• DENIM DIVA

    After scrapping the idea of doing a coffee-based cocktail  in honor of one of the world’s greatest photographers, Yousuf Karsh, a Turkish Canadian immigrant, an old party favorite was remembered. Named in honor of Ben’s photographer friend who has a fondness for denim jumpsuits, July’s cocktail is nearly effortless. Don’t skimp on making your own honey lemon mix – it’s a small step that makes a big difference in this crushable summer beverage.

    1 oz          honey lemon mix*

    ½ oz        Giffard Passionfruit liqueur

  • 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.

  • Luxury Dining at the Hattiesburg Country Club

    On a chilly spring day, three of the regular “Food with Friends” friends missed our fourth friend, brought along another friend, and met up with an old friend for a fabulous dining extravaganza at Hattiesburg Country Club.

    Have I lost you yet?

  • Purple Parrot Wine Festival

    The festival has grown to be a special tradition in the Pine Belt. Food is prepared and served throughout the evening as part of the festival. With more than 110 wines available, festival-goers get a one-of-a-kind tasting and learning experience. 
    “The variety and rarity of the wines offered at the Purple Parrot Wine Festival makes it unlike any other tasting event in the Pine Belt,” said Purple Parrot Wine Director Dusty Frierson. 

  • Coordinates to a good time

    It might be fall according to the calendar, but it’s still summertime here in South Mississippi.It’s not yet time for big, malty beers full of robust flavors and warming alcohol. We’re still in the golden days, the halcyon days, the days of sitting on the porch by the water enjoying the last rays of the setting sun. And if you’re anything like me, you want a crisp, refreshing beer in your hand while you do it. Abita 30-90 is that beer. It’s a “golden lager” that slides right into that gap between full-bodied fall and effervescent summer.

  • Raise a Glass: Southern Prohibition

    Southern Prohibition Brewing also began with a home brewer, Quinby Chunn, who grew up in Texas and followed his parents, David and Diana Chunn, to Hattiesburg.

    Emily Curry, the company’s sales and marketing coordinator, said Quinby Chunn fell in love with homebrewing.

  • Raise a Glass: Southern Beverage

    Employees maneuver forklifts around the climate-controlled warehouses, where it looks like children have been building really tall box forts out of colorful cardboard. And come spring, there will be even more room to make really tall stacks.

    The United State’s beer market saw $109.5 billion in overall sales in 2015 (a growth of 0.2 percent over 2014). Hattiesburg and the Greater Pine Belt area are doing their part to keep those numbers on the up and up.

  • Raise a Glass: Stokes

    Long gone are the days when Stokes Distributing was working out of an an old house behind Economy Supply in Downtown Hattiesburg. During that time Stokes was distributing about 60 different packages from five suppliers. Today, their inventory consists of approximately 1,000 different brands and packages from 60 different suppliers.

    Stokes also has other locations in Laurel, Natchez and McComb.

  • Raise a Glass: Slowboat Brewing

    The Pine Belt beer scene has been active in Hattiesburg and Laurel, not only because of the number of drinking-age customers around the community colleges and universities in the area.

    The recent establishment of successful microbreweries has pushed the social aspect of drinking beer to the spotlight in local restaurants and taverns. Slowboat Brewing of Laurel and Southern Prohibition Brewing Company of Hattiesburg have reached customers throughout Mississippi and beyond its borders.

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