fried flounder, shrimp and oysters

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SHRIMP FACTORY SPEND AN EVENING WATCHING THE SHIPS GO BY ON THE SAVANNAH RIVER AS YOU ENJOY LUNCH, DINNER OR JUST A DRINK AT THE SHRIMP FACTORY - A MUST-VISIT FOR TOURISTS AND LOCALS ALIKE! JENNIFER & TIM STRICKLAND invite you in to the Best Place to eat shrimp in Savannah! All our dishes are made from scratch every day by our chef Letrecia Blake. Originally opened in 1977, The Shrimp Factory boasts a comprehensive menu including all your favorites. Fresh local shrimp, seafood, filet mignon, soups, salads and shrimp creole are all created with our unique southern flair. Our famous Caesar Salad is tossed table side nightly. Enjoy live

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bar seating music on the weekends and don't forget to try a Chatham Artillery Punch from our full service bar. Come enjoy the gorgeous views, lunch & dinner charming atmosphere, and phenomenal culinary creations in a casual, friendly fine dining establishment right by the river. Intimate extensive wine table settings and private, group party arrangements are available! selection & full bar 313 E River St, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia KNOWN FOR: # Chatham Artillery Punch theshrimpfactory.com • 912.236.4229

PHOTOS C/O THE SHRIMP FACTORY 1. | SNOW CRAB + STEAMED SHRIMP PLATTER 2.| CHEF LETRECIA BLAKE 3.| CAESAR SALAD TOSSED TABLE SIDE 4.| FRIED SEAFOOD PLATTER

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1. | SHRIMP & GRITS 2.| SAVANNAH PAELLA 3.| RIVER HOUSE INTERIOR 4.| CHEF GLADYS YOUNG

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1. Shrimp and Stone Ground Grits with country ham & roasted tomatoma toes served over parmesan grits 2. Savannah Paella - River House Seafood's signature dish 3. Peach cobbler and Georgia pecan pie

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RIVER HOUSE SEAFOOD THE RIVER HOUSE SERVES UP EXQUISITE LOCAL FLAVORS IN AN 1850'S KING COTTON WAREHOUSE ON THE SAVANNAH RIVER. THE FRESH LOCAL FISH, LIVE MUSIC AND INCREDIBLE DESSERTS MAKE IT A PERFECT WEEKEND DESTINATION! RIVERHOUSE SEAFOOD’S Jennifer & Tim Strickland stayed true to authentic Savannah cuisine in building their robust seafood menu that includes crispy scored flounder, shrimp & grits and fresh lobster. River House features the freshest local fish & seafood available, along with beef & poultry dishes to create some of the finest signature items you'll find in Savannah. Incredible desserts include fresh pecan pie, praline cheesecake, bread pudding and

coconut cream pie. Live music is performed on the weekends and a full service bar eagerly mixes your favorite drink. It also happens to be the perfect place for rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties and business events. This King Cotton Warehouse is located at 125 West River Street and is a great location to watch the merchant ships go by. 125 W River St, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia • savannahriverhouse.com • 912.234.1900

$15–$35 casual vegetarian friendly bar seating lunch + dinner extensive wine selection & full bar KNOWN FOR: # Best Seafood on the River

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1. Steamed Crab Legs 4. Oysters served raw, steamed or fried, in or on the shell

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FIDDLERS CRAB HOUSE FRESH, LOCAL SEAFOOD IS DISHED OUT 7 DAYS A WEEK AT THIS RENOVATED CIRCA-1850S WAREHOUSE WITH A SCENIC WATERFRONT TERRACE. AT FIDDLER’S CRAB HOUSE on River Street, the team takes pride in offering the freshest local seafood available to their customers. Their carefully curated menu was designed to support the local seafood industry and showcases the Lowcountry’s finest to both locals and visitors alike. You can find local shrimp, clams, and fish served fresh daily at their beautiful River Street restaurant. Don’t miss Fiddler’s All You Can Eat Crab Legs special every Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The best way to cure a manic Monday is with unlimited

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buckets of steaming hot crab legs paired with craft beer from some of your favorite Georgia craft breweries. Speaking of craft beer, Fiddler’s is known for their craft selection. Chef Jared Wilderman knows just how to pair food and beer and takes special care with what goes on the menu. If you’re a brew connoisseur ask your server what will pair best with your meal, you won’t be sorry with the selection! 131 W River St, Historic Downtown Savannah, GA

fiddlersriverstreet.com • 912.644.7172

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THE RAW EXPERIENCE THE OYSTER SELECTION AT FIDDLER’S CRAB HOUSE IS SOME OF THE BEST IN TOWN. Local oysters are served fresh when in season, which generally runs from October to May. Plus oysters from all over the country are shipped in daily for a variety you can’t find anywhere else in the region. Chef Jared Wilderman, resident oyster expert at Fiddler’s, has studied the art of cultivating oysters and has brought his expertise to the Crab House’s Raw Bar menu. “As a group we all went to Skidaway Island to the UGA Oyster Hatchery to learn about how we cultivate local oysters,” said Wilderman. “It was an amazingly educational experience.” The team took that education and turned it into incredible raw bar experience where you can learn about specialty oysters while sampling the goods. Not only will you be able to sample the best oyster selection from around here, but you’ll also get the chance to taste some of the most saught after oyster varieties in the country. If you’re overwhelmed by such a huge selection, Chef Jared recommends the Kusshi oyster. Its name means precious in Japanese, and rightly so. These Stellar Bay British Columbia oysters taste as precious as they sound. If you’re still having trouble deciding, go with the Chef’s Selection, which gives you the best variety so you can sample them all. The raw bar at Fiddler’s is more than just ordering a dozen oysters on the half shell; it’s about the experience of trying oysters from all over the country and learning to appreciate the extreme effort that goes into cultivating them.

“IT’S AMAZING THE VARIETY OF OYSTERS AVAILABLE JUST ON OUR CONTINENT ALONE. I LOVE THE TASTE, FLAVOR AND PROFILE OF LOCAL OYSTERS CULTIVATED AND HARVESTED HERE IN THE LOWCOUNTRY, BUT IT’S SO FUN TO COMPARE THEM WITH OYSTERS FROM ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. WE’VE GOT OYSTERS FROM APALACHICOLA AND THE GULF COAST TO BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA AND ALL THE WAY DOWN THE EAST COAST, & THEY ALL TASTE WONDERFULLY DIFFERENT.” - CHEF JARED WILDERMAN

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PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH, BLAKE CROSBY 1. | CHEF DORSEY WITH CHARCUTERIE BOARD 2.| TUNA WATERMELON SALAD 3.| 3 INTERIOR 4.| POT ROAST SLIDERS

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1. Palak Panner with garden spinach done with subtle spices & cheese. 2. Chicken Tikka Masala with roasted chicken chunks (tikka) served in a rich-tasting sauce filled 3. & tomatoes with herbal spices

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THIS VIBRANT INDIAN RESTAURANT PROVIDES FRIENDLY SERVICE AND HEALTHY, FRESH & AUTHENTIC INDIAN CUISINE TO THE SAVANNAH AREA. PAKWAN INDIAN CUISINE is Savannah's premier location for authentic Indian food - and also happens to be the areas only hookah bar! "We strive to provide healthy, fresh and authentic Indian cuisine with impeccable service," says owner Chand Sharma. Unlike other Indian restaurants, Sharma is proud of the fact that their customers stem from all ethnic groups, which gives them the opportunity to share their food with tourists and locals from many different cultures. Their expansive menu with options for both meat-eaters and those

Known for: Palak Paneer # + Chicken Tikka Masala $10–$15

with vegan and vegetarian diets make Pakwan the perfect location for a night out with a group of friends! And their takeout and delivery service make it easy to have Pakwan wherever and whenever you're craving authentic Indian cuisine in Savannah! Pakwan is open Mon-Thu: 11 am - 10 pm and Fri-Sun from 11 am - 10:30 pm, so make sure to stop by for Pakwan's Mango Chicken or Lamb Chops on your next lunch break or night on the town. 7102 Abercorn St • Savannah, GA •

pakwanusa.com • 912.349.4261

casual or business casual vegetarian & vegan friendly outdoor & bar seating lunch & dinner wine, domestic & international beers

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American

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2. PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH 1. | EXEC. CHEF JOHN MAFFEI, SOUS CHEF KELLY FENNER 2.|INTERIOR 3.| HOUSE MADE SPAGHETTI 4.| PORK PORTERHOUSE

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3. House Made Spaghetti by Chef John Maffei with Filetto di Pomodoro sauce 4. Pork Porterhouse with purple mash potato & cherry peppers

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22 SQUARE

SAVOR THE FLAVORS OF THE SOUTH AT HISTORIC SAVANNAH'S FARM TO FORK RESTAURANT & BAR 22 SQUARE, A TREND-SETTING EATERY AT ANDAZ SAVANNAH. 22 SQUARE RESTAURANT & BAR is located at the epicenter of downtown historic Savannah, on the ground level of the Andaz Savannah. 22 Square has revitalized their menu using the philosophy 'eat when you drink, and drink when you eat' by providing food that is thoughtfully sourced and carefully served at every meal. Their new executive chef John Maffei has helped to create a menu that encompasses this simple approach to cooking.

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22 Square serves as a destination where people come together to enjoy good conversation paired with many expressive dishes, craft cocktails and an extensive list of great wines. To experience Chef Maffei's reinterpreted menu, marrying Southern comfort food with tapas-style dining, is to truly experience something new. 14 Barnard Street, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia • savannah.andaz.hyatt.com • 912.233.2116

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PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH. 1. | DRINKS FORM THE BAR 2.| INTERIOR OF WHITAKER LOCATION 3.| 3 TYPES OF TACOS ON THE MENU 4.| CHEF MAURICIO PLIEGO

MUST HAVES: 1. Tequila's Town house premium brand 'Tequila Blanco', Jalapeño Margarita, Prickly Pear Margarita and Mezcal Tamarind Mule" 2. Lamb Barbacoa Tacos, Tacos 3. and Tacos de de Pescado (Fish), Rajas (Roasted Poblanos)

TEQUILA'S TOWN SAVANNAH'S ONLY TEQUILA BAR SERVES UP THE FINEST MARGARITAS IN TOWN, ALONG WITH TRADITIONAL MEXICAN DISHES AND A MODERN, FRESH TWIST ON TIME-TESTED TEX-MEX CUISINE. TEQUILA’S TOWN brings authentic regional Mexican dishes to Historic Savannah and Sandfly like no other, and their entrees are just the beginning. For dessert you can experience fresh churros and hot chocolate or caramel flan with a sweet, authentic Horchata. If you’re looking for a drink with more of a kick, they also have a full tequila bar with select beer, wine, and mixed drinks made with their house premium Tequila Blanco.

The Prickly Pear or Jalepeño Margarita’s are as fresh and spicy as they are soothing for a perfect evening. With their homemade Mole, Tacos de Rajas, Lamb Barbacoa, and ‘fresh concept’ of using locally sourced produce and organic ingredients, Tequila’s Town is a must-visit for anyone craving authentic Mexican dishes. Downtown at 109 Whitaker St. 912.236.3222 • Sandfly at 7360 Skidaway Rd 912.226.3307 • tequilastown.com

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Known for: # Street Style Tacos $10–$25 casual vegetarian friendly bar seating lunch & dinner authentic beer & wine

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Americano 1.

2. PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH 1. | INTERIOR 2.| CHEF GREG SILVER 3.| PICKLED SHRIMP COCKTAIL 4.| LOCO LOWCO

MUST HAVES: 1. Pickled Shrimp Cocktail with a green tomato, cucumber, avocado gazpacho and micro cilantro 4. Loco Lowco with white rice, Wagyu burger 3. patty, red eye gravy, fried egg & hot sauce

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a.Lure SAVANNAH

A.LURE SAVANNAH SHOWCASES THEIR CONTEMPORARY LOWCOUNTRY CUISINE BY FOCUSING ON FARM TO FORK INGREDIENTS, AND PUTTING THOUGHTFUL, MODERN TWISTS ON LOWCOUNTRY FAVORITES & TRIED AND TRUE CLASSICS. A.LURE SAVANNAH'S executive Chef Greg Silver executes owner Daniel Berman's vision and passion for using the freshest seafood and regionally sourced ingredients in the creation of his unique and delicious dishes. A must-visit for those wanting to experience local ingredients and classic southern dishes in an innovative and original style. With emphasis on unique wine selecions, hand-crafted cocktails and exemplary service

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to compliment the cuisine, a.Lure delivers everything you are looking for when dining in Savannah. An intimate dining room with exposed brick walls and contemporary accents, a.Lure is located just off City Market in Savannah's beautiful Historic District. Serving dinner 7 nights a week with the bar offering Happy Hour specials from 4:00-7:00. 309 West Congress St., Historic Downtown Savannah • 912.233.2111 • aluresavannah.com

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PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH, BLAKE CROSBY 1. | CHARCUTERIE BOARD 2.| AJ & CHEF DORSEY 3.| INTERIOR 4.| POT ROAST SLIDERS

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1. Charcuterie & Cheese Board with fig compote, olives, candied jalapeno pecans, baguette & pita 2. Beef Pot Roast Sliders with mushrooms, caramelized onion & 3. mozzarella crimini, arugula, & horseradish cream

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KNOWN FOR THE BEST VIEW IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH, THIS POPULAR ROOFTOP RESTAURANT SERVES A VARIETY OF ELEGANT DISHES AND DRINKS. TOP DECK'S Senior Executive Chantal Gloor designed this nautical rooftop bar to evoke a relaxing and comfortable ambiance. The charming maritime décor is the perfect setting to enjoy Savannah sunsets while tasting their gourmet dishes and cool refreshing craft cocktails. Staffed by knowledgeable and experienced professionals who love to share their unique mix of dishes and spirits, Top Deck’s menu is sure to please a wide array of hungry tourists and locals. Some favorites

include Salmon Flatbread, Lamb Sliders and Watermelon Salad. The property's spectacular view compliments the vibrant seasonal menu provided by Chef Dorsey. Located in the heart of Historic Downtown Savannah, Top Deck is perched on the highest level of the Cotton Sail Hotel at 125 W. River Street, with elevator access from both River Street and Bay Street. 125 W River St Rooftop • Savannah • 912.436.6828 • topdeckbar.com • @topdecksavannah

Known for: # Best View in Savannah $10–$25 casual vegetarian friendly bar seating lunch & dinner beer, wine & craft cocktails

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French

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2. Ratatouille Crepes with tomato confit, pistou, & goat cheese, grilled asparagus, and red pepper coulis 4. Herb Crusted Lamb Rack with potato puree, demi glace and orange glazed carrots

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39 RUE DE JEAN

THIS ECLECTIC FRENCH BISTRO OFFERS BRASSERIE FARE & SUSHI IN A LOFTY SPACE WITH AN EXPANSIVE BAR. RUE IS JUST THE RIGHT PLACE FOR A CAFÉ AU LAIT, LEISURELY MEAL, A LIVELY DINNER OR DRINKS WITH FRIENDS! 39 RUE DE JEAN, widely known simply as "Rue", is a 2015 addition to the Savannah culinary scene and the sister to its original Downtown Charleston location. Inspired by the style of classic French brasseries, Rue's flavor and European design lends an air of sophisticated comfort. Executive Chef Drue Quay's menu incorporates classic French staples with contemporary fare, including mussels in a choice of six preparations, steak au poivre

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or Rue's famous burger, ground in-house and served alongside hand-cut pommes frites. 39 Rue de Jean is located in the new Embassy Suites hotel on West Oglethorpe. Dinner served nightly from 5:00pm - 10:00pm with extended bar hours Sunday through Thursday until 11:00pm, and Friday and Saturday until 12:00am. 605 W Oglethorpe Ave, Savannah, Georgia 39RuedeJeanSAV.com • 912.721.0595

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PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH 1. | VEAL PORTERHOUSE 2.| CHEF CHRIS NELSON 3.| BAR SEATING 4.| LEMON CRAB SALAD

MUST HAVES: 1. Veal Porterhouse with Savannah Coffee Roasters pecan brown sugar rub, roasted potatoes, a vegetable medley and bourbon and blackberry demi-gloss 3. Salap appetizer 2. Lemon Crab over Cain Water Farms cornbread and sherry cream sauce

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FIVE OAKS TAPROOM LOCATED INSIDE SAVANNAH'S HOTEL INDIGO, THE FIVE OAKS TAPROOM OFFERS A BEAUTIFUL BAR EXPERIENCE AND AN ARAY OF AMERICANO DISHES WITH A SOUTHERN INLAY THAT TASTE LIKE HOME. THE FIVE OAKS TAPROOM is a hidden treasure in Savannah’s historic downtown. Tucked inside the Hotel Indigo, their restaurant and bar are beautifully designed and open to the public. “We pride ourselves on being a part of the neighborhood,” says Executive Chef Chris Nelson. “When you sit down, you feel at home.” With their emphasis on local and organic ingredients, you can expect their new fall dishes to be

just as fresh and delicious as their summer menu items. Sous Chef Luigi Monroid is also proud to present a new dessert to the fall menu – White Chocolate Cornbread; a dessert as sweet and addicting as the name suggests. Located on Bay St., the Five Oaks Taproom is the perfect location for a night out by the river! 201 W Bay St, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia • 912.236.4440 • hotelindigosavannah.com

Known for: # Veal Porterhouse $10–$25 casual vegetarian friendly bar seating breakfast + dinner extensive beer & wine

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MUST HAVES: 1. Grilled Chillean Sea Bass with Georgia peaches and a lemon citrus butter sauce 4. Maryland Crab Cake made with one-hundred percent crab meat, topped with capers and a lemon beurre blanc sauce

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COHEN'S RETREAT

Known for: # Maryland Crab Cake

DISCOVER THE MAGIC BEHIND COHEN'S RETREAT & EXPERIENCE CHEF ROB BRITTON'S UNIQUE TAKE ON LOWCOUNTRY CUISINE AT THIS DESTINATION WHERE ART, FOOD AND COMMUNITY CONVERGE. Nestled under the moss draped majestic oaks on a five acre tract, time, space, and creativity are beautifully intertwined. The result? Cohen's Retreat: a destination where Art, Food and Community converge, and where every thoughtfully curated drink, dish and design element beckons its guests to be inspired. Chef Rob Britton prides himself on crafting exquisite low country cuisine using infused seasonings inspired by his travels; each of his dishes exemplifies a unique cultural twist to classic favorites. An

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atmosphere of inspiration for all walks of life to indulge their inner artist, Cohen’s Retreat is more than just a restaurant. Additionally, guests are welcome to explore the Brown Dog Market, where they can find one-ofa-kind pieces including artwork, stationary, tote bags, and more. When you bring creative souls together, something magical is revealed. Looking for a life-enriching experience? Think Cohen’s Retreat! 5715 Skidaway Road, Savannah Georgia • 912.355.3336 • cohensretreat.com

on-site parking $10–$35 casual pescatarian friendly private dining lunch + dinner beer, wine + spirits

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1. PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH & MICHAEL RIZIK 1. | EXECUTIVE CHEF ZACH STARR & EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF JUSTIN GRIZZARD 2.| LOW COUNTRY MAC 3.| CURED SALMON TACOS

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2. Low Country Mac & Cheese with sautéed shrimp, andouille sausage, topped with a baked Gouda cheese sauce 3. Cured Salmon Tacos with pickled red onions and capers over diced cabbage & herbed mascarpone cream cheese on flour tortillas

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THE ORDINARY PUB PAIRING CLASSIC FAVORITES WITH MODERN TWISTS, THE ORDINARY PUB BRINGS REIMAGINED PUB FARE TO SAVANNAH’S VERY OWN RECENTLY REVITALIZED BROUGHTON STREET. THE ORDINARY PUB is the hidden gem of Savannah’s culinary scene. Located in the basement of 217 W Broughton Street, this locally owned & operated neighborhood pub offers anything but an ordinary experience. Owner Mike Vaudrin and Executive Chef Zach Starr take extreme pride in continuing to push the boundaries with their unique gastropub dinner service, full weekend brunch with

bottomless prosecco mimosas, house crafted cocktails & beer pairings. The Ordinary Pub’s ‘re-imagined pub fare’ is a highbrow culinary experience wrapped in a neighborhood pub atmosphere. The Ordinary Pub continues to exceed patrons expectations by breaking the mold of traditional pub fare. 217 W Broughton St, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia • theordinarypub.com • 912.238.5130

Known for: # Low Country Mac $10–$25 casual vegetarian friendly bar seating brunch + dinner beer, wine + spirits

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Americano

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MUST HAVES: 1. Shrimp and Grits with house made bacon, roasted 3.and shallots tomatoes 4. Bone-In Pork Chop sous-vide and grilled, coriander-carrots, summer squash

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COTTON & RYE

THIS SAVANNAH GEM FOCUSES ON OFFERING THEIR GUESTS AN ELEVATED-CASUAL SETTING, WHERE ONLY THE FRESHEST SEASONAL INGREDIENTS ARE USED AND ALL BREADS, CHARCUTERIE, PICKLING, MEAT CURING AND SMOKING IS DONE ON PREMISE. COTTON & RYE'S Zach Shultz, Brandon Whitestone and Kimberly Whitestone dedicate their efforts to offering their guests the freshest ingredients possible, sourcing the majority of their ingredients from here in the U.S. The team at Cotton & Rye have created an atmosphere that is approach-ably-stylish and unpretentious. The menu reflects their love of food and experiences from Savannah to South Florida and from New

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England to Texas. Chef Brandon Whitestone's menu is a true reflection of his love of his art. Saddle up to the bar and enjoy an authentic whiskey sour and homemade rye bread before chowing down on one of the juiciest pork shanks you've ever tasted! Cotton & Rye offers dining both indoors and outdoors on the covered deck at the corner of 34th St and Habersham. 1801 Habersham St, Savannah, GA • cottonandrye.com • 912.777.6286

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Known for: # Shrimp & Grits

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PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH 1. | SLOW SMOKED PORK RIBS 2.| BREWERS, CHRIS AND GENE 3.| BEER GARDEN 4.| GRILLED SHRIMP AND SAUSAGE RAVIOLI

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1. Slow smoked pork ribs 1 & 1/4 lb. St. Louis style ribs prepared with house made dry rub, slowly cooked for hours & finished with our smoky barbeque sauce. 4. Bayou shrimp Wild Georgia shrimp—grilled, atop Italian sausage ravioli & finished with house made Wit beer—grain mustard sauce.

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MOON RIVER BREWING BREWING AWARD WINNING HAND-CRAFTED BEERS AND SERVING DELICIOUS FOOD FOR OVER 17 YEARS, THE MOON RIVER BREWING COMPANY IS A MUST-VISIT BEER OASIS FOR HARDCORE CRAFT BREW LOVERS & FOODIES ALIKE! THE MOON RIVER BREWING COMPANY team is passionate about crafting delicious, one-of-a-kind beers that compliment the amazing food created daily in their kitchen, all while providing cheerful and professional service in a relaxing, downtown atmosphere. Come experience their passion for creating delicious hand crafted beer this fall and grab a glass of Taterlicious, their annual harvest ale. This toasty amber ale was originally conceived as a “harvest” brew to celebrate the fall season. Some brewers like to make pumpkin beers this time of year,

$5-$20 casual pescatarian friendly

but they chose to use jumbo sweet potatoes instead! They serve each pour with a blend of ground, roasted pumpkin seeds and pie spices on the rim of the glass. And, with the help of Savannah Distributing, this is the first year that Taterlicious will be available outside of the brewery. The Moon River Brewing Company and their mystical, outdoor beer garden are conveniently located downtown in the middle of it all! 21 W Bay St., Historic Downtown Savannah, Georgia • moonriverbrewing.com • 912.447.0943

bar seating lunch + dinner extensive craft brew selection & full bar Known for: # Award Winning Craft Beers

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1. Pork Bahn Mi Sandwich with cilantro, pickled carrots, pickled cucumber, red onion & siracha aioli 2. Mustard Braised Pork Medallion, herb roasted potato, & haricot verts 3. Orange 3. Blosson dessert

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SAV. COFFEE ROASTERS SERVING MORE THAN JUST YOUR MORNING COFFEE, THIS CENTURY OLD ROASTING COMPANY WILL WIN YOU OVER 7 DAYS A WEEK WITH THEIR BRUNCH, CAFE AND BISTRO MENUS, PLUS WEEKLY EVENTS! SAVANNAH COFFEE ROASTERS, established in 1909, is an integral part of the culture of downtown Savannah. Nowhere else in Savannah can you enjoy authentic French Croissants with a delicious award winning coffee - the Captain's Choice. Not only do they provide locals and tourists with their vital morning caffeine, but they nourish us 7 days a week with their delicious Brunch, Cafe and Bistro menus. Come enjoy this airy cafe and sit back with a glass of Pinot and a bowl of French Dip, a Classic Club, or

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a Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Pesto Sandwich! Their bistro dinner meals, like the Pork Bahn Mi sandwich and Mustard Braised Pork Medallion featured above, are not to be missed! Be sure to attend their weekly murder mystery dinner, an improvised show put on by the Odd Lot Improv Team every Friday night at 6:30pm, and enjoy a delicious three course dinner meal at the same time! 215 W Liberty St, Historic Downtown Savannah GA 912.352.2994 • savannahcoffee.com

$10–$15 casual vegetarian friendly

outdoor seating breakfast, lunch & dinner beer & wine Known for: Award # Winning Coffee

MI SANDWICH 2.| MUSTARD BRAISED PROK MEDALLION 3.| ORANGE BLOSSOM 4.| CHEFS

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PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH. 1. | TAILGATE'S GREATEST BARTENDERS 2.| RIBS 3.| INTERIOR 4.| BACON BURGER

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TAILGATE BAR & GRILL

SAVANNAH'S FAVORITE SPORTS BAR WITH SOUTHERN FOOD STAPLES & AMPLE BEER CHOICES, PLUS POOL, DARTS & THEME TRIVIA AND KARAOKE NIGHTS. EACH MONTH'S PERSONALIZED MENU SPECIALS MAKE THIS A HOT SPOT FOR LOCAL LUNCH OUTINGS. Take Abercorn South of Derenne and you'll find a place where you're only a stranger once. With a friendly staff, bar food "done right", home cooked daily lunch specials, and all of the sports you could want to watch. The Tailgate Sports Bar has it all; Karaoke twice a week (don't worry, they don't judge), Live Butt Naked Trivia twice a week where their motto is "What happens at Trivia stays at Trivia!" Their menu ranges from

some of the biggest wings South of Atlanta to 100% certified Angus Beef burgers to calorie conscious wraps and salads. If you like beer their beer menu has over a hundred different brews from all over the world but with an emphasis on local and regional breweries. See ya for the next SEC game. 11215 Abercorn St #2, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia tailgatebarsavannah.eat24hour.com • 912.921.2269

Known for: # Burgers & Brews $10–$25 casual pescatarian friendly bar seating lunch + dinner full service bar

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1. Baked Apple Cider Brined Berkshire Pork loin Chop with a Stoned Ground Mustard Demi 2. Savannah Shrimp & Grits

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4. Owner – Captain Jonathan Claughton Providing First Class Service for 25 Years!

SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT WELCOME ABOARD SAVANNAH’S ONLY RIVERBOAT TOURS AND DINING EXPERIENCE AND GET READY TO SEE SAVANNAH FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE! SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT CRUISES: Enjoy refreshing river breezes on their new harbor sightseeing tours, savor rich flavors of the South during their new harbor luncheon cruises, relish in a Southern brunch tradition and engage in cultural entertainment, experience fun filled dinners, romantic sunsets and magical moonlight cruises! Cruising year round, Savannah Riverboat Cruises is the perfect venue for a wedding and reception, corporate convention or after hour’s cocktail cruise, family

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live entertainment gluten & dairy free friendly

reunion or holiday celebration. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, family friendly Savannah Riverboat Cruises continues to change and evolve with the times and couldn’t be more excited about the future brunch, lunch of Savannah’s most unique dining experience. Join the Captain & dinner and award winning crew for an unforgettable cruise along the full bar historic Savannah River while you dine on southern favorites and take in captivating views! 9 E. River St, Savannah, GA • Known for: # savannahriverboat.com • 912.232.6404 Savannah Shrimp & Grits

PHOTOS BY: BLAKE CROSBY 1.| PLATED MENU ITEM 2.| DINNER CRUISE 3.| SUNSET CRUISE 4.| CAPTAIN JONATHON CLAUGHTON

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MUST HAVES:

2. Beet Scarpinocc with mustard frills, pecans, parmesan, lardo, aged balsamic and olive oil 4. Octopus appetizer with harissa, herbs, preserved lemon, padron peppers, fingerling potatos, arugula and pancetta

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THE FLORENCE

FORGING TOGETHER THE BEAUTY OF SAVANNAH WITH THE FLAVORS OF FLORENCE, THIS LOCAL SAVANNAH EATERY IS AN OASIS FOR YOUR TASTE BUDS. THE FLORENCE: because expanding your palate is a daring endeavor of sorts. Why not take yourself on an adventure to somewhere worthwhile - Florence, Italy perhaps? To do as the Italians do might seem like an intimidating commitment, but here in Savannah we stay true to our own pace. It's all possible thanks to The Florence, a neighborhood Italian eatery housed in a restored ice factory from the late 1800's, helmed by the young and immensely talented Chef Kyle Jacovino. Jacovino and his team source their

ingredients from local farmers and continuously reinvents these well-known flavors in new and exciting ways every day. Satisfy your taste buds with their Octopus appetizer, Beet Scarpinocc entree, and Lemon Sorbet for dessert - and don't forget to treat yourself to signature drink at the full service bar! The Florence is both a homage to the ways of Italian life and a tribute to the namesake, Savannah's own Florence Martus. 1 West Victory Drive #B, Savannah, GA • theflorencesavannah.com • 912.234.5522

Known for: # Scratch-made pizza $10–$30 business casual vegetarian friendly bar + outdoor seating dinner + drinks full service bar

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MUST HAVES: 1. Crabcake Dinner - a Flying Fish specialty made in-house daily served with coleslaw, tomato salad & sauce 4. Steampot - 1lb crablegs, 1lb shrimp with sausage, corn, 3. new potatoes, coleslaw & hush puppies

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FLYING FISH

THE FLYING FISH BAR & GRILL IS A SMALL, BUT VIBRANT LOCAL HANGOUT WITH OUTDOOR SEATING AND A FULL SERVICE BAR THAT SERVES SIMPLY SOUTHERN SEAFOOD WITH A HEAPIN' SIDE OF GOOD TIMES! THE FLYING FISH BAR & GRILL is a colorful and friendly neighborhood hangout where you can find fresh local seafood and great drinks in a relaxed, laid back atmosphere. Their philosophy is simple: Start with the freshest local ingredients and cook them to perfection using the tried and true techniques that they've learned from decades of experience. Flying Fish is the perfect location for tourists looking for a relaxing seafood experience after a long

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day of sightseeing, and a great spot for locals to watch the big game. You'll be sure to find true Southern hospitality and fresh Wild Georgia Shrimp, Mahi Mahi, Flounder and Oysters to name a few! The Flying Fish may be small, but it's definitely worth the wait! Open 7 days a week from 11:30am to 9pm Monday through Thursday, and open until 9:30pm Friday through Sunday. 7906 US80, Savannah GA • 912.897.2009 • flyingfishsavannah.com

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PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH 1.| CHICKEN MILANESA 2.| INTERIOR OF POOLER LOCATION 3.| MOLCAJETE 4.| ENCHILADS POBLANAS SPECIAL

MUST HAVES: 1. Chicken Milanesa - tender chicken breast/steak in seasoned bread crumbs & fried until golden, w/ avocado side salad tortillas & choice of rice or beans 3. Molcajete - grilled strips of streak, chicken and shrimp with red peppers, onion, special house sauce and Oaxaca cheese (served mild, medium or hot) 4. Enchilads Poblanas Special - grilled shrimp rolled in a corn tortilla

JALAPEÑOS

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JALAPEÑOS BRINGS YOU THE TRADITION OF MEXICO FROM THEIR FAMILY TO YOURS. THEIR FRESH, MEXICAN CUISINE IS AVAILABLE AT SEVEN LOCATIONS AROUND SAVANNAH MAKING IT ACCESSIBLE & EASY TO ENJOY! La conveniencia (convenience) is clearly one word our friends at Jalapeños see to be universal. No matter who you are or where you're coming from, enjoying Mexican food is a right that every one is entitled to! It is this philosophy that has made anywhere in Savannah just a short trip away from the nearest Jalapeños. That is why Jalapeños' newest location, right smack in the middle of Broughton Street, has become the latest talk of the town. This is

the seventh Jalapeños location and is bound to be your favorite - no matter how far the drive. The liveliness of their menu and crew makes for the perfect fit in the busy Downtown Savannah scene. Always serving fresh Mexican food with a warm welcome that makes you feel at home. Now you can take a margarita togo on your next galavant downtown! Broughton St, Historic Downtown Savannah, GA • jalapenosinc.com • 912.234.1900

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Known for: # Authentic Mexican Cuisine $15–$25 casual vegetarian friendly bar seating lunch + dinner full service bar

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1. The 'Filly' Cheese Steak w/ thinly sliced fillet mignon, grilled onions, and peppers, tossed in a jalapeno cheese sauce, all on a soft baguette w/ marinara on the side 2. Shrimp & Grits with bacon 3. Fried Chicken w/ mac & cheese, potato salad & collard greens

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CITY IN THE SOUTH GET INCREDIBLE SOUL FOOD MADE FRESH AND FROM SCRATCH DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR, A LOCAL BAR, OR EVEN YOUR HOTEL ROOM WITH THE LATEST INNOVATIVE FOOD SERVICE IN DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH. TEXT TO TABLE is the newest fusion between the worlds of culinary and technology and it’s already sweeping the streets of Savannah. The brainchild of Chef and Caterer Tonijah E. Criss, Text to Table is a food delivery service that allows customers to utilize text messaging to place their orders. “I’m a caterer by trade with City in the South Catering," says Chef Criss. "I needed something to pay the bills during the catering slow months, so I thought of this

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cool idea for a food delivery service.” So how does it work? You can find Text to Table menus at plenty of local bars without traditional food menus like World of Beer, Totally Awesome Bar or Rocco Lounge, or online at texttotable.org. Text Toni your order and he’ll bring you delicious, soul food on the fly. Simple, but brilliant! Stay tuned for vegan and vegetarian options. Delivers to Downtown Savannah, Georgia area • texttotable.org • 912.247.1591

$5-$15 upcoming veg. friendly menu delivers anytime to downtown area Known for: # Scratch-made Soul & Comfort Food

PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH 1. | CHEESE STEAK 2.| SHRIMP & GRITS 3.| FRIED CHICKEN & MAC AND CHEESE 4.| CHEF AND CATERER TONIJAH E. CRISS

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PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH 1. | MARYLAND CRAB CAKE & OYSTERS ROCKEFELLER

MUST HAVES:

2.| MARYLAND CRAB CAKE 3.| INTERIOR 4.| CHEF

1. Maryland Style Lump Crab Cake dinner with luscious Baltimore style crab cake baked until golden brown 2. Oysters Rockefeller based on the traditional recipe of 1899

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BILLY'S PLACE

THIS SAVANNAH FAVORITE IS THE PERFECT LOCATION TO EXPERIENCE A RELAXING NIGHT OUT WITH LIVE MUSIC, SEAFOOD, DESSERTS & DRINKS A MUST-VISIT FOR FOODIES VISITING SAVANNAH HISTORIC DISTRICT! BILLY’S PLACE is a shining example of why it's worth it to venture out of the comfort of our homes to experience the act of eating out! The Billy's Place dining experience is sure to delight both tourists and locals with their large selection of wines that serve as the perfect complement to their appetizers, entrees and desserts. In addition to the flavorful food and drinks, be sure not to miss the live piano music playing

Tuesday-Saturday from 6-12. Come to relax in the charming atmosphere and savor the melodies and taste the flavors of the diverse seasonal menu. Find Savannah elegance at Billy’s Place Restaurant, Wine and Piano Bar from 5pm-10pm Tuesday through Thursday and 5pm-11pm Friday and Saturday. 20 E Perry St, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia • billysplacesavannah.com • 912.231-9049

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$10–$30 casual pescatarian friendly bar seating dinner & drinks full service bar Known for: # DISH OR DRINK

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1. Carving Board w/ house-made meats, local Georgia artisanal cheeses, & assorted flat breads 2. Beer and Citrus Brined Guinea Hen with a brown butter and sea salt puff pastry, sauteed mustard greens, roasted shitake gravy & a peach, sage compote

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ALLIGATOR SOUL

$28-$44

EAT, DRINK & RELAX YOUR SOUL AT THIS INTIMATE SOUTHERN EATERY IN HISTORIC, DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH. ONCE A BASEMENT GRAIN WAREHOUSE, ALLIGATOR SOUL OFFERS THE AMBIANCE & CULINARY EXPERTISE FOR A MEMORABLE NIGHT OUT.

business casual vegetarian & vegan friendly bar seating

ALLIGATOR SOUL is making a come-back this fall with renovated bar and dining areas, as well as a new fall menu that utilizes farm-fresh, organic ingredients, local day boat fish and grass fed meat. Executive Chef Stephen McLain continues the tradition of handmade dishes created with fresh and local ingredients prepared with integrity and an emphasis on flavor. "I'm inspired by the ingredients we source locally; then I look for

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flavor pairings in creating our menu," says Chef McLain. Alligator Soul's menu also features more adventurous dishes made with Elk, Wild Boar, and Game Birds, when available. With every night offering a new culinary experience, one visit just won't be enough to experience all that this intimate Southern eatery has to offer. 114 Barnard St, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia • alligatorsoul.com • 912.232-7899

appetizers, dinner & dessert full service bar w/ 1 hour happy hour Known for: # Exotic Meat Dishes & Signature Cocktails

PHOTOS BY: LUKE SMITH 1. | INTERIOR 2.| CARVING BOARD 3.| GUINEA HEN 4.| CHEF STEPHEN MCLAIN

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2. Almond Croissant - buttery crois croissant topped with sliced almonds 3. Bacon, Gouda & Egg Breakfast Sandwich on artisan bread 4. Iced Coffee and Scones

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STARBUCKS

EVERY DAY, WE GO TO WORK HOPING TO DO TWO THINGS: SHARE GREAT COFFEE WITH OUR FRIENDS AND HELP MAKE THE WORLD A LITTLE BETTER. IT WAS TRUE WHEN THE FIRST STARBUCKS OPENED IN 1971, AND IT’S JUST AS TRUE TODAY. YOUR THIRD PLACE AWAITS. STARBUCKS has an idea (besides eat, sleep, breathe Cups of Jo) that we jive with pretty well. It's a philosophy that says our first place in life is undoubtedly home - where we lay our heads to rest at night. We get up and we go our second place, the one that pays the bills. But it is the third place where we all go to decompress, regroup, and strategize on other the "places" in our hectic lives. At their newest downtown location at the corner of Barnard & West Bay, the inspiration of Savannah's natural beauty and rich history is reflected within the four

walls and overflowing courtyard. "Inspired by the beauty and character of the city; Starbucks design team collaborated with Miami based artist, “Plant the Future” as a way of fusing interior design, art, and nature," says designers, Melissa McCaughey and Eduardo Meza. "The Café is a balanced combination of blonde Wood and warm materials that create the perfect background for an Enchanting Art installation that celebrates the city’s nature, beauty and history." 135 W. Bay St.,

Savannah, GA • starbucks.com • 912.447.6742

$5-$15 casual vegetarian friendly bar seating breakfast & lunch caffenited beverages

Known for: # Seasonal Specialty Drinks

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1. Grilled Salmon Salad with spring mix and choice of dressing 4. Oysters on the Half Shell iced with lemon and cocktail sauce

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BERNIE'S OYSTER HOUSE WITH LOCATIONS ON TYBEE ISLAND AND RIVER SREET IN SAVANNAH , YOU HAVE NO EXCUSE NOT TO MAKE THE TRIP TO BERNIE'S OYSTER HOUSE AND EXPERIENCE THEIR INFAMOUS OYSTERS - STEAMED, FRIED OR RAW! BERNIE'S OYSTER HOUSE invites you to experience the delights of local seafood in a laid back, friendly atmosphere at both their Savannah and Tybee locations! With a delicious selection of sandwiches, soups and appetizers, as well as an abundance of steamed, raw or fried seafood, you can't go wrong with a visit to Bernie's! Their mason jar Bloody Mary is an experience in itself with Auntie M's secret concoction of ingredients. You can also catch

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$10–$30 casual pescatarian friendly outdoor + bar seating

live music and televised sports for a night out with unforgetable entertainment. Their Tybee location is on the island's most famous lunch & dinner downtown road, so make the trip down to experience an authentic oyster house with pleasures only found on the nothern most barrier full service bar island in Georgia, open 7 days a week! 115 E River St, Historic Downtown Savannah GA • 912.236.1827 • 13 Tybrisa St, Known for: # Tybee Island • 912.786.5100 • berniesoysterhouse.com Best Oysters in Savannah

PHOTOS: LUKE SMITH 1. | SALMON SALAD 2.| GM, RENNE GEORGE 3.| OUTDOOR SEATING 4.| OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL

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PHOTOS BY: CALLIE BEALE 1. PAUL ENGLAND AND MATT RUSS, WET WILLIES CHEFS 2.| SHRIMP & GRITS 3.| FROZEN DAIQUIRIS

MUST HAVES:

2. Savannah Shrimp and Grits 3. Choose between 15+ frozen daiquiri flavors made with 190 proof grain alcohol

WET WILLIE'S

FAMOUS FOR THE "WORLD'S GREATEST DAIQUIRIS", THE 18-PLUS COLORFUL AND SWIRLING DRINK MACHINES STARTED A SAVANNAH-BORN INSTITUTION. WET WILLIE'S: because Savannah is legendary for her unfettered appreciation of a good drink. At Wet Willie's, you'll find an unbeatable menu and daiquiri selection in the heart of downtown Savannah. Hit up the City Market location for round one and make your way over to River Street for round two! There's a location on Tybee Island as well, because nothing pairs more nicely with a tan than a cold daiquiri for sipping. Even as the months turn colder (thankfully no big thing for a Southern daq connoisseur), Wet Willie's gives us more great reasons to sip. To support Breast

Cancer Awareness month in October, the 6th annual "Koozies for Boobies" on Saturday, October 1 will benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. During the entire month of October, pink koozies and special pink daquiris will be sold with generous portions of the proceeds going to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness. Wet Willie's has raised $130,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness non-profits in the past five years! 101 E River St, Savannah, GA • 912.233.5650 20 Jefferson St, Savannah, GA • 912.235.5651 • 16 Tybrisa St, Tybee Island, GA • 912.786.5611 • wetwillies.com

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Known for: # Frozen Adult Beverages $5-$15 casual vegetarian friendly bar seating lunch + dinner Known for: # "Call a Cab" daquiri

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D I NE SO UTH IN D E X GUI DE

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Elegant yet contemporary cuisine located in the heart of the Historic District. The aesthetics of a.Lure represent a gourmet dining experience not afraid to have a little fun with an unforgettable dish presentation. PA G E 1 3 6

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This trend-setting eatery located in the Andaz hotel is one of the only restaurants that is truly committed to providing locally sourced food. Join them the third Thursday of every month for their monthly salon event that connects local food to the community. PA G E 1 3 4

Escape to Paris in dowtown Savannah with the timeless Beef Tartare. Along with a plethora of authentic French dishes, they also have a raw bar and unexpectedly incredible sushi bar. PA G E 1 4 8

14 Barnard St. 912.629.9493 savannah.andaz.hyatt.com

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605 W. Oglethorpe Ave. 912.721.0595 holycityhospitality.com

A.LURE RESTAURANT

ALLIGATOR SOUL 114 Barnard St. 912.232.7899 alligatorsoul.com You could walk right past it and never know. Located in the basement of an ancient grain warehouse, critics rave of the nightly exotic meat choice and charming atmosphere ideal for special occasions. PA G E 1 5 2 BEETNIX

18 E Broughton St. 912.231.9643 beetnixbar.com

Inside the Dancing Dogs Yoga center, Beetnix is yoga for your tastebuds. Beetnix promotes a vibrant and healthy community with nutrientrich meals and a juice bar. A must-visit destination for anyone looking to superfood their soul.

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309 West Congress St. 912.233.2111, aluresavannah.com

BERNIE’S OYSTER HOUSE

115 E River Street 912.236.1827/ 13 Tybrisa St, Tybee Island 912.786.5100 berniesoysterhouse.com

Enjoying delicious seafood in an unassuming atmosphere is a frequent must for locals. Experience world famous oysters at either of the two locations. Anything on the menu is paired best with a cold beer or stiff Bloody Mary served from the bar. PA G E 1 5 4

BILLY’S PLACE

20 E Perry St. 912.231.9049 billysplacesavannah.com

A hidden gem sits above the famous karaoke Irish pub, McDonough's. Make your way upstairs, grab a cocktail and take a seat at the piano bar. Billy's is perfect for an intimate evening with a menu and wine selections that are sure to delight. PA G E 1 5 1 CITY IN THE SOUTH

Delivers to Downtown Savannah texttotable.com 912.247.1591

Dreams do come true! Now you can get incredible soul food made from scratch delivered to your door, hotel room, or wherever you

SIX PENCE THIS BRITISH-STYLE ALEHOUSE IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH DELIVERS ENGLISH-ACCENTED PUB GRUB & A BIG BEER LIST YOU WON'T WANT TO MISS. #

Known for: Pub Eats & Brews

Food trends come and go, change and evolve, but one place in Savannah has always remained a constant favorite amongst tourists and locals - Six Pence Pub. If you didn't know, “pub” is an abbreviation of “public house,” and that explains the understood tenet of sharing a wholesome meal and brew in a place that feels like a home. 245 Bull St, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia • 912.233.3151 • sixpencepub.com

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are. The latest innovative food service in downtown Savannah sticks to the roots of good home cookin' made with love. PA G E 1 5 0 COHEN’S RETREAT

5715 Skidaway Road 912.355.3336 cohensretreat.com

The beautiful plantation setting of Cohen's Retreat is one of the most aesthetically pleasing experiences for dining. Chef Rob Britton’s unique take on Lowcountry dishes are the edible reflections of his impressive cultural journey with cooking. Check out the unique pop-up shops located in the retreat. PA G E 1 4 0

COTTON & RYE

1801 Habersham St. 912.777.6286 cottonandrye.com

There are many reasons why Cotton & Rye tops the reviews of other new restaurants in town. Sophisticated, yet relaxed, envision a room with no dress code, full of folks enjoying fresh dishes cured on-premise with a drink selection that is 100% all-American. PA G E 1 4 2

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CUPCAKE EMPORIUM

151 W Bryan St. 912.341.8014

A cupcake shop on Ellis Square that celebrities like Jennifer Garner swear by. Often times an actor gets cranky on a Savannah film set and the only way to make them smile is a treat from Cupcake Emporium. Stop by for a cupcake and let them tell you about it! PA G E 1 5 9 FIDDLER’S CRAB HOUSE/ LIVE OAK 131 W River St. 912.644.7172 fiddlerssavannah.com

Seafood that stands the test of time inside of a renovated circa1850s warehouse with a scenic waterfront terrace on River Street. Perfect for the oyster connoisseur with an impressive selection of oysters from the Gulf Coast to Japan. PA G E 1 3 0 FIVE OAKS TAPROOM 201 W Bay St. 912.236.4440 hotelindigosavannah.com

Located inside Savannah’s Hotel Indigo, the Five Oaks Taproom offers a beautiful bar experience and an array of Americano dishes with a Southern inlay that taste

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like home. The bar has been beautifully designed with several doors opening out on to Bay Street, and features a great selection of craft cocktails and draft beers. PA G E 1 3 9

that houses some of the best local music talent and an impressive wine selection. One of the only places in town where you can get real tapas. PA G E 1 2 5

FLYING FISH BAR & GRILL

1110 Bull St. 912.790.9000 local11ten.com

7906 US 80 912.897.2009 flyingfishsavannah.com

LOCAL 11TEN FOOD | WINE

Flying Fish is the best hangout spot in town that emits a stay-forhours vibe. There are enough big screen TV’s and true Southern hospitality inside to make you feel right at home. PA G E 1 3 8

Local 11Ten proves that farm to table can still be chic and worldclass. Known for their perfectly executed boutique atmosphere, and their rooftop lounge, The Perch, which is a great spot to unwind. PA G E 1 2 6

JALAPEÑOS

MELLOW MUSHROOM

Jalapenos has six other locations but the newest on Broughton is your best bet for happy hour. As always, their family brings a bursting taste of Mexican heritage to the table. Be sure to try their street tacos!

A pizza joint with an awesome draft beer selection and laid-back atmosphere that is consistently voted best happy hour in Savannah. PA G E 1 5 8

7 E. Broughton Street 912.234.1900 jalapenosinc.com

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JAZZ’D TAPAS BAR

52 Barnard St. 912.236.7777 jazzdtapasbar.com

An underground jazz venue

11 W. Liberty St. 912.495.0705 mellowmushroom.com

MOON RIVER BREWING COMPANY

21 W. Bay St. 912.447.0943 moonriverbrewing.com

Housed in one of the oldest, most historic, and genuinely haunted buildings in Savannah,

BEETNIX SAVANNAH'S BEETNIX SUPERFOOD AND JUICE BAR IS A MUST VISIT DESTINATION FOR VEGANS, VEGETARIANS & ANYONE LOOKING TO SUPERFOOD THEIR SOUL! #

Known for: Superfood & Fresh Pressed Juices

Beetnix is more than a health conscious Savannah eatery - it's a community for those looking to embrace their own health and well-being. Everything is raw, vegan, gluten-free and organic at this Historic District cafe serving up cold-pressed juices, organic smoothies and homemade nut milks alongside superfood bowls and salads, plus custom juice cleanses! Come to Beetnix and Superfood Your Soul!

$10–$25 casual vegan + vegetarian bar seating breakfast & lunch fresh pressed juices

18 E Broughton St, Historic Downtown Savannah Georgia • 912.231.9643 • beetnixbar.com

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Moon River is full of ghost history and home-brewed delights. Check out their beautiful beer garden and sample over 15 signature brews that rotate throughout the year. PA G E 1 4 3

OLYMPIA CAFE

5 E. River St. 912.233.3131 olympiacafe.us

Famous for their fried calamari and flaming Saganaki cheese; Olympia Café is a family run café with great Greek food and amazing waterfront views. PA G E 1 5 8 OUR DAILY BREAD CAFÉ 6 E State St., 912.713.4977

A new addition to downtown’s food scene, Our Daily Bread serves homemade bread, fresh pastries, and some of the best sandwhich and soup combos in town. PA G E 1 5 9

PAKWAN INDIAN RESTAURANT

7804 Abercorn St. 912.353.5799 pakwanusa.com

Superb Indian cuisine with genial hospitality. This well-

rounded menu includes only the best curries, tandoori, lamb, chicken, and seafood. Ample vegetarian options available. PA G E 1 3 2

RIVER HOUSE SEAFOOD 125 W. River St. 912.234.1900 savannahriverhouse.com

River House is a great place to take big groups visiting the Hostess City. Nothing welcomes guests better than the Chatham Artillery Punch and a fried green tomato BLT. PA G E 1 2 9

SAVANNAH COFFEE ROASTERS 215 W Liberty St. 912.352.2994 savannahcoffee.com

Serving more than just your morning coffee, this century old roasting company will win you over seven days a week with brunch, café and bistro menus, plus weekly events! PA G E 1 4 4 SAVANNAH RIVERBOAT 9 E. River St. 912.232.6404 savannahriverboat.com

Welcome aboard the iconic mainstay along the Savannah

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SIX PENCE PUB

245 Bull St. 912.233.3151 sixpencepub.com

The red phone booth is a local landmark and is home to wholesome English pub fare. Enjoy a meal that will stick to your ribs and a variety of beers on tap. PA G E 1 5 6

STARBUCKS

135 W Bay St. starbucks.com 1

The new location on Bay Street is decorated specially for this city. A large oak branch chandelier and overflowing courtyard gives everyone's favorite morning ritual a special local flair. PA G E 1 5 3

TAILGATE BAR & GRILL

11215 Abercorn St. 912.921.2269

Savannah’s favorite sports bar with southern food staples and ample beer choices, plus pool, darts and theme trivia and karaoke nights. Each month’s personalized menu specials make this a hotspot

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for local lunch outings. PA G E 109 Whitaker St. 912.236.3222 tequilastown.com

Tequila's Town takes pride in offering genuine Mexican recipes, and a modern twist on time-tested Tex-Mex favorites. With the tableside guacamole made with fresh Hess avocados, and a large selection of tequila, this place is as authentic as it gets. PA G E 135 THE FLORENCE

1 W. Victory Dr. #B, 912.234.5522 theflorencesavannah.com

While the food is Italianfocused, the ingredients are Southern-grown and locally harvested. Celeb chef Hugh Acheson and the immensely talented Kyle Jacovino aim to be as dedicated to their food and community as Florence Martus was to those ships passing by all those years ago. PA G E 1 4 7 THE ORDINARY PUB

217 W Broughton St. 912.238.5130

Greek

FUNKY & ARTSY PIZZERIA FT. CRAFT BEER, CALZONES & PIZZA

11 W Liberty St, Savannah GA • 912.495.0705 • mellowmushroom.com

5 E River St, Savannah GA • 912.233.3131 • olympiacafe.net

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OLYMPIA CAFE

Mellow has been serving up delicious pies since Known for: # 1974. Join them from 4 to 7 pm for a pint of their Stone-baked pizzas endless selection of craft beers for only $2 at their $10–$25 monumental happy hour! With daily lunch specials for the busy crowd, & Pizza of the Month to expand your vegetarian friendly palate and keep it fresh, Mellow has something for all ages and appetites! Don't miss Trivia on Tuesday's & lunch & dinner Bingo on Wednesday's - both at 7:30pm. See you there!

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FRESH AND LOCAL FOR 25 YEARS

Imagine what would happen if the flavorful dishes from the Mediterranean married the fresh ingredients of the South. Olympia Cafe offers you the best international dish on River Street - hands down! Authentic and cheerful, one bite will have you screaming, "Opa!" Embrace and celebrate the totality of Greek culture and cuisine at Olympia Cafe.

Known for: Authentic # Greek Food $10–$25 vegetarian friendly lunch & dinner


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A neighborhood basement pub brings reimagined classics inspired by California, the midwest, and of course the Lowcountry. The $10 bottomless mimosa brunch special will be sure to start the day off right! PA G E 1 4 1

THE PUBLIC KITCHEN & BAR 1 W Liberty St. 912.200.4045 thepublickitchen.com

Midcentury modern decor sets the stage for trendy cocktails and an eclectic array of American eats at the Public. Arguably the best burger/ambiance combo the city has to offer. Get there early for dinner to score an outside table. PA G E 1 2 7

TOP DECK

125 W River Street 912.436.6828 topdeckbar.com

A rooftop bar with the best view of Savannah that serves a variety of elegant dishes and drinks. A cocktail and sunset background make this an Instagram-worthy attraction. PA G E 1 3 7 WET WILLIE’S

7101 E. River St. 912.233.5650 wetwillies.com

Perfect for a sweltering summer afternoon or any time you’re in search of an “attitude adjustment” daquiri. Stop by the world famous frozen daiquiri bar and grab a bite to eat from their intriguing selection of dishes. PA G E 1 5 5

THE SHRIMP FACTORY

313 W. River St. 912.236.4229 theshrimpfactory.com

For the shrimp lover looking for something classic, the shrimp and grits here is the best. Watch the ships go by on the Savannah River as you enjoy culinary creations made from scratch. PA G E 1 2 8

FOOD TRUCKS

CHAZITO’S LATIN CUISINE 912.236.4229 facebook.com/ chazitos-latin-cuisine

Brainchild of chef Chaz Ortiz, this authentic Latin food truck is on the move throughout

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DARK SHARK TACO 912.210.8102 darksharktacos.com

Unique and exciting taco combinations and will make you question everything you thought you knew about tacos. Their website has a weekly update of where you can find them on any given day of the week. PA G E 1 6 7 DIVINE EATERY

678.595.4108 facebook.com/divineeatery

A food truck that's serving up a taste of heaven in the form of classic favorites. There’s nothing like a waffle sandwich to put you on Cloud 9! PA G E 1 6 4 GROOVY DUDES POPS

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The most colorful food truck in the game. Groovy Dudes Popsicles are made with local and organic ingredients. Flavors like coconut,

cantaloupe, and pomegranate can’t be found anywhere else. PA G E 1 6 1 IT'S ONLY FAIR

843.476.5228 facebook.com/itsonlyfairhhi

It's Only Fair serves your favorite fair foods. Corn Dogs, Wings, Fried Chicken Funnel Cakes, Tornado Potatoes, and Fresh Squeezed Lemonade served from a psychedelic hippie mobile. PA G E 1 6 6

PSYCHO CIRCUS

912.704.4437 psychocircus.com

A full-scale, blood-dripping, firebreathing food extravaganza serving up the best in carnival goodies. If you’re looking to melt your soul and mouth, they’ve got a psychotic hot sauce that will do the job. PA G E 1 6 2 MOLLY MACPHERSON'S

912.484.5385 macphersonspub.com/foodtruck

Look for the Scottish flag on top of the Molly Macpherson’s food truck. The clan serves fan favorites like their famous fish and chips and onion rings battered in Guinness beer. PA G E 1 6 5

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OUR DAILY BREAD CAFE

MABEL'S CUPCAKE EMPORIUM

6 E State St, Savannah, GA • 912.713.4977 • @OurDailyBreadCafeSavannah

151 W Bryan St, Savannah GA • 912.341.8014 • @mabelscupcakeemporium

A NEW ADDITION TO SAVANNAH'S BREAKFAST & LUNCH SCENE

Thought for the day: nothing can compare to Known for: # Hearty Breakfasts a slice of homemade bread made with love. Like Savannah’s spirit of unexpected whimsy hiding $5–$15 in unassuming corners, Our Daily Bread is quite vegetarian modest until you enter and investigate. Savannah’s friendly Historic District hosts a competitive landscape of bakeries and cafes, but what makes Our Daily Bread breakfast & lunch special is its authentic, made-from-scratch menu.

CUPCAKES, COFFEE, & BREAKFAST... OH, MY!

Get ready for moist, delicious gourmet cupcakes with fresh ingredients that will have you salivating for more, and their decadent, chewy macarons with unique flavorings that change daily. Their coffee constantly gets praise - but if the heat is too much for you they also have iced coffee ready to go! Their breakfast sandwiches hit the spot to gear you up for a day at work or a day exploring our city.

Known for: # Cupcakes $5–$15 vegetarian friendly breakfast & coffee

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FOODTRUCK REVOLUTION

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EVERY GREAT ENTREPRENEUR IS FUELED BY THE WORD 'NO.' IN 2013, RYAN GIANNONI BEGAN THE 51 WEEK FIGHT TO PASS AN ORDINANCE THAT WOULD ALLOW FOOD TRUCKS TO SERVE IN SAVANNAH. WHAT RYAN DID TO OVERCOME THE ODDS WILL STRIKE A CHORD IN ANYONE OUT THERE WITH A PASSION.

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FIGHT TO BRING FOOD TRUCKS TO SAVANNAH.

Food Truck Revolution 2016

THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO LAUNCH A FOOD TRUCK BUSINESS IN THE SOUTH. CITY AFTER CITY IS EXPLODING WITH ENTREPRENEURS WHO HAVE TRADED IN THEIR THREE PIECE SUITS AND 9 TO 5 LIFESTYLES TO BE THEIR OWN BOSS AND JOIN THE EXCITING FOOD TRUCK REVOLUTION. South magazine first met Ryan Giannoni one year ago in the midst of a chapter in his life that was a bottomless pit of research and meetings. Ryan was starving for the city of Savannah to give food trucks the time of day. Getting by merely on a vision he'd created after visiting Austin, Texas and encountering the emerging food truck scene there, he gambled working two jobs with less than $100 in his bank account to fund a shot in the dark dream of one day bringing Savannah its very own food truck festival. It would only take eight months for the hustle to begin paying off in the form of a worthy attraction. On a bright June day in heart of Emmett Park, the Savannah Food Truck Festival gathered hundreds of people standing elbow-to-elbow waiting in lines that overflowed into the traffic. Staying true to form, Ryan was at the inaugural event wearing a SFTF t-shirt with a hefty row of walkie talkies clipped at his side. He is a living testament to fulfilling your passion and making a difference without dress codes or skyrise office space. The Savannah Food Truck Association is currently home to 30 trucks and counting. Here’s what you need to know if you're interested in joining the movement: 1. Make Gut Decisions "If you have to make a decision that might not immediately benefit you financially, but you’re making an investment in your brand and community - it will always follow through." 2. Find Your Niche "I’m not a talented chef but my niche is creating opportunities for other trucks to get their feet on the ground and build a strong customer base. All of our trucks offer food with something unique that people can relate to." 3. Create an Environment of Giving Back "At one point we (SFTA) all came together and agreed we needed to serve food to the people in an a way that promoted this industry but also gave back to the community. At every SFTA occasion, there's a philanthropy backed behind it. Because it’s the right thing to do!" O C T OB E R / NOV E M B E R 161


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3. Psycho Nachos - loaded with chili, nacho cheese, jalapeño peppers, sour cream, diced tomatoes, caramelized onions and psycho sauce. 5. Carney Grilled Cheese - Beef smoked sausage, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, pepper jack, gouda, and cheddar grilled on sour dough.

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You should never take candy from a stranger and always stay away from mysterious vans. But here's something for you to chew on. Next time you see a psychotic clown handing duck sandwiches from a food truck, walk slowly towards him. Running is also an option, but be warned that you risk a tantalizing chase from demented jesters and impishly evil clowns. If you're looking to melt your soul and mouth, you must soon encounter the carnivalesque

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trance of Psycho Circus. This food truck was started by two brothers, both leaders of the fringe culture here in the South. The brothers ventured to Savannah, sweeping generalizations and throwing societal mores up in flames! Tod Holland, Tyler Alexander, and Michael Alcott are creating their own network of free spirits in Savannah with Dead City Clowns and Stardust Pixies. 912.704.4437 • psychocircusfoodtruck.com

$5-$15 live entertainment lunch + dinner Known for: # Carnival Cuisine


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1. Sofrito Shrimp and Guda Grits 3. Chimmichuri steak plantain sliders - flank steak tips covered in a house Chimmichuri and a cilantro moscato cream sauce 4. Marina Empanadas Dessert made with dulce de leche Apple pie mixture and a crown royal caramel

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CHAZITO'S LATIN CUISINE BRAINCHILD OF CHEF CHAZ ORTIZ, THIS AUTHENTIC LATIN FOOD TRUCK IS ON THE MOVE THROUGHOUT SAVANNAH; DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS VIBRANT ADDITION TO SAVANNAH'S GROWING FOOD TRUCK SCENE! CHAZITO'S FOOD TRUCK is a vital and vibrant addition to Savannah's growing food truck scene. Chef Chaz Ortiz creates authentic Latin cusine that showcases traditional, family recipies with his own personal spin added to each dish. Chaz is a testament to the fact that anyone can make their dreams come true with a little hard work, determination and unwavering vision. Chazito's menu is

short, sweet and packed with flavor. In addition to roaming the streets of the Historic District, you can find Chazito's at caterered events like weddings, birthdays, concerts, or festivals. You can also enjoy the authenticity of Chazito's Latin Cuisine at their future storefront location opening the second week of October at 217 East Hwy 80 Pooler, Ga from Wednesday - Saturday 11am-10pm. 912.236.4229

$10-$20 vegan & vegetarian specialty dishes lunch & dinner Known for: # Authentic Latin Eats

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Growing up in the rough heart of Atlanta, Antwaun took on cooking as a kid to serve as a positive outlet in his life. Learning the basics and working his way from there is a testament to a true artist of any sorts. It's the passion people feel in its presence that makes them fall in love. In the art of food trucking, heaven presents itself to us in the form of waffle sandwiches from Divine Eatery. This unconventional duo promises to send you straight to your high point

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with a smile on your face. Life is too short to not dive straight in and enjoy a little bite of heaven from time to time! It's hard not to smile in the ambiance that this truck has created based on passion and plenty of flavor. Chicken and waffles, fish n grits, and anything fried - some things, when done right, can never go out of style. Just how mama would like you to eat! Say a little prayer of thanks as you slurp down a peach tea lemonade. 678.860.5072

$5-$15 lunch + dinner Known for: # Soulful Creations


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MOLLY MACPHERSON'S YOUR FAVORITE SCOTTISH PUB IS NOW ON WHEELS.

Everyone is familiar with Savannah's most notorious Scottish pub, Molly MacPherson’s. Until late, one could only get their fix of Scotland at one of Molly’s original brick and mortars in Savannah, Pooler, or Richmond Hill. But how significant are four standing walls when it comes to Scottish pub fare? Pretty insignifact if you ask Dan Cloutier. The MacPhersons are known for being really good to their locals and decided, “Why not bring the Scottish flair

to them?” Like their rich Scottish history, the Molly MacPherson’s Food Truck was born before many of the others currently in Savannah. Look for the armorial badge of the MacPherson clan that flies above the truck for home-cooked pub goodness on the go. This is the only food truck where you will encounter authentic dishes like the fish and chips or the famous highland shrimp poppers. 912.484.5385 + macphersonspub.com

$5-$15 lunch + dinner Known for: # Scottish Fare

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1. Fried Chicken Funnell Cake: Bite sized fried chicken with powdered funnel cake. 4. Footlong corndog: Fluffy on the inside while crispy and golden on the outside.

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WHOEVER DEEMED GENERATION X AS DISAFFECTED AND DIRECTIONLESS DIDN'T PLAN ON A NEW MILLENNIUM FOOD TRUCK REVOLUTION.

Pete Izzillo, raised on The Beatles and psychedelic vibes of the 60s, made a pretty ambitious move for the not-so-typical Ringo-loving groovy guy. For anyone who can remember the love generation – or for those who always wished they could, it's time to take a magic trip to a land of fried chicken funnel cakes and record sized corn dogs. Pete has started a revolution of his own with his

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fan favorite corndog recipe. The psychedelic funk of the 60s is still shaping the way he and Amber Bryson do business. The revolution of psychedelic rock and magical swirl of tie dyed hues are meant to take you back to the budding hippie culture of the 60s. With fresh ingredients sourced local with the coastal community's best interest in mind, it's only fair you give these peacemakers a try! 843.476.5228

$5-$15 lunch + dinner Known for: # Carnival Cuisine


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The artwork on this truck is an eye-catching juxtaposition dedicated to the underdogs of Savannah. With no disrespect to horse drawn carriages or old Victorian homes, owners Brian Maher and Russell Butter decided to make tacos for the "dark sharks" of Savannah. They are the outcasts, square pegs and freethinkers that give our community its best expression. If you're the red headed stepchild to the expected "classic Southern style," there's a seat for you at

the Dark Shark table. Staying true to the local, vibrant and thriving artistic community in Savannah, Brian and Russell have designed a nonconforming smorgasbord of tacos. The Dark Shark menu does not discriminate against its taco concepts either. They're not afraid for you to try the cheeseburger tac or the fried banana and pb, but maybe you should be. Their online schedule with daily locations could have you eating tacos every day. 912.210.8102, darksharktacos.com.

$5-$15 lunch + dinner Known for: # Mind Blowing Tacos

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LEARNING THE CRAFT OF DRINKING SCOTCH FROM A LOCAL EXPERT. FROM SCOTCH EXPERT MICHAEL OWENS

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Scotch 101


GETTING SCHOOLED

Is there anything manlier than Scotch? The aroma, the color, the taste all culminate to form one of the most storied and revered spirits in the world. Scotch used to have a stuffy, haughty connotation, but this whisky is making a comeback throughout the South as the perfect drink for the new breed of Southern gentlemen. Local Scotch expert, Mike Owens, gives us a quick course on choosing and drinking the right Scotch for your palette. DRINKING SCOTCH: First rule first: absolutely no ice. End of story. No. Ice. I mean it. Scotch is best appreciated at room temperature. To chill the malt is to stifle the delicate and complex flavors the wood and aging imparts on the spirit. Consider the glass. All the movies show Scotch in a highball. While there’s nothing wrong with that, the best glass to enjoy Scotch and its aroma is a glencairn glass, it’s a tulip shaped glass that’s perfect for enjoying a dram. A snifter is also a great glass for Scotch. Even a champagne flute will do in a pinch and is actually a more desirable glass than a highball. An important note about adding water: not all Scotch needs or should have a few drops of water added before tasting. The fact is: adding a few drops of water to your dram can reduce the “burn” coming from the alcohol in Scotch that can anesthetize your palate. I always add a few drops to any “cask strength” Scotch by necessity as these malts have a higher alcohol content by volume. I usually add a few drops to Speyside and Islay Scotches

SELECTING THE RIGHT SCOTCH For choosing a special single malt, price is very often a better indicator of quality than the age of the Scotch. While the older single malts are typically more desirable, there are some cases where the best offering of the distillery is one of their younger single malts. To better understand your palate and appreciate single malt, it’s best to be familiar with the basic regions of single malt distillation and their individual qualities: HIGHLANDS: The largest region in area and production, Highland Scotches are often light and a bit fruity. (Notable Highland Scotch: Oban, Dalwhinnie, Glenfarclas, Old Pulteney, Aberfeldy) LOWLAND: There are only three distilleries in this region and their

Scotches are often considered the lightest bodied. (The three Lowland Scotches: Auchentoshan, Glenkinchie, Rosebank) SPEYSIDE: While by area the region is relatively small, it produces more than half of Scotland’s single malt. The region’s Scotch is widely considered the most complex with very rich flavor profiles and sweet aroma. (Notable Speyside Scotches: Aberlour, The Balvenie, Glenfiddich, Glenlivit, Glenrothes, The Macallan) CAMPBELTOWN: With only three active distilleries in the region, the Scotch flavor here gets heavy influence by the sea. The Scotch has a hint of salt and a slightly briny character with a hint of smoke. (Campbeltown Scotches: Glen Scotia, Kilkerran, Longrow, Springbank) ISLANDS: This Northwestern region produces Scotch that bridges the flavor profiles

to bring out more flavor and aroma. Water can improve your enjoyment by bringing out more subtle flavors and aromas by “calming” the alcohol in the spirit. How much water? Usually 2-3 drops of purified water from an eye dropper. Novice drinkers may use a bit more water in the beginning and will often reduce the amount of water added as their palate improves. Smell or “nose” the Scotch. If it burns your nose, the glass is too close. You’ll have to find the right distance from the glass to your nose based on your own preferences and the character of the Scotch. Take a moment to enjoy the complexity of the spirit before you taste. After nosing the Scotch for as long as you like, it’s time to take a small sip (think no larger than ¾ to 1 teaspoon). Let the Scotch coat your mouth and tongue. No swishing, ever. Swallow slowly and appreciate the “afterglow” of the malt. Single malt is not intended to be drunk like other spirits; it should be sipped an enjoyed the whole way through the dram. Fine single malt should be an experience to the last drop. of the Highland and Islay regions. (Notable Island Scotches: Highland Park, Talisker, Tobermory, and Arran) ISLAY: Pronounced ���eye-lah,” this region produces a real Scotch drinker’s Scotch. The eight distilleries here produce the peatiest and strongest flavor of all the regions and is not often appreciated by the undeveloped or inexperienced palate. These are very briny and extremely smoky Scotches that get much of their flavor from peat used to smoke the malted barley and the briny water found in local springs. (Notable Islay Scotches: Laphroaig, Lagavullin, Caol Ila, Ardbeg, and Bruichladdich) Your taste and preferences should always override age and pricing. Many, if not most, novice single malt drinkers have not quite developed a palate for Islay Scotches. I usually recommend starting with Dalwhinnie or Old Puteney and then move to the smokier Scotches over time.

SHORT GLOSSARY OF SCOTCH TERMS:

GET YOUR OWN SCOTCH Below are some of the most popular brands of Scotch in the U.S. Find them at any local liquor store.

OBAN The Oban Distillery is one of the oldest in Scotland, built in 1794. explore-oban.com

If you’re going to know Scotch, you’ve got to get familiar with the unique terminology associated with practice. Scotch Whisky – spelled without the “e” when referring to Scotch. There are certain standards to be called Scotch, the first is it must be made and matured in Scotland. To be called Scotch a whisky must also contain water and malted barley. Malt - Malt is essentially barley that has been allowed to germinate by soaking in water then has been dried by the application of heat. The malting process converts the stored starch into soluble compounds such as the sugar maltose and by so doing makes fermentation possible. Drying the malt over a furnace stops the germinating process and lacing the furnace with peat imparts a peaty aroma to the malt. Single Malt - single malt is malt whisky produced entirely at one distillery. A single malt may contain whiskys distilled at different times, in different batches, and even of different ages, as long as they're all from the same distillery.

LAPHROAIG One of the most popular Scotches made on the island of Islay. laphroaig.com

THE MACALLAN This Scotch is made in very small stills, which contribute to the distinctively rich, fruity “new make” spirit. themacallan.com

Peat – decayed vegetation found in the ground throughout Scotland. Peat has been used as a heat and energy source for centuries and is used in heating barley and creating a smoky flavor in the production of some Scotch whiskys. Briny – of salty water or the sea. Dram – the amount of Scotch in your glass, generally a small amount.

ABERLOUR The name of this Scotch means “the mouth of the chattering burn” in Gaelic. aberlour.com

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BAR CRAWL SAVANNAH IS A DRINKING TOWN, PURE AND SIMPLE. MAKE YOUR WAY THROUGH THE BEST BARS IN THE CITY WITH SOUTH’S OFFICIAL SOUTHERN BAR CRAWL. **PLEASE DRINK RESPONSIBLY. SOUTH IS IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR DRUNKEN ANTICS AS SOME OF THE DRINKS AT THESE BARS MAY BE TOO STRONG FOR YOU TO HANDLE.** EMMA IOCOVOZZI & KELLY HEITZ PHOTOGRAPHY : CHUCK COLEMAN / DYLAN WILSON / BLAKE CROSBY

IT’S NOT THAT SAVANNAH NEEDS another excuse to drink. We pride ourselves on coming up with new and interesting ways to funnel alcohol into our mouths every year. Want to ride on a 10-person bike that blasts top 40 hits while drinking? Savannah Slow Ride. Want to walk around looking at spooky houses while drinking? Ghost Tour. Many of these iterations of drinking at least have the pretense of doing something of merit other than drinking but who cares about pretense, let’s celebrate drinking for drinking’s sake! Get out of here with that historical nonsense, no need to get married or even take a vacation. There is no better way to drink unapologetically than a good old-fashioned Southern Bar Crawl. Surprisingly enough, bar crawls are important on a few levels other than blacking out in the arms of a Club One drag queen. Perhaps the most heartwarming of these is the sense of camaraderie and community that slowly builds with every stop on the crawl; every drink finished. Many Bar Crawls are formed to help

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acquaint recent transplants to the area and introduce them to new places in a strange city. I remember attending a bar crawl put on by a club in my college. By the end of the night, strangers were best friends, many of us had found bars we would frequent for the next four years, and at the very least at the end of the night we were all exhaustingly comfortable in a happy combination of drinking and walking. In true Southern style, we have created a bar crawl that has a little something for everyone. Savannah is well known for having a multitude of bars, some of them fantastic, some of them not so much, but every Savannahian has their favorite: the one with the best late night eats, the one with the best live music, the one with the best beer selection. And of course they know the ones to avoid as well. Here at South we have compiled what we think is the perfect combination of modern Southern elegance and down home dives, and as with any bar crawl ordering at least one drink at each stop isn’t just imperative, it’s required!


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Ryan Parker and Rebecca Kucsan enjoying the view at the first stop on our bar crawl, Top Deck.

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125 W River St, Savannah, GA topdeckbar.com We thought we’d start off this bar crawl with something no one else has- the best view in Savannah. Top Deck Bar is located above the Cotton Sail Hotel, and has an upscale, yet casual, vibe perfect for commencing an evening of any kind. We recommend starting this bar crawl at dusk so you can enjoy a stunning view of the Savannah River and Talmadge Bridge while the sun sets.

Start off with a glass of champagne to celebrate your fortitude and endurance for a night full of drinking. Speaking of fortitude, you’re going to need to nosh on a little something to prepare your body for the evening’s events. Top Deck’s bar food menu is an interesting and refreshing take on the typical monotony bar food tends to be. Our favorites are always the watermelon salad and the salmon dip with dilled cucumber. These munchies go especially well with their Fleur de Lys cocktail, a heavenly amalgamation of green chartreuse and cucumber vodka.

We didn’t add it to our bar crawl because we’d never disclose the exact location of the secret speakeasy called the House of Mata Hari. In order to gain admittance to this secret club, you must possess a key, or be in the presence of someone with a key. A few of the hotels around town keep keys on hand for their guests who wish to experience a night of mystique, or ask around. I’m sure you know someone with a penchant for the mysterious and unusual. Once you find a way in, you’ll be taken back to a time of debauchery and flair. Ornate details, sultry sounds, and flaming absinthe are all part of the intrigue surrounding this unique bar. If you make it inside, you can’t leave without trying some absinthe, which was at one point illegal in the United States because of its hallucinogenic qualities. You won’t get high off today’s absinthe, but you might get a buzz from the atmosphere and intrigue of the House of Mata Hari.

Moon River 21 W Bay St, Savannah, GA moonriverbrewing.com

After Top Deck, make your way down Bay Street about a block until you see the hanging lights and open atmosphere of Savannah’s best beer garden. The large outdoor space is perfect for hanging out with friends and even petting a dog or two! Moon River Brewing Company has always prided themselves on creating an atmosphere that transcends the typical beer hall. They brew a multitude of beers throughout the season so your best bet in this situation is to ask for a flight of what they have at the time and taste all those amazing homebrews. Our favorite is the Yoga Pants, a Southern style pale ale that is almost too easy to drink. The beer garden at Moon River is one of those places that you could easily spend three or four hours hanging out without realizing it; but of course after a beer or two you must soldier on to your next destination!

The bar inside Moon Rover Brewing Company reflects its haunted roots.

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In House Hotel Bars

Just becuase they serve incredible food, doesn't mean they can't serve up a mean cocktail. Try one of these restaurant bars for a great bite to eat with your booze.

COTTON & RYE Housed in an old bank building, Cotton & Rye is a fun hangout just south of the Historic District. The bright and modern interior is perfect for an afternoon cocktail with friends. The butcherblock bar in the main dining area is the perfect place to sit and have a bite and a drink. Get the sausage and cheese board to split while you sip on a starter cocktail. With your meal, ask the bartender about their impressive wine selection. 1 8 0 1 H A B E R S H A M S T, S AVA N N A H , G A / C O T T O N A N D R Y E . C O M

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PACCI ITALIAN KITCHEN + BAR Clean white linens and a joyful

atmosphere make Pacci one of our favorite restaurant bars in Downtown Savannah. Sit at their long bar and strike up a conversation with Sydney Lance, the resident mixologist. Not only is he full of stories and laughs, but can also perfectly pair any drink with something on the classic Italian menu. If you're looking for something small, go during Aperitivo Hour. It's the Italian version of happy hour where you can unwind with a delicous drink and the perfect light snack. 6 0 1 E A S T B AY S T R E E T, S AVA N N A H , G A / PA C C I S AVA N N A H . C O M

THE GREY One of Savannah's favorite new eateries, The

1 FIVE OAKS TAPROOM AT HOTEL INDIGO A beautiful bar with industrial details and Southern flavors, Five Oaks Taproom at Hotel Indigo is a great place to unwind in Downtown Savannah. Whether you make it a pit stop on our bar crawl or just stop in to see what’s new, Five Oaks should definitely be on your list. With only Georgia beers on tap, ask one of the knowlegable bartenders to pour you a to-go cup of something that perfectly matches your palate. 201 West Bay Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.236.4440 hotelindigosavannah.com

Grey has gotten a lot of national attention. And it's all well-deserved. First off, the interior to this place is impeccable. Who knew you could turn an old bus station into a classy and upscale diner with midcentury modern aesthetic? The U-shaped diner bar is the centerpiece to this place, so you'll want to take a seat where you can get one. The diner bar has its own special menu including a mix of snacks, plated meals, and sweets. If you'd prefer cozying up in one of the booths or sitting at the other bar, the complete dinner menu has a slew of unique seasonal dishes designed by master chef and owner Mashama Bailey. You'll love her unique take on Southern classics like the charred okra or roasted yardbird. 1 0 9 M A R T I N L U T H E R K I N G J R B LV D , S AVA N N A H , G A / T H E G R E Y R E S TA U R A N T. C O M

THE FLORENCE Brainchild of celebrity chef Hugh Acheson, The Florence exudes timeless elegance in a fun and non-fussy atmosphere. Take a seat at the bar and immediately order one of their famous pizzas. As you're waiting, have a chat with Allison Crumpton, the resident sommelier. She'll be quick to relay some of her extensive knowledge of the wine list, which was artfully curated to appeal to wine lovers on any budget. Seriously, try anything she recommends to you because she knows her stuff. 1 W E S T V I C T O R Y D R I V E , S AVA N N A H , G A / T H E F L O R E N C E S AVA N N A H . C O M

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Barrelhouse South

a. Lure

309 W Congress St, Savannah, GA aluresavannah.com After leaving Moon River, walk down Whitaker Street and take a right on Congress Street. Walk down Congress for two blocks until you run into a.Lure restaurant. Now you might be thinking at this point, a.Lure is an upscale restaurant and not a bar at all, well we here at South tend not to play by the rules. The bar at a.Lure has an amazing list of cocktails, crafted specifically to compliment their contemporary Lowcountry cuisine. They have, in fact, won many awards for their cocktails alone.

Our favorite is the Watermelon Grin, a combination of house-made jalapeno infused tequila, watermelon juice, lime juice and a little simple syrup. This delightfully simple concoction is somehow simultaneously refreshing with a spicy kick that will take this bar crawl to the next level. a.Lure also has an incredible bar menu, so if you’re feeling peckish, pop a couple farm fresh deviled eggs with local pickled vegetables in your mouth before heading to your next destination.

125 W Congress St, Savannah, GA facebook.com/barrelhousesav Hopefully by this time you’re at least a little bit buzzed because going to our next stop, Barrelhouse South, you’re entering the goodvibe zone. The best part about Barrelhouse South is that there are two distinct floors that both offer amazing environments for hanging out with a big group. Walk in the door and a great live band playing on stage almost always greets you. They book all kinds of bands throughout the week, so you could hear a jam band, blues, country, or rock, depending on the night. Overly attentive and accommodating bartenders are ready and waiting to serve you their great selection of local brews and fun shots. Downstairs in the basement is more of a locals haunt, with pool tables, a jukebox, shuffleboard, and another bar. Feel free to meander between the two spaces depending on how low-key or amped up you want to go, but there is no doubt Barrelhouse is the perfect midway stop on our journey.

Jazz’d Tapas Bar 52 Barnard St, Savannah, GA jazzdtapasbar.com

Around the corner from Barrelhouse away from the hustle and bustle of Congress Street is our next stop. In the middle of Barnard Street a set of ground level stairs leads you down to one of the most interesting and unforgettable local establishments in Savannah. Jazz’d Tapas Bar has earned its legendary status not only for its unique approach to tapas, but also for its sultry and swanky aesthetic. Nothing like it exists anywhere else. Tuesday through Sunday they boast live music, though unlike Barrelhouse South, Jazz’d is known for more

incandescent and mellow lounge acts reminiscent of Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday. The main reason we’re making Jazz’d a must stop on our list, however, is their amazing list of libations. At Jazz’d creating a cocktail is almost an art in itself, our favorite drink is the Strawberry and Rose Sour, which has strawberry infused bourbon and rose infused simple syrup. For the more discerning and erudite palette, they also have an incredible selection of small batch bourbons. It would truly be an understatement to say there is something for everyone at Jazz’d.

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2 22 SQUARE BAR AT ANDAZ This chic and cozy bar on the edge of Ellis Square is a celebration of the art of cocktail making. You’ll love the rustic décor and huge windows that allow you to people-watch on one of the busiest squares in Savannah. We recommend sitting at the bar and befriending the bartenders. They’re all superknowlegable on every kind of cocktail you could imagine. Put their skills to the test by having them shake you up something unique. 14 Barnard Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.233.2116 savannah.andaz.hyatt.com

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411 W Congress St, Savannah, GA congressstreetsocialclub.com We like to fancy Congress Street Social Club, Savannah’s iteration of the classic biergarten. Walk through the doors and you are greeted by a large patio with lights strewn around an old oak tree, the smell of late night eats drifting over from the corner and the sound of friends laughing and gesturing in amusement. Walk inside and, depending on the night, there’s a band playing, peo-

ple dancing, and the game playing on one of the many televisions lining the room. Step down to the lower level and a basement bar featuring dart boards, pool tables and foosball aids the warm conviviality that you generally see in intimate quarters. Congress Street Social Club truly has everything, and a name that truly precedes itself. We would usually recommended getting lost here all night (an easy action) but since we can only stay for one drink we advise ordering from their 30 beers on tap, sitting back on an outdoor couch and people watching for a while.

Totally Awesome Bar 107B Whitaker St, Savannah, GA facebook.com/totallyawesomebar

The bar at Andaz Hotel

3 VU LOUNGE AT HYATT REGENCY If you want to enjoy drinks with a beautiful view of the Savannah River, stop in the Vu Lounge at the Hyatt Regency. This sophisticated and stylish downtown bar is known for its awesome happy hour specials every week day from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It’s a great place to hang before you begin the rest of your crawl. 2 West Bay Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.238.1234 savannah.regency.hyatt.com

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If the 80s and 90s are your idea of a blast from the past, look no further than Totally Awesome Bar. As the name alludes, this basement bar revives the aesthetic pop culture vibe in a new and surprisingly unannoying way, unlike fake 50s diners or wannabe Studio 54s. Not only is it a themed bar, it is Savannah’s only themed bar and is as individual as the decades it represents, featuring movie posters, a blacklight splattered floor and vintage arcade games we older kids can really appreciate. In addition to being curated perfectly, Totally Awesome Bar’s cocktails pay tribute to the decade's greatest names. We recommend trying a Tart Simpson or Pac Man, while shouting out some answers during their 80s and 90s trivia. No doubt, it’s all that and a bag of chips, homeslice!


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4 CASMIR’S LOUNGE AT THE MANSION ON FORSYTH Southern chic is Casmir’s claim to fame and you’ll notice it right as you walk in the doors of 700 Drayton and up the leopardprinted stairs to Casmir’s. Grab a signature drink from one of the bar’s mixologists and take it to the rooftop terrace, which overlooks Forsyth Park. 700 Drayton Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.721.5002 mansiononforsythpark.com

The Ordinary Pub

217 W Broughton St, Savannah, GA theordinarypub.com A couple steps from Jazz’d on Broughton Street, we find ourselves in another basement. The Ordinary Pub is an important stop on this crawl for a number of reasons. How could we create a bar crawl and not include a pub? The Ordinary Pub has a familiar yet updated feel to it, definitely giving us the serious neighborhood vibes any English pub would but with a refreshing Southern influence. They offer brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night pub bites, and a

well-rounded selection of local beers. When you get there make sure to order a bomber size of whatever beer strikes your fancy, these 750ml beers can be shared but we’re thinking at this point on the crawl you’re going to want to keep that baby all to yourself. While you are sipping on that wine-bottle sized beer, you’re going to want to order their amazing fried green tomato caprese salad or pork belly sliders; reimagined pub fare at its best.

BAR CRAWL SURVIVAL GUIDE HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON MAKING SURE YOU’RE HAVING FUN AND BEING SAFE AT THE SAME TIME; BECAUSE NO ONE WANTS TO BE WOKEN UP IN AN ALLEY BY THEIR UBER DRIVER.

5 ROCKS ON THE ROOF AT THE BOHEMIAN Venture up to the rooftop bar of the Bohemian and you’ll find an oasis of fire pits and plush seating. Order a martini from the bar and cozy up by the fire while you watch the sun set over the Savannah River. 102 West Bay Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.721.3901 bohemianhotelsavannah.com

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The Golden Rule If there is any one rule in having a successful bar crawl it is pacing, pacing, pacing. The second you declare yourself a “drinking dynamo” at the first bar you get to, you will be plastered beyond recognition. Relegating yourself to only one, maybe two drinks per bar will ensure you have the best experience through the crawl.

Dress Accordingly Bar crawls are a nomadic drinking endeavor so maybe strapping on six inch heels is not the best decision. Make no mistake, there is an unspoken rule that if you start complaining about your ill fitted shoes, we will leave you behind!

Proper Nourishment Just like any night out, doing it on an empty stomach is never a good idea. If you are respecting the length of this endeavor, proper sustenance should be observed! Thankfully most of our stops include some of the best food Savannah has to offer.

Commitment Our final tip isn’t really a tip per say, but more of a state of mind. Bar crawls are not something you agree to casually, and they are not for the faint of heart, they require desire, perseverance, and above all a great attitude. Follow all these tips and there is no doubt a successful Southern bar crawl is in your immediate future.


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HONORABLE MENTIONS IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO ADD A FEW MORE STOPS TO YOUR CRAWL, HERE’S A LIST OF SOME OF OUR FAVORITES.

Savannah Smiles Dueling Pianos 314 Williamson Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.527.6453 savannahsmilesduelingpianos.com Jen’s & Friends 34 Bull Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.238.5367 jensandfriendsbar.com

Circa 1875

48 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA circa1875.com We are now nearing the last leg of our bar crawl and if you are pacing yourself correctly, this is the perfect time to time warp back to turn of the century France and head to Circa 1875. Circa has been a fixture of the Savannah food and bar scene for years due to their unpretentious approach to French bistro food and almost other worldly atmosphere. They can make you feel like a sophisticated man about town, even when you’re eating

French fries and drinking a draft Leffe. For the purposes of this crawl however, we are going to try something a little different. If you were actually having dinner at Circa I would recommend getting something from their extensive wine list, and if you haven’t eaten there yet you are doing yourself a great disservice, but tonight you are going to order our favorite cocktail, Cook’s Redemption. It might be one of the best cocktails in town, combining Redemption Rye, St. Germaine, blood orange bitters, and topped with Champagne. I could drink them all night but one is the perfect treat as we near the end of this journey.

Abe’s on Lincoln 17 Lincoln Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.349.0525 abesonlincoln.com Saddle Bags 317 West River Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.349.5275 saddlebagssavannah.net SEED Eco Lounge 39 Montgomery Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.349.5100 facebook.com/seedecolounge Rogue Water Tap House 38 Martin Luther King Boulevard Savannah, GA 31401 912.349.1549 Churchill’s Pub 13 West Bay Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.232.8501 thebritishpub.com The Distillery 416 West Liberty Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.236.1772 distilleryalehouse.com

El Rocko Lounge 117 Whitaker St, Savannah, GA facebook.com/Pachinko21

Hopefully all this drinking hasn't pushed you past the point of no return, and if it has that is totally okay, this is why bar crawls are made for groups, and hopefully you’ve made some best friends by now, because we’ve saved the best for last. Even though El Rocko has only been on the scene a short while, they’ve already gained

a reputation for the kind of place you go to have a good time. The ultra-retro lounge is like a cross between a tiki bar and Studio 54, complete with a gold glitter bar and cask-aged cocktails on tap. The bartenders are fun and attentive and on any given night there is a DJ playing vinyl, yes actual records! We could tell you what drink to order but we’re guessing at this point it doesn't matter, although maybe a glass of water would be a smart idea. The tunes and the vibe of El Rocko make it the perfect place to end any evening, especially this one.

World of Beer 112 West Broughton Street Savannah, GA 31401 912.443.1515 worldofbeer.com LuLu’s Chocolate Bar 42 Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard Savannah, GA 31401 912.480.4564 luluschocolatebar.com

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STROLL DOWN ALTON LANE FROM $500 TO $10,000, THESE TWO COLLEGE BUDDIES KNOW WHAT IT TAKES TO PUT TOGETHER THE ULTIMATE SUITS FOR MEN. By Kelly Heitz / Photos by Blake Crosby

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hen it comes to fashion, what exactly does the Southern man want? Simple. Easy. Stylish. It isn’t too much to ask for, yet most retailers can’t deliver. In steps Alton Lane, the shopping experience for the modern Southern man. “Most guys don’t enjoy the shopping experience,” says Colin Hunter, co-founder of the custom menswear brand whose newest showroom just opened on Broughton Street. “We’ve changed that. At Alton Lane you have a one-on-one experience that not only gets you custom clothing tailored to your tastes and personality, but is also an experience.” By this, of course Hunter means the fully stocked bar, the huge television showing any game you could imagine, a poker table, and buttery leather couches overlooking bustling Broughton Street. The showroom itself is a man cave – that just happens to have the world’s best selection of high-quality menswear. At your first appointment, you’ll enter a booth that takes 3D avatar of your body: 300 measurements in 30 seconds. From there, you’ll work with experts to customize anything from suits to shirts to a casual blazer based on your measurements, preferences and personal style. The showroom staff also picks up on your favorite drink, favorite sports team, whether or not you think you’re manly enough to rock pink and adds it to your profile. By the way, all this stays on file so next time you walk in, your favorite drink will be waiting for you at the bar, your alma mater will be playing on screen, and there won’t be a pink shirt in sight. “We use technology to create an experience that is unique in the men’s fashion realm. We aren’t about telling our clients what is hip or what’s on the runways in Paris. They don’t care about that,” laughs Hunter. “Our clients just want to look good, be comfortable and have a good time; our technology allows us to deliver that better than anyone else in the business.” Founding partners Hunter and Peyton Jenkins have reinvented the wheel. Their company Alton Lane has combined fashion with technology in a way that will change the industry. Men all over the country from New York and San Francisco to Richmond and now Savannah are catching on to the new way of shopping pioneered by Hunter and Jenkins. “Life is too short to stress about what you’re going to wear, or worse shopping for clothes. Our goal is to make it simple by bringing our customers the best product customized to their style and price point while showing them an experience that is truly unmatched.” 


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W HER E TO EA T IN THE GOLDEN IS LES, JACKSONV ILLE , AMELIA ISLA ND HILTON HEA D & BLUFFTON

FOODIE GUIDE Eating Our Way Through the Coastal South. THE FOOD REVOLUTION is not just in Savannah; the entire Coastal South is joining up and revolutionizing Southern food and culture. Everyone from Charleston and Hilton Head to Jacksonville and Amelia Island is upping their food game to cater to a culture of

Southerners who not only love to eat, but love to enjoy their food and revel in the experience of eating out. We could spend days eating our way through these Southern Coastal towns (and we did), but after much painstaking (not really) research, we’ve come up with some of the

best eateries, diners, restaurants, shrimp shacks, and more that only foodies like you will appreciate. Each one of these establishments cares for each dish put in front of their customers because they know it’s more than just a meal; they’re part of the Southern food revolution.

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CAST IRON SKILLETS OF GOODNESS AT THE FARMER AND THE LARDER. Homegrown and homemade at its finest.

DINING IN SSI’S VILLAGE For an island vibe and amazing seafood, stop into Mullet Bay for dinner. Relax under the palms on the inviting front porch, where al fresco dining lends to the laidback atmosphere and live music every Friday and Saturday night. You’ll understand pretty quickly why Mullet Bay has been a favorite of locals for years. If your tummy’s rumbling, try the Mullet Bay’s Fishcamp Platter, which comes with fried shrimp, oysters, mahi fingers, deviled crab and their famous hand-shucked clam strips, and two sides. Wash it all down with one of the many local beers on tap. mulletbayrestaurant.com Mullet Bay

PHOTO CREDITS: ROB KAUFMAN, THE FARMER AND THE LARDER, MULLET BEY, THE RESERVE

GOLDEN ISLES Tucked into the Southern tip of Georgia, the Golden Isles offer a foodie’s paradise with the small-town feel and hospitality you crave during a weekend away. Here are the best places to get your grub on during your escape to Georgia’s Golden Isles. KELLY HEITZ

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1 Cafe Frederica is a St. Simons Island breakfast favorite with homemade bakery selections, classic Southern breakfast staples, and daily meltin-your-mouth specials. Tip: go Tuesday or Thursday for their amazing Blueberry Stuffed French Toast. Cafefrederica.com

There’s no better view in the village than patio at The Bluewater. A local staple since the early 90s, The Bluewater is a great place to unwind after a perfect day of exploring St. Simons Island. Start the meal with guacamole for the table. You may not think it fits the atmosphere, but the Mexican menu is exquisite. If you’re not feeling very South of the Border, try the BLT “Like You Have Never Seen.” Packed with more bacon than you could imagine, this sandwich is a clear winner. Be sure to leave room for the Southern Bread Pudding, which is served with a delectable Wild Turkey Bourbon sauce. thebluewaterssi.com

2 For an incredible selection of handmade, old world artisan breads and pastries, head to Del Sur Bakery on your morning stroll around SSI. The smells alone will lure you in, but you won’t be able to leave without sampling at least one of their hand-made treats. facebook.com/ DelSurBakery

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For a truly unique local dining experience, don’t miss Farmer and the Larder, owned and operated by CheFarmer (that’s chef/farmer for you foodie newbies) Matthew Raiford and Food Alchemist Jovan Savage. With those credentials, you know this place is going to be good. The menu features international and coastal inspired dishes that use locally sourced ingredients. If you’re in town during one of Farmer & the Larder’s cooking classes or tasting events, do yourself a huge favor and attend. You’ll get special instruction by these talented owners and learn not only how to cook amazing dishes, but also learn the culture behind some of the South’s most famous ingredients. farmerandlarder.com The Reserve

3 Located at The Westin Jekyll Island, The Reserve is a modern and elegant upscale restaurant that boasts an impressive breakfast and brunch menu packed with the superfoods you need to get a day of island adventure off on the right foot. thereservejekyllisland.com

4 A local favorite, Daddy Cate’s in Brunswick is the epitome of a Southern coffee house. There’s a huge selection of caffeinated pick me ups, an array of breakfast classics, and the kind of hospitality you’ll only find in the Golden Isles. daddycate.com

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THE PERFECT SCRAMBLED EGG. At Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails you’ll want to pair them with the best Bloody Mary in town.

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JACKSONVILLE If you’re visiting Jacksonville anytime soon, make sure you come hungry. With first-rate local eateries hidden in every corner like Easter eggs, the River City has steadily climbed the ranks to become one of the culinary capitals of the South. There are so many foodie hot spots that figuring out where to eat almost seems impossible. Here, we’ve painstakingly narrowed down our top restaurant picks so you can skip over the tough decisions and cut straight to the good food. STELLA KATSIPOUTIS

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THE FIVE Soothe your hunger pangs with The Five: a Southern biscuit stacked with fried chicken, pecan wood smoked bacon and cheddar, then smothered in the most kickin’ sausage gravy to ever hit your taste buds.

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MAPLE STREET BISCUIT COMPANY As soon as you swing open the door at the Maple Street Biscuit Company in San Marco and are greeted with a question like, “What’s your favorite Disney movie?” you know you’re in for a unique midday treat. (Your answer is what they’ll use to identify your order.) Even more creative than their customer service is their sandwich selection. Each down-home concoction is enveloped in the buttery-est, flakiest biscuit that will quiet your soul with every bite. maplestreetbiscuits.com

2 Zeta Brewing Company isn’t just about their powerhouse beer selection. Their small but outrageously good brunch menu is a force to be reckoned with. It’s notorious for putting a pub-style spin on the morning classics, like Chicken and Waffle Sliders or Steak and Egg Nachos. But if you wanna throw in a breakfast brewskie for good measure, you can chase your meal with bottomless biermosas for just $10. zetabrewing.com 3 Want in on one of Jacksonville’s best-kept secrets? The industrialchic Moxie Kitchen + Cocktails at the St. Johns Town Center may be famed for their swagalicious dinner entrées, but their upscale brunch offerings bring. it. on. You’ll have a hard time keeping your composure as you nosh on a.m. dishes like the Hangtown Omelet, brimming with fried oysters, avocado, goat cheese and bacon. Don’t forget to cap it off with what is arguably the best Bloody Mary in town. moxiefl.com

THE FRENCH PANTRY Despite being tucked away in a former warehouse in Jacksonville’s corporate sector, The French Pantry has become a landmark for Jacksonville lunchgoers. This modest, low-key bistro has knockout specials like Seared Sea Scallops with haricot vert, crème fraiche and pancetta that are updated daily and perfectly complemented by sinfully sweet pastries like wedding cake and blueberry torte. facebook.com/ The-French-Pantry

Hawkers Asian Street Fare in Riverside’s modern Five Points neighborhood doesn’t serve your typical takeout and fortune cookies. The tapas-style menu features eclectic pint-sized dishes that are traditionally sold on the streets of various Asian countries. Do yourself a favor: when your server asks if you’d like to start off your meal with Roti Canai, do not turn it down. These fried Malaysian flatbreads, partnered with their signature spicy curry dipping sauce, are an undeniable must. The succulent BBQ Pork Char Sui (roasted tenderloin drizzled with sweet soy sauce and garnished with crispy spring onions) will practically melt as soon as it touches your tongue, while the Kimchi Fried Rice (fragrant jasmine rice with steak strips, onions, eggs and savory kimchi) puts Korean twist on a classic fave. eathawkers.com Whether you’re celebrating a milestone anniversary or the simple fact that it’s Friday, dinner at the opulent Matthew’s Restaurant in San Marco makes any occasion extraordinary. Renowned chef Matthew Medure has set the bar for fine dining in Jacksonville with a distinctively artistic carte du jour. Take your taste buds on a culinary expedition with the six-course Chef’s Adventure Tasting Menu— complete with paired wine—or delve into surprising single-dish delicacies like Siberian sturgeon, Hawaiian tuna, or Japanese A5 Kobe steak. End your night on a sensationally sweet note with Peaches and Cream Mille-Feuille, daintily filled with bourbon pastry cream, buttered pecans and blackberry. matthewsrestaurant.com

PHOTO CREDITS: MOXIE KITHCEN, MAPLE STREET BISCUIT CO., HAWKERS ASIAN STREET FARE

1 A charming New Englandinspired noshery in Riverside, the Cool Moose Café serves up deliciously laid-back fare that’s perfect for a lazy weekend. Brandnew brunch specials are scrawled on the blackboard each Sunday, while comforting mainstays like the Spicy Andouille Sausage and Cheddar Omelet are cooked fresh to order every week. coolmoosecafe.net


ELEGANT SEAFOOD. This little island boasts some bangin’ restaurants.

SOPHISTICATED FAN FARE Whether you desire fresh fare from land or sea, David’s Restaurant & Lounge is one sophisticated eatery that you don’t want to miss. No one serves up the finest meat and seafood selections quite like this place. Dare to tackle the monstrous 6- to 10-pound whole Alaskan king crab, or indulge in the filet Oscar topped with jumbo lumped crabmeat, béarnaise sauce and grilled asparagus. ameliaislanddavids.com

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AMELIA ISLAND One of the South’s best getaway spots, Amelia Island is brimming with charm, culture and sophistication. It may be small, but this island is jam-packed with foodie goodness that could rival any big city. Here are the restaurants you have to try on your next Amelia Island getaway. KELLY HEITZ

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1 Located directly on the beach, Sandy Bottoms Beach Bar & Grill is the perfect place to relax with your toes in the sand. Try the Key West Shrimp & Lobster for a truly original experience. sandybottomsamelia.com

Located in Historic Downtown Fernandina Beach, Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro is a fine dining experience in a beautiful island setting. Sit outside under the palms and the stars for a romantic experience you won’t find anywhere else. Have your waiter recommend a bottle of wine for the table. They’re extremely knowlegable about Joe’s extensive wine list. For dinner, try the macadamia encrusted duck breast. It’s topped with a fresh blueberry crème de cassis sauce that will seriously melt your tastebuds (in a good way). joesbistro.com

2 Relax on the beautiful covered deck of Oceanside Bar & Grill, located at the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort. You’ll get a mix of Florida and Carribbean flavors on a menu that’s fresh as the ocean air. omnihotels.com

3 Located at the Ritz Carlton, Salt Restaurant is a fine dining experience with an unbeatable view of the ocean. Try the chef’s adventure menu, which features four courses and a sommelier wine pairing. ritzcarlton.com

4 The tiki bar to end all tiki bars, Slider’s Seaside Grill is steps from the beach and always hopping. Try their lobster mac and cheese or the bangin’ shrimp tacos for unique spins on your favorite classic Southern dishes. slidersseaside.com

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Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro

If you’re going to Amelia Island, you’ve got to try some incredible wild and locally caught seafood. There’s no better place than Timoti’s Seafood Shak. Trust us, this place is anything but a shack. With a beautiful wood pergola covered patio and galvanized metal accents, Timoti’s is one of our favorite hangouts on Amelia Island. Every bit of seafood on the menu is wild caught and oh so delicious. We recommend trying one of their baskets to get the true seafood shack experience. You’ll have a tough time choosing, but go with the clam strips, you won’t be sorry. timotis.com


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HILTON HEAD ISLAND & BLUFFTON, SC Don’t let their small size fool you: both Bluffton and Hilton Head are on the cusp of the foodie revolution. You might be able to say they started the whole thing. World-class chefs and restaurateurs have been flocking to this little corner of the South for years and setting up shop with both upscale eateries and down-home dives. Don’t miss these local favorites next time you’re in town. BARRY KAUFMAN

THE BEST BBQ IN TOWN Owner/proprietor Ted Huffman, with his bushy beard, ever-present cigar and endless array of jokes, is a small town character straight out of central casting. But above all else, the man knows his way around a pig pit. Along with his wife Donna, Huffman isn’t just serving the world’s finest barbecue out of the modest brick building in Bluffton’s Promenade: he’s carrying on a legacy. Look for Flossie the pig, standing in a place of honor in the rear courtyard, and ask about her history.

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You’ll find out that she used to greet guests at the old barbecue stand of the late Oscar Frazier, a legendary Bluffton figure and former poet laureate. Today, Huffman carries on Frazier’s work in delicately smokey barbecue that’s prepared with the same patience and precision. You won’t find a single streak of fat or gristle, just juicy pork bursting with the flavors of hickory and served with Huffman’s famed red sauce. They keep it old school at Bluffton BBQ; beers come in a bucket filled with ice, the tea comes sweet or not at all, and while you can get chicken, expect it to come with a side of guff. Keep it simple and go with the Pork and a Fork. blufftonbbq.com

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2 Few places on the island can lay claim to the title “go to” like Sunrise Café. On every “Best Of” list in every island publication, if there’s a category for breakfast, brunch, eggs, grits, hash browns or biscuits you’ll find Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café. It earns the accolades too, with a breakfast menu of simply prepared but exquisite morning favorites. And while the staples are all well represented, you’ll find a few creative items like the shrimp hash that nod to the café’s waterside location. Getting a table can be a dicey proposition, but a quick jostle for position and you’ll be bellying up to the famed Strata (layers of egg, cheese and veggies with chili sauce) in no time. Then, walk off your full belly along the docks, watching the sun rise over the Cross Island bridge.

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DOWN HOME BBQ. A local icon of sorts, Bluffton BBQ owner Ted Huffman sure does know his way around a pig pit.

1 The quintessential Bluffton eatery, Squat ‘n’ Gobble has been around since Bluffton was nothing more than a stretch of speed trap between Hilton Head Island and Bluffton. Even though Bluffton has grown up somewhat (it now boasts several dozen speed traps), you’ll still find a bustling crowd of locals at the booths here every morning, sipping coffee, reading the paper and shooting the breeze as if this sleepy river town hadn’t blown up into a thriving community all around them. The wood paneled walls bolster an array of novelty signs ranging from the wistfully nostalgic to the unashamedly tasteless, harkening back to an earlier era when Bluffton was an eccentric community of artists. At one point in its long history, Squat ‘n’ Gobble was open 24 hours, an experiment that didn’t last long, but you can still order anything off the menu at any time of day. For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with the Dino Omelet, a gut bomb of melty cheese, bacon and hash browns.


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As much of a reputation as Hilton Head Island has acquired for its posh country clubs and high-end sophistication, it’s always managed to keep at least one foot in its bucolic past as a swampy barrier island bristling with scrubby pines and ivychoked palmettoes. Before there was golf, there was an island at the edge of the world with one stoplight (a flashing one at that) occupied by a small, tight-knit community of locals who would gather at each other’s backyards for oyster roasts and conversations that stretched into the wee hours. A Lowcountry Backyard owners Dave and Raina Peck haven’t forgotten that Hilton Head Island, and they’ve done an admirable job bringing it back at A Lowcountry Backyard. Give yourself a little extra time for lunch. The atmosphere here is every bit the same as that backyard party you never want to leave, with strands of twinkle lights strung between twisting live oaks and live music playing from the small stage. The family friendly vibe spills over into a leafy play area for kids, perfect for unloading the rugrats while you unwind with a little lunch cocktail (go on, it’s a party). Just as the ambience feels like visiting someone’s home, so does the menu. Try the potato chip meatloaf (meatloaf, but with potato chips. That was probably pretty self-explanatory, come to think of it) and make yourself at home. But make sure you leave room for the legendary shrimp and grits, or steal some off of your friend’s plate. Or make a new friend, and steal some off of their plate. hhbackyard.com

May River Grill MAY RIVER GRILL / MAYRIVERGRILL.COM There was a time when it was simply accepted as fact that, with the exception of May River Grill, you just couldn’t make anything resembling “cuisine” work in Bluffton. Bluffton’s collar was a shade of blue that would put a summer sky to shame, and its culinary tastes followed suit. But May River Grill has always been different. Even when its main competition for dinner dollars was the fried chicken at the nearby gas station, the menu at May River Grill

was a constantly evolving mélange of fresh seafood and fine dining served with inspired flair. These days, Bluffton’s collar may be a little whiter, and you can’t throw a stick without hitting three high-end restaurants, but May River Grill’s prestigious spot at the top of the heap remains. Maybe it’s the expertise that owner Charlie Sternburgh brings to the table (he helped opened Hilton Head Island’s legendary Jazz Corner), or maybe it’s the way he’s completely

unafraid to try new things and fail. But it’s probably a dedication to doing things right – even before local was cool, Sternburgh was getting his produce from the acres of family farms that still ring Bluffton, flanked as they are now by housing developments and big box stores. And he still buys his seafood right from the docks, just as he did in the days before the shrimp boats competed with speedboats and pontoon party barges for lanes on the May River.

THE SAGE ROOM / THESAGEROOM.COM If Hilton Head Island had a celebrity chef, it would be Sage Room owner Matt Jording. And that’s saying something, given that Robert Irvine owned two restaurants in the area and One Hot Mama’s owner Orchid Paulmeier made a splash on Food Network Star. But Jording’s celebrity is purely homegrown, earned from his years in the open kitchen at Sage Room. He first opened the restaurant at 23 years of age following a sevenyear stint at a nearby Mexican restaurant. For those doing the math, this was his second job. But that youthful exuberance helped turn this place into something special, with a menu that evolved as Jording came into his own. Today, it’s famous for a menu that pairs superb cuts of fine steaks, or delicate and flay seafood, with inspired preparation. Take the short rib, expertly paired with a mouth-watering truffled barbecue drizzle, or the halibut, served over a parmesan risotto cake as examples of the expertise that growing up in a kitchen helped forge. But then, this is Hilton Head. Even though the menu smacks of elegance and sophistication, the vibe at Sage Room is noticeably relaxed. After all who wants to dress up when you’re hitting the beach after dinner?

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AN ODE TO THE PERFECT BISCUIT EARLY BIRD DINER If you stop by

Early Bird Diner on a Saturday or Sunday morning, be prepared to wait a while in order to get a table. That’s because the diner’s menu of Southern classics (like the mouthwateringly tasty pecan crusted chicken and cinnamon waffles) really live up to the hype. earlybirddiner.com Early Bird Diner

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1 Husk is chef Sean Brock’s claim to fame and what helped launch his career to rockstar status in the Lowcountry. Just as good for lunch and brunch as it is for dinner, you’ll want to make reservations far in advance if you want to secure a table. Although the locally-inspired menu changes regularly, any dish that features pork is sure to be a winner! (Pro tip: skip the wait and go to the bar for the world famous burger!) huskrestaurant.com

LOST DOG CAFÉ At the Lost Dog

CHARLESTON, SC The Charleston culinary scene has exploded over the last few years and is a major contributing factor to why the city keeps winning award after award and drawing visitors back year after year. Although it can be difficult to pick the best restaurants in the city, we’ve narrowed it down to 8 winners you should definitely add to your “must try” list.

Lost Dog Cafe Zero George 2 When you’re looking to spend a little more money on an unforgettable dinner, there’s no better place to dine than at Chef Vinson Petrillo’s intimate café Zero George. Their food’s attention to detail—we’re talking oysters garnished with gold flakes, served on a slice of tree trunk—is just as eye catching as it is delicious.

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PERSIMMON CAFÉ An unassuming little café located inside a laundromat downtown, Persimmon is known for its classic and creative sandwiches, drinks, and custards. The line at lunch often stretches out the door and onto Calhoun Street, but it’s worth it for a curry chicken salad sandwich, basil limeade, and Nutella custard. Now open in Summerville as well!

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DELLZ UPTOWN Although they cater mainly to vegetarians past the crosstown, you don’t have to be an herbivore to appreciate the food at Dellz. The black bean hummus is divinely inspired (you’re unlikely to find its superior anywhere in Charleston), and their hearty menu of wraps, smoothies, and pizzas are so good, you’ll happily consider giving up meat entirely. dellzvibez.com

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3 Halls Chophouse is the epitome of a Southern steakhouse, where the food is second only to the level of service you receive during your meal. They go above and beyond to ensure that your dining experience is enjoyable and that you leave 100% satisfied. The meat comes from Chicago’s Allen Brothers and is seasoned to perfection by chef Matthew Niessner leading the kitchen. It’s pricy, but it’s worth it.

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QUINTESSENTIALLY CHARLESTON. Beautiful atmosphere and delicious food are Husk’s calling cards.

Café, you can munch on what might be the best biscuits and gravy in the world while surrounded by photos of dogs whose owners have been dining there for years. The cozy little breakfast and lunch shack is just a few blocks from the ocean out on Folly Beach and is perpetually busy, as it’s a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. lostdogfollybeach.com


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urking in Savannah’s busiest pubs or most unassuming buildings is more than meets the eye. Known as the most haunted city in the country, this quiet little coastal town hosts an entire population of ghosts and haunts that would curl every hair on the back of your head. Ryan Dunn, founder of the Savannah Ghost Research Society and After Life Tours has spent the better part of the last six years going into Savannah’s most storied buildings and coming out with first hand accounts of its past (and present) residents. Here’s Dunn’s list of the most haunted places in The Hostess City:

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GRAB A BITE AT ONE OF THESE HAUNTED EATERIES, BUT YOU MIGHT NEED TO SET THE TABLE FOR ONE MORE… The Moon River Brewery 21 West Bay Street moonriverbrewing.com The Pirates House 20 East Broad Street thepirateshouse.com

GHOST HUNTER RYAN DUNN’S LIST OF THE MOST HAUNTED PLACES IN THE HOSTESS CITY (AND HE HAS THE EVIDENCE TO PROVE IT.)

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Warren A. Candler Hospital (now Savannah Law School) 516 Drayton Street savannahlawschool.org 12 West Oglethorpe Ave. Private abandoned residence Colonial Park Cemetery 201 Abercorn Street

Churchill’s Pub 13 West Bay Street thebritishpub.com

Bonaventure Cemetery 330 Bonaventure Road bonaventurehistorical.org

Chart House 202 West Bay Street chart-house.com/savannah

The Old Chatham County Jail 145 Montgomery Street

Crystal Beer Parlor 301 West Jones Street crystalbeerparlor.com

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WHEN TOURING SAVANNAH WATCH OUT FOR SOME OF THE ORIGINAL RESIDENTS OF THESE FAMOUS LANDMARKS.

The Olde Pink House 23 Abercorn Street plantersinnsavannah.com

Alligator Soul Restaurant 114 Barnard Street alligatorsoul.com

Dunn and his team searching for ghosts in one of the most haunted restaurants in town: Moon River Brewing Company.

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Historic Savannah Theatre 222 Bull Street savannahtheatre.com The Sorrel-Weed House 6 West Harris Street sorrelweedhouse.com

8. The Shrimp Factory 313 East River Street theshrimpfactory.com

Fort McAllister 3894 For McAllister Road Richmond Hill, GA 31324 gastateparks.org/ FortMcAllister

Kevin Barry’s Irish Pub 117 West River Street kevinbarrys.com

Bradley’s Lock & Key 24 East State Street

B & D Burgers 209 West Congress Street bdburgers.net

It’s not uncommon for tourist to take home more than souvenirs when it comes to ghostly encounters.

If you’re ready to brave some of the most haunted places in the country, with the help of professionals, go to afterlifetours.net and book your tour.

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For a detailed listing of haunted places in Savannah, go to southmag.com/hauntedsavannah.

For more events in the area, go to playsouth.com


MASQUERADE AT THE MANSION

DON YOUR MASKS AND MOST ALLURING DRESS FOR A NIGHT OF REVELRY AT THE TELFAIR ACADEMY MANSION. The fad that is sweeping the nation is finally here. Escape Savannah uses local talents to play along with every escape game.

ESCAPE SAVANNAH ESCAPE BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! YOU’VE GOT TO HAVE YOUR WITS ABOUT YOU TO GET OUT OF THIS ROOM. Escape Savannah, Savannah’s only escape room game, is an exciting puzzle game that requires you to use your wits and work with your team to make it out alive. Well, you’ll always make it out alive, but if you don’t escape within the allotted time, you’ll be pretty disappointed in yourself. The new location boasts two scenarios: Ghastly Ghosts and Pirate Plunder. The ghost room follows the story of a young Victorian girl and her tragic death. You have one hour to

uncover the mystery surrounding her death and escape the room before you suffer her fate! If pirates are more your thing, enter the pirate plunder and use your wits to escape the pirate’s hold or you might end up swimming with the fishes! The games don’t actually end in death, but they do end in tons of fun and stories to share with your crew. To book a room for your family, friends or even a business outing, head to escapesavannah.com.

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SEE SAVANNAH PAINTED LIKE NEVER BEFORE IN CHRIS ROBERTS’ PEACEABLE KINGDOM SAVANNAH EXHIBIT. “I paint like a 3rd grader, but I aspire to paint like a kindergartener,” laughs Chris Roberts, a Savannah tour guide and folk artist who is doing what no local artist has done before him, he is painting every single Savannah square as part of a series titled, “Peaceable Kingdom Savannah.” The collection is based off of Edward Hick’s 1840s Peacable

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Kingdom work that was based on the book of Isaiah. Roberts’ paints a bit of history, culture, and truly Savannah stories into each of his square paintings. “These paintings aren’t for tourists; they wouldn’t get it,” notes Roberts. “I incorporate so many Savannah nuances and jokes that only true Savannahians will appreciate them. But that’s how I want it. It’s an homage to our city and its people.” Roberts will be showing his entire series at an event at Holman Hall at 3 W. Liberty Street on Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, so be prepared to eat, drink and enjoy a spectacle of truly Savannah artwork.

The William Jay Society (the Telfair Museums’ member group of young professionals) is hosting their second annual Masquerade in the Mansion featuring wild entertainment and tons of mystical surprises. The festivities begin on Friday, Oct. 28, from 9 p.m. to midnight., open to anyone 21 years of age or older. Admission includes two drink tickets, with additional drinks available for purchase throughout the night. Put on your mask, and join WJS at the Mansion, to experience the museum like never before. FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THE EVENT VISIT TELFAIR.ORG/MASQUERADE

SAVANNAH PRIDE FESTIVAL Celebrate the diversity of Savannah’s LGBT family at the 2016 Savannah Pride Festival. This weekend-long festival begins Thursday night with the formal White Party at the Jepson Center. Friday, the Andaz Hotel will host a Salon happy hour gathering to help raise funds for the new LGBT Center here in Savannah. Then Saturday, the festival will be in full swing in Forsyth Park with live entertainment, food and craft vendors, and so much more. FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION

ON ALL SAVANNAH PRIDE EVENTS VISIT SAVANNAHPRIDE.COM.


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author and creator of the Fancy Nancy series is the headlining author this year. She will be signing books and talking all thin gs splendiferous with your fancy little ones!

THANKS TO THE LIVE OAK LIBRARY, THE CHILDREN’S BOOK FESTIVAL HAS BEEN BRINGING THE MAGIC AND INTRIGUE OF READING TO LOWCOUNTRY CHILDREN FOR 14 YEARS. By Kelly Heitz/Photos by Blake Crosby

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id you know that Savannah is home to the largest continuously running Children’s Book Festival in the country? Now in its 14th year, the Savannah Children’s Book Festival will fill Forsyth Park with whimsical characters, fascinating storytellers and captivated children on Saturday, Nov. 12. This year’s festival marks quite a few firsts that are sure to bring even more excitement than ever before. First and foremost, Live Oak Public Libraries has a new Interim Library Director, James Broughton, who comes to Savannah from Columbia, S.C. “I’ve planned similar children’s events, but nothing on this scale,” says Broughton. “I’m excited to see the magic of the Children’s Book Fest first hand this year.” Along with Broughton, the Children’s Book Festival has a new Chairperson. Kady MacFarlane is a Children’s Librarian at Live Oak and is starting her two-year term as festival chair. She is excited to bring more diversity to the book festival. “It’s always fun when kids can see themselves in the characters or the authors. I’m excited to bring a more diverse group of authors to the festival to attract more kids from every background and culture.” With two new hotshots running the show, you won’t be disappointed with the headliners. Y’all ever heard of Fancy Nancy? Well Jane O’Connor, author and creator of the Fancy Nancy series is the Headlining Author this year. She will be on hand to give presentations, sign books and talk all things splendiferous with your fancy little ones. You can also expect to see local authors James and Kimberly Dean, the masterminds behind the Pete the Cat series. For a complete list of authors, visit liveoakpl.org or download the official Festival app starting Oct. 15. •

DON’T WORRY. GET APPY.

The Children’s Book Fest is going green! Get everything you need to know about the Festival right on your smart phone. The official app will be ready for free download in the Apple Store and Google Play on Oct. 15. The app includes: • • • • • • • • •

A GPS enabled map of the Festival Featured Author / Illustrator Bios Book Signing Schedules Performance and Photo Op Schedules Information about Coastal Authors Embedded Author Videos List of participating vendors Kids Festival Scavenger Hunt! Link to Scenes of the South photos post festival


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Sixteen of the bravest women in Savannah: these women are all breast cancer survivors and advocates of the #TurnItPink movement.

#TURNIT THE GEORGIA INSTITUTE FOR PLASTIC SURGERY IS EMPOWERING WOMEN ABOUT BREAST RECONSTRUCTION WITH ITS #TURNITPINK MONTH-LONG CAMPAIGN. BY KRISTE SANDERS / PHOTOGRAPHY BY NICK GANT

Dr. Richard Greco, a plastic surgeon at GIPS, is one of the founders and masterminds behind the #TurnItPink movement.

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or many women, beating breast cancer is just the first step in making their lives whole again. Today, breast cancer survivors have the option of breast reconstructive surgery. The Georgia Institute of Plastic Surgery (GIPS) is working to ensure all breast cancer survivors know their options and that help is available right here in Savannah.

This October, the Georgia Institute or Plastic Surgery will sponsor #TurnitPink, a local, non-profit organization that will host a month of activities and events designed to increase awareness, promote an active lifestyle, raise funds, and help empower women to make the best educated decision about the options for breast reconstruction in women requiring surgery for breast cancer. “#TurnitPink is an opportunity for breast cancer patients and their families to tell their stories,” said Kristen Rimsek, human resources manager for GIPS. “We took our first event in 2014 and made it bigger and better, with more community involvement and programs to get our message out about breast reconstruction. The event launched at Grayson Stadium with a fabulous turnout.” The Georgia Institute for Plastic Surgery was the sole private practice among 13 surgery centers (including M.D. Anderson and Sloan Kettering, among others) involved in a recent $6.4 million dollar study by the National Institute of Health on post-mastectomy reconstruction. “The funds generated by #TurnitPink will be used to hold events to empower women with the ability to make the best decision for them individually through education and awareness both locally and nationally through BRA - Breast Reconstruction Awareness through the Plastic Surgery Foundation,” said Dr. Richard Greco, a physician with GIPS. “In addition, we plan to help provide reconstructive services to appropriate patients without financial resources.” ¦

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#TurnitPink EVENTS Planting Pink with Herb Creek Landscaping Supplies, Oct. 7-9, 9:305:30 p.m. in downtown Sandfly and Thunderbolt. Pink Moms Strong, Oct. 19 at 9:30 a.m. in Forsyth Park. Pink Clays for a Cause, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Forest City Gun Club on Ferguson Avenue in Savannah. Sweet Pink with Libbie Summers and The Collins Quarters restaurant, Oct. 14-16, The Collins Quarter, 151 Bull Street, Savannah. Survivors’ Celebration, Oct. 24, 7-9 p.m. at the Jazz’d Tapas Bar, 52 Barnard Street in Downtown Savannah. Supporting #TurnitPink is easy. With Ride Pink, a lucky raffle ticket holder will win a new pink Vespa scooter. Raffle tickets are only $10 each and can be purchased through turnitpink.org. The Vespa will be displayed around Savannah at various locations and the drawing will be held October 30. Supporters can also show their support by simply donning a pair of pink socks, eating a pink cupcake, dying their hair pink, or kissing a cancer survivor and then posting it on social media. For all #TurnItPink posts on Instagram and Facebook, Hirsch & Tucker, LLC – Certified Public Accountants will donate $1. For a complete listing of scheduled events or to make a donation, visit turnitpink.org or call 912-355-8000 or toll free at 800827-6631. You can also find #TurnitPink on Facebook and Instagram. For more information on breast reconstruction, visit the American Society of Plastic Surgeons at asps.org.

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Best Fests! We know our readers love a good time, so we searched far and wide to find the best fests for you. It’s time to party in the sultry South!

Oktoberfest on the River (Savannah, October 7-8) 33rd Annual celebration hosted by the Savannah Waterfront Association featuring German-inspired cuisine, Interactive Beer Garden, Weiner Dog Races and live entertainment. For more information, visit riverstreetsavannah.com/ event/oktoberfest-2.

Greek Festival (Savannah, October 6-8) Three-day Greek Heritage Festival features homemade foods, desserts, dancing, church tours, marketplace, live music and more. For more information, visit savannahgreekfest.com.

Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival (Bluffton, October 15-23) This week-long festival offers activities showcasshowcas ing locally harvested seafood, Lowcountry cuisine, rich history, culture and art of Bluffton. For more information, visit blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com.

Great Ogeechee Seafood Festival (Richmond Hill, October 14-16) This annual festival features wild rides, games, kids activities and live entertainment. For more information, visit goseagosea foodfestival.com. Savannah Film Festival (Savannah, October 22-29) Presented by the Savannah College of Art and Design, this famous film festival is filled with cinematic creativity from award-winning professionals to emerging student filmmakers with over 40,000 people expected to attend. This 8-day celebration offers a variety of competition film screenings, premieres, workshops, panels and lectures. For more information, visit filmfest.scad.edu.

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Hilton Head Motoring Festival & Concours d’ Elegance (Hilton Head, October 28–November 6) The Southeast’s most luxurious motoring festival highlights the automotive and racing roots of the Coastal Empire with a two-week festival of events that kicks off at the Savannah Speed Classic on October 23 at the Grand Prize of America Racetrack. For more information, visit hhiconcours.com.

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St. Simons Island Food & Spirits Festival (St. Simons Island, October 5-9) The St. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival is a five-day tribute to the finest in coastal cuisine, wine, beer, spirits and entertainment. The festival takes place in several beautiful, historic venues throughout St. Simons Island and features special appearance by many PGA Tour professionals. For more information, visit ssifoodandspirits.com.

Pirate Fest (Tybee Island, October 6-9) Have a Jolly Roger of a good time at this three-day Pirate-inspired festival featuring a Buccaneer Ball Kickoff, Pirate Parade and Beachside Festival. For more information, visit tybeeisland.com/ pirates.

Food Day Festival (Savannah, October 29) Largest Food Day Festival in the country featuring over 100 exhibitors, food vendors, live music and dozens of free workshops. For more

information, visit wellfedsavannah.com/foodday. Shalom Y’all Jewish Food Festival (Savannah, October 30) Held annually in Forsyth Park, this food festival attracts nearly 10,000 attendees. Enjoy a taste of ethnic Jewish cuisine as well as family entertainment, including music and dance. For more information, visit mickveisrael. org/food-fest. Savannah Food and Wine Festival (Savannah, November 7-13) Third annual foodie festival offers something to satisfy all taste buds and budgets with local and national culinary talent, international winemakers, celebrity chefs, authors and more. For more information, visit savannahfoodand-winefest.com.

Children’s Book Festival (Savannah, November 12) This annual festival celebrates the joy of reading with award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country. For more information, visit liveoakpl.org/ scbf/. To Submit Your Event Visit: playsouth.com


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Check out the latest happenings in the Lowcountry.

SAVANNAH Picnic in the Park (October 2) Pack a picnic basket and head to Savannah’s largest outdoor cultural event featuring live performances from local bands and choral and orchestral students at the Forsyth Park Bandshell. Picnic-goers are encouraged to participate in interactive displays, fun activities and more to enter and win fabulous prizes. A memorable performance by the Savannah Philharmonic tops off the evening. For more information visit savannahphilharmonic.org. Oktoberfest on the River (October 4-9) Celebrate the 33rd Annual Oktoberfest on Historic River Street and experience a bit of Germany in the South with vendor booths, live music, arts, food and more. Don’t miss the famous Weiner Dog Races. For more information, visit riverstreetsavannah.com. DineSouth, Presented by South magazine (October 6) The most anticipated food event

of the year returns to Savannah Station to deliver an unprecedented amount of local restaurant tastings including a VIP area with exclusive restaurants and live music by Tell Scarlett. Hosted by South magazine, proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Rape Crisis Center of the Coastal Empire. For more information visit playsouth.com. The 21st One Hundred Gala (October 7) An exciting casino night gala will be held at The Plantation Club at The Landings on Skidaway Island on Saturday Oct. 7. This event, thrown by The One Hundred organization, benefits the Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah and will fund the new Pediatric Emergency Wing at the newly constructed hospital. For more information visit memorialhealth.com. Savannah Art Walk (October 8 and November 12) This free, self-guided gallery tour features more than 20 art galleries, shops and boutiques located within the Savannah Historic District. Presented by the Tiffani Taylor Gallery, the second Saturday tour begins with an opening reception hosted at the River Street Inn at 2 p.m. and ends at the Andaz Hotel at 6 p.m. for the finale reception and raffle prizes. Free transportation is available on the Old Savannah Tours Trolley to loop throughout the map locations. For more information, visit savannahartwalk.com. Geekend (October 13-15)

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This annual event brings makers, hustlers, hackers, and designers together with other entrepreneurial innovators in the technology and creative spaces industries to foster new partnerships, create networking opportunities, and kick start the launch of new ideas. For more information visit geek-end.com. LLS Light the Night Walk (October 14) Individuals and teams collect donations to walk around Forsyth Park in an effort to raise awareness and funds Cowabunga for The Leukemia Dude! and Lymphoma Society and their research to find blood cancer cures. For more information, visit lightthenight.org. Martinis at the Mansion (October 19 and November 16) Join South magazine at the Mansion on Forsyth Park for an evening of power networking and fundraising to raise awareness and proceeds for local nonprofit organizations. The October Martini event will feature the Coastal Center for Developmental Services for Disability Month and the November host will be the Bekilee Epilepsy Foundation for Epilepsy Month. For more information, visit playsouth.com 2nd Annual “Red, White and Blue Barbecue” (October 22) Head over to Ellis Square to experience this unique event that allows patrons to raise funds to benefit the Two Hundred Club by donating money in exchange for a plate of delicious barbecue. This non-profit organization provides immediate financial support

for Georgia and South Carolina families who have experienced the loss or serious injury of a law enforcement officer, firefighter or EMS provider. For more information visit twohundredclub.org. Wag-O-Ween (October 22) Celebrate Halloween in Savannah “Doggy Style” at this annual fundraiser where participants can visit over 100 businesses to Trick or Treat with their canine companion. Make sure you dress your pup in costume! For more information, visit caninepalacesavannah.com.

Savannah Speed Classic (October 28-30) If you feel the need for speed, don’t miss the Concours d’ Elegance kickoff weekend at The Savannah Speed Classic for a unique roadrace experience where participants get an intimate look at the inner workings of racing. The event takes place on Hutchinson Island at the Grand Prize of America Road Course and features Hot Lap Rides, Test Drives, Touring Laps, and Pit Access. For more information, visit hhiconcours.com. Masquerade at the Mansion (October 28) Intrigue and revelry await as you wander the beautiful, historic Telfair Academy, once the home of one of Georgia’s most prominent historical families and now site of Telfair Museums’ collection of


masterful paintings and sculptures. Enjoy unique entertainment such as magic performances, fire dancers, belly dancers, a photo booth plus music and dancing, libations, late-night treats and lots of surprises. For more information, visit telfair.org/masquerade. Savannah Comedy Competition (November 4) The Savannah Comedy Revue hosts local and national comedians for a night of laughs at their 9th Annual Comedy Competition. For more information, visit savannahcomedyrevue.com. Telfair Museums Art Fair (November 11-12) This annual event features more than eighty-five national and local artists displaying their works of art in Savannah’s Telfair Square for sale to the public. Guests may kick off the weekend with the Friday Arty Party, which gives guests the opportunity to preview and purchase the featured art for sale. For more

information, visit telfair.org. Savannah Veteran’s Day Parade (November 11) The Savannah’s Veterans Day Parade begins in the Savannah Historic District at 10:15 a.m. at Abercorn and East Gwinnett streets following a route north on Abercorn, west on Liberty to Montgomery and north to Broughton Street before turning east to end at East Broad. For more information, visit savannahga.gov. Patrick’s Ride (October 15) This non-competitive 140-mile ride from Savannah to Augusta, was founded by two-time cancer survivor Patrick Booton and raises money to benefit children and families with Sir, yes cancer at the sir!!! Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital of Savannah and the Curtis and Elizabeth Anderson Cancer Institute at Memorial University Medical Center. For more

information, visit patricksride.com Savannah Rock N Roll Marathon (November 5-6) Music is the “sole” of this race as it courses through Historic Downtown Savannah with a variety of live music to motivate the runners along the 26.2- or 13.1-mile routes. Rock out at the Finish-Line Party in Forsyth Park with 2016 concert headliner Old Crow Medicine Show. For more information, visit runrocknroll.com/savannah. Savannah Lighted Boat Parade (November 12) Racers journey through a zombieinfested course with flags that represent their health that Zombies will try to steal. In order to complete the course, runners must return to the finish line with at least one flag or become one of the walking dead! For more information, visit savannahharborfoundation.com. 5KRunDead ZOMBIE RUN (November 26)

Racers journey through a zombieinfested course with flags that represent their health that Zombies will try to steal. In order to complete the course, runners must return to the finish line with at least one flag or become one of the walking dead! For more information, visit 5krundead.com. Trail of Hope 5k (November 12) Presented by Dentistry for Children and Adolescents, the sixth annual Trail of Hope takes place at Skidaway Island State Park and includes a 5k, 1 Mile, and Teddy Bear Tot Trot to benefit the pro-life adoption ministry of Covenant Care Services. For more information, visit covenantcareadoptions.com. Flying Fortress 5K and Mighty 8K (November 19) Honor the memory and mission of the more than 350,000 young airmen who served our nation

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during World War II at this 7th annual race hosted at the Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. For more information, visit fleetfeetsavannah.com.

catered lunch is also provided, all at no cost to registered participants, their families and volunteers. For more information, visit surfersforautism.org.

United Way Turkey Trot (November 24) Enjoy a challenging and fast four-mile course in addition to a Kids K and a Diaper Dash. Prizes awarded for largest family, runner from farthest away, most senior, most junior, best costume and all Kids K participants will receive an award. Proceeds benefit United Way programs. For more information, visit fleetfeetsavannah.com

Interactive Art Street Party (November 5) The City of Tybee Island has partnered with the Tybee Arts Association to create a public mural project that reflects the rich history and culture of the island. The first out of three panels will be unveiled at this unique street party. The event will feature numerous painting demonstrations, live music, a relay race, and a scavenger hunt. For more information visit, tybeeisland.com.

TYBEE ISLAND Coastal Empire Surfers for Autism Beach Fest (October 15) Head to the beach and enjoy this special day where children with developmental delays interact with typical peers and wow families with their capabilities. The event features a range of activities including, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games, fire engine tours and much more. A

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Joyce Harrison Memorial Bicycle Poker Run (November 13) The Joyce Harrison Memorial Bicycle Poker Run is an annual Tybee Island event where participants ride bikes

to favorite Tybee hotspots, playing games and hanging with friends, to celebrate the memories of friends lost to cancer while raising money for the Lynn Bishop Fund at Anderson Cancer Institute. For more information, visit facebook.com/TybeePokerRun Post Thanksgiving Fort Pulaski Field Day (November 26) Commemorate the 154th anniversary of the Grand Thanksgiving Fete and Festival with a day of fun family activities at Fort Pulaski including wheelbarrow and sack races, Civil War era uniforms and dresses, music, and historic weapons demonstrations. For more information, visit nps.gov/fopu.

HILTON HEAD Oyster Festival (November 11-13) The 2015 Oyster Festival highlights steamed, fried and stewed oysters along with other delicious food for non-oyster eaters.

There will be live entertainment, a kid zone, marshmallow roasting and Sports Lounge for viewing fall football games. For more information, visit islandreccenter.org. The Arkhaios Film Festival (October 20-22) The fourth annual Arkhaios Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival is a free event, open to the public, which showcases the discovery of past cultures gained from archaeological research and illustrated by documentary film. For more information, visit arkhaiosfilmfestival.org.

BLUFFTON The 12th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts and Seafood Festival (October 15 - 22) This weeklong festival offers a myriad of activities that showcase the locally harvested seafood, delicious Lowcountry cuisine, rich history, culture and art of the May River area. The highlight of the festival is the Streetfest, which includes a juried fine art show featuring over 100


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artists from 10 different states displaying and selling their art. For more information, visit blufftonartsandseafoodfestival.com Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival (November 5) Hosted at the Oyster Factory Park in Historic Old Town Bluffton, this event will feature over 180 of the world’s best beers from more than 70 breweries. Participants can choose from an exceptional selection of the world’s best ales, stouts, lagers, pilsners and more. For more information, visit bluffton.com

Georgia Grown Products showcase highlighting manufacturers and agricultural businesses in our state. For more information, visit georgianationalfair.com.

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Atlanta Pride Weekend (October 8-9) The 46th annual Atlanta Pride Weekend is full of exciting entertainment including the Atlanta Pride Parade, Dances in the Park, Health and Wellness Programs, Family Zone, and Campus Pride College Fair. A spectacular Dolphin Show has been added to the kick-off party at the Georgia Aquarium. For more information, visit atlantapride.org.

Georgia National Fair (October 6-16) This collaborative effort between the Georgia National Fair and Georgia Department of Agriculture features 11 days of horse shows, competitive exhibits, food, midway rides and games, commercial vendors, major concerts, street entertainers, family entertainment, a circus and nightly fireworks. You’ll also see a

Atlanta Veteran’s Parade (November 12) Beginning in Downtown Atlanta on Peachtree Street, this annual Veteran’s Parade will end at the intersection of Centennial Olympic Park Drive and Marietta Street and is designed to honor, support and thank all who have served and are currently serving our nation in the U.S. military. For more information, visit gavetsdayparade.org.

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Thanksgiving Day Half Marathon and 5K (November 24) This Atlanta Thanksgiving tradition attracts thousands of runners and walkers to Turner Field, eager to share their holiday spirit and give thanks for their health and fitness. For more information, visit atlantatrackclub.org.

CHARLESTON Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5K (October 8) Runners can enjoy a breathtaking course featuring fall foliage, mossdraped oaks and native wildlife as they race along the trails of Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. After the race, enjoy an awards ceremony and after-party with live music and beverages. For more information, visit charlestoncvb.com.

Children’s Day Festival (October 16) The 27th annual Town of Mount Pleasant Children’s Day Festival features time-honored carnival games and mechanical rides in addition to enormous inflatable slides, live entertainment, wall climbing, face painting and many other activities. For more information, comeonovermp.com. Harvest Festival (November 5) Presented by the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission, the 14th annual Harvest Festival features live music from five local bluegrass bands in addition to children’s hay rides, a stick pony corral, pumpkin decorating, penny diving, lasso demonstrations, crafts and more. For more information, ccprc.com/138/Harvest-Festival.


38th Annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble (November 24) This annual holiday tradition boasts the largest 5K in South Carolina and takes participants through historic downtown Charleston and The Battery before returning to Marion Square for a post-race party and awards ceremony with free food, beverages and live music. For more information, visit turkeydayrun.com.

Bold City Cigar Festival (October 15) This one day festival includes bands and DJ’s for your listening enjoyment, more than 20 manufacturers of premium hand rolled cigars, craft beers, scotch, bourbon and eateries. Celebrity sports guests and cigar personalities

Beach Oktoberfest (October 14-16) The Beaches Oktoberfest is Florida’s Largest Annual Oktoberfest. The three day festival held in the heart of North Florida at the Jacksonville Beach Sea Walk Pavilion attracts 45,000-55,000 attendees annually. The family friendly festival boasts a large variety of German beer, daily performances by national performing acts, food trucks, a 110+ foot ferris wheel, arts & crafts vendors, games & activities and so much more. For more information, visit beachesoktoberfest.com.

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attendees will receive an official commemorative festival bag including cigars and other swag. For more information, visit boldcitycigarfest.com.

The City of Jacksonville hosts one of the most coveted rivalry games in college football when the Georgia Bulldogs play the Florida Gators on their home turf. Football fans will enjoy a full weekend of events and activities. For more information, visit jaxhappenings.com. St. Augustine Pirate Gathering (November 4-6) Hosted by the Ancient City Privateers, this three day pirate festival attracts pirates from all over the world. Food, vendors, live entertainment and a kid zone complete with zip line are just a few of the attractions that will make this year’s event bigger and better than ever. For more information,

Jacksonville Sea & Sky Spectacular (November 5-6) This free event will feature a dynamic over-the-ocean sky show highlighted by the worldfamous United States Navy Blue Angels along with other military and civilian flight teams, live entertainment, a street festival featuring static displays of aircraft and military vehicles, simulators, recruitment booths, a kids area and more. For more information, visit jaxhappenings.com. For more events & to submit your event visit SouthMag.com

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A sold out crowd packed Grayson Stadium for the final Thirsty Thursday Home Game of the Savannah Bananas inaugural season. South welcomed clients, friends, and fans to join them on the VIP deck where visitors could pick up a copy of the magazine, play corn hole, meet the staff, and enjoy drink specials throughout the game. 1. Meg Wilson and Jeremy Richards 2. Kimberly and Mehmex Ergul 3. Mackenzie and Alex Williams 4. Maci Moody and Margaret Conneff 5. Josh Schmitt and Will Beaty 6. Daniel Eastwood, Nicole Schwaige, Alex Mason 7. Courtney Roulins and Nate Shaffer 8. Brooke Forken and Jessica Wilhite

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Former hall of fame running back for Georgia Southern University and the NFL’s Chicago Bears, Adrian Peterson, held his foundation’s first major event with The Therapy Spot in Statesboro on July 28. The event highlighted the center’s accomplishments in assisting children with speech, physical, and occupational therapy. The Adrian Peterson Foundation is a non-profit organization whose goal is to empower children and communities who may be struggling with speech impediments or any other issues. Peterson travels the country to different schools and community centers to discuss the power of determination and prayer and how to overcome any obstacle.

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SOUTHERN SLANG

WEAR WHAT BOBBY WEARS!

You can purchase a “Get Your Grub On” shirt online or at DineSouth, the event on Thursday, Oct. 6 at Savannah Station. Proceeds from the shirt and ticket sales benefit The Rape Crisis Center in Savannah. To order your shirt visit shop. thesouthmag.com.

“GET YOUR GRUB ON” SOUTHERN COOKS BOBBY AND JAMIE DEEN HEAD THE SOUTHERN FOOD REVOLUTION WITH SOUTHERN CLASSICS. “Southern food is a not only a way of life, it’s a culture,” says Jamie Deen. “We started 27 years ago with recipes that everyone grew up eating.” Bobby and Jamie Deen have come a long way since opening their first Savannah restaurant, The Lady and Sons, with their mama Paula. They’ve recently opened Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen (pauladeensfamilykitchen.com) in Pigeon Forge with plans to expand in the near future. “Today, people come from all over the country to get a taste of our Southern food. When someone tells me, ‘This food reminds me of my mama’s,’ that’s the best compliment we could receive because it means they got this feeling when eating our food and that’s just priceless.” We couldn’t agree more, which is why in honor of our 9th Annual DineSouth event, we’ve decked out Bobby in this killer shirt that celebrates Southern food heritage. In the South, we consider ‘grub’ both a noun and a verb; meaning it can be both the food on your plate and the act of stuffing it into your mouth. It’s Southern slang at its finest. Join Jamie and Bobby and “Get your Grub On” at Lady and Sons at 102 W Congress Street in Savannah, Georgia. Call 912-233-2600, or visit ladyandsons.com.

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