KD Finds: Dinner Down South

KD Finds: Dinner Down South
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KD Finds: Dinner Down South

This week's KD Finds is inspired by the Atlanta Food & Wine Festival. The South has never tasted so good!

Cacao Atlanta Salami di Cioccolato

We can't get enough of these decadent salami-shaped treats from Atlanta, Georgia-based Cacao Atlanta. Made in the tradition of the classic Italian dessert, each salami is made from butter biscuits, amaretto biscotti and 75% Bean to Bar chocolate and cleverly packaged in twine netting for an authentic look.

Kristen Hard, the mastermind behind Cacao Atlanta, is the first bean to bar chocolate maker in the Southeast and the first female bean to bar producer in the U.S. She is also part of the Advisory Council for this weekend's Atlanta Food & Wine Festival.

$25 each; cacaoatlanta.com

Lodge Seasoned Cast Iron 5 Piece Set

With a little TLC, your cast iron cookware will stand the test of time and be your go-to for getting the perfect sear or crispy crust. This five piece preseasoned set from Lodge brings you the basics: a round griddle, two skillets, a dutch oven and an iron cover - at a great price.

Lodge is America's oldest cookware company and has been producing the original cast iron cookware at its foundry located in South Pittburg, Tennessee, since 1896.

$122 for set; lodgemfg.com

Anson Mills Carolina Gold Rice, Grits and Flour

Described as "the grandfather of long-grain rice in the Americas", Carolina Gold Rice is a sweet, non-aromatic rice of superior flavor, texture and cooking quality. Try the grits creamy-style, pressed into congee or cooked up crisp as skillet cakes. Bake the golden-hued flour into biscuits and cookies for a crisp, delicate finish.

Glenn Roberts, founder of Columbia, South Carolina-based Anson Mills, has made it his mission to grow, harvest and mill nearly extinct varieties of heirloom corn and wheat organically to revive ingredients of the Antebellum cuisine of South Carolina. Anson Mills supplies to some of the finest chefs and restaurants, including James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock's restaurant Husk.

$7 for 14 oz. rice; $6 for 12 oz grits; and $6 for 12 oz flour; ansonmills.com

Working Class Studio Savannah Paisley Collection Gift Set

Brighten up your kitchen with this cheery update on the paisley print inspired by Georgia's state fruit. This gift set, which includes an apron, pot holder, oven mitt and two tea towels, will have you feeling like a belle in the kitchen.

Designed by Savannah College of Art and Design artist Samantha Carlberg (B.F.A., Illustration), this item is one of many featured at ShopSCAD, a lifestyle boutique that showcases artwork created by SCAD students, alumni, faculty or staff.

$44; shopscad.com

Blanton Bourbon Original Single Barrel Whiskey

The world's first single barrel bourbon comes in a show-stopping, jewel-like bottle crowned with a charming miniature horse and jockey stopper. In the same tradition that Colonel Blanton would specially reserve the best barrels for his select friends, this single barrel whiskey is sourced from a special warehouse on the distillery grounds where it is believed that the bourbon ages best. This award-winner has creamy vanilla and citrus notes and tastes sweet with citrus and oak hints.

Blanton's is produced at Buffalo Trace Distillery located in Frankfort, Kentucky.

$50; blantonsbourbon.com


The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival kicks off today, showcasing the best talent and food and beverage traditions of the Southern region. With Southern eats popping up on menus across the country and cities like New Orleans, Louisiana, and Charleston, South Carolina, becoming foodie destinations, the Southern food frenzy has evolved into a bona fide culinary movement.

We love classic Southern staples like fried chicken and biscuits, but we're also excited about how chefs are taking Southern cuisine to the next level. From the revival and use of period-authentic ingredients in dishes to the fusion of international flavors with Southern flair, we can't get enough of all things South. Check out the slideshow above for our favorite Southern finds.

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