Awards & Recognition

awardsheaderHonors and Awards:

  • “Retail Superstars: Inside the 25 Best Independent Stores in America” – George Whalin 
  • The late New York Times food critic Craig Claiborne once described Southern Season as “wall to wall and floor to ceiling…a visual and gustatory delight!
  • National Association for Specialty Food: Outstanding Retailer of the Year 
  • Gourmet News: Retail Achievement Award for Success in Food Education 

2014 Charleston City Paper

  • Best Local Gourmet Grocery Store (Reader’s Choice)
  • Best Place to Drop Insane Amounts of Money on Candy (Critics Choice)
  • Weathervane Patio and Restaurant Best Brunch Restaurants in America – OpenTable’s Diner’s Choice Award
  • Southerly Patio and Restaurant OpenTable Diner’s Choice Award

2014 OpenTable

  • Southerly Patio and Restaurant Diner’s Choice Award

2013 News & Observer Rose Awards—Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Wine Selection in Orange County

2013 Independent Weekly—Raleigh, Cary, Durham & Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Place to Buy Candy
  • Best Place to Buy Desserts
  • Best Place to Buy Pie
  • Best Place to Buy Chocolate

2013 Chapel Hill News Rose Awards—Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Wine Selection in Orange County

2012 Independent Weekly—Raleigh, Cary, Durham & Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Place to Buy Candy
  • Best Place to Buy Desserts
  • Best Place to Buy Pie
  • Best Place to Buy Chocolates

2012 Fire in the Triangle Competition—Raleigh, Cary, Durham & Chapel Hill

  • Chef Ryan Payne Named Got To Be N.C. Competition Dining State Champion
  • Chef Ryan Payne Won First Place in Triangle Chef Showdown
  • Chef Ryan Payne Won Fire in the Triangle Competition Dining Series

 2011 Independent Weekly—Raleigh, Cary, Durham & Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Place to Buy Candy
  • Best Retail Cheese Selection

2011 Chapel Hill Magazine—Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Gift Store

2011 Chapelboro.com—Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Gift Shop

2010 Independent Weekly—Raleigh, Cary, Durham & Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Candy Selection
  • Best Local Wine Store
  • Best Retail Cheese Selection

2010 Chapel Hill News Rose Awards—Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Specialty Food Store
  • Best Wine Selection

2009 Independent Weekly—Raleigh, Cary, Durham & Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Candy Selection
  • Best Local Wine Store
  • Best Retail Cheese Selection

2009 Chapel Hill News Rose Awards—Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Specialty Food Store
  • Best Wine Selection
  • Weathervane Restaurant and Patio: Best Place for Breakfast

2008 Independent Weekly—Raleigh, Cary, Durham & Chapel Hill

  • Best Candy Selection
  • Best Local Wine Store with Knowledgeable Staff
  • Best Retail Cheese Selection
  • Best Retail Wine Selection

2008 Chapel Hill News Rose Awards—Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Specialty Food Store
  • Best Wine Selection
  • Weathervane Restaurant and Patio: Best Place for Sunday Brunch
  • Weathervane Restaurant and Patio: Best Restaurant for Fine Dining

2007 Chapel Hill News Rose Awards—Chapel Hill, NC

  • Best Wine Selection
  • Best Place to take “Out-of-Towners”
  • Weathervane Restaurant and Patio: Best Place for Dessert

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