GULFPORT, Miss. – The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association (MHRA-GCC) is hosting the 35th annual Chefs of the Coat Food & Wine Event on September 24, 2017, at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi from 6 to 8 p.m. (VIP ticket holders will be granted early admittance at 5 p.m.). This year's event will offer gourmet food sampling, wine tasting, live music by vocalist Jesse Hill, and a food competition between elite Gulf Coast Chefs and local high school culinary students.
"We've added a competition aspect to this year's event that involves our local high school culinary program students," said Chef Danie Rodriguez, MHRA-GCC President. "This provides an opportunity for students to gain experience working on a team with a professional chef and enables them to compete for a food pantry donation to their school."
The chef and school cooking competition will take place during the VIP hour of the event, from 5 to 6 p.m. All attendees at the event will be able to sample food from more than 30 Mississippi Gulf Coast restaurants, taste a variety of wines, and view the masterful creations of the competitors in the Food Meets Art competition, where food is crafted into works-of-art.
Tickets are available for purchase at ticketmaster.com. General admission is $65 for an individual, or $110 per couple. VIP tickets, which allow early admission, a Chefs of the Coast cookbook, and a commemorative event poster, are $80 for an individual, or $140 per couple. Prices do not include fees.
For more information about the event, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, call (228) 324-0032.
The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Mississippi Hospitality & Restaurant Association has been the voice of the local restaurant industry for more than 35 years, supporting the industry through government representation, education, and mentorship. The MHRA-GCC aims to provide assistance to local high school culinary programs and scholarships to culinary students attending Mississippi colleges and community outreach programs. The MHRA-GCC is a 501(C)(6) organization.