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Delta Meat Market Chef Cole Ellis & GRIT Chef Nick Reppond to Offer Unique Dining Experience

TAYLOR, Miss. – This September, James Beard Award semifinalist Chef Cole Ellis of Cleveland’s Delta Meat Market and Bar Fontaine is excited to join GRIT’s Chef Nick Reppond as special guest chef at the Conference on the Front Porch.

The 4th Annual Conference on the Front Porch is America’s only conference dedicated to celebrating the significance of the front porch in society and offers attendees the opportunity to engage with like-minded individuals, to interact with presenters; to celebrate the South; to indulge in good food; and to experience a slower pace of life. The Conference on the Front Porch will be held September 26th and 27th and will take place at The Mill at Plein Air in Taylor, Miss.

The Conference on the Front Porch aims to explore the significance of the front porch in the American South, both from an architectural, as well as sociological perspective and is open to architects, developers, planners, social historians, and lovers of all things porch.

No gathering in Mississippi would be complete without Southern food staples and strong cocktails. Chef Nick Reppond of GRIT is known for his ability to recreate Southern staples while incorporating both flavor combinations from Old World and International cuisine. Attendees can expect his locally-sourced dishes and sophisticated comfort foods throughout the conference.

To further showcase Mississippi’s rich culinary scene, Chef Cole Ellis, who recently relocated Delta Meat Market and opened rooftop Bar Fontaine in Cleveland’s Cotton House hotel, will join Chef Reppon as special guest chef for a field dinner on Friday, September 27th. Chef Ellis’ name is synonymous with serving classic, Southern meats to his innovative take on European-inspired dishes and homemade pastas. The two chefs will collaborate on a unique menu featuring deliciously crafted food inspired by the Northern Mississippi and Mississippi Delta regions to make a culinary statement guests are sure to remember.

The Conference on the Front Porch promises to challenge your thinking, make you laugh, cry, eat too much, have good drinks, and leave thoroughly exhausted. For the second year in a row Garden & Gun Magazine is the presenting media sponsor. In addition, Graduate Hotels, Krutz Family Cellar, and Nicholas Air are conference sponsors.

Registration is $395 and includes six meals, all tours, concerts, and parties. To register or for more information, visit or call 662-234-3151.

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