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Linda Orrison wins BBQ election

Linda Orrison, marketing director for The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint in Ocean Springs, has been  elected president of the National BBQ Association. “This is a vibrant organization filled with talented professionals doing great things in the industry,” said Orrison. “The NBBQA is where passion meets professionalism, and I’m proud to be part of the leadership team.” Among new members ...

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Newk’s Eatery gets national notice as fast-casual brand

Mississippi-based Newk’s Eatery has extended its regional reach to 13 states but is growing its national profile at the same time, having recently won recognition from FastCasual.com as among the industry’s most significant brands. The recognition came during the 2015 Fast Causal Top 100 gala at the National Restaurant Association’s 2015 show in Chicago. Newk’s cause marketing program, Newk’s Cares, ...

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Retired attorney, Lonnie Bailey, uncorks new winery in Greenwood

  Lonnie Bailey spent 32 years as an attorney with Upshaw Williams Bigger & Beckham in Greenwood, Mississippi. Even with his heavy caseload, Mr. Bailey still found time to indulge in his true passion. To friends and family, Mr. Bailey wasn’t their “lawyer friend,” he was their wine maker. “I’ve been making wine at home for years, but not enough ...

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Pork with a top prize — Shed BBQ wins Grand Championship in prestigious competition

By TED CARTER America’s best barbecue? If you’re in whole hog, look no farther than Ocean Springs, home of The Shed BBQ, whose pork perfectionists just laid claim to the Grand Championship of America title in the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest – long acclaimed as the Super Bowl of competitive barbecuing. The Shed beat out 35 other ...

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Newk’s Eatery to expand in Louisiana and Texas

JACKSON — Newk’s Eatery, the fast-casual restaurant known for its culinary-driven menu and open kitchens, has announced a new development agreement with New Orleans-based Southeast Restaurant Group, founded by Elie Khoury. The operator of franchise and independent restaurants plans to open 15 Newk’s locations throughout Southern Louisiana and in Houston. With the new agreement, Southeast Restaurant Group becomes Newk’s largest franchisee. SRG ...

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Change is consistent in concessions for Mississippi Braves

Among things that make Felicia Thompson’s job as concessions manager for the Mississippi Braves more manageable: Habits of baseball fans are as predictable as a seventh-inning stretch. That does not mean their habits stay the same year after year. If they did, the hotdog would still be the king of the concession stand. Somewhere over the years, concession stands at ...

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Ridgeland firm — First Class Linens — keeps restaurant linens sharp

It’s a dirty job cleaning restaurant napkins and hotel sheets by the thousands but Ridgeland-based First Class Linen LLC has turned its linen rental and cleaning business into annual sales of around $10 million. First Class Linen was founded in 2003 by Bert Rubinsky, who serves as the company president, and Kenny Perry, vice president of operations. It serves restaurants, ...

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