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Join Mississippi Chef Melissa Cookston For Dinner at the Beard House

NEW YORK, New York - Chef Melissa Cookston is the chef behind Steak by Melissa in Southaven, Miss., and Memphis Barbecue Company in Horn Lake, Miss., and Dunwoody, Ga. Above and beyond her restaurants or cookbooks, Melissa Cookston is a brand all to herself. A seven-time world barbecue champion and the first woman pitmaster to be inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame, this Mississippi Delta maven is the perfect chef to host a Beard House autumnal barbecue feast, with just the right amount of Southern flair.

Chef Cookston will serve her delicious Southern menu at the Beard House in New York City on Saturday, November 2nd, at 7 p.m., and tickets are $140 for members and $180 for the general public. Menu items for this Southern feast include:

Hors d’Oeuvres

- Deviled eggs with chive-truffle vinaigrette E

- Heritage-bred pork meatballs with whole hog sausage, sage, barbecue sauce, and grana padano

- Smoked Catfish Dip with roasted red pepper relish and crostini


- Pork Chop Lollipop with cactus pear barbecue sauce and poblano creamed corn

- Smoked beef tenderloin with guajillo hoecake and blackberry jus

- Achiote molasses pork tenderloin with tasso Hoppin’ John

- Muscadine-glazed bobwhite quail with sweet potato hash

- Memphis muddy baby back ribs with southern grape salad

- Bergamot–Meyer lemon petit cake with limoncello

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit

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