Restaurants in Ole Miss Student Union Open for Business

OXFORD, Miss. – All food service locations in the new portion of the Ole Miss Student Union – including Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, Qdoba, Which Wich, and McAlister's Deli – recently opened to the University of Mississippi community. The opening is an important milestone for the project, which, when complete, will expand the facility from 97,000 square feet to 173,000 square feet, said Larry Sparks, UM vice chancellor for administration and finance. "We're pleased to open the food service portion of the Union," Sparks said. "While there's still work to be done, we're proud of what this represents for our university community and, most importantly, our students." The additional dining locatio

5th Annual Smokin' on the Rez BBQ and Music Festival Features the KrackerJacks and KC Barbecue

One of Mississippi’s all-time favorite party bands and a different barbecue sanctioning organization will headline the 5th annual Smokin’ on The Rez BBQ and Music Festival September 16th at Old Trace Park at Barnett Reservoir in Ridgeland. The KrackerJacks will play from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday against the backdrop of the 33,000-acre lake, and the $15 admission will get each visitor a pulled pork BBQ plate - cooked by a professional team - with all the trimmings, and will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. The music will start at 3:30 p.m. with the reservoir’s own Jay Herrington and Seth Thomas. Gates open at noon. “We are both excited and proud to have the KrackerJacks agree to play at our event,”

Fannin Mart Opens Second Location in Gluckstadt

Photo courtesy of Fannin Mart Country-cookin' restaurant Fannin Mart has been serving up home-cooked meals to central Mississippi for more than 30 years, and they have recently opened a second location in Gluckstadt. Located in the old Frisco Deli location on Weisenberger Road, Fannin Mart is looking forward to serving the Madison/Ridgeland/Gluckstadt/Canton area. Hand written menus consisting of Fannin Mart's famous fried chicken, fresh vegetables, and homemade desserts are available daily. They are open for lunch Monday through Friday and Sundays, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Just two years ago, the future of Fannin Mart was uncertain. Now, their Flowood location is still serving up their fam

Kraft Heinz and Oprah Debut New Line of Soups and Side Dishes

CHICAGO, Ill — The Kraft Heinz Co. and Mississippi-native Oprah Winfrey have teamed up to launch O, That's Good!, a line of refrigerated soups and savory sides "that bring a nutritious twist on comfort food classics to everyone's table," the company said. The products are the first introduction from Mealtime Stories LLC, a joint venture Kraftz Heinz and Ms. Winfrey announced in January. “I love healthy foods and eating from my garden,” Ms. Winfrey said. “When Kraft Heinz approached me for a food line, what got my attention is making nutritious comfort foods more accessible to everyone. This product line is real, delicious food with a twist. You’ll feel good about serving it for your family.

Like Wearing White After Labor Day, 'No More Burgers' Doesn't Apply

The headline from a food magazine at the checkout line couldn’t have been more direct: “Don’t go, summer!” leaped off the page in bold red letters. You can’t get more direct than that. Despite a silent acknowledgement that the writer probably doesn’t live in the south, I bought it anyway. Inside, elaboration continued on the lingering days in which grilled burgers can be enjoyed. Turns out, many feel Labor Day weekend is the last blast for burgers. Our weather accommodates year-round grilling, and even better, there are numerous ways to dress up burgers baked in the oven. More about grilled burgers in a minute, but first, here’s a tip for freezing and defrosting ground beef, chuck or turkey,

Anheuser-Busch Halts Beer Production to Provide Clean Drinking Water for Hurricane Harvey Victims

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Anheuser-Busch is delivering three truckloads - over 155,000 cans - of emergency drinking water to help communities in the Gulf Coast area in response to Hurricane Harvey. An initial truckload was sent from Anheuser-Busch’s Cartersville brewery in Georgia and delivered to the American Red Cross in Baton Rouge on Monday, August 28 with the generous help of Mockler Beverage, one of Anheuser-Busch’s wholesaler partners. Two additional truckloads are being sent to an American Red Cross facility in Arlington, Texas scheduled to arrive in the coming days. The Cartersville brewery halts production periodically throughout the year to prepare canned drinking water so as to be ready t

Millennials Are W(h)ining More Than Ever

It was only a matter of time before wine marketing geniuses turned their attention from baby boomers to millennials. Millennials are broadly defined as those born between 1976 and 1996, and the Pew Research Center puts the number of millennials in the U.S. at about 75 million. Generally, millennials are characterized as environmentally concerned, socially liberal, technology savvy, balancing workplace and home, and proponents of political correctness. It is thought that the Great Recession greatly impacted many young millennials’ careers and earnings. And the preponderance of student loan debt among this group has hindered wealth accumulation. However, that hasn't dampened their avid appreci

Amazon Officially Owns Whole Foods Market

SEATTLE & AUSTIN, Texas – Amazon and Whole Foods Market recently announced that Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market will close on Monday, August 28, 2017, and the two companies will together pursue the vision of making Whole Foods Market’s high-quality, natural and organic food affordable for everyone. As a down payment on that vision, Whole Foods Market will offer lower prices starting Monday on a selection of best-selling grocery staples across its stores, with more to come. In addition, Amazon and Whole Foods Market technology teams will begin to integrate Amazon Prime into the Whole Foods Market point-of-sale system, and when this work is complete, Prime members will receive speci

The Food Factor: Back to School Lunches

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.

Dip, Baby, Dip

Football season is almost here! While you might not be able to make it to all the games, you can still host watch parties at your home for the ones you've got to cheer on from the couch. Some of best and easiest recipes to make for those parties are dips. Here are some fun ideas for dipping at your football watch parties, or for any party you have coming up! Babalu Guacamole Roasted Eggplant Dip Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Dip Apple Butter Hummus Dip Hot Parmesan Artichoke Dip

Think Outside the Lunchbox

Eating the same thing everyday can make lunch seem so "blah." Now's the perfect time to break out of the lunch rut and add some excitement to your meals. Thinking outside the traditional lunchbox is easy with the right ingredients. Perk up your noontime noshing with fresh, seasonal ingredients coupled with kitchen pantry classics, like California Ripe Olives, which add a unique flavor and bold, distinctive color to any dish. California farmers grow more than 95 percent of the ripe olives consumed in the United States. From planting, pruning, harvesting, and processing, they make sure that the highest quality olives come from their farms to your table - one can at a time. Adding olives to any

Grocery Delivery Service 'Instacart' Coming to the Jackson Area

Instacart (, the fast-growing retail delivery service whose shoppers hand-pick and deliver items from trusted local stores, announced recently that it is expanding into the Jackson are to serve over 231,000 households beginning August 24th. Jackson area residents can now order from their favorite retailers like Whole Foods Market, Petco, and Kroger, and have their groceries and everyday essentials delivered straight to their doorsteps in as little as one hour. Instacart received an overwhelming volume of requests for expansion into this region and is excited to now be delivering to the Jackson area. Service areas include: Jackson, Brandon, Byram, Pearl, Richland, Flowood, M

It's Not Too Late to Celebrate National Catfish Month With Heartland Catfish

ITTA BENA, Miss. – Cast a line and break out the tartar sauce – it’s not too late to celebrate National Catfish Month. Heartland Catfish Company, the nation’s leading supplier of fresh and frozen catfish products, is celebrating the beloved fish throughout the month of August. The #HeartlandCatfishCelebration across social media features exciting recipes, catfish fun facts and company history. Catfish fans throughout the country can engage with Heartland Catfish Company and share their appreciation for this healthy, versatile seafood product. See the fact sheet below to learn more about catfish production. In recognition of the dedication and innovation of the greater U.S. farm-raised catfis

Cover Up, Get Creative With Chicken

Almost everywhere you dine these days, cell phone camera flashes are part of the landscape. Self-described “foodies” capture the contents of their dinner plates at rapid speed, then anxiously post it to their Instagram page. I’ll admit, I’m sometimes guilty of photographing my food, but take it one step further and capture the menu. The description of a dish called Covered Up Chicken was my latest shot, leading to a new favorite and insight into the Wonderful World of Chicken. But first, a little about the dish that started it all. I’ve made no secret of my dislike of pale, unadorned chicken. Before I ruffle the feathers of the state poultry association, let me reassure them - I highly reco

Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth at This Year's Sweetest Chefs of the South Event

JACKSON, Miss. — In partnership with Visit Ridgeland, Eat Y’all will present the third annual Sweetest Chefs of the South event on Monday, September 11th at The Lake House in Ridgeland, Mississippi, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (VIP entrance at 6:30 p.m.). Sweetest Chefs of the South features our region’s top pastry chefs showcasing their sweet specialties. Attendees will meet top pastry chefs from five different states, sample delectables, and even vote on a people’s choice award. The event serves as a fundraiser for Extra Table. The following chefs will be featured: Brittany Garrigus - Satterfield’s, Birmingham, AL Josh Lear - The Noble South, Mobile, AL Maggie Scales - Herbsaint, New Orleans, L

Boy Scout Troop 30 Holds Food Drive for Mississippi Food Network

Visit Kroger at I-55 in Jackson on Saturday, August 26th, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and help support the MS Food Network BackPack Program. Boy Scouts from St. Richard's Troop 30 will greet Kroger customers with a shopping list of needed food items. Shoppers can purchase items from the list and give it to a Scout as they leave the store. For a list of items, click here. Monetary donations are also welcome. Donations will be delivered by Troop 30 to the Mississippi Food Network for use in the BackPack Program, which provides food to school-age children in need throughout central Mississippi. Find out more about the BackPack Program here. During last year's Scouts Helping Kids food drive, K

Palate-Pleasing Ponzi Wines and Pinot Noir

No one is going to dispute that modern viticulture developments have led to vast improvements in wine. Whether it how a vine’s canopy is managed or how the soil is treated, breakthroughs in farming generally have provided more consistent, drought- and insect-resistant vines. The result has led to better wines across the board. One significant breakthrough came in the 1950s when researchers identified clones that could be counted on to grow consistent, disease-free vines. A clone is a cutting or bud of a mother plant and is genetically identical. So, a cutting from an immensely successful vineyard planted in similar soil and climate can be expected to perform equally well. Wine growers, then,

Mississippi-based Business 'No Time 2 Cook' Takes Off, Lands in Kroger and Walmart

JACKSON, Miss. — Oxford, Mississippi-based No Time 2 Cook began in 2005 in Karen Kurr’s kitchen. With the assistance of the Mississippi Development Authority’s Minority and Small Business Development Division (MSBDD), the company has grown into a 5,000-square-foot facility in Oxford where it produces frozen, home-style meals found in more than 250 Kroger stores. Beginning in 2018, No Time 2 Cook products will also be found in more than 250 Walmart stores. “Little did I know when No Time 2 Cook began that my hobby would one day end up in Kroger and now Walmart freezers. In the early days, I cooked all week and sold at farmers markets every weekend. I soon realized that there were not enough h

Beau Rivage Announces Bruce Cartwright as Director of Beverage

BILOXI, Miss. – Beau Rivage announces the promotion of Bruce Cartwright to Director of Beverage. Cartwright joined the Beau Rivage Food & Beverage team in April 2005 as a Relief Restaurant Manager. When the resort reopened post-Hurricane Katrina, he was promoted to Beverage Manager where he was responsible for overseeing all beverage operations on property while maintaining high quality of standards in beverage service. Cartwright has also been instrumental in implementing training programs while ensuring compliance with all local and state laws. In his new role, Cartwright will continue to oversee Casino Beverage Service, Pool Bar & Café, Eight75 Ultra Lounge, Coast Night Club, High Limits

The Food Factor: Avocado Recipes

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.

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