There are a few magazines I chomp at the bits waiting for and Garden and Gun is at the top of my list. I savor every edition, filling my soul with all things Southern. I look to them for advice, new stores, places to visit, stories of Southern life, and, let’s face it, what I consider to be some of the best writing in print. Which is why I’m sharing Garden & Gun’s fifth annual Made in the South Awards.
”The Made in the South Awards continue to be a wonderful way to shine a spotlight on the talented artisans and entrepreneurs throughout the South. It’s been extremely gratifying to watch some of our past winners launch onto the national stage, and as we enter our fifth year, I’m delighted to offer a $10,000 prize for the overall winner. It’s a great addition to the attention the print coverage brings these brands,” says David DiBenedetto, vice president and editor in chief, Garden & Gun.
If you’re a Southern artisan or business, and you’ve not entered, the entry process ends August 1st at midnight. This years grand prizewinner will receive a $10,000 cash prize in addition to a prominent feature in the magazine’s December 2014/January 2015 issue. The Made in the South Awards were created by Garden & Gun to celebrate and encourage Southern craftsmen making products in one of five categories: Food, Drink, Style & Design, Outdoors, and Home.
Who should enter:
Any Southern artisan or business with a product in one of Garden and Gun’s five categories Food, Drink, Style & Design, Outdoors, Home whose product will be available for sale through January 2015 may apply.
How to enter:
For entry forms, category descriptions, and rules, visit gardenandgun.com/madeinthesouth. First-round judging will be based solely on photos and product descriptions. Do not send product. Entries will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on August 1, 2014. Winners will be announced in the December 2014/January 2015 issue, which hits newsstands November 25, 2014.
To follow the conversation on the awards, use #madeinthesouth on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, as well as on gardenandgun.com.
Garden and Gun’s 2014 Made in the South Awards judges:
• Chris Hastings (Birmingham, AL), owner and executive chef, Hot & Hot Fish Club, as well as a James Beard Award winner (Food)
• Brooks Reitz (Charleston, SC), founder of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. and owner of Leon’s Oyster Shop (Drink) — If you’ve never tried Brooks Small Batch Tonic or Grenadine, you have no idea what you’re missing out on
• Natalie Chanin (Florence, AL), founder of Alabama Chanin, a design company with a strong commitment to using sustainable practices and local production in fashion, and winner of the 2013 CFDA/Lexis Eco-Fashion Challenge Award (Style & Design)
• T. Edward Nickens (Raleigh, NC), expert sportsman and author of The Total Outdoorsman Manual, and a frequent Garden & Gun contributor (Outdoors)
• Celerie Kemble (Palm Beach, FL/New York, NY), renowned international interior designer, partner in Kemble Interiors, and author of Black and White (and a Bit in Between) (Home)
The SCAD Connection
In addition to boosting the grand prize, Garden & Gun has partnered with the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), a leading art and design university headquartered in Savannah, Georgia. SCAD will host the first-ever Made in the South Awards Gala, to be held on the SCAD campus in November 2014.
“Partnering with Garden & Gun on the Made in the South Awards is such a natural fit for SCAD. It’s the latest chapter in a great friendship between a trend-setting magazine and an art-making university. Like Garden & Gun, SCAD is dedicated to creating opportunities for designers and entrepreneurs to elevate their visibility and showcase their work,” says Paula Wallace, SCAD president and cofounder.
About Garden and Gun and SCAD:
Garden & Gun is an award-winning national lifestyle magazine that covers the best of the South, including the sporting culture, the food, the music, the art, the literature, the people and their ideas. Reaching a national audience of more than 1.25 million passionate and engaged readers, the magazine has won numerous awards for its journalism, design, and overall excellence. Visit gardenandgun.com.
The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution conferring bachelor’s and master’s degrees at distinctive locations and online to prepare talented students for professional careers. SCAD offers degrees in more than 40 majors.
This post wasn’t sponsored. I just really love Garden and Gun magazine.