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Table 100 co-founders Latham and Roberts become full owners of restaurant

Table 100 co-founders Bill Latham and Al Roberts are pleased to announce they have now assumed full ownership of the recently remodeled restaurant, buying it from parent company Eat Here Brands on Dec. 31. Latham and Roberts also co-founded Eat Here Brands and Babalu, which has eight restaurant locations, including the original in Jackson. “We’re excited to take the reins ...

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Kistler named executive chef at Reunion

William “Billy” Kistler was named executive chef at Reunion Golf & Country Club in Madison. Kistler will oversee and develop menus for Reunion’s dining venues. Kistler was an assistant for the late Reunion Executive Chef Rene Bajeux. Kistler is a graduate of the culinary arts program at Johnson & Wales University, and has experience at Kiawah Island Club in South ...

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‘Moveable feast’: food hall debut attracts throngs

By JACK WEATHERLY “It was the hardest soft opening ever. It was crazy,” said April Baucum, a mixologist at the Gold Coast Bar. She was not alone in that sentiment. She was helping to hold down one of the nine vendorships in the new Cultivation Food Hall. Friday and Saturday were supposed to be the “soft days,” leading up to ...

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Amanda Spradley promoted to general manager at Babalu Fondren

Babalu in Jackson’s historic Fondren District has promoted Amanda Spradley to the position of general manager. She will oversee all daily operations of the restaurant, which is the first and original Babalu location for the brand that has now grown to eight locations across the South. Spradley has worked extensively in the hospitality industry in both Jackson and Memphis, including ...

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Cultivation Food Hall offers variety of cuisines

By JACK WEATHERLY Cultivation Food Hall will open this weekend in The District at Eastover and feature nine artisanal vendors. It has been developed in consultation with St. Roch Market in New Orleans, one of the pioneers in the food hall movement. Cultivation Food Hall is on the ground floor of the BankPlus Building and encompasses 8,260 square feet, not ...

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Sugar Daddy: Tupelo couple takes on bakery business

By GINNA PARSONS / Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal Rob and Leeann Lesley just keep growing their food empire. In 2001, he started Rob Lesley Catering, followed by Romie’s Grocery in 2005 and R.L. Foods, a cafeteria and vending service, in 2013. A year ago, they ventured into new territory: a bakery. “The manager at Romie’s kept coming to me and ...

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Cathead’s Old Soul bourbon makes a splash

By JACK WEATHERLY Cathead Vodka distillery is looking confidently to 2019 after the launch of its first bourbon, Old Soul. The Jackson distillery issued 500 nine-liter cases in mid-November in Mississippi only. Next summer, Cathead will produce 4,000 cases to be distributed across the South, according to co-founder Richard Patrick. Briarwood Wine and Spirit at 4949 Old Canton Road had ...

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Shrimp Basket to open Friday on County Line

By JACK WEATHERLY A Shrimp Basket restaurant will open Friday on County Line Road at Ridgewood Road. It will be the 30th restaurant in the Pensacola, Fla.-based casual dining chain that offers seafood seven days a week and a full bar. James Caldwell, the Ridgeland general manager, said the Shrimp Basket offers “good quality food served in a quick time ...

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Bloomberg announces Jackson to receive $1 million for public art project addressing nutrition and food equity

Philanthropist, public health advocate and former mayor of New York City, Michael R. Bloomberg joined Jackson Mayor Chokwe Lumumba to announce that the city has been named a Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge winner. Jackson will receive up to $1 million for its project, “Fertile Ground: Inspiring Dialogue About Food Access,” which aims to inform policy related to nutrition ...

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Sanderson ‘19th hole’ plays big for steak houses and economy

By JACK WEATHERLY After 18 holes of playing or following players, the question is: what’s next? The 19th hole for many after one of the rounds leading up to and including the Sanderson Farms Championship Tournament was a nice white-tablecloth steak house. Those in the vicinity of the Country Club of Jackson got a bump in revenue and golf tales. ...

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