The inaugural Mississippi Food and Wine Festival won’t be until next June, but residents will have a chance to celebrate the area’s best cuisine early, with numerous events that lead up to the festival.
Not only will these events please Northsiders’ palettes, they’ll also be raising money for various good causes.
The first event is a chef dinner, slated for Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m.
The event will be at Albert’s at Parlor Market, and will feature food prepared by Austin Sumrall, Derek Emerson, Robert Rushton, Chaz Lindsay, Jesse Houston and Val Spelman.
The five-course meal will include such offerings as veal saltimbocca, pan-seared Gulf fish and lardo-wrapped pork tenderloin, as well as pre-dinner cocktails and wine.
Only 75 tickets are available for the event.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Mississippi Food Network’s “Backpacks for Kids Program.”
According to the food network’s Web site, the program “is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations.”
Children identified for the program are discreetly given backpacks full of food and snacks prior to weekends and vacations, assuring them “of some proper nutrition while away from their meal programs at school.”
About 1,500 children in Hinds, Madison, Rankin and other counties benefit, the Web site states.
Other events round out the fall season, with the Mississippi Whole Hog BBQ on Sunday, September 23, the Chef Dinner on Wednesday, October 24, and the Mississippi Gospel Brunch on October 28.
For more information, follow the Mississippi Food and Wine Festival on Instagram and Facebook.