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Mississippi could let distillers sell alcohol to visitors

Mississippi lawmakers could allow visitors to buy alcohol directly from distilleries, after agreeing to let visitors buy beer at breweries last year. The House Ways and Means Committee on Thursday approved House Bill 995 , sending it to the full House for more debate. Some Mississippi distillers offer tours to promote their brands. The bill, sponsored by House Ways and Means Committee ...

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Mississippi sues over mail-order shipments of wine, liquor

Mississippi officials are suing four mail-order wine sellers, saying they illegally shipped wine and liquor into the state. Attorney General Jim Hood and Revenue Commissioner Herb Frierson announced the lawsuits Thursday, saying they were asking a judge to order the shippers to stop sending alcohol to Mississippians. Hood says agents found companies were shipping without any independent check to prevent ...

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LaTasha Simmons named Sous Chef at Dave’s Triple B in Jackson

LaTasha Simmons has been appointed Sous Chef at the soon-to-open Dave’s Triple B: The Butcher, The Baker, the Barbecue Maker in Jackson. Simmons began her culinary career in Jackson five years ago at the Reunion Golf and Country Club in Madison. She then worked at Shea’s on Lake Harbour where she met Chef David Raines. She later worked at Seafood ...

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Table 100 Appoints New Executive Chef

Table 100 in Flowood has named Payton Warren as its new executive chef. Warren will take over all food and beverage operations for the restaurant in addition to catering and banquet operations. Warren is a native of Brandon. He was sous chef for the former Julep Restaurant in Jackson and Biaggi’s Italian Restaurant in Ridgeland. He later was executive chef ...

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Crittenden Distillery making whiskey, history in Hancock County

By LISA MONTI Inside of a plain metal building on the edge of the Kiln community, Matt Crittenden is making whiskey and a little Hancock County history. The al-most completed Crittenden Distillery’s high-end bourbon and rye will have the distinction of being the first whiskey to be legally produced in the county, which many a moonshiner has called home. Crittenden ...

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Slim Chickens set to open in Ridgeland

David Bagwell will open a Slim Chickens restaurant on Jan. 8 at 819 Lake Harbour Dr. in Ridgeland. The Fayetteville, Ark.-based chain has 72 stores and Bagwell says he plans to open other stores in Mississippi in 2018. » READ MORE about Slim Chickens … The 3,000-square-foot Ridgeland store will cost roughly $1 million to build and equip, including acquisition ...

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‘Classy burger joint’ marries tradition and whimsy

By JACK WEATHERLY Haute hamburgers and curated cocktails. Not exactly a classic match, but that’s just fine and dandy with Ray-Scott Miller. In fact Fine & Dandy is the name of his new restaurant in Jackson’s District at Eastover. There’s more than a little whimsy with the restaurant, starting with the menu, which informs the diners that they are in ...

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Legal Mississippi-made bourbon becomes a reality

By JACK WEATHERLY Soon, bourbon fans will be able to sip the first whiskey made legally in Mississippi since 1908. That’s when the state anticipated by some 10 years the 18th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution by banning the making and sale of alcohol in the Magnolia State. But Mississippi jumped on the prohibition band wagon. It was the first state to ratify the ...

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Restaurateurs dive into the barbecue pool

By JACK WEATHERLY There are dozens of restaurants that specialize in barbecue in the Jackson area. So what makes David Raines and Steve and Lisa Beagles think they can take a bite out of that market? For Raines, it’s because the success and hurrahs for his Flora Butcher Shop, which opened in 2016 and specializes in above-prime waygu beef. Playing ...

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