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2016 Natchez Food & Wine Festival Agenda
July 29, 30 & 31, 2016
The Natchez Food and Wine Festival has become one of the most anticipated events in the Natchez, Mississippi area. Our participants experience one magnificent event after another with culinary enthusiasts from all over the region. You will find yourself constantly surrounded with some of the region's most prominent chefs and restaurants, indulged in the finest of food, wine, entertainment in the South. Our festival occurs in some of the nation’s stateliest historic National Landmarks. We are now in our 15th consecutive year!!!!
Make reservations right away to attend this unforgettable three-day event.
11:00 am to 3:00 pm
Mae Holyoak and Friends Lemonade Stand in front of the Natchez Convention Center
These magnificent young ladies began this fund raiser at the age of 5 in hopes of raising enough money to buy dog beds for the Natchez Adams County Humane Society Shelter. Little did she know that selling lemonade, cookies and hand crafts with a few friends now contribute over $3,000.00 annually and over $45,000 to date. These ladies have made a major impression on our four legged friends!
6:30 to 9:30
“Tastings Along the Mississippi River”
$70.00 in advance
$85.00 at the door
This event sells out – purchase tickets in advance
This is one of Natchez’s most anticipated annual events. Over 700 locals and visitors intermingling among tremendously talented internationally known chefs and regional vendors. Specialty items are showcased along with representatives of the top wine and beverage brokers as well as craft beer enthusiasts and brew masters. The aromatic room is filled with live music, laughter and delicious delicacies.
MC'd by Walt Grayson
Walt Grayson is a 5th generation Mississippian, born and raised in Greenville. Walt's interest in broadcasting started early. His first radio job was as an announcer for a Greenville station while he was still in high school. His first television experience came as a weekend weather fill-in and an occasional travel feature reporter, all the while still working full time at Jackson's WSLI radio. Walt joined the WLBT-TV team as a weather anchor in 1984. He takes viewers on a "Look Around Mississippi" weekly on WLBT. In addition, Walt is the host of Mississippi Public Broadcasting'sMississippi Roads. His hobbies include writing and photography. He shoots all of the video for his stories himself. Walt also writes a monthly newspaper article for the Electric Power Associations of Mississippi's newspaper, TODAY IN MISSISSIPPI. And he is the author of four books: Jackson the Good Life; Looking Around Mississippi with Walt Grayson; Looking Around Mississippi Some More! With Walt Grayson, which was awarded the Mississippi Library Associations Non-Fiction Book of the Year award in 2008; and Oh! That Reminds Me, More Homegrown Mississippi Stories with Walt Grayson. Walt is a member of the Associated Press MISSISSIPPI
Music by Osgood & Blaque
Osgood & Blaque brings in a new and exciting chapter to live entertainment and stage performance in the world of modern music. Offering a panarama of multi-layered synthesis with raw blues... In an age where authentic blues bands are rare, Osgood & Blaque duo band have set higher standards for themselves in order to break "new ground"; presenting their music in an exciting, acceptable fashion, while preserving their mission. Their performance at the 22nd International Blues Challenge held on Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee in 2006 was indicative of the trend and was so impressive that it prompted Director and Coordinator Joe Whitmer, to say about them: "I want to personally congratulate as well as thank you for making this year's challenge the best in history. You should be very proud of your performance on Beale Street! Everyone is raving about the great talent that you brought to town for the International Blues Challenge. My hat off to you" . Osgood & Blaque duo band made history again in 2007 as the first duo blues band to perform on a major casino stage in Mississippi, and perhaps, the entire southeastern region of the United States.
Plan to arrive early because of the crowds and to allow you enough time to visit and sample all of the products. Upon arrival, each participant is given a signature wine glass and can sample tastings from wine broker and brewery.
Tickets sell early. Limited reserved seating is available EARLY.
Friday Confirmed Chef’s:
Chef’s already confirmed: Friday night are: David Leathers – Forklift, Mississippi Seafood – Danie Rodriquez &
David Dickensauge; Kelley McCann- Galatoire’s; Rose Jones – The Castle; Rolling River Bistro; Bingo Starr – The Carriage House Restaurant; Karen Carrier – Beauty Shop; Matthew Kajdan – Parlor Market; Robert Rushton –
Local 463; Jarred Tees – L’auberge – 18 Steak; David Ferris – Sysco; Alex Eaton – The Manship; Tom Ramsey-
Bol and Stage; Paul Adair – Livingston Mercantile; Jesse Houston – Saltine Oyster Bar – Jackson;
Mike Greenhill – Walker’s Drive In; D’Evereux Foods; Mike Roemhild– Table 100; St James Cheese Company; John and Malan Parks – Pearl Street Pasta; Mike Wagner – The Camp; Louise LaRose – Lou’s Full Serve – Jackson; Scott VArnado – IPO – Baton Rouge and more.
9:00 pm – Chef’s Party
Immediately following at Bowie’s Tavern – Your admission is included to this party with your wrist band featuring Big Al and the Heavyweights.
1:30 PM to 3:00 PM Wine & Cheese in the Castle at Dunleith
(100 tickets) $50.00 per person
Hosted in an original 1790’s stables on the grounds of one of Mississippi’s icons, Cheese experts from St. James Cheese Company located on Magazine Street in New Orleans take you on a journey around the world showcasing some of their finest products. Castle Manager and Cocktail Consultant Mark Brockway will provide complimentary pairing of Gallo’s premier products. This event usually sells out!!! Purchase your tickets in Advance
Non – Ticketed Afternoon Events
Lunch at The Camp – Located at the infamous Natchez Under the Hill directly overlooking the Mighty Mississippi, The Camp will offer a unique all you can eat Barbeque Buffet from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. The final menu is pending. This event will feature specific regional and favorite beers and cocktails. The acoustic version of Bishop Gunn will be playing for this fabulous event.
Saturday Tours are the following:
Natchez is fortunate to have 3 unique tours to our historic rowdy river town. A winery, a rum distillery and a brewery! All are award winners and offer personalized tours. Old South Winery featuring the finest muscadine wine in Mississippi is open Monday – Friday. The brewery and distillery are listed below.
Noon until 6:00 pm – Start the tour of the Charboneau Distillery at King’s Tavern at 619 Jefferson Street. The tours begin on the hour every hour and includes a complimentary Charboneau cocktail after the tour. Charboneau Rum in Natchez is the first legally distilled rum produced in Mississippi.
Charboneau Distillery was restored by Douglas and Regina Charboneau of Natchez Mississippi. The couple purchased King's Tavern in 2013 with the intent to celebrate the art of hand crafted food and liquor. Doug and his son Jean-Luc have attended the American Distilling Institute's Craft Distillers Conference and together are committed to being one of the little guys and bringing something different and interesting to the community. www.charboneaudistillery.com.
Tours are from 12:00 to 5:00 pm at 413 Franklin Street on the ½ hour. The tours offer a tasting off their beers and a personal touch into their passion.
5:00 PM until 7:00 PM Burgers, Brews & Bocce – Bowies Tavern
(100 Tickets) $40.00 per person
Bowie’s Tavern overlooking the Mississippi River and magnificent walking trails along the Bluff is one of Natchez’s historic cotton warehouses. This event is perfect for family. The event will feature Fat Cow sliders with all the gourmet fixings. Pair your favorite beer featuring Tin Roof, Southwest Distributors, Lazy Magnolia and Stokes Distributors. Bring the kids for a game of Bocce Ball while toe tapping to the Blues. Bowie’s Tavern has rooms above with magnificent river views that are booked through Dunleith.
7:30 PM An Invitation to the Natchez Table – Main Houses
Three premier Natchez mansions will host guest chefs and they will team up to prepare incredible culinary presentations and wine pairings in historic surroundings. By request for serious wine and champagne connoisseurs.
(60 tickets) Dunleith $125.00 per person inclusive
Dunleith is an exquisite 1856 Historic Inn located in the heart of Natchez. It is a unique inn listed as a National Historic Landmark. Dunleith sits on 40 landscaped acres and is graced with original historical buildings dating back to the 1790’s. The buildings are the carriage house and stables, a dairy barn, a poultry house, a brick dependency and a greenhouse. It is owned by Mr. & Mrs. Mike Worley.
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(50 tickets) The Elms $125.00 per person inclusive
Please join us at The Elms to celebrate The Natchez Tricentennial. We have chosen to feature a select menu representing the people who occupied the territory throughout the history of Natchez. The dishes reflect the vast cultural diversity brought by The Natchez Tribe and the nations of France, Spain and Great Britain.
Indian Fry Bread Bruschettas
Catalonia Style Antipasto Misto
Traditional Beef Wellington
Lattice Crust Apple Pie with Homemade Caramel - Bourbon Ice Cream
Chef Ester Carpenter & Guest
The Towers is owned and operated by Mr. & Mrs. James Hyland. The Towers was built over three different time periods from 1798 to 1858. It has an intriguing history with magnificent personal collections. It has stunning features and the owners share their passion for this elegant home. Chef Mike Roemhild and his culinary team from Table 100 has teamed up with Scott Davis Rndc Breckenridge and will create a fascinating menu and a wine sommelier , it will have perfectly paired wines for each course. The evening will start off with the house specialty cocktail, The Towers, an infused mint champagne cocktail. Cigars and cordials will be offered on the garden terrace after dinner.
The Towers Dinner :
From his early training in his Grandmother's kitchen to international haute cuisine, Executive Chef Mike Roemhild has expanded his classic Swiss training to create a style that is distinctively his alone."
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8:30 pm until
Pop Dinner at Rolling River Bistro featuring the Mississippi King of Seafood, Alex Eaton of Jackson’s Manship Wood Fired Kitchen
Music by Natchez’s Speakeasy Full Band
Jackson's Manship Wood Fired Kitchen chef/owner Alex Eaton won the 2016 crown of Mississippi Seafood King at the Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off, in his first (and only, he said) time in the competition. Eaton's snapper collar with shrimp, gulf crab, roasted fennel, pickled ramps and lemon garlic broth earned him a medal and trophy as well as the crown. He'll go on to represent Mississippi in the Great American Seafood Cook-Off in New Orleans in August. He'll also participate in the World Food Championship.
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Mississippi Seafood King Alex Eaton of the Manship in Jackson is ready to pack out Rolling River Bistro with a fabulous casual Seafood Sensation. Alex is throwing THE PARTY to be at on Saturday night. Local Favorites – the Full band of Speak Easy will be jamming all night long.
RAW Bar featuring Mississippi Gulf Shrimp and Oysters with all the cool condiments
Two types of Grilled Oysters and Fried
Soft Shell Crab
Dessert: Mississippi Blues Blend Coffee Ice Cream and Martinis
Key Lime Parfaits
9:00 PM to 11 PM
Cathead Pool Party at The Castle
2 signature cocktails and live music
Jazz Brunch Buffet at Rolling River Bistro $25.00
11AM – 2PM - 406-408 Main Street
Sponsored by Cathead Vodka and Barefoot Bubbly.
No better way to end your weekend in Natchez than a traditional Sunday Jazz Brunch……….Sip Chilled Champagne, Southern Mint Lemonade with or without Cathead Honey Suckle Vodka or the Bistro Bloody Mary! Enjoy an Omelet Station, Prime Rib carving station, Salad Bar, Full Dessert Station & Southern Classics while listening to live jazz music in beautiful Historic Downtown Natchez. Guests will be served on a first come first serve basis. There is plenty of room to enjoy a cocktail and listen to wonderful music if you have to wait.
Prime Rib with Horseradish Sauce
Ambrosia, Fresh Greens, Chicken Salad, Pimento Cheese, tomatoes and all the fixings
To include Garden fresh tomatoes, green onions, assorted cheeses, sliced mushrooms, fresh salsa, spinach, Vidalia onions and bell peppers
Fried Chicken Tenders
Fresh Tomato Pie
Creamed Ham and Artichokes over Cornbread
Marinated Green Beans
Squash Casserole with Vidalia Onions
Complete Dessert Station served with Regular or Iced Mississippi Blues Blend Coffee