Annual Food Truck Festival Set for May 16th at Mississippi Museum of Art

JACKSON, Miss. —The Mississippi Museum of Art recently announced expanded hours for its annual Food Truck Festival, now in its sixth year. This year, the May 16th event will begin at 11 a.m. to include lunch service. The event is free and open to the public. "Since it began in 2014, the Food Truck Festival has been a popular part of our May Museum After Hours, a monthly event that that occurs every third Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 10 p.m. The Festival has grown tremendously in popularity over the last five years, and this year, we decided that expanding the hours to include lunch service was the next logical step in giving even more diners the opportunity to visit downtown Jackson fo

Mississippians Land on the Final James Beard Award Nominee List

At a ceremony at Hugo's by JBF Award winner Hugo Ortega in Houston, the James Beard Foundation announced the 2019 James Beard Award nominees in Restaurant and Chef, Media, and Restaurant Design categories. The 2019 James Beard Awards Gala will take place on Monday, May 6th, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. The 2019 Leadership Awards will be held on Sunday, May 5th, in Chicago, and the 2019 Media Awards will take place on Friday, April 26th, at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers in New York City. Several familiar names have landed on the final list of nominees for the James Beard Awards. Chef Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar in Oxford (pictured above) is up for Best Chef: South; author Julian Rankin is nomi

You'll Be Anything But Blue After Dining at Georgia Blue

How many times have you wondered about the origin of a restaurant’s unusual name? The opening of Georgia Blue in Madison in 2010 definitely piqued my interest. Not only did I want to know about the food, but I was curious about the name. I learned Georgia Blue (now with locations in Flowood and Brookhaven) was named for the owners' daughter. The combination of her name and favorite color was a natural choice when her father began searching for a special touch to his Madison restaurant. I was satisfied with the answer, and after sampling the food, more than happy with the food. Georgia Blue claims it is a “wildcard in the restaurant world." They even go so far as to say, "Just when you think

Best of Jackson: Chicken Wings

There's nothing a basket of chicken wings can't fix. Luckily, the city of Jackson has several places around town to get your chicken wing fix. Check out some of our favorites in this week's Sipp Jackson post!

Pair Your Pizza with the Perfect Wine

If you are like most people, you’ll be having pizza sometime this weekend as you watch your favorite team compete in the NCAA basketball tournament. There is something about America’s most favorite comfort food that manages to find itself in the hands of weekend warriors looking for a carefree dinner. Maybe it’s the combination of cheese and tomatoes spread over bread that makes this dish so enticing – or maybe it’s just something that requires no plate or fork and can eaten in front of the television. Historians believe that pizza started in Italy as focaccia. Various items were added to the bread, but it was American tomatoes brought to Italy that created the pizza we know today. Italian i

Food Factor: Chicken Nuggets for Grown Ups

Chicken nuggets for grown-ups is one of our most popular recipes from the original television series. They are a fun, fast, and easy weeknight meal that cuts calories since they’re baked instead of fried. Panko breadcrumbs are light and flaky, which keeps these chicken nuggets crispy. Toasting them before coating the chicken is an extra step you won’t regret! With all this flavor, you won’t even need a dipping sauce! Chicken Nuggets 2 thawed chicken breasts 1 cup plain Panko breadcrumbs 2 tablespoons olive oil Salt and pepper Paprika 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan 2 teaspoons minced garlic 1-2 teaspoons parsley Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Cut two thawed c

You'll Be a ShedHed After One Bite at This Mississippi Icon

In Mississippi, there are several “you have to experience it at least once in your lifetime” restaurants. The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint in Ocean Springs is one of those places. The first thing you need to know: Last year, The Shed was named Grand Champion of the world-renowned Memphis in May barbecue competition, repeating their 2015 win. Second, once you are seated at one of the rustic wooden tables, you’ll agree the smoked ribs, chicken, wings, sausage, and so much more are award-worthy. And last, over one ton of barbecue emerges daily from The Shed’s pecan wood-burning smokers to feed customers from around the country and yes, even the world. If you haven’t been, it should be on your culinar

You Like Chardonnay, You Just Don't Know It

Consumers often say one thing and do another. For instance, they say they like their dry wines but they are drinking them sweet. They just don’t know it. The same goes for chardonnay. They say they prefer something else, but they are drinking chardonnay. Either that, or a few people are drinking a lot of chardonnay. Chardonnay is the top selling varietal wine in the United States and sales are rising every year. In fact, one out of 5 bottles of wine purchased in 2016 was chardonnay. Admit it, you like chardonnay. We do. There is no better wine to complement fish and it goes with chicken, white-sauced pasta, soups, and more. It’s one of three grape varietals that go into champagne. It is the

Chicken Salad Chick to Debut in Starkville

Chicken Salad Chick, the nation's only southern inspired, fast casual chicken salad restaurant concept, announced recently it will be expanding in Mississippi with its newest location in Starkville. Located at 602 Highway 12, the new restaurant, which features a variety of dining options including a drive-thru, takeout and catering, will open on March 26th and marks the 7th location in the state. During grand opening week, guests will experience the southern hospitality that Chicken Salad Chick is known for, with giveaways and specials that include: Tuesday, March 26: Free Chicken Salad for a Year – The first guest will receive one large Quick Chick of chicken salad per week for an entire ye

Food Factor: Peanut Butter Yogurt-Dipped Grapes

Looking for a snack that will tide you over until your next meal but not derail your health goals? These peanut butter yogurt-dipped grapes are a fun way to get a serving of fruit and a hit of protein, without racking up major calories! Whenever you need a cool pick-me-up, grab 10 of these bite-sized treats from the freezer. I recommend prepackaging them in small bags for convenience. Peanut Butter Yogurt-Dipped Grapes 2 tablespoons peanut butter 1 teaspoon honey 1 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt 2 pounds seedless grapes (about 80) Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper. Wash grapes, pull off the stems, and pat dry. In a small bowl, mix together peanut butter, honey, and Greek yogurt

Broma's Is As Close to Old Thyme Deli As It Gets

Planning a trip to a specific area of the state solely to enjoy a meal isn’t something most of us do on a regular basis. But that’s exactly what happens when the mental image of the juicy sandwiches, overflowing poboys, and, certainly not least, crispy homemade chips and tangy dipping sauce served at Broma’s Deli in Brookhaven come to mind. Picture a chain deli on steroids and you’ll come close to an accurate picture of the restaurant that somehow manages to create food that’s bigger, fresher and dare I say it? - better than any deli I’ve visited since Olde Tyme Deli in Jackson went out of business. I was introduced to the family-owned Broma’s several years ago while working for Copiah-Linco

Wine for the Masses Can Be Found in Bordeaux

Surely, you have an image of Bordeaux. Stately and historic chateaus with massive iron gates, sweeping graveled and tree-lined drives, a formal staff to greet you as you get out of your Bentley, foie gras at a long oak table and decanters of first-growths served on trays a manicured staff. You may be right if you envision the chateaus of Lafite-Rothschild, Margaux, Haut-Brion, Latour, or Mouton-Rothschild. But there’s this other Bordeaux. It’s a place where you enjoy the special wines of this historic region without shelling out gobs of money for tightly allocated and expensive wines from these iconic chateaus. It’s the unheralded Bordeaux where new generations are making wine just as their

Governor Declares Month of March as National Nutrition Month in Mississippi

Governor Phil Bryant has declared the month of March as National Nutrition Month in our state, and Mississippians are being asked to focus on their health and make informed food choices. National Nutrition Week was initiated in March 1973 by the Illinois-based Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and it has since evolved from a week to a month-long observance that offers nutrition education messages. The purpose of the national campaign is to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of good nutrition and the health benefits of eating right. “I encourage all citizens to join the campaign and become concerned about their nutrition and the nutrition of others in the hope of achieving op

Award-Winning Chef Creates Award-Winning Food

When a restaurant’s executive chef is named a semi-finalist for best star chef in the prestigious James Beard Awards, you get a pretty good feeling that the food is above-average. Hearing the news that Chef Alex Eaton, owner of Jackson’s The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, had been named a semi-finalist in the annual award honoring the nation’s best chefs was not surprising. After all, Eaton was named America’s Great American Seafood King after winning the 2016 national cook-off. Since 2013, The Manship has gained a reputation for Eaton’s creative food billed as the “essence of Mediterranean food with a Southern flair.” Combine fresh, creative food made with seasonal ingredients with a modern, y

Choose Excellent Sweetie Pie Blackberry for Mississippi

The Sweetie Pie Blackberry produces massive quantities of large, very sweet fruit in late June. (Photo by USDA-ARS/Steve Stringer) This week, I want to spend our time considering the last of the 2019 Mississippi Medallion selections, Sweetie Pie blackberry. When I first moved to the South in the late 1970s, we lived in a rural area of upstate South Carolina. I remember how one of my favorite things to do in the summer was pick the wild blackberries that seemed to grow everywhere. You see, I grew up agriculture-deficient in the suburbs of Detroit, and picking wild blackberries was just not an option there. Besides enjoying the fresh-picked fruit, I also learned more than I wanted to about tho

Knudsen Vineyards Known for Their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

When you think of winemaking pioneers in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a handful of names come to mind: David Lett, Dick Erath, and Dick Ponzi, all of whom were growing grapes and making wine by the early 1980s. However, a name that escapes more memories is Cal Knudsen, a Weyerhaeuser executive who became Oregon’s largest vineyard owner in 1975 when he expanded his 30-acre block in Dundee Hills to 60 acres. Knudsen didn’t make wine exclusively under his name, but he partnered with Dick Erath to form Knudsen-Erath Winery. When that partnership ended, he sold his grapes to Argyle for its well-respected sparkling wine program. Knudsen died in 2009, and his four children — none involved in the win

Food Factor: Making the Most of Leftovers

Leftovers can be a huge time-saver, but they also have the potential to go to waste. Food tossed is money lost! One way to keep your family and yourself safe from food-borne illness is to remember the 2-2-4 rule: Refrigerate within 2 hours. Use shallow, 2-inch-deep dishes for storing leftovers to allow food to cool quickly. Eat the leftovers within 4 days. While this rule doesn’t universally apply to all foods—some last longer than 4 days, while others should be eaten in 1–2 days—it’s an easy-to-remember guideline. The U.S. Department of Agriculture website includes a full cold storage chart by food type that offers recommendations for both refrigerated and frozen foods. Food waste is a seri

Celebrate National Peanut Butter Lover's Day

Whether you eat it by the spoonful, with chocolate, or with your bananas, peanut butter is delicious and versatile. Here are some delicious recipes that include peanut butter for National Peanut Butter Lover's Day. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark Candy Peanut Butter Bars Peanut Butter Burgers Oatmeal Peanut Butter Balls Peanutty Chicken Wings

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