E.J. Hodgkinson

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Raised in:
Northern California

Lives in:
Atlanta, Georgia

Favorite items on your current menu:
Maine Lobster Pan Roast, Pork Ossobuco, Arctic Char “Lox.”

Now would ya look at that:
Meet E.J. Hodgkinson, Executive Chef at King + Duke.

  • Cayson Designs seersucker chef jacket. “It was the first batch of aprons we ordered when King + Duke opened. They stopped making them after that order!”
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  • Taylor Eubanks

    tayloreubanks 01bdsPhotographed in Charleston, SC

    Raised in:
    Spartanburg, South Carolina

    Lives in:
    Charleston, South Carolina

    Favorite Southern based designer(s):
    I’m pretty sure Billy and Sid are the correct answers. Though I respect and admire them, my sartorial heart will always belong to the Italians.

    Now would ya look at that:
    Meet Taylor Eubanks, store manager for Ike Behar on King St. He and his girlfriend, Alden, also run Rutdlege Social – a social media management and consulting firm.

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  • Music Monday | Jack Savoretti

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    I’ve been listening to Jack Savoretti for a few years. “Not Worthy” from his Before the Storm album (2012) has held the #1 spot for my favorite songs of his…until now. It’s moved down a spot with “Last Beat” from his EP that preceded his latest album that is, of course, not available in the US iTunes store yet. If it’s as good as the EP and the one single from it you can find on Spotify (“Home”), then I’m thinking it’s going to be one of my favorite singer/songwriter albums of 2015. For now…

    Stream: “Last Beat”

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    You can be lonely
    Or you can call me, call me tonight…
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    Tie Me Down EP
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  • Charleston Getaway

    On the first weekend of February, Mark and I headed to Charleston for a quick winter getaway. We arrived before dinner on Friday night and left early Sunday morning, making it our quickest trip there to date. Regardless, we enjoyed every minute, as one tends to do in the Holy City.

    We stayed at the beautiful Belmond Charleston Place in one of their newly renovated rooms. We didn’t leave the place the night we got there. We spent a few hours at The Thoroughbread Club followed by one of the best food experiences of our lives at the Charleston Grill. Whiskey, champagne, wine, crab cakes, beef tartar, scallops, and lamb racks with a live jazz soundtrack. It’s no wonder this place is recognized as one of the best restaurants in the nation.

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    charleston 019On Saturday, we did what any normal person visiting Charleston does: ate, and then passed the time until we could eat again. We started with cappuccinos at the newly opened Saint Alban, then walked next door to Leon’s for one of the best fried chicken sandwiches we’ve ever had.

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    storyboard001We then drove around the neighborhoods, got some sun on our faces, then headed up to The Citadel so House of Cards obsessed Mark could see the campus for the first time. When we arrived we stumbled upon a UNC vs Citadel Rugby match and enjoyed the free entertainment (Citadel won).

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    charleston 017Our last meal was at Edmund’s Oast, recommended by the wonderful Mickey Baskt, manager of Charleston Grill. This place was fantastic! Cured charcuterie, braised lamb meatballs (our favorite item of the night), bacon egg & cheeseburger, all paired with in house IPA’s for Mark and awesome cocktails for me. We rolled out of there fully satisfied and quick to recommend it and return.

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  • Kevin Holland

    KevinHollandBDSPhotographed in Nashville, TN by Jamie Clayton

    Raised in:
    Annapolis, Maryland

    Lives in:
    Nashville, Tennessee

    What inspired the motorcyle purchase:
    I rented a Royal Enfield during a six week trip to India. I spent four days driving in and around Leh, Kashmir through ancient villages, temples in the shadow of the Ladakh Mountains. I then spent the final day driving up to Khardung La Pass (world’s highest motorable pass, 17,852 ft) before the driving snow and ice at the top caused me to have to walk the last half mile (fairly difficult at that altitude). Following that, the Enfield wouldn’t start due to the cold so I kicked it into neutral and coasted the 40 km back to the town. Once I got back to the States, I started saving up and knew I had to get one myself.

    Favorite adventure on it:
    After looking for a few months, I found a great used model in Denver but after being unable to coordinate a pickup I took matters into my own hands and flew to Ft. Worth and snagged this one. From there I spent a week traveling to Austin followed by two days riding and camping in the Ozarks, a stop over in St. Louis, Land between the Lakes National Park, and Nashville before heading back down to Pensacola.

    Now would ya look at that:

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  • Music Monday | Causes

    1888807_395379930613427_5232972488419453299_oPhotographed by Louis Stippel

    Causes debut single was released in October and it took me way too long to hear it. I was swept off my feet in about 5 seconds, and then Rupert Blackman sang those first two lines and I was done. It’s currently a hit in The Netherlands, where the band calls home, and I’m really looking forward to more releases from these guys. Until then, this on repeat.

    Stream: “Teach Me How to Dance With You”

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  • Laura Fryer

    laurafryer 02Photographed in Atlanta, GA at Lusca

    Raised in:
    Atlanta, Georgia

    Lives in:
    Moved back home to Atlanta last spring after five years in NYC, where I lived in the West Village. Now, I’m in Midtown and am having so much fun rediscovering the city. There’s such a great energy in Atlanta, with lots of change and forward movement.

    Favorite date spot in Atlanta:
    My husband and I love to do the nine-course (did I mention we like to eat) tasting menu at Better Half‘s chef’s counter. Garden & Gun just named it one of the five most exciting new restaurants in the South, and it’s one of the few small, intimate spots in Atlanta. Chef Zach Meloy runs it with his wife, Cristina, who he met while cooking in Costa Rica. The menu changes every week except for the silk handkerchief pasta with wild mushrooms and tomato marmalade that Zach served to Cristina on their first date!

    Now would ya look at that:
    Meet Laura Fyrer, founder of Blue Hominy – a boutique food and drink PR firm generating buzz and securing press for restaurants, chefs, breweries, wine shops, and more. “We keep a small, curated client list of businesses we feel passionate about and whose stories we connect with.” Last week, one their clients, Lusca, was nominated for a James Beard Award (like the Oscars of food) for Best New Restaurant in the country!

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