James Beard Restaurant and Chef Award Semifinalists Include Mississippi Restaurant, Chefs

NEW YORK, New York – The James Beard Foundation recently announced its list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists in advance of the 29th annual James Beard Awards. The prestigious group of semifinalists across all categories represents a wide collection of culinary talent, from exceptional chefs and dining destinations nationally and across ten different regions to the best new restaurants, outstanding bar, outstanding baker, and a rising star chefs 30 years of age or under. The full list of 2019 semifinalists can be reviewed at the end of the press release or directly at the James Beard Foundation website. The Foundation will announce the final nominees for all Award categories during

Rooster's Burgers Just Got Surpassed By Chicken Tenders in My Book

When the aroma emanating from the catering dishes is so tantalizing that lunch is served an hour early, you know the food is going to be good. Such was the case last week when Rooster’s, a long-time Jackson restaurant, was the featured caterer at a meeting I attended in the Capital City. Meeting organizers had no choice but to let us break for lunch an hour early once we got a whiff of the succulent fried chicken tenders, cheese-infused mashed potatoes, salad with Comeback sauce, homemade rolls, and banana pudding. It's safe to say it was the best meeting I’ve attended in a while, thanks in no small part to the lunch that was lightyears above any standard catered lunch. Rooster’s has been ar

Indulge in a Bottle of Rodney Strong Wine

Innovation doesn’t always come easy to family-owned wineries. When you – and not some large corporation – hold the purse strings, there is risk involved in deviating from a proven course, buying more vineyards, or investing in new equipment. When such restraint persists, the death spiral begins and the corporations swoop in to pick the bones. Such is not the case at Rodney Strong, an iconic family-owned operation that is on a path to innovation. Now 55 years old, the Rodney Strong enterprise was named after a well-known American dancer who left the stage to start a second career in winemaking in Sonoma County. For years, it hummed along making traditional wine alongside other traditional, fa

Support Alzheimer's Mississippi at 14th Annual Santé South Wine Festival

The 2019 Santé South Wine Festival is set to take place on April 6, 2019, at Renaissance at Colony Park. Founded by Norm Rush of Beaumad & Associates, Santé South Wine Festival Benefits Alzheimer's Mississippi in partnership with Visit Ridgeland and the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival. Since 2006, Santé South has grown into the largest wine and culinary extravaganza in the state of Mississippi. It has become a signature event for the capital city of Jackson and Mississippi's top luxury food and wine experience, and it has generated more than $650,000 in proceeds for Alzheimer's Mississippi. Boutique vintners from across the globe travel to Mississippi to present their annual new release wines.

Food Factor: Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Sliders

Y’all know I love a good slow cooker recipe. This one is fast and easy, and, depending on your barbecue sauce, can also be healthy. Most sauces and dressings can contain a surprising amount of sugar, salt, and fat. When you read the ingredient label, look for tomato or vinegar as the first ingredient—NOT sugar! Avoid corn syrup, and choose sweeteners that also add flavor, such as honey, maple syrup, or brown sugar. Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken Sliders Nonstick cooking spray 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 small onion, sliced 1 cup water 1/3 cup barbecue sauce 8 mini whole-wheat buns Spray the slow cook

Sugar Factory American Brasserie Set to Open at Hard Rock in Biloxi

BILOXI, Miss. – Voted as America’s most Instagrammed restaurant, Sugar Factory American Brasserie will be bringing their over the top sweets to Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi with the opening of its 28th location on February 28th. The MTV meets Willy Wonka concept’s latest addition offers pure entertainment for guests of all ages. Located just off the gaming floor at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Biloxi, Sugar Factory’s 5,500-square-foot confectionery will feature the signature floor-to-ceiling candy wall with more than 500 types of candy including a selection of novelty and bulk candy like the world-famous Couture Pops. In addition to the endless candy options, the café will offer coffee, capp

Best of Jackson: Blue Plates

In this week's Sipp Jackson blog post, find out some of our favorite places to get a Southern-style blue plate lunch in the capital city! Whether you prefer an all veggie plate or a meat and two sides, there are several places in Jackson ready to serve you a delicious plate lunch!

Hickory Pit Is a Jackson Landmark Worth Revisiting

When a restaurant remains relatively unchanged after decades in the same location, it’s a sure sign the food is good and customers are happy. Vetoing a move to a trendier area, addition of modern accouterments, and menu changes suggests to me the owners are living by the mantra that, pardon the grammar, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” A prime example of this successful business plan is Hickory Pit in Jackson. The neighborhood “barbecue place” at the entrance of Canton Mart Square just a stone’s throw from I-55 North has continued to keep customers (not just from the neighborhood, but visitors from around the U.S. and more than a few foreign tourists) happy by serving delicious barbecue, s

Oregon's Small Wine Producers Sell Direct

If there is ever a wine region that embraces a person’s dream of owning a small winery, it is Oregon’s Willamette Valley. More than 560 family owned wineries are churning out wonderful pinot noirs, chardonnays and other wines every year, and 70 percent of them are making less than 5,000 cases a year. Managing quantities this small has its challenges, but these challenges can be profitably managed if the overhead is low and the sales goals are reasonable. Tom Fitzpatrick, owner and winemaker of Alloro Vineyard in the Chehalem Mountains AVA, said he doesn’t have the luxury of having staff help. “I wear many hats. There is no team of specialists in marketing, sales, or production. I have fewer

Food Factor: Shake and Bake Brussels Sprouts

Growing up, Brussels sprouts were the vegetable every kid on TV loved to hate. Most people think they hate these cute little veggies that resemble tiny cabbages, even if they’ve never tried them. While Brussels sprouts may have more of a bitter flavor than some vegetables, with a few tips and tricks, you can add this very healthy seasonal vegetable to your weekly meal plan. First, look for small, tight sprouts that are about 1 to 1.5 inches in size. You want sprouts that are uniformly sized so they cook evenly. Small sprouts are typically sweeter and less tough than larger sprouts. Next, experiment with different seasonings and toppings to see what you like best. You can find loads of recipe

Taste of Mississippi Set for April 1st, Benefits Stewpot

On Monday, April 1st, join the Stewpot for the annual Taste of Mississippi. Taste of Mississippi offers culinary delights from fabulous area restaurants, beverages from local distributors, a silent auction, live music, and a competition among participating restaurants to put on the best presentation and offer their best food samplings. This year's event will be held at the Ice House Venue downtown from 7 to 10 p.m., and all proceeds from Taste of Mississippi benefit Stewpot Community Services, whose mission is to provide for the needs of the poor, elderly, and disabled in Jackson's metro area. In 2018, this event raised more than $100,000 for Stewpot's ministries. Last year's participating r

Celebrate Valentine's Day With a Special Meal

Soft music, candlelight, and the food of love - in simple terms, dinners for two that include sizzling steaks and decadent chocolate desserts - will be available to diners around the state on Valentine's Day. Many restaurants will offer specials, fixed price, and multi-course Valentine's Day menus in addition to regular entrees. Just a few of the state’s restaurants offering special menus, entrees, or desserts in honor of what is arguably the most romantic meal of the year include Estelle’s Wine Bar and Bistro in Jackson; Patio 44 in Hattiesburg and Biloxi; Table 100 in Flowood; McLain’s Steakhouse in Brandon; Chancellor’s Grill and Lounge in Oxford; P.F. Chang’s in Ridgeland; and Ruth’s Ch

Sanderson Farms Cultivates Culture of Community, Charity, and Chicken

Sanderson Farms Championship, along with Century Club Charities, presents $1.375 million to Friends of Children’s Hospital, benefiting Batson Children’s Hospital, on January 10, 2019. CEO and President, Joe F. Sanderson, Jr., has quietly woven charity into the corporate culture at Sanderson Farms over the years, and the donation numbers speak for themselves. Sanderson Farms has donated over $10.6 million to various charities since 2011. What speaks even more to this attitude of generosity are the words of the company’s employees, who often describe Sanderson Farms as a family that takes care of the community. Sanderson Farms’ philanthropic efforts range in size and reach, but the sentiment i

Perfectly Pair Wine and Chocolate This Valentine's Day

There are fallacies in wine like there are fallacies in food. Chocolate causes acne; salt raises the blood pressure. Wine is great with chocolate; wine is great with cheese. Maybe there is some grain of truth in all of these, so they are more like exaggerations than myth. And that’s the case with wine and chocolate, an awkward match that surfaces every Valentine’s Day. If you are planning to embark on this risky path to romantic celebration, think twice about pairing wine with chocolate. Sometimes it’s better not to share the occasion with wine. But if you must, we have some recommendations. Because of the sugar and fat content of chocolate, the palate is jerked in a direction that is total

Support the Mississippi Food Network at Fifth Annual Moonlight Market

Join the Mississippi Food Network and experience " A Deep South Palate" at the annual Moonlight Market. Enjoy a fun-filled evening with good food by chefs Nick Wallace and Mark Coblentz, drink, friends, and music. And, don’t forget the shopping – picking up fresh vegetables, dairy products, meats and more – all from Mississippi farmers. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to help support the programs and services of Mississippi Food Network, local farmers, and have a great time with your friends. All proceeds go to the Mississippi Food Network and their mission to help feed Mississippians that are food insecure. Individual tickets are $50 or $80 for a couple. Get your tickets here and jo

Potato Lover's Rejoice - It's National Potato Lover's Day

Whether it's French fries, mashed potatoes, chips, potato skins, or anything in between, everyone loves potatoes. Celebrate National Potato Lover's Day the right way with a potatoey dish! Potato Casserole with Bacon and Caramelized Onion Hassleback Scalloped Potatoes Pimento Cheese Potato Soup with Pimento Cheese Sour Cream Garlic Roasted Potatoes Loaded Mashed Potato Casserole

It's Crawfish Time, and Sal & Phil's Has You Covered

For decades, Jacksonians and others looking for fresh boiled crawfish, shrimp, and numerous dishes made with the spicy seafood have turned to Sal and Phil’s, a longtime seafood restaurant on Old Canton Road in Ridgeland. During crawfish season, which kicks off later this month, the restaurant serves up steaming platters of boiled crawfish and sides, along with popular baked dishes like Crawfish Julie, crawfish etouffee, fried crawfish tails, and crawfish poboys. Any way his cooks prepare them, customers can’t get enough of the spicy crawfish, said Anthony Walker, who co-owns Sal and Phil’s with Casey Waggener. "Crawfish is like catfish in that it’s delicious, but needs a little spice,” said

Make Valentine's Day Memorable with Dinner and a Glass of Wine

Next week is Valentine’s Day, guys. It’s one of those days that most men dread because the expectation of a romantic gesture is intimidating. A dozen roses? Cha-ching. A dinner at a fancy restaurant with strangers and a fixed menu? Cha-ching. An engagement ring? CHA-CHING. If both of you are working and having someone else do the cooking and cleaning is more convenient, there is a reservation waiting for you. But if a home-cooked meal is more appealing and you have the time, create your own celebration and save some money. Except for a few occasions, we traditionally opt for a private dinner at home with our wives where we can escape the throngs of restaurant diners, play a little Frank Sina

Food Factor: Maple Sweet Potatoes

After the holidays and the traditional sweet potato casseroles and pies, I’m ready for a lighter, faster take on this Southern staple. This recipe for maple sweet potatoes gives you all the health benefits in a fraction of the time. Some nights I make this my main dish! I love the combination of tangy citrus and maple syrup sweetness. If you want a little extra crunch or protein, add some roasted, chopped pecans. Maple Sweet Potatoes 2 medium sweet potatoes 2 tablespoons plain, nonfat yogurt 3/4 tablespoon maple syrup 1 tablespoon orange juice Wash two medium-size sweet potatoes and prick with a fork. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes or until they're soft. Cut in half and scoop potato flesh

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