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Get a Taste of Meridian on October 17th

Food lovers of Meridian, get ready. The newest event in town, Meridian Home & Style's Taste of Meridian, presented by NovaCopy, invites everyone to enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun on October 17th with the area’s restaurants and boutiques.

Meridian Home & Style's Taste of Meridian will showcase the people and businesses that give Meridian its flavor. Taste of Meridian will feature local restaurants, providing samples of their dishes and the opportunity to get an early start on holiday shopping with local merchants.

Headlining the event will be Mississippi’s own chef Robert St. John, a restaurant owner, author, columnist, and television personality. St. John, a Mississippi native, will be on hand to speak to guests, autograph books, and mingle with attendees.

Hotel and Restaurant Supply will be providing $500 worth of door prizes which will be given out to lucky attendees.

St. John's food columns appear in 24 newspapers, including The Meridian Star. He just completed his 11th book, a watercolor with Wyatt Waters, "A Mississippi Palate," due out November 1st. It includes Waters' art with Mississippi heritage recipes. St. John and Waters also have a television series, "Palate to Palette," which is scheduled to air at 7 p.m. Thursdays beginning October 12th.

St. John owns four restaurants and two bars in Hattiesburg, the first, the Purple Parrott Cafe, opened in 1987, but he's very familiar with Meridian.

"I spent a lot of time in Meridian. I like that place; I really do," St. John said. "I always do book signings at Cater's Market there. I'm looking forward to being there. It's not just saying it. I do. It's going to be fun."

Taste of Meridian is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, October 17th, at the Tommy E. Dulaney Center, 915 Hwy. 19 N. Meridian. Vendors scheduled to appear include Kem's, Harvest Grill, Dickey's BBQ, IHOP, The Paint Store, Mitchell Distributing, Cater's Market, Popeyes, Mom & Pop's, Squealers, Croft Creations, Brickhaus, Weidmann's, Jean's Restaurant, Smoothie King and Fudge Etcetera.

Tickets for the event are available for $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Tickets can be purchased at The Meridian Star’s office, 814 22nd Ave. Meridian or by phone at 601-693-1551.

For more information about Taste of Meridian, please call Mandy Farrow at 601-693-1551.

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