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MDMR to Begin Second Phase of Oyster Restoration Program

Image courtesy of MDMR BILOXI, Miss. – In August, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will start on the second phase of a program to rebuild and revitalize oyster reefs in the western Mississippi Sound. During this phase, employees and contractors will plant approximately 160 acres of cultch material on several reefs by the end of August. “The purpose of this project is to restore Mississippi’s oyster reefs and increase future production,” said Erik Broussard, director of MDMR’s Shellfish Bureau. “By the end of the year, we will have planted more than 600 acres of cultch material. We also will do an additional planting next spring to continue restoration efforts.” The reefs includ

Beat the Heat with These Summer Smoothies

The summer heat doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. Ice cream is one way to cool off after a hot day, but if you're looking for something a little healthier, check out these smoothies from Mississippi Kitchen that are a refreshing and nutritious way to beat the brutal Mississippi heat. Strawberry Mango Sweet Tart Smoothie Mint and Cilantro Pineapple Smoothie Toasted Pecan and Coconut Smoothie Chocolate Chip Strawberry Smoothie Bowls

The Food Factor: Zoodles

The Food Factor presents the best, research-based information related to food, nutrition, diet, and healthy lifestyles. Our host, Natasha Haynes, is an experienced educator with the Mississippi State University Extension Service who has spent over 15 years sharing tips for healthy living with Mississippians of all ages. She brings food science down to earth and makes it useful for today’s families. Click here to view previously aired shows, and be sure to follow The Food Factor on Facebook and Twitter.

Executive Chef Named for Fine & Dandy, Coming Fall 2017

JACKSON, Miss. —Miller Hospitality, the Jackson-based restaurant development company behind Fine & Dandy, today announced Jesse Houston as culinary director and acting executive chef of Fine & Dandy. An award-winning chef, Houston brings a creative dynamic to Miller Hospitality that will be instrumental in Fine & Dandy’s culinary development. Slated for a fall opening in The District at Eastover, Fine & Dandy is an upscale burger restaurant that will include a lighter, more progressive take on American classics. “I have been watching Jesse develop as a chef since he worked with Craig Noone and I thought, 'here’s a guy that’s adding something new to the culinary scene in Jackson,'” said Ray-

Gulfport Chef to Participate in Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans

The 14th Annual Great American Seafood Cook-Off will kick off on August 5th in New Orleans, Louisiana. Every year, chefs from throughout the country gather at this event to represent their states at the Great American Seafood Cook-Off. Chefs will perform in front of a live audience and present their dishes to a panel of judges, who will score based on presentation, creativity, composition, craftsmanship, flavor, and more. Representing Mississippi is Gulfport's own Chef David Dickensauge. He serves as the executive chef for Bin 77 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and as co-owner and executive chef for Corks & Cleaver in Gulfport, Mississippi. Dickensauge was recognized in 2015 as a Best New Chef in

Grab the Blue Cheese and Celery, Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day

What better way to spend a Saturday than munching on chicken wings? Saturday, July 29th, is National Chicken Wing Day. Several restaurants will offer specials on their chicken wings, but you can also make your own wings right in your own kitchen. These Sriracha buffalo chicken wings are sure to hit the spot on National Chicken Wing Day. Buffalo Chicken Wings 2 1/2 lbs. chicken wings (12-15 wings) 1/4 cup (more if desired) Huy Fong Foods Sriracha Chili Sauce 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted Salt to taste 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce (optional) Split wings at each joint and discard tips. Pat dry. Place on a rack in a roasting pan and bake at 425 degrees F for 1 hour; turni

Jubilee Occurring in the Mississippi Sound

BILOXI, Miss. – Officials with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources have confirmed that a jubilee is occurring in the Mississippi Sound due to weather conditions. On Wednesday, several different species of finfish, as well as shrimp, crabs, and eels were found near the Gulfport and Long Beach harbors. By early Thursday, shrimp, crabs, and eels began washing up onshore from the Broadwater in Biloxi to west of the Pass Christian Harbor. There were no finfish found on the shore Thursday morning. MDMR scientists analyzed water samples Wednesday at various locations and found that the main cause was low oxygen. There was no indication of a toxic algal bloom. “A jubilee occurs when the w

Sanderson Farms Recognized as One of Mississippi's Healthiest Workplaces

LAUREL, Miss. – Sanderson Farms, Inc. was recently named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces for 2017. The company was acknowledged at a luncheon for award recipients at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, Mississippi. “At Sanderson Farms, we are committed to supporting our employees and the communities in which they live,” said Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., CEO and chairman of the board for Sanderson Farms. “We are proud that our strong workplace wellness program truly makes a difference in the health and well-being of our employees.” The Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplace Awards are given by a collaboration of groups including the Mississippi Business Journal, the Mississippi Business Group on

Amerigo's Tiramisu Fundraiser Brings in $2,200 for CARA

JACKSON, Miss. -- With several dogs and cats in attendance, Amerigo owner David Conn presented a $2,200 check to Community Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA) representative Denise Cantrell in honor of the restaurant’s 30th anniversary. Amerigo opened its doors in 1987 and for three decades has enjoyed a reputation as Jackson’s neighborhood restaurant for Italian cuisine. To celebrate this anniversary, Amerigo pledged to donate $1 from the purchase of each tiramisu dessert to CARA during the month of June. Both the Ridgeland and Flowood locations participated in the benefit to raise money for animal welfare. The check presentation meant that over 2,200 tiramisus had been savored by Amerigo guest

Beau Rivage to Host J. Wilkes - Bien Nacido Wine Dinner

BILOXI, Miss. -- MGM Resorts International’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino and J Wilkes – Bien Nacido Wines will present a special seven-course food and wine pairing dinner on August 20th. Wes Hagen, winemaker and brand ambassador for J. Wilkes Wines in the Santa Maria Valley of California will lead the event set to begin at 6:30 p.m. inside BR Prime, Beau Rivage’s award-winning steak and seafood restaurant. Rated as one of the 100 Most Influential Winemakers in the U.S. by noted wine writer and author Michael Cervin, Hagen has 21 years of experience as a vineyard manager and winemaker. He has served more than a decade on the board of directors for both Santa Barbara County Vintners and Santa

Char Expands Private Dining Options with Five New Dining Rooms

JACKSON, Miss. -- Char now offers five tastefully decorated private dining rooms that can graciously host your next event. The restaurant has expanded their private dining options so that groups of 10 to 150 people can enjoy Char’s hospitality and cuisine. Included in all its private spaces are customized menus, audio visual capabilities, and wireless internet. The professional staff at Char wants your event to be flawless from the moment guests arrive, to their departure. Their goal is to assist with planning, including all the details that will ensure a memorable and successful event. Whether you would like to entertain a select group of guests or host a large event, Char’s private dining

Mississippi Food Network's Mobile Pantries Provide Food for Under-served Areas

The Mississippi Food Network serves 56 counties in the central part of Mississippi – a large rural service area of 32,955 square miles. In some of those areas, Mississippi Food Network does not have enough member agencies to meet the needs of people facing food insecurity. One way they combats this problem is through its Mobile Pantry program, where they take staple food boxes and fresh produce and distribute to people in those communities. Recently, the Mississippi Food Network worked with Mission of Hope, a member agency in Winona, Mississippi, on a mobile pantry distribution to help provide food to more food-insecure families in that area. Through this Mobile Pantry, Mississippi Food Netw

Snack Smarter with Dairy

Americans are snacking more and more these days, with the average person consuming 25 percent of daily calories in the form of snacks. This school year, aim for an A-plus in nutrition by snacking smarter on nutrient-rich dairy products. Snacking goes hand-in-hand with dairy products since they are a tasty, convenient, and cost-effective way to fuel up throughout the day. There are a variety of grab-and-go milk, cheese, and yogurt products that provide portable nutrition. What's more, dairy packs a nutritious punch. Together, milk, cheese, and yogurt provide nine essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, and important nutrient to include in snacks since it helps you feel fuller lon

Cantina Laredo Opens at The District at Eastover

JACKSON, Miss. — Excitement continues in The District at Eastover with the highly-anticipated opening of a locally-owned Cantina Laredo, a full-service, modern Mexican restaurant. Cantina Laredo offers an extensive menu of modern Mexican cuisine, top shelf margaritas, and specialty sangrias in a sophisticated atmosphere. Committed to serving authentic Mexican food inspired by the cuisine of Mexico City, the 7,776 square-foot restaurant seats over 250 guests, and most notably includes a spacious, cooled patio overlooking The District’s pristine green space and fountains. Known for creating fresh-made Mexican food with a modern flair, menu items include dishes like Chilean Sea Bass served with

Bring Small-Town Life to Your Kitchen With "A Taste of Home Town" Cookbook

LAUREL, Miss. — In the South, family is held in the highest esteem, and nothing fosters family quite like food. Recipes and cookbooks are handed down from generation to generation, guiding each new heir into their culinary awakening. But what if a cookbook did more than just teach recipes? What if it taught a way of life? With “A Taste of Home Town,” readers get more than just recipes — they get to experience Laurel, Mississippi, in their own home. Along with family recipes from the most treasured citizens of our community, such as Ben and Erin Napier, Parker Posey, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, Lance Bass, Tess Holliday, Leontyne Price, Charlie Mars and more than 80 others, including honorary resid

Dog Days of Summer Bearable with Homemade Ice Cream

I love vintage items as much as the next junk store aficianado. So when I saw a hand-crank homemade ice cream maker for sale on the internet, I got excited. “Make ice cream the old-fashioned way!” drew me in even further. When I saw the nearly-$200 price tag, my interest turned to disbelief. Obviously, the manufacturers never spent hours outside on a sweltering Mississippi summer day packing down the rustic models of the past with rock salt, ice, and newspapers, then turning the crank for hours. I didn’t buy the pricey ice cream maker, but reading about it stirred up childhood memories and resurrected favorite homemade ice cream recipes. First, a word about ice cream makers. My current favor

Say Goodbye to BRAVO! (For Now) at Their Closer Party

JACKSON, Miss. -- Say goodbye to BRAVO!... for now, that is. Don't worry, we're just renovating! The past called us the other day with some important news: 1994 wants their chairs back. So we are going to RENOVATE! From August 28th through September 25th we will be CLOSED to give BRAVO! a clean, modern look that honors everything you love about her. And of course we're throwing a wine party to celebrate. Because we're BRAVO! The "Closer" Party August 12th from 6 PM until..... the good times end. We ain't shutting this party down until we want to. We will be pouring rare, vintage wines from our cellar all evening Hors d'oeurves Cash bar available $60 per person or $100 per couple You can pu

Cast Your Last-Minute Vote For the Blended Burger Project

BILOXI, Miss. – MGM Resorts International’s Beau Rivage is participating in the James Beard Foundation’s (JBF) Blended Burger Project™, a nationwide contest and challenge to make a "blended burger" by blending ground meat with finely chopped mushrooms to create a delicious, healthier, and more sustainable burger. Beau Rivage Executive Chef Kristian Wade has chosen to feature the Landmass Burger to showcase a healthier burger. The mushroom burger features a succulent blend of New Orleans barbecue sauce and Alabama white sauce, and affectionately gets its name from a Weather Channel forecaster’s description of the Mississippi Gulf Coast – the landmass between New Orleans, La. and Mobile, Al

Dave Matthews: Singer, Songwriter, Wine Maker

Celebrity ownership of wineries is nothing new. The late partnership of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt own the powerhouse rosé house Chateau Miravel in Provence. Francis Ford Coppola owns the eponymous Coppola Winery and Rubicon Estate in California, and race-car driver Jeff Gordon owns Jeff Gordon Wines in Napa Valley, and lest we forget, Virginia’s largest winery, Trump Winery of Charlottesville. Dave Matthews of the Dave Matthews band is not a neophyte to the wine-making business, with 17 years of experience at his Blenheim Vineyards near Charlottesville. In 2011, Dave Matthews created a line of wine with Constellation Wines U.S. and named the project after a 1998 song by his band, “The Dre

Kiwi and Shrimp Combo Dishes Out Maximum Flavor

The dog days of summer are here and so is grilling season. Cool down with Chef Adrianne Calvo's Grilled Jumbo Shrimp + Kiwi, Green Apple and Green Chili, Mint Relish. Here's the quick and easy recipe that's sure to have your guests raving for days. This dish provides maximum flavor and is true to the core with these boldly refreshing flavors. Grilled Jumbo Shrimp + Kiwi, Green Apple and Green Chili , Mint Relish Serves: 2 6 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon paprika Canola oil, for brushing 1 tablespoon kiwi, peeled and minced 1 tablespoon green apple, peeled and minced 1/2 teaspoon jalapeno, seeded, deveined, and minced 1 teasp
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