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Garden & Gun’s Made in the South Weekend Coming to Charleston



Garden & Gun (G&G), in collaboration with Volvo Car USA, recently announced that tickets for the magazine’s Made in the South Weekend (November 9–10) in Charleston are now available for purchase. The event salutes Southern craftsmanship and recognizes the winners of G&G’s ninth annual Made in the South Awards spanning six categories: Food, Drink, Home, Style, Crafts, and Outdoors.

“Our team could not be more excited to celebrate the winners of our ninth annual awards with our readers this November,” David DiBenedetto, senior vice president and editor in chief of Garden & Gun, said. “The weekend gives us the opportunity to bring them together, and to applaud the remarkable talent and creativity of artisans, craftsmen, chefs, designers, and tastemakers from across the South.”

The weekend kicks off on Friday, November 9th, with a musical performance by Nashville artists Amanda Shires and Aaron Lee Tasjan, and continues on Saturday, November 10th, when ticket holders gain access to the G&G headquarters at the Cigar Factory. The space will host a series of “Meet the Maker Conversations” with G&G editors, MITSA judges, and artisans, along with a Made in the South Marketplace featuring a first look at award-winning products from category finalists and a curated retail experience from Fieldshop by Garden & Gun.

The weekend concludes with a celebratory dinner at Charleston’s historic Aiken-Rhett House featuring a globally-inspired meal prepared by acclaimed chef Asha Gomez and cocktails created by mixologist Miles Macquarrie – both participating judges in this year’s awards.

For tickets, travel and accommodation partners, and more information on Garden & Gun’s Made in the South Weekend, visit

Here’s the full schedule:


  • Made in the South Weekend kickoff concert at 7 pm at the Charleston Music Hall
    • Nashville musicians Amanda Shires and Aaron Lee Tasjan
    • Before the show, G&G is hosting a VIP meet-and-greet experience with Garden & Gun editor in chief David Dibenedetto at the private home of Garden & Gun CEO Rebecca Darwin.
    • Tickets can be purchased here


  • Meet the Makers at G&G from 9 am to 4 pm (2 Sessions)
    • Visit the Made in the South Marketplace at the Garden & Gun headquarters featuring 2018 Made in the South finalists and their award-winning products alongside Southern fare and cocktails.
    • Plus enjoy, “Conversations with the Editors” featuring six discussions with G&G editors and top tastemakers in the following categories: Food, Crafts, Style, Drink, Outdoors, and Home
      • “Conversations with the Editors” schedule:
        • Session One: Food, Crafts, and Style from 9 am – 12 pm
          • Phillip Rhodes, G&G executive managing editor
          • Asha Gomez, chef and cookbook author *2018 MITSA judge
          • Vivian Howard, chef and owner Chef & the Farmer
          • Elizabeth Hutchison, G&G contributing editor
          • Susan Hable Smith, founder, Hable Construction
          • Katharine Hable Smith, founder, Hable Construction
          • Haskell Harris, G&G style director
          • Laura Vinroot Poole, owner, Capitol
          • Stacy Smallwood, owner, Hampden *2018 MITSA judge
        • Session Two: Drink, Outdoors, and Design from 1 pm to 4 pm
          • Amanda Heckert, G&G deputy editor
          • Miles Macquarrie, co-owner and beverage director, Kimball House *2018 MITSA judge
          • Brooks Reitz, owner, Jack Rudy Tonic
          • David DiBenedetto, G&G senior vice president and editor in chief
          • Radcliff Menge, founder, Tom Beckbe
          • Haskell Harris, G&G style director
          • Bobby McAlpine, founder, McALPINE *2018 MITSA judge
          • Jon Carloftis, designer, Jon Carloftis Fine Gardens
  • Made in the South Awards Dinner from 7 pm to 10 pm (SOLD OUT)
    • Made in the South Awards 2018 winners are honored at a festive dinner at the historic Aiken-Rhett House, featuring a globally inspired meal by acclaimed Southern chef Asha Gomez, along with great cocktails by mixologist Miles Macquarrie and live music.


  • G&G at The Dewberry from 10 am to 2 pm
    • To finish off the Made in the South Weekend, join G&G at The Dewberry for a Garden & Gun Club Sunday brunch at Henrietta’s
    • Enjoy Southern fare by G&G Club chef Ann Kim, then stop by the living room to explore the G&G Fieldshop
    • For reservations, please see here, or call Henrietta’s: 843-872-9065

About Garden & Gun’s Annual Made in the South Awards

Garden & Gun created the Made in the South Awards in 2010 to celebrate and encourage Southern craftsmanship, and to recognize the best available Southern-made products. Entering their ninth year, the annual awards call for product entries in six categories (Food, Drink, Home, Style, Crafts, and Outdoors) and are judged by industry experts from across the country. The overall winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize and, along with all category winners and runners-up, will be prominently featured in the magazine’s December 2018/January 2019 issue, which will hit newsstands in November 2018.

The 2018 Made in the South Awards judges are: Asha Gomez (Atlanta, GA), restaurateur, award-winning chef, and author (FOOD); Miles Macquarrie (Decatur, GA), beverage director and co-owner of Kimball House (DRINK); Bobby McAlpine (Montgomery, AL), architect, author, and founder of architect and interior design firm McALPINE (HOME); Stacy Smallwood (Charleston, SC), tastemaker and owner of Hampden, high-end women’s designer clothing and accessories boutique located in downtown Charleston (STYLE); Anna Bond (Winter Park, FL), illustrator and co- owner of Rifle Paper Co., an international stationery and gift brand (CRAFTS); T. Edward Nickens (Raleigh, NC), award-winning author, journalist, on-camera host, scriptwriter, and outdoorsman (OUTDOORS).

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