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Welcome back to the 2014 Southern Weddings Mason-Dixon Madness! The votes have been cast and we are sadly saying goodbye to 32 bites and beverages, including my beloved pralines and butter beans. If the first week of voting was any indication, decisions are going to get harder and harder as the weeks go by.

For those of y’all who were rooting for an upset, you got your wish! We had a 5 v. 12 upset in the main dishes category, with crawfish boil beating out oysters–seems that we have some serious Louisiana fans in the bunch!

My husband would have died if pecan pie lost in the first round; I know its opponent, divinity, is a staple at many a Southern wedding and party, but I was still surprised that 16 percent of y’all voted for it! (Which necessitated a phone call to my mama to ask her what on earth divinity is.)

The 7/10 match ups were quite contentious, with the 10-seed in each bracket emerging victorious! It seems that everyone is ready for warmer weather and that seasonal foods go right along with that feeling — watermelon beat out sweet potato casserole and key lime pie trumped coconut cake (sorry, Em!). Bring on summer!!

Here’s how our bracket’s looking now:

While it was a long shot for a Kentucky Hot Brown or benne wafers to make it out of the first round, I have a feeling that these Southern delicacies (and more) might have been added to a few “must try” lists after first round research.

Did you try out any new-to-you recipes for research? Did you learn anything about your beau or best friends as you completed your brackets? Share what you learned, and what you’re pulling for, in the comments below! Second-round voting will be open until March 19th.

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kristin Written with love by Kristin
  1. avatar Molly reply

    It makes me LOL how serious you guys are taking this. Also, choosing between biscuits and hushpuppies?! That is so wrong.

  2. avatar Kristyn Monaghan reply

    Whoever picked beignets over pralines must have never had a praline! I’m pulling for sweet tea and biscuits!

    • avatar Kristin reply

      Kristyn! I couldn’t agree more with your disappointment about pralines. My grandmama makes the best pralines in Dixie! Sweet tea and biscuits are pretty solid choices for a championship battle! Can’t wait to see who ends up in the final round :)

  3. avatar Stephanie reply

    Chicken & waffles versus ham biscuits?! Impossible choice!! This is such a fun tournament, though it makes me so hungry every time I look at it!

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  5. avatar Trey reply

    Biscuits. versus. hushpuppies?!

    *brain explodes*

  6. avatar Carl Mabe reply

    Good ole Cherrwine

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March Madness has taken over the Southern Weddings office! Even though not everyone at SW considers herself a sports aficionado (ahem), we do live in the middle of Tobacco Road, and thought we should celebrate in style. Southern Weddings style, that is. Welcome to the 2014 Mason-Dixon Madness — a Southern food tournament!

Basketball mavens, we are not (at least not all of us), but everyone was more than willing to dress up in their favorite college colors and get outside on the courts last week for a little school spirit photo shoot. Since our office is located in the heart of ACC country, we had representation from all three schools in the Triangle (Emily = Duke; Morgan and Abbie = NC State; Lara, Grace, Nicole, and Kristin = UNC), along with some love for Big 12 Red River rivals, Texas and Oklahoma (Lisa and Meredith, respectively).

Admittedly, I am a bit biased, but I do think that this shade of blue is mighty pretty, and doesn’t Grace make the best SW mascot/Carolina cheerleader?

(It only took two tries to build this spirit pyramid!)

As the resident SW college basketball fan in the office, I boxed everyone out (lingo I learned from watching countless hours of games with KPW) for the chance to write these posts and to hang on the goal while we were taking pictures. Don’t worry, we all contributed to the cast of food and drink characters you see below, debating the relative qualities of Southern favorites at length to determine the rankings. We even learned a few things about one another in the process! Any guesses as to who fought hard for mac and cheese to make it deep into the tournament, or which gal is quite partial to pastries and rooted for beignets over pralines? (My sweet grandmama makes the best pecan pralines in Dixie, so it definitely wasn’t me.)

Our tournament begins with 64 of the best and brightest Southern favorites, divided by course so that pecan pie doesn’t go head-to-head with fried chicken in the first round. Each week, y’all will get the chance to weigh in on your favorite Southern delicacies until we whittle things down to the championship match-up on April 7th!

Will there be some upsets in the first round? How far will boiled peanuts and red velvet cake make it? It all depends on you, dear readers. P.S. Not familiar with some of these Southern gems? Check out our past Southern Delicacy columns or call your grandmama! Get educated, maybe have a taste test at home with your beau, and then pick your preferences from their head-to-head match-ups! First-round voting will be open until March 12, when we’ll set the winners up for the round of 32!

Feel free to print your own bracket (download it here), fill in your favorites, and see if you can pick the ultimate winner of the Mason-Dixon Madness. In full disclosure, I already have my favorite and I know I will be devastated if it goes out in the first round.

Invite your beau and your best friend to join in the fun and help us decide what will ultimately be named the best bite or beverage in Dixie! Take a break from wedding planning and spend some quality time with your favorite people debating the finer points of Southern cuisine. I’m betting you might learn a fun fact or two about your friends and family in the process. May the best food (or drink) win!

(RSS readers – click through to see the embedded poll!)

P.S. Photos by the always amazing Faith Teasley who is a lovely member of the Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory.

P.P.S. We owe big THANK YOUS to our significant others for their insight and input into the rankings and final 64 contestants, with a special shout-out to Taylor for spending an entire evening with Nicole debating the merits of foods–from collard greens to coconut cake–to make sure that the final field was fair and balanced!

kristin Written with love by Kristin
  1. avatar Graham reply

    This is so fun! I’m excited to see the results! I’ve got my Sweet Tea jersey on!!! :)

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    Here we go, mac and chesse, here we go!!

  3. avatar Emily reply

    Deviled eggs all the way :)

  4. avatar Maghon reply

    As a fellow Carolina girl, I LOVE this post to pieces!

  5. avatar Abby reply

    Adorable! I know my picks of KY hot brown and Big Red may be long shots but I love this idea!

  6. avatar Sara Velordi reply

    This is wonderful! Y’all never cease to amaze me!

  7. avatar Erin reply

    This is the best idea!!! And it’s got my stomach rumbling for some biscuits and sweet tea!!

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