• Jazz Brunch at the Purple Parrot Cafe

    I had never been to Purple Parrot in any capacity, and I’ve been missing out. Chef Jeremy Noffke and General Manager Dusty Frierson have created a brunch experience that is special and has a uniquely Mississippi feel. To complement the high-quality food they had for us, we were also treated to the soft Jazz stylings of a couple of local musicians. The entire restaurant felt warm and inviting as we set out on our latest culinary adventure.

  • Holiday Pairings

    What better way to indulge than with a good bottle of wine and a delectable piece of cheese. Kick off your shoes, cozy up and unwind. Or if a night out is in the works, bring any of these to a dinner party and impress friends with your cheese and wine savvy.

    Brian and Sarah Carver, owners of Twin Forks Wine & Provisons, provided promotional consideration for this month’s Wine Review.

     

    Our Recommendations:

    Wine:
    Barco de Piedra | $18.99

  • Pop the top: Wines for Tailgating

    In the spirit of Southern Miss football and tailgating season, I decided to spotlight some interesting alternatives to bottled wine for taking to your next tailgate party, camping trip or pool party.  We all know October in the South can be super hot and humid and having a cold, canned wine can be pretty refreshing.  During the last couple of years, canned wines have really come on strong in the market, as well as canned cocktails.

  • Craft Cocktail: The Rock

    What has a sweet Eagle base with equal parts black and gold and a splash of bitter? Not the Nasty Bunch – it’s Jack Wolfe’s latest Southern Miss-themed concoction. Eagle Rare Bourbon (every bottle of which is aged no less than a decade) meets its match with the housemade Black Bean vanilla and Golden Twist (we hear the twist is citrus) honey syrups. Finished with a few dashes of bitters and basil for aromatics (and an ice cube as big as its namesake), this cocktail is the perfect addition to your game-day roster.  

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  • Food with Friends: Live @ Five

    A Hattiesburg institution started by Sarah Newton in 2008, Live at Five is what happens when you bring all the best parts of Hattiesburg together: live music, local food and downtown. Much like Hattiesburg, Live at Five is ever expanding, now here for a whopping six weeks this fall.

  • VisitHattiesburg presents Restaurant Week

    The Hub City is known for its many culinary offerings and VisitHattiesburg is putting them front and center during the city’s inaugural Restaurant Week. 

    By partnering with local restaurants and hotels to highlight culinary delights to visitors, VisitHattiesburg expects this event to attract foodies from across the southeastern United States. 

    OctoberFEAST is the overall theme for the week-long events with individual focuses each day. 

  • An Evening at the Brass Hat

    I’ve always been intrigued by places that are easily reachable, but manage to feel far away. The Brass Hat, located in the new Hotel Indigo in Midtown Hattiesburg, embodies that very feeling.  As Jamie said, “The restaurant is very modern and like nothing I’ve seen in Hattiesburg before.”   When we arrived, we were whisked to a cozy corner table next to the bar and right in the middle of the action. The bar was definitely jumping. We saw a large table of couples sharing appetizers, work associates having after-work cocktails, and a group of young women giggling and swapping stories.

  • A little birdhouse in your soul

    Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, “Life is like a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  It’s easy to say this quote exemplifies Katie Dixon. Whether she is taking her kids to extracurricular activities, catering a party, running her restaurant, taking family trips to Chilé, or taping episodes of “Food Network Star,” she’s constantly moving and she finds a way to balance it all. 

  • The Hub City welcomes an Irish take on Pub Grub

    It was a dreary and muggy Sunday afternoon when the Food with Friends team pulled into Conway’s Family Pub, and the rain made it the perfect weather to bond over some traditional Irish food and good company.

  • Lee's Coffee & tea

    On a hot Sunday morning, the Food with Friends crew decided to caravan a little north to the City Beautiful herself, Laurel, to check out a beautiful coffee shop in the heart of its downtown – Lee’s Coffee & Tea.

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