• tropical paradise

    Look, I’m a beer geek, sure. But I’m no beer snob. I like my hoppy IPAs, my big robust stouts and my cheap easy-drinking light lagers too. But I’ll admit that I’ve always had an aversion to putting fruit in beer. I just figured if the brewer wanted the beer to taste like oranges or limes then, by God, they would have put them in there in the first place. And thus, in the fullness of time, some extra-creative types over at Terrapin Brewery in Georgia decided to do just that.  

  • Chef Q&A: Taylor Hurt, Birdhouse Café

    Taylor Hurt, 28, born and raised in Hattiesburg, attended Oak Grove High School and jumped straight into culinary school after graduation. Her first job was cooking, on the line, at Seasons from the time she was 16 to 21. While there, she not only fell in love with the art of food but with the restaurant industry itself. Since Seasons, Taylor has worked all over Hattiesburg learning and perfecting her craft. As far as her future goes, watch out New York.

     

  • 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. 

  • 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

  • Top Chef: Conway's Family Pub

    The Crew, Conway’s Family Pub

  • 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.

  • Top Chef: Dell Smith

    Dell is the great-nephew of Leottis “Lee” Barnett, the namesake of Lee’s Coffee & Tea. Before moving to Laurel, Dell lived in Texas and Arizona, where he developed a great appreciation for fine craft coffee and beer and honed his skills making both at home. Missing the coffee culture to which he had become accustomed, Dell saw an opportunity to help build one in the growing downtown Laurel district. The stars aligned, and he found himself in charge of one of the staples of the community.

  • 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.

  • Chef Q&A: Antoine Anthony

    Antoine Anthony is originally from New Orleans, La., where he began his career in the food industry at age 16. After gaining experience at the “garde manger” section at the Fairmont Hotel in Dallas, Texas, Anthony went on to work as a chef’s assistant at “The Grape.” After moving to Hattiesburg in 2000, Anthony has served as executive chef at Canebrake Golf Club and Cotton Blues. Now serving as executive chef at the Hattiesburg Country Club, he creates a personalized dining experience for members and their guests.

  • 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?

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