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Attention Executive Chefs!

14 Apr

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Attention Oxford executive chefs (or those who know any chefs and can pass along the word). Are you interested in competiting in the Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off happening May 31 in Biloxi? There is currently no one from Oxford signed up to compete, so you can bring home the prize for us!

Last day to register is April 15; forms can be found online here.

Please Vote for

27 Oct

Hi Everyone!

It’s time once again for the annual Local Favorites Awards in The Local Voice, and as celebrates its 3-year anniversary, I’d like to take a moment out of regular blogging activities to ask for your vote again this year.

There is a category for Best Website and Best Twitter Feed this time around and I would so appreciate votes for each if you feel so inclined.

At least 50% of your ballot must be filled out to count, so don’t forget to vote for all of your favorite restaurants, shops and bands around Oxford as well!

The voting ballot can be found in the current edition of The Local Voice and all votes must be turned in by November 19, 2012.

Thank you!


Winner Announcement – Three Blind Wines Contest

10 Oct

I’m happy to say that everyone was very excited to talk about what they enjoy pairing with their favorite red wine! I have a feeling the conversation will come up again on the night of the Three Blind Wines event on October 16 at The Powerhouse. I’m including all of the responses below in case you have some red wine at the house and are in need of a couple of ideas.

Now, on to the winner announcement…

The winner of the Blind Wines contest is… Caitlin Loder!

More than 30 readers responded to win a VIP Team package to the event, which includes admission for two and three bottles of Matchbook wine from Crew Wines for contest entry at the event.

Thank you to all those who participated! If you didn’t win this time, I hope to still run into you at the event. Tickets are available here.

Red wine pairing ideas:

  1. Rare steak
  2. Pasta puttanesca
  3. Lamb chops and cheeses
  4. Filet mignon
  5. Anything
  6. Filet mignon
  7. Duck or quail
  8. Alaskan king crab legs
  9. Roast wild boar
  10. Homemade lasagna & warm brownies covered in caramel & chocolate syrup for dessert
  11. Grilled lamb chops
  12. More red wine
  13. Red meat
  14. Medium-rare T-bone steak
  15. Any lamb dish
  16. 8 oz filet topped with sautéed mushrooms and blue cheese with a side of grilled asparagus and homemade mashed potatoes
  17. Bone in cowboy rib-eye
  18. Popeye’s chicken
  19. Anything my husband cooks for me
  20. A big juicy steak dinner
  21. Lasagna
  22. Beef bourguignon
  23. Rib-eye steak
  24. Steak
  25. 8 oz filet
  26. Cheese and olive balls
  27. A medium rare filet
  28. Smoked cheddar and water crackers
  29. Osso bucco
  30. Smoked chorizo and parmesan
  31. A steak sizzling at medium
  32. Filet mignon with a shallot and mushroom sauce
  33. Salad with blue cheese and rare steak
  34. Grilled steak and a classic blue cheese wedge salad

Last Day to Enter 3 Blind Wines Contest

9 Oct

Have you entered to win the VIP Prize Package to the Oct. 16 Three Blind Wines event yet? Tuesday is your last chance! Just email with your name, phone number, and your favorite food to pair with red wine.

A winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, October 10.

If you’re selected, your wine will be waiting for you at the event—either a cabernet sauvignon or tempranillo—from the Matchbook collection of Northern California-based Crew Wines.

And for those looking for tickets to the event, go here.

Wine descriptions from the Crew Wines site:

Matchbook Cabernet has layered aromas of violets and cloves with dense blackberry, Bing cherry and cranberry. Bright cherry and chocolate, clove, mint and firm tannins are prominent. The lingering finish is a rich blend of cherry truffles, cedar and spice. The full-bodied red wine has loads of chewy chocolaty tannins, but with very elegant aromas of violets. Pair with red meat such as a pepper-crusted seared rib eye.

The Tempranillo and Graciano vines grown in the Matchbook Vineyard in the Dunnigan Hills are from cuttings imported from the Pesquera region of Spain. While the traditional earthy and spicy flavors are evident from these old-world varietals, the Matchbook Tempranillo shows its California upbringing in the expansive aromas of blueberries, spice and herbs of Provence. Rich flavors of red and black berries, cinnamon and clove are followed by toasted oak, vanilla and cocoa powder. Fine integrated tannins hold it all together in this seamless, well-balanced wine. Serve with spicy tapas, prosciutto and figs, or a favorite pesto dish.


Can You Handle the Heat?

2 Oct

Is it normal for you to top your pizza with jalapeños and hot sauce? Are you disappointed when your favorite pizzeria runs out of red pepper flakes?

If this sounds like you, you may be ready for the Hot Pizza Challenge at Funkys Pizza & Daiquiri Bar.

Two contestants get one beer each along with one hour to eat a 16″ hot pizza. If you succeed, you each receive a $50 bar tab; if you fail, you must pay $30 plus tax for the pizza and beer. Waivers must be signed to participate.

Call Funkys for more information at 259-2881. Hours are M-W after 3:30 and Th.-Sat. after 11:00 a.m.

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Enter to Win: Tickets to Three Blind Wines

29 Sep

Are you ready to win a VIP Team package ($100 value) to the 3rd Annual Three Blind Wines event happening on Tuesday, October 16, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Powerhouse? The package includes admission for two, plus a wine expert will choose three bottles of wine for your team. All you have to do is show up!

As an official sponsor of the Three Blind Wines event, has been authorized to give away one of these VIP Team Packages, and entering is easy!

Simply answer the following question: What is your favorite food to pair with red wine?

A winner will be chosen at random on  Wednesday, October 10, from all entries submitted to (please include your answer, full name and phone number).

About 3 Blind Wines:

Three Blind Wines is an annual wine tasting event presented by the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and the Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow. It is a wine tasting with a twist!

The Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and LOFT (Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow) have created a blind wine tasting where teams compete – placing their favorite red wine up against other team’s favorite wines. Teams of two people select three bottles of the same red wine to represent their team at the event. Two of every team’s bottles of wine are set out for the tasting with the labels covered and the third bottle of wine is reserved as part of the prize for the winner.

Teams can be comprised of any two people. Bring your spouse, best friend, or plan a ladies night out!

Everyone then samples all the wines, voting for their favorite wine of the night. The team that receives the most votes wins all the other team’s third bottle. Winners could go home with a cellar full of free wine!

Find ticket/sponsorship information here.


Help Ole Miss Win Again!

29 Aug


If you recall, last year, the Catfish and Tasso Savory Cheesecake from City Grocery won 2nd Place in the Tony Chachere 2011 Tailgating Cook-off Competition.

This year, with another recipe from Square Table cookbook in the running–Catfish and Black-Eyed Pea Cakes from Ajax Diner (find the recipe on page 98 of your copy of Square Table and see the recipe video here)–the plan is to win 1st Place.

Winners are chosen by public vote, which means Ole Miss, Ajax and Square Table are depending on you to help the Ajax Diner recipe win. You can vote as many times as you like from now through November by visiting the site and clicking on the Ole Miss recipe listed on the right side next to competing schools (the biggest competitor is currently Alabama).

Winner Announcement!

31 Jul

If you participated in the Firehouse Subs/ gift card giveaway that began July 28 on the Facebook page, you may be a winner! If your name is listed below, please contact me at by the end of the week with your mailing address so I can send you your prize. If there are any unclaimed prizes, I will draw another name from the list of entries.

1st Place: Christy Baird Miller$50 gift certificate to Firehouse Subs (favorite sub: Turkey Bacon Ranch)

2nd Place: Larry Kegley$25 gift certificate to Firehouse Subs (favorite sub: …my next one!)

3rd Place: Katy Greenlee$10 gift certificate to Firehouse Subs (favorite sub: Italian)

Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to all those who participated!

Update 8/6: The first place winner in last week’s drawing did not respond to the winning announcement. A new winner has now been drawn for the $50 Firehouse Subs gift certificate and it’s Brooke Cain. Brooke has until the end of this week to respond or another name will be drawn. If you know Brooke, let her know to contact

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Local Wing Contest

15 Jul

Do you like hot wings enough to attempt an eating contest?

Frank & Marlee’s is now running a contest in which contestents are challenged to fully devour 12 hot wings in 15 minutes (the first two must be consumed within the first three minutes and contestants can’t drink anything during the challenge).

All winners receive a $50 gift certificate, a Frank & Marlee’s T-shirt, their photo on the Wall of Fame and challenge wings are free (those who fail to complete the challenge will be charged $10 for the wings).

A side note: Frank & Marlee’s has also started promoting its Taco Tuesdays with a choice of mahi mahi, fried shrimp, beef n’ cheese, and veggie tacos for $1.00 every Tuesday.

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Submit Your Photo to Win!

25 Jun’s Liz Barrett with a Pork & Slaw sandwich

Firehouse Subs is giving away $50, $25, and $10 gift certificates to those who participate in a contest taking place here on the blog and involving the restaurant’s new Pork & Slaw sandwich.

The King’s Hawaiian Pork & Slaw includes hardwood pork smoked for 12 hours, topped with Sargento pepper jack cheese, steamed and then finished off with homemade tangy Hawaiian coleslaw piled high on a King’s Hawaiian Original Sweet sandwich bun.

For a chance to win one of the gift certificates, gather up all of your friends and head over to Firehouse Subs on Jackson Avenue with camera in hand.

The reader who submits ONE photo containing a group of the most people eating Pork & Slaw sandwiches before the Monday, July 9, deadline to will win a $50 gift certificate to Firehouse Subs. Two runner ups will win $25 and $10 gift certificates.

All submitted photos will be posted here on the blog, so have fun with it!

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