Zinfandel is considered to be America’s red grape, although its origin is hardly American. Thanks to the advent of DNA grape analysis, zinfandel’s origin was first traced to the grape variety primitive grown in southern Italy and then more recently to the Adriatic region. None of this really should come as a surprise because the New World countries depended on Europe for agricultural products. Zinfandel didn’t just happen – it...

Sweet potatoes and yams. They’re the same thing, right?

Not really. They look and taste different. Sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) are sweeter with a smooth, thin skin. They are short and blocky with tapered ends. U.S.-grown sweet potatoes usually are copper, rose, red or purple with orange, white, or purple flesh. Yams (Dioscorea sp.) are starchy with a rough, scaly skin. They are longer and more cylindrical with protruding f...

November 8, 2019

GULFPORT, Miss. – Five local chefs battled for the Top Culinary Gladiator position at the 37th annual Chefs of the Coast Food & Wine Gala on October 20th at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum & Convention Center in Biloxi. Milton Joachim, chef at Charred: A Steak & Oyster Bar in Ocean Springs, took home the title from the inaugural Culinary Gladiator Battle, pictured right. 

Island View Casino Resort’s Charley Bowers placed...

November 7, 2019

Island View Casino Resort was a recipient of the 2019 Partnership Award, presented at the 37th annual Chefs of the Coast Food & Wine Gala on October 20th in Biloxi. 

GULPORT, Miss. – The Mississippi Coast Restaurant & Beverage Association recognized three local restaurants with the 2019 Partnership Award. The awards were presented on October 20th at the 37th annual Chefs of the Coast Food & Wine Gala. Scranton’s Restaurant, Sti...

November 6, 2019

My decision to highlight some of the best steak houses in Mississippi was cause for concern. The thought of readers disagreeing or questioning the absence of their favorite steak restaurant gave me pause. However, response was positive after the first installment, and many wrote to say they planned to visit some of the north Mississippi places I mentioned. This week, I’ll focus on some – not all – of the best locally-owned ste...

November 5, 2019

When you're in the mood for a big ole slice of pie, or if you need a whole pie for any given event, the city of Jackson has delicious options to fulfill any pie craving. Check out some of our favorite places to grab a slice or a whole pie in this week's Sipp Jackson blog

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