• Meet Your Neighbor: Carmen Ford

    Most people in Hattiesburg – especially those in downtown – are familiar with Carmen Hardy Ford and her culinary prowess at Gratefull Soul, the restaurant on Main Street she owns with her husband, Grant.

    But if not for a change in pace during college, Carmen may have returned to her hometown of Philadelphia  – with a much different career path.

    “I was actually going to go and do casino hosting (after college),” she said. “Philadelphia has the Choctaw Indian casinos, and that’s what I was going to do – go back and manage the casino.”

  • Half Shell

    It was the first day of fall in southern Mississippi and still in the balmy 90s. After our usual group texting to make sure everyone was available, the Food with Friends had once again assembled to do our favorite thing – enjoy each other’s company over delicious food.

    For this month’s magical episode, we had to take our dear sweet Allison Neville across highway 59 out to West Hattiesburg, but we assured her it was worth it as we were travelling to Half Shell Oyster House.

  • Chesterfield's: A Hattiesburg Tradition

    Photos by Rob Walker (Walker Photo Works)

    When it comes to Hattiesburg traditions, none compare to those of eating delicious food at local restaurants. In the late ’90s, my brother was attending The University of Southern Mississippi and my mother would bring me with her to visit him on occasion. We always had dinner at Chesterfield's, when it was located by the college.

    Food With Friends’ latest excursion was to take on a true Hattiesburg staple in Chesterfield's at its relatively new location on Highway 98. And my goodness, they really rolled out the red carpet for us.

  • SIERRA NEVADA SIERRAVEZA

    In the summer, the most important thing when it comes to beer is hydration. Mississippi-legal beer can be no less than 89.8 percent WBV (water by volume), so the odds are good that almost any beer you drink will help you stay hydrated, generally. But on these dog days of summer, nothing goes better with yard work than a lager. And so, for July, we offer you Sierra Nevada Sierraveza.

  • Take a slice into Two Watermelon Beers

    This month we feature two outstanding examples of the Gose style – one from Terrapin in Atlanta, the other from Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both are made with watermelon; both delicious. Here’s the breakdown:
    Gose is a German style, born on the river Gose, in the Harz mountain town of Goslar. Traditional gose has a 50 percent malted wheat content, and is flavored with salt and coriander. It was brewed commercially until the end of the Second World War, when the Iron Curtain and the Berlin wall destroyed the markets. 

  • LIGHT, LOW IN CALORIES & REFRESHING: LEINENKUGEL’S SUMMER SHANDY

    Jacob Leinenkugel founded his brewery in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in 1867, making it the seventh oldest continually operating brewery in the U.S. and the oldest business in Chippewa Falls. Leinenkugel was for most of its history a traditional brewer of German-style ales and lagers, but is now chiefly known for its fruit beers. One of its biggest sellers is the Summer Shandy, which is available both in glass bottles and in tallboy cans for your river experience.

  • More than Rosé: fashionable spring wines

    With springtime comes cookouts, laying out at the pool, and a lot more outside activities. This means it’s time to reorganize your wine rack at home and put all those full-bodied reds on the bottom and make room for the whites and rosé on top.

    At the beginning of spring, bottles of rosé start appearing in wine stores like little soldiers getting ready for a full season of barbecues. Don't get me wrong; rosé is delicious, but if you only drink that varietal from now until the end of summer, you will probably get bored of wine altogether.

  • A CITRUS THIRST QUENCHER:

    This month we welcome a new style of beer: agua fresca ale. As the name suggests, agua fresca ale is a combination of a simple pale ale and agua fresca.

  • Picnic-Perfect Wines

    "Some old-fashioned things like fresh air and sunshineare hard to beat.”   -Laura Ingalls Wilder

    After a long winter, we're looking forward to the coming warmer months. As Hattiesburgers, we're blessed with an abundance of opportunities to enjoy our delightful spring weather. Whether it's Live @ Five, tailgating or an evening in your own backyard, here are a few of our favorites to enjoy alfresco. 

  • Sweetwater’s dank spin-off on a classic

    Hemp beers (and let’s be honest, they’re almost all IPAs) have been around for a solid minute. Today, we examine Sweetwater’s entry into this trend, which is dominated mostly by brewpubs at the moment.

    For their foray into hemp beer, Sweetwater has chosen to take its venerable 420 Extra Pale Ale and shake it up with the application of Columbus and Simcoe hops, and proprietary terpenes that they wed to hemp flavor. Once you pop the top on a bottle of this beer, you will immediately be brought back to your college days. Maybe for better, maybe for worse.

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