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Mississippi's Culinary Heritage Celebrated During National Catfish Month

GREENWOOD, Miss. – Heartland Catfish Company, the leading producer and processor of U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish, celebrates a new partnership with the Viking Cooking School to introduce new catfish recipes developed specifically for Heartland’s Mississippi farm-raised catfish products just in time for the start of National Catfish Month in August.

Crafted in the Viking Cooking School’s own test kitchen, the recipes combine fresh and exciting flavors with the versatility of catfish to create dishes sure to please even the most discerning eater.

“We’re so proud to partner with our neighbors at the Viking Cooking School and are very excited to share these new recipes with the public,” said Danny Walker, CEO of Heartland Catfish Company. “As a leader in our industry, it’s important to us to support our home in the Mississippi Delta.”

Heartland Catfish Company and the Viking Cooking School share a common commitment to quality food and the well-being of their local community. Incorporating regional meat and produce products from the Mississippi Delta is a point of pride for the school’s kitchen manager and head chef instructor, Loren Leflore.

“Greenwood is surrounded by such a variety of great local meat and produce,” Leflore said. “Partnering with Heartland Catfish Company on these new recipes was a natural fit. We love using their catfish in our classes and promoting our neighbors in the community.”

Since 2005, the Viking Cooking School has been teaching hungry guests from all walks of life to cook through hand-on classes from the school’s home base in downtown Greenwood, Miss. Utilizing state-of-the-art Viking Range kitchen equipment, chefs share their knowledge of cooking trends and techniques during themed classes, such as “Southern Specialties,” “Big Easy Hors D’oeuvres” and “Parisian Dinner Party.”

Heartland Catfish Company and the Viking Cooking School are proud to introduce three new recipes: Cheesy Catfish Bread, Pecan Catfish with Lemon Brown Butter Sauce, and Smoked Catfish Cakes with Avocado Salsa.

Step-by-step instructions for each recipe can be found at

August was dedicated as National Catfish Month in the late 1980s by Congress in recognition of the dedication and innovation of the greater U.S. farm-raised catfish industry. Today, 94 percent of all catfish produced in the United States comes from four southeastern states – Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Arkansas.

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Greenwood, Miss., the Viking Range Corporation is a leader in manufacturing industry-leading, professional-grade kitchen appliances. The Viking Corporation opened The Alluvian Hotel in downtown Greenwood in 2003, home of a destination spa, restaurant and the flagship Viking Cooking School, where home-cooking students learn to cook with fresh, local ingredients to make delicious, easy-to-prepare meals.

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