Visit Angelo's for Meatballs...or Barbecue...or Pizza

“Wanna go to the Italian place?” An invitation with those words in it is one I rarely, if ever, turn down. Heading into the parking lot of Angelo’s, located just off I-55 North near Gluckstadt, I was surprised to see the words “barbecue and pizza” along with Italian. Although I had my mind set on my favorite cuisine, I was glad to see others could take their pick from among other selections. I soon found out Angelo’s offers Italian food and a whole lot more. For example, the long list of appetizers runs the gamut from chicken tenders with dipping sauce ($6.99), mac and cheese bites ($7.99), barbecue nachos ($10.99) to wings served with a variety of different sauces ($10.99) to cheesy bread w

UM Graduate Students Find Impacts of Freshwater in Mississippi's Oysters

OXFORD, Miss. – As Ann Fairly Barnett pulled an oyster dredge up through the shoreline waters of the Mississippi Sound, she was dreading what she was about to find. "Not a single living oyster," said the University of Mississippi master's student in environmental toxicology. The Jackson native, along with UM environmental toxicology graduate student James Gledhill and chemistry graduate student Austin Scircle, had chartered a small fishing boat to visit several native oyster reefs in the sound to check the water quality and the health of the reefs. Two months before, the Bonnet Carre Spillway had closed after having been open for a record 121 days in 2019. Unusually high rainfall in the Midw

Silverado Vineyards' Winemaker Celebrates 30th Anniversary

California wineries are often burdened by a turnover of winemakers. The most elite wineries hang on to their winemakers because, well, there’s no place better for them to go. But otherwise winemakers can leap frog from one mediocre winery to the next in search of an owner who gives him the freedom to make good wine, provides him good vineyards, and supplies the capital necessary for him to make his mark in the wine industry. Jon Emmerich is an anomaly. He paid his dues early in his career at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Conn Creek, and Sebastiani before landing a job at Silverado Vineyards as a lab technician in 1990. Now its winemaker, he hasn’t seen the need to leave. It’s a rarity for a wine

Add a Little Shine to Your Life with a Visit to Soulshine Pizza Factory

It’s hard to say with any degree of certainty which restaurant first brought gourmet pizza to the Jackson area, but this I can safely report: Soulshine Pizza Factory was definitely on the scene before many that now dot the specialty pizza landscape. Along with its location on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland, the restaurant has popular eateries in Flowood and Oxford. I first sampled Soulshine’s stone-baked crust topped with fresh ingredients a few years ago in Ridgeland and have been a fan ever since. One of my favorite Soulshine creations is The Carnivore topped with four meats and a plethora of sauce and cheeses. I try to eat healthy most of the time, but when it comes to pizza, here’s

Sipp & Savor to Showcase Mississippi Food and Drink

MERIDIAN, Miss. – The flavors of Mississippi will be in abundance March 28 when Mississippi’s Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) hosts Sipp & Savor, the first annual event that will feature award winning chefs from across the state who will prepare delicious foods made with Mississippi sourced ingredients. World-renowned chef and Mississippi native Cat Cora will headline a group of featured chefs who will prepare a variety of culinary specialties. Sipp & Savor is the major annual fundraiser for The MAX benefiting its educational programming and efforts in and around the state. The public event offers delicious food offerings paired with premium beverages. This year’s event will be hel

Cuvaison Is a Pioneer in Napa Valley Wine Region

Steve Rogstad knows Los Carneros. After college, he worked at Saintsbury, Rombauer, and Clos Pegase before landing his current winemaking position at Cuvaison. He worked alongside legends – Dick Ward, Tony Soter, Ted Lemon and Craig Williams – to perfect pinot noir and chardonnay grown in the cool climate of Los Carneros. People will argue whether this region of Napa Valley is the best for these two grape varieties, but few will argue that pinot noir in particular needs a cool climate to give grapes a rest from the daytime heat. Here, the climate is not determined by Sonoma Valley’s mountainous rims but by San Pablo and San Francisco Bay where morning fog and afternoon wind cools the skin-

Newk's Eatery Names Joe Pate as Chief Operations Officer

JACKSON, Miss. - Jackson-based Newk's Eatery recently announced Joe Pate as Chief Operations Officer. This is a new position at Newk's that was created to expand the company's operations team as part of a plan for continued growth. Pate comes to Newk's with 35 years of experience in the restaurant industry, serving more than 20 years with la Madeline, most recently as vice president of operations, where he oversaw la Madeline's largest franchise group. At la Madeleine, Pate oversaw operations, catering, and support functions. Pate led and grew with the quick-casual concept from 12 to 85+ units, where he helped transition the company from a commissary-based concept to a more profitable unit p

Another Broken Egg Opens Second Mississippi Location in Flowood

FLOWOOD, Miss. - Another Broken Egg Cafe®, one of the fastest-growing breakfast and brunch concepts in the nation, is recently opened its second location in Mississippi. The new Flowood location brings fans of the daytime cafe and residents the same award-winning upscale breakfast, brunch, and lunch they have grown to love at the Ridgeland location. The new cafe is open daily from 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. and features the traditional menu items guests have come to love. Fan favorites include Biscuit Beignets, Cinnamon Roll French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict, and Shrimp 'N Grits alongside a slew of signature cocktails including Lemon Blueberry Mimosas, ABE Famous Infused Mary™, and Spiked Salted Caramel

Dining at Iron Horse Grill Is an 'Experience' Filled with History and Delicious Food

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, a favorite Jackson eatery from my earliest days in Jackson returned to its original downtown location several years ago after suffering not one, but two fires. First opening in 1986, Iron Horse Grill quickly became known for putting a Southern spin on Southwestern cuisine; so good that even someone like me who normally doesn’t choose the spicy cuisine considered it a tragedy when the cavernous restaurant closed, seemingly for good, in 1999. But now it’s back, serving up sumptuous steaks, seafood, burgers, chicken, and, my favorite, sizzling fajitas served with the best sour cream sauce I’ve ever tasted. First, I want to share a little history on the icon

Splurge on Wine for Valentine's Day

We always have found Valentine’s Day a bit galling. Steeped in mythical interpretations, it is a holiday cleverly marketed by greeting card companies, florists, chocolatiers, and restaurateurs who are happy to help you express your love with dollar signs. Why do we have to spend a wad of cash one day of the year to express our appreciation for someone? Okay, we need to get over it. Valentine’s Day should be fun; it doesn’t have to be expensive. With about half of marriages ending in divorce, there are obviously a lot of people who didn’t show enough appreciation for their spouses. So, maybe you should be really showing your loved one a lot of attention on Feb. 14. No matter how much you spen

La Brioche Updates Space, Expands to Serve Lunch and Brunch

JACKSON, Miss. – La Brioche, Jackson’s authentic patisserie, ushered in the new year with a new storefront and menu, expanding their offering to include lunch and brunch selections. The expanded bistro menu includes sandwiches, soups, salads, quiche, and a signature dish, empanadas, all created with the European and Argentinian influences of La Brioche owners, Cristina and Patrik Lazzari. “Over the past five years, we have focused on creating fine European pastries and macarons for our customers, and now based on customer feedback, will expand our menu to offer multiple lunch and brunch options at a good value,” said Patrik Lazzari. “With several additions to the menu, we’ve made the menu ea

Chef Cole Ellis to Cook Dinner at the James Beard House in New York City

CLEVELAND, Miss. - The James Beard Foundation (JBF) recently announced that chef Cole Ellis of Delta Meat Market & Bar Fontaine in Cleveland will be cooking at the landmark James Beard House on Feb, 22, 2020. Beginning with a fundraising dinner cooked by Wolfgang Puck in early 1987, the James Beard House has become a milestone in the careers of chefs including Tom Colicchio, Marcus Samuelsson, Nancy Silverton, and Dominique Crenn. "This is a huge honor to be able to bring a taste of the Delta to The James Beard House with my dinner, Southern Meets Italian. I can't wait to showcase both concepts, Bar Fontaine and Delta Meat Market in NY," says chef Cole Ellis. "We love what chef Cole Ellis is

Hal & Mal’s Is Quintessential ‘Old School Downtown Jackson’

While the longevity of many restaurants is measured in months or a few years, one Jackson restaurant continues to create memories while passing through generations of the same family like heirloom jewelry. Family members are still running Hal & Mal’s, a restaurant started at 200 Commerce St. in 1985 by brothers Hal and Malcolm White. The restaurant’s presence in a cul-de-sac of sorts off State Street delights newcomers and loyal customers, some of whom consider the sprawling brick building packed with interesting people and delicious food their home away from home. Its popularity began when news spread that Hal & Mal’s was the place to enjoy live music, run in to almost everybody you know, a

Charming, European-Style Eatery Opening in Belhaven Feb. 4th

JACKSON, Miss. - Elvie’s, Jackson’s highly anticipated new all-day café, will open Tuesday, Feb. 4 in the historic Belhaven neighborhood, shaking up the city’s dining scene. One to watch, Elvie’s is the first restaurant from chef Hunter Evans, a Culinary Institute of America grad, alum of NYC’s acclaimed Union Square Hospitality Group, and long-time friend and managing partner Cody McCain. Combining European style with Southern hospitality, Elvie’s offers seasonal fare for breakfast, lunch, and dinner that guests can enjoy all day. FRENCH FLAIR MEETS SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY Sophistication, generosity and attention to detail are at the heart of Elvie’s. Featuring seasonal dishes made with ethica

Madison Location of Sal & Mookie's Slated to Open in May

JACKSON, Miss. – Sal & Mookie’s New York Pizza & Ice Cream Joint is once again growing with a third Mississippi-based location planned for the Colony Crossing retail development in the City of Madison. Founded by partners Dan Blumenthal and Jeff Good in 2007 with the flagship restaurant located in the Fondren District of Jackson, Sal & Mookie’s has garnered multiple local and statewide awards for its product offerings and service style. “We love what we do and are thrilled that so many Mississippians enjoy the creative take on classic New York Pizza that we offer,” states Chef Dan Blumenthal, the concept’s menu and theme creator. “Jeff and I are excited to be working with our second licensee

Paso Robles' Emerging Wine Country Produces Great Wine for Less Money

Most people think of Napa Valley when it comes to California wine. However important it is to the West Coast wine industry, Napa is relatively small at just 4 percent of California’s wine production. There are other emerging regions that are producing interesting wine for far less money. That’s the case with Paso Robles where the growth in acres planted to vineyards is unparalleled. Located in northern San Luis Obispo County in the center of California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles is huge – roughly a rectangular 35 by 25 miles. It was established as an American Viticultural Area in 1983 and has expanded twice since then. The diurnal shift in temperatures is greater here than anywhere else i

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