The Purple Parrot has a new chef, only the sixth in its 32-plus years. Marty Anklam, who arrived on the scene in the spring, has had time to get his feet wet – having survived Mother’s Day and graduation weekends and a south Mississippi summer, helping launch a catering division and a new fall menu for the Parrot and feeding more than 600 at a recent fraternity tailgate at Mississippi State.
A Mississippian by birth, his parents moved to Washington, D.C., when he was just 18 months old (not much say in that).
All of the other groups went the standard (read: boring) route of explaining the Pythagorean theorem or SOHCAHTOA with some poster board and letters cut out from other colors of poster board. I convinced (read: refused to accept anything but) my group to do our project on spirals. That’s it. Just spirals. And we weren’t making a poster. We made a video.
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.
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.
Reunited… and it feels sooooo good
After a multi-month hiatus, the Food with Friends crew has finally teamed up once again to do what we do best – eat and chat. This month’s adventure brings us to Fairley’s Wings and More in Downtown Hattiesburg. We were excited to get the gang back together and enjoy a spread from the local wing joint. Jamie even showed up in his “I Am Fairley’s Wings” T-shirt that he got at the ribbon cutting when the business first opened its doors.
"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.
Photos by Mark Steele
Roberts family goes all in to make new midtown Corner Market location an experience for local grocery shoppers.
When the late H. David “Doc” Roberts opened his family’s first grocery store 50 years ago, it’s hard to believe he could have imagined the company’s 50,000 square foot flagship Corner Market store that recently opened in midtown Hattiesburg.
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.
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.
Barco de Piedra | $18.99
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.