Business of the Week: Crazy B’s Coffee & Confections

Our Business of the Week is Crazy B’s Coffee & Confections in Pascagoula! Lately, they’ve been busy making King Cakes in addition to their other delicious pastries and coffee drinks. You’ll recognize their beautiful King Cakes from our current King Cake giveaway!

Crazy B’s offers a variety of hot, iced and frozen coffee drinks, teas and smoothies. They have fresh baked cookies, muffins and pastries along with specialty candies and other sweets. They are now serving Kolaches in a variety of flavors and chicken salad sandwiches on croissants.

“I love being a part of the growing Jackson County and Pascagoula business community! We enjoy our customers as much as we enjoy making crazy confections!  We are so proud of the support we’ve received and look forward to many years more with the Crazy B’s family!” said Susan Kendrick, Owner/Pastry Chef.

Support your local businesses!  Stop by:

1759 Market St (23.28 mi)
Pascagoula, Mississippi 39567
(228) 696-8775
Hours 6:00 AM – 5:00 PM – Mon-Sat
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Hocus Pocus Girls Night Out

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Join chef Cheri Hiers for a magical movie themed night-Hocus Pocus Girls Night Out. The event will be held at the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center on Friday, October 27 from 6:00-8:00 pm.

Guests will be able to select from a variety of Hocus Pocus themed menu items including: Blinx’s Olive Tapenade on Fresh Bread, Sanderson Sisters’ Brat Sausage, Circle of Salt Crusted Potatoes, Purple Cauldron Cabbage, and Billy Butcherson’s Eyeballs & Zombie Finger Cookies. Admission is $45 for members and $55 for nonmembers and includes two beverages. 

For more information, contact the Mary C. at 228-818-2878 or visit their website .

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First Seafood Festival To Be Held in Ocean Springs

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This weekend, Ocean Springs Seafood and Music Festival will be hosting their first ever event. 

The two-day festival will consist of competitions, cook-offs, live music and of course- seafood. It will be held Saturday, Oct 14, 4-10 pm and Sunday, Oct. 15, noon-10 p.m. and will take place in Pleasant’s BBQ parking lot on Government Street.

Guests are invited to come out and try your hand at the casting and cast net competition and win some amazing prizes. Listen to great live music, get some amazing fresh seafood dishes, and experience over 30 vendors.There will also be other food options for those who do not favor seafood.

Additional activities for the festival include: a rod and reel casting competition, blue crab race, hermit crab derby, inflatable kids amusements and much more.

The cook-off will take place on Sunday and consist of 15 chefs from all over the Coast who will be competing for the best seafood dish served at their booth. OS Mayor Shea Dobson, State Representative Hank Zuber, and Tim Bennett of Overtime Sports will be the featured judges for the competition. Over 200 people are expected to attend the event.  

The days and acts for the music lineup are as follows: 

Saturday, October 14th:

Johnny Fung Band 1-4
Low Down & Dirty 4pm – 7pm
Amanda Jones Band 7pm – 10pm

Sunday, October 15th:

Eddie Montoya Project 1pm – 3pm
Serabee 3pm – 6pm
The Jokers 6pm – 9pm
Mitch Stewart – All Day

There will be $5 to $15 entry fee and kids 12 and under get in free. 

For more information, visit their event page on Facebook or call (228)-235-3992. 

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The Golden Ladle: Who Will Take Home the Trophy?

The challenge has been made! Jackson County residents will have the chance to take part in the first annual “Golden Ladle” Gumbo Cook Off and the tension is building! The prize? One year of bragging rights and the “Golden Ladle” trophy.

The cook off will happen at the Jackson County fair on October 18th at 11am. Judges will award winner at 12 noon. Competitors will be the infamous food booths that are well known for their culinary delights during fair week. Judging the competition will be Jackson County’s own Alan Suduth from Chevron, Stacie Wetering, better known as “Cheffie” from the Singing River Yacht Club, and Alexis Bradley, the owner of the new Misssissippi Sound Seafood restaurant in Pascagoula.

In addition to the official Gumbo Cook Off, there will be an online “People’s Choice” that will be available on the JaxCoHome Facebook page. Stay up to date by following s on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

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The prized “Golden Ladle” trophy

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Kiwanis to Host Third Annual ‘Taste of Spirits’

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The Kiwanis Club of Pascagoula will be hosting their fundraiser tonight at the The Grand Magnolia from 6:00-8:00 pm. Taste of Spirits is Kiwanis’ third annual fundraiser, featuring a night filled with mystery and fun. Guests will be able to sample alcoholic beverages with a variety of hors do’oeuvres and enjoy networking with other festivities. There will also be live music from The Excelsior Band. 

The Kiwanis Club of Pascagoula was chartered in 1945. Since its existence the club has been a driving force in improving and serving the community of Jackson County, MS. Their main efforts include donating books and needed items for the schools and various organizations who serve the children of Jackson County. 

All proceeds from this year’s Taste of Spirits fundraiser will go towards helping to buy books for the 2nd graders, dictionaries for the 3rd graders, and AEDs for each school in the community. 

Tickets are $40 for one person or $65 for two people. 

For more information on Kiwanis’ International or the Pascagoula chapter visit their website

For more information on Taste of Spirits, call (228)-623-0919. 

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A Challenge to End Hunger

Feeding the Gulf Coast, formerly known as Bay Area Food Bank, will be hosting their first Mississippi Chef Challenge on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Biloxi Civic Center in Biloxi, MS from 6-9 p.m.

About a year ago, the organization changed its name to better suit its growth of helping to end hunger across 24 counties along the Gulf Coast. 

Their website explains that the event is held during September to raise awareness for Hunger Action Month- a nationwide hunger-relief campaign set forth by their corporate affiliate, Feeding America. 

The chef challenge will feature 11 chefs from local casinos and restaurants to prepare a dish in one of the four categories: appetizer, entree, soup and dessert. The guests will sample the dishes and vote on their favorite chef in each category along with an overall “People’s Choice” category. In addition, they will also have qualified judges select a “Judge’s Choice” winner. Complimentary beer and wine will be served, so guests must be 21 & over. 

There will also be a silent auction, live entertainment, a photo booth and lots more. 

“We are really embracing the opportunity for community engagement and organization awareness. We want to be able to share our mission, tell guests who we are and the work we do within the extended counties”, says Haley Buchanan of Feeding the Gulf Coast. 

Tickets can be purchased at the door for $75 per person. 

“This event will allow us to continue efforts with our programs such as Backpack Program and our partner food pantries-ultimately leading to bring in more food to the people on the Gulf Coast”, says Buchanan. 

For more information on Feeding the Gulf Coast and The Chef Challenge visit, feedingthegulfcoast.org.

 

 

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Look out, downtown Pascagoula. A new bar, The Jury Room, is coming soon.

18198980_1907950516149362_2709481092288564062_n-225x300 Look out, downtown Pascagoula. A new bar, The Jury Room, is coming soon.The Jury Room, Deliberations and Libations, is taking on the nightlife crowd of downtown Pascagoula and intends to also make a developmental impact in the area.

It will be open after hours as a distinctive bar — unique to Pascagoula — offering more than 100 bourbons and whiskies, along with reasonably priced beer, wine, and craft beers, owners say. Additionally, the Jury Room will have competitively priced drinks and happy hour specials, but will also offer high-end liquors.

Owners Ramsay Taylor of Moss Point and Parker Pugh of Pascagoula both have experience in the industry. Taylor has three ‘Tay’s Barbeque’ stores based in Pascagoula and ‘Drinx Wine and Liquor Warehouse’ in D’Iberville. Pugh owns the Dairy Queen in Pascagoula, along with three other locations in Mobile.

The two owners plan to advocate for the revitalization of downtown Pascagoula with the new bar, in hopes that it will bring business to local shops and eateries.  “It will not only offer somewhere else where people can go after work or meet up for a sports game, but it will also help keep people here in Pascagoula to shop and dine at the nearby stores and restaurants”, says Pugh.

The Jury Room plans to offer some unique features in the former Fretz building. It will have a fenced-in outdoor patio, along with available leasing space. The owners took the building, put a wall up down the center and gutted the kitchen-making it three separate spaces for lease.  The former kitchen will be a small apartment, the east side will serve as The Jury Room, and the west side will be available for an office/retail location.

Owners state the building “had more potential than the other locations”. “Many folks, including us, want to see the downtown area thrive and offer something different and all in a central area. Our plan just happens to fit perfectly”, says Pugh.

The name and logo have yet to go up on the building, but The Jury Room’s Facebook page already has more than 500 likes.

Plan to spend your football game days and after business hours at The Jury Room, opening mid-to late August.

 

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Edd’s Drive-In expands to Hurley

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The residents of Hurley  now have a new dining option thanks to the expansion of a Pascagoula original.

For nearly 60 years, Edd’s Drive-In was a Pascagoula exclusive, offering delicious chocolate malts and chili cheese dogs since 1953.

“It was originally built as a Dairy Queen, but after several years Ed McElroy changed it to Edd’s Drive -In, in order to not be restricted on the menu,” said Walker Foster, one of Edd’s original owners.

So what made the owners decide to expand to Hurley?

“We felt a lot of people had moved from [Pascagoula] after Hurricane Katrina, and we felt that the people in Hurley would enjoy it,” Foster said. “It gives them another eating spot there, and it gave us an opportunity to branch out on our menu.”

Not only is the Edd’s location in Hurley offering the classics that have been found in Pascagoula all these years, but also some new items have been added to the menu, including catfish plates and chicken nuggets. The Hurley location is also the first to allow diners to sit down and enjoy their meal.

Check out the Jackson County classic for yourself at 3834 Market Street in Pascagoula or 19400 Hwy 63 in Hurley.

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Diners offered challenge in Culinary Passport

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Ocean Springs offers a variety of restaurants, and now diners have the opportunity to be rewarded for eating out thanks to the Ocean Springs Culinary Passport. 

The concept is simple: pick up a passport at the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce. Spend $10 on food and drink at a participating Ocean Springs eatery (marked with a window decal) to get your passport stamped. After collecting 10 stamps from 10 different participating establishments, drop off or mail the passport to the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce to receive a free gift and be entered for a prize.

“This is the first time to provide a culinary passport in Ocean Springs,” said Cynthia Sutton, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce. “I have been part of other passport programs from the Heritage Trust stamp to the National Park service passport stamp, so it helped to give me the idea for something similar to showcase and continually promote and publicize our local restaurants and nightlife venues in Ocean Springs.”

The current passports are valid for an entire year, allowing anyone to participate in the program, from a family is stopping in for a vacation and need to know where to eat to an Ocean Springs resident who has trouble deciding what to have for dinner.

“It is a great way to get more exposure and publicity for their individual businesses,” Sutton said. “If locals and travelers know they are going to be rewarded, then it incentivizes folks to eat with us in Ocean Springs. Also, it is a fun tool to get out and challenge yourself to complete the project.”

Participants are also able to share their dining experiences on social media through #osculinarypassport, allowing the perfect opportunity to discover the diverse range of culinary experiences Ocean Springs has to offer.

For more information about participating restaurants, visit the Culinary Passport website.

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Ocean Springs holds annual Red, White & Blueberry Festival

June is the beginning of blueberry season, so there is no better way to spend the first Saturday in June than to enjoy the annual Red, White & Blueberry Festival in downtown Ocean Springs.

“We have it every June here in downtown, and what it is, we partner with the Ocean Springs Fresh Market,” said Cynthia Sutton, executive director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce. “They beef up the vendors. We have blueberry growers, we have blueberry lemonade out here. We have all kinds of other good stuff. Then, courtesy of the Chamber, we give away free vanilla ice cream topped with blueberries from the vendors and strawberries. In addition to all of that, we have some cooking demonstrations out and here and some talks from the master gardeners, so it’s a fun day.”

Mixed amongst the usual Fresh Market vendors selling local produce, baked goods, and homemade crafts were tents specializing in blueberry treats, from fresh fruit to blueberry lemonade, a drink that was a welcome refreshment to the afternoon humidity caused by the morning showers. While it did rain during the festival, that did not seem to scare away any customers.

“The rain hasn’t kept anybody away,” Sutton said. “It has been amazing. I can’t tell you how many cups of ice cream we’ve given out so far, but the line has gone halfway through the fresh market, so it’s been a great turn out.”

During the festival, a shower did make an appearance, but that did not drive customers away. Knowing South Mississippi weather, some attendees took shelter from the rain under the train depot awning, choosing to wait 10 minutes for the sun to come back out. Some visitors simply pulled out their umbrellas, and others just walked through the rain completely unfazed and determined to get some good deals on some local goods. A few children even took the opportunity to splash in some puddles.

Other blueberry offerings included jams, blueberry baked goods and even a blueberry-pepper jelly, unique yet deliciously sweet and spicy offering from The Grumpy Man out of Purvis.

Visitors of all ages, from retirees looking for a fun weekend event and ways to supplement their home gardens to new parents needing a chance to get out of the house and also expose their young children to healthy eating at an early age, took the opportunity for experience this annual event as welcome to the summer season and get them exploring downtown Ocean Springs.

For anyone that might have missed the Red, White & Blueberry Festival, the Fresh Market will continue in Ocean Springs every Saturday, and with blueberry season still in its infancy, there is sure to be no shortage of blueberry offerings in the weeks to come.

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