The Pantry to Receive $1,000 from

1 Oct

credit: Tracy Morin

The numbers are in and the money has been counted. Thank you to everyone for coming out to the anniversary Food Frenzy on Thursday night! Because of all your support, is able to donate $1,000 to The Pantry!

See the official press release below; I’m sharing it with you first. Photos from the event, taken by Tracy Morin, can be seen here. to Donate $1,000 to The Pantry

(Oxford, MS, October 1, 2011) The Two-Year Anniversary Food Frenzy, held Thursday, September 29, at The Powerhouse in Oxford, Mississippi, was an overwhelming success, with more than 125 attendees and nearly two dozen local restaurants participating.

While the event had two main purposes—to celebrate the two-year anniversary of and to support Oxford’s local food bank, The Pantry— founder Liz Barrett also benefitted in a more personal way. “After two years of running the website and blog, it was incredible to meet so many of my site’s readers and to feel so supported by the local restaurant owners,” says Barrett. “Everyone was so ready to help in any way they could; I’ve never felt so at home in Oxford as I did on Thursday night.”

All of this support and celebration is the reason why is now able to donate $1,000 to The Pantry. “It feels incredible to be able to give back so much to our community Pantry,” says Barrett. “The organizers at The Pantry do a wonderful job, and I know that this donation will be able to help a lot of people who need it in Oxford.”

Special thanks go to Wayne Andrews, executive director of the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and all of the staff at The Powerhouse; Lee Craven, executive chef/food specialist in the Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at the University of Mississippi along with his hospitality students; all of the restaurants that donated food, which included 6 ‘ N Tubbs, Ferdinand’s, Honey Bee Bakery, Lusa Pastry Café, Main Squeeze, Mink’s On the Park, Olivia’s Food Emporium, Panini, Petra Mediterranean Cuisine, Proud Larry’s, Rice & Spice, Tacky Shack, Taylor Grocery, Tribecca Allie Café and Turkuaz Café; all those who donated items to the raffle, including Tribecca Allie Café, Panini, Proud Larry’s, Old Venice, Mink’s On the Park, Ravine, My Michelle’s, Firehouse Subs, Kabuki, Colonel’s Quarters, Mary Margaret Andrews, Troy Gilbert, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Snackbar/Old Thyme Farms.

On the heels of such a big success, what’s next for “I cannot wait to start planning the next event,” says Barrett. “I have a lot of ideas and am looking forward to making them a reality, so stay tuned!”

About provides locals and out-of-town visitors with a comprehensive listing of the restaurants and menus in and around Oxford, along with a regularly updated blog that keeps site visitors in tune with what’s going on around town. To date, more than 200,000 visitors have come to read nearly 400 posts on the blog (, helping to move it up the ranks to No.1 blog in Mississippi on and win it Best Website in Oxford. The website and blog combined garner more than 50,000 web visits per month.

Founded by Liz Barrett, a foodservice magazine editor-in-chief by trade, is her way of giving back to the community while continuing to enjoy one of her favorite pastimes. “I love to dine out, and I always have my eyes and ears open to what’s going on in the local food scene,” says Barrett. “After a while, it just made sense to start sharing the information I was gathering.”

For more information about, as well as site sponsorship opportunities, contact Barrett at or 662-380-6316.

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