Natchez Food and Wine Festival Set to Sizzle

Natchez, Mississippi…The 12th Annual Natchez Food and Wine Festival will be held July 27 – 29, 2012, at various venues in Natchez, Mississippi. Events begin Friday night with Tastings Along the River at the Natchez Convention Center and end with a Jazz Brunch at the Carriage House at Stanton Hall on Sunday morning. There will be plenty of great food, drink and music all weekend.

Celebrity chefs will be preparing delectable samplings of their signature dishes at Tasting Along the River, and there will surely be something to satisfy every taste bud. Vintners from across the country will be offering wine samples so event goers can pair them with various types of cuisine. Micro and garage brewed beers will be available to sample as well. The restaurants whose chef’s are participating are The Royal Sonesta and Sylvain of New Orleans, Underground 119 and Parlor Market of Jackson, Fat Cow and Jubans of Baton Rouge and Natchez restaurants Roux 61, Pig Out Inn, Manor House, Vue, Monmouth, Slick Rick’s, Planet Thai, Pearl Street Pasta and The Castle, all of which is sponsored by the Louisiana Seafood Marketing Board. Wine and Beer samplings will be offered by E & J Gallo, Glazer, Tonore, Tin Roof, NOLA, Lazy Magnolia and others. Live music during the opening and closing segments of the event will be performed by the jazzy duet of Osgood and Blaque.

Start your Saturday morning with Biscuits, Beignets and Breakfast at Natchez Coffee Company which is being sponsored by At Home Tennessee magazine, who will be showcasing their Natchez and Memphis connection. On Saturday afternoon, E & J Gallo Wines will be pairing their wines with cheeses from Richard Sutton of St. James Cheese of New Orleans, at The Castle on the grounds of historic Dunleith. Saturday afternoon at Bowie’s Tavern you can enjoy a delicious hamburger and a beer from one of several micro breweries while listening to blues of Kevin Johnson from Burgers, Brews and Blues.

Saturday evening, The Chef’s Table segment offers dining in the enchanting settings of five antebellum homes of Natchez; Monmouth, D’Evereux, and Briarvue on the grounds of the historic home, The Briars. The Louisiana Seafood Marketing Board will sponsor a seafood dinner prepared by Chef Cory Bahr of Cotton, Chef Kevin Templet of Fremin’s and Chef Kelly McCann of Galatoire’s at Monmouth, while Chef Todd Pulsinelli of the WWII Museum and Chef Chuck Subra of the J.W. Marriot Hotel in New Orleans will join with Chef Jaime Hernandez of Juban’s in Baton Rouge to treat guests to an evening of elegant dining at D’Evereux. At Briarvue, Jackson Chefs David Ferris of Babalu, Alex Eaton of Table 100, Derek Emerson of Walker’s Drive-In and Chef Jackson Kramer of Interim in Memphis, will be offering their culinary specialties. The Carriage House at Stanton Hall is home to Chef Bingo Starr and he will be creating fabulous cuisine alongside a line-up of all-star chefs Nicholas Martin of A Mano, Doug Depp of Depp’s Bull Corner, Red Owens of Natchez and Kim Kringle of Dakota. Menus for the meals to be served at each house can be found on the festival website.

On Sunday morning there will be two seatings for brunch at the Carriage House. Again, Chef Bingo Starr will assemble an all-star team to prepare brunch to be enjoyed as Osgood and Blaque entertain patrons with Jazz and a few other old standards.

To purchase tickets or find more information on this highly coveted, popular Natchez event, go to www.natchezfoodandwinefest.com or call 601-442-4895.

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