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Hattiesburg Celebrates State's Bicentennial in the Kitchen

Emerge Events and The Kitchen Table have partnered together to celebrate Mississippi’s Bicentennial by presenting an exhilarating tour of some of our great state’s talent in a unique experience. Throughout 2017 they will feature a special guest chef from one of the five regional areas of Mississippi.

Chef Ty Thames

Chef Ty Thames

First stop was the Pines Region of Mississippi! Chef Ty Thames kicked off this event series using locally sourced ingredients and innovative dishes that showcased the Pines Region and Starkville. Chef Ty is no stranger when it comes to utilizing his local area to not only create his recipes, but to also come up with ideas for new things. He is the owner of Restaurant Tyler, Bin 612, The Guest Room, and City Bagel Café and Italian Bistro, all located in Starkville. Joining Chef Ty was Chef Dillon Han, Chef de Cuisine of City Bagel Café and Italian Bistro. Watching the two chefs in action, and also hearing their stories as they told about their dishes and their region, was a fantastic experience. Dishes included such unique offerings as a deconstructed ambrosia salad made with local goat cheese and goat yogurt mousse, with a kaleidoscope of local berries, micro radish sprouts, toasted coconut, and brulee mini marshmallows. Guests also enjoyed Mississippi catfish dredged in pork rinds and fried, lacquered in muscadine butter sauce and topped with dill pickle pesto, served over creamed grits. The sweet finish was a goat cheese cake with Vardaman sweet potato glaze and candied sweet potato chips. This tour of the Pines Region would not have been complete without a look into what else this region has to offer. Jennifer Prather of the Greater Starkville Development Partnership entertained guests with her brilliant personality and wealth of Starkville knowledge. Also joining the event was Jean Irby of Mayhew Junction Brewery, who brought a sampling of their Starkville-brewed beers for guests to try while discussing the craft beer scene in the Pines Region. “Mayhew Junction is one of the smallest breweries in the state, and we use that to our advantage by crafting a large variety of beers”, said Jean Irby, owner of Mayhew Junction Brewery. “We had a wonderful time sharing just a few of our beers with Hattiesburg. We look forward to expanding distribution southward, but until then, plan a trip to the brewery located in Starkville, MS. We announce Tours & Tastings on social media and our website. For additional information about this event, or upcoming events in the series, contact Jennifer Clark at or call (601) 270-2756. For more information about the entities involved with this event, visit the following website: Emerge Events: The Kitchen Table: Eat Local Starkville: Mayhew Junction Brewery: Greater Starkville Development Partnership:

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