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April 18: Feast on Art at Southside Gallery

16 Apr


artwork: Wesley H. Ortiz

This Thursday, April 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Southside Gallery on the Oxford Square is hosting a free art reception in its upstairs gallery.

The exhibit will feature the MFA thesis exhibition of local artist Wesley H. Ortiz ( titled Muted Resistance, which includes 12 works created with gesso, acrylic, charcoal and graphite.

Accompanying the artwork will be a veritable feast provided by the artist’s mother, Alice Ortiz. Alice has been in foodservice for more than 40 years, operating Our Place Restaurant in Amory, Mississippi, for a decade. She will be cooking up several goodies, including ham-and-Swiss individual quiches, pork tenderloin, Mississippi Caviar, cream puffs with caramel sauce and more.

Arrive early to get first crack at the art–and food!

March 27: VOX Peach Jam

21 Mar

peach jam
Wednesday, March 27, starting at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.), VOX Press Artist Series, producer Alice Walker, and emcee Jim Dees will present PEACH JAM, a celebration of female poets and musicians, at The Powerhouse Community Arts Center.

Entertainment will include:

  • Deux Filles de Sangin
  • Vera Pa
  • Betsy and the BarnBurners
  • Dottie Knight
  • Shannon McNally

There will be a silent auction of works by local female visual artists and a raffle with proceeds going to the not-for-profit VOX organization.

There’s no cover. However, as a VOX Press fundraiser, there is a $5 suggested donation for food and drink. Arrive early to enjoy pre-show entertainment and refreshments!

For more information, see the Facebook event page here.

Feb. 25: NY Times Best-Selling Author at Ford Center

22 Feb


Tracie McMillan, author of the New York Times best-selling book The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee’s, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table will give a lecture on Monday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Gertrude Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The event is co-hosted by the Center for Writing and Rhetoric and the Southern Foodways Alliance.

The American Way of Eating explores issues of food access and distribution in the United States. In her research for the book, McMillan worked as a vegetable picker in California, a produce stocker at Walmart in Detroit, and an expediter at Applebee’s in New York City. Along the way, she explored the question, “What would it take for all of us to eat well?”

McMillan’s work explores the economic realities of food access in the U.S., and her undercover reporting has won critical acclaim.

This event is free and open to the public.


Free Pancakes at IHOP Tuesday, Feb. 5

5 Feb


For the eighth year in a row, IHOP is celebrating National Pancake Day by offering its guests a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes on Tuesday, February 5, from 7:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

For every short stack served, IHOP guests are invited to make a voluntary donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donations made in the Oxford area will benefit the program at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center. IHOP hopes to raise $3 million this year, with an overall goal of more than $13 million.

For more information, or to donate online, visit

Kids Eat Free Every Night!

20 Dec

firehouse special

Holiday spending leaving your wallet a bit lighter than normal this month?

Firehouse Subs is helping out with its Kids Eat Free promotion. The special applies every night from now until January 19 (dine-in only), and applies to all children under the age of 12.

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Oct. 23: Last Oxford Arts Crawl of the Year

22 Oct

If you’ve been an avid art crawler this season—or even if this is your first time out—Tuesday will mark the last crawl of 2012.

A free event from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., stops include Cicada for Men, where a bourbon tasting will take place courtesy of local mixologist Jayce McConnell; Cicada for Her; The Powerhouse; University Museum; Gallery 130; Southside Gallery; Frame Up Gallery; and a special after-party at Boure with a Maker’s Market sponsored by Cathead Vodka and Lazy Magnolia.

Hop on the Double Decker bus for a free ride to each stop, or grab your sneakers and walk the route. Snacks and refreshments will be provided at all stops.


Celebrate Food Day Today

22 Oct

Starting today at 11:00 a.m. on the Ole Miss campus, and in conjunction with National Food Day 2012, Food Policy students are hosting the second celebration of Food Day.

In addition to raising awareness of policy issues, the goal for Food Day is to serve as a promotion of local farmers, farmers markets, and the products they offer.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. — Farmers Market in Student Union plaza

1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. — Food Day Program with featured speakers, Student Union, 4th floor

Visit the Food Day event page here for more details.

Spearheaded by the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest, Food Day is organized around six main policy goals:

1. Reduce diet-related disease by promoting safe, healthy foods

2. Support sustainable farms and limit subsidies to big agribusiness

3. Expand access to food and alleviate hunger

4. Protect the environment and animals by reforming factory farms

5. Promote health by curbing junk-food marketing to kids

6. Support fair working conditions for food and farm workers


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.


Tonight: Largest Oxford Arts Crawl

25 Sep

It’s the second-to-last Oxford Arts Crawl of the season tonight from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and it’s the biggest on record, according to organizer Wayne Andrews.

Square Books, Jr. is partnering with Lafayette County Literacy Council for a bookmark art show, Amelia (located next to The Lyric) will feature artwork, The Ford Center is inviting the public in for an open rehearsal of Classic Literature Sings, and all of the usual venues, including Frame Up, Southside Gallery, The Powerhouse, University Museum, Gallery 130, and Cicada will also be participating.

You’ll find plenty of food and beverages at every stop, and the Double Decker bus is always around if you need a ride.

If you’ve missed out on previous crawls, they run from January to October on the fourth Tuesday of every month. The event is free and family friendly. The Art Crawl is a partnership with between local artists, arts groups, the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and the CVB to highlight the arts in Oxford. 

Find out more about tonight’s event on the Facebook invite page here.

Upcoming Book Signings for Foodies

17 Sep

In the market for some food-related books? Check out who’s coming to Square Books in the next few weeks.

Wednesday, September 19, 5:00 p.m.: Blake Fontenay signs The Politics of Barbecue

Saturday, September 22, 5:00 p.m.: Tasia Malakasis signs Tasia’s Table

Thursday, September 27, 6:00 p.m.: Lawrence Norfolk signs John Saturnall’s Feast

Friday, October 12, 5:00 p.m.: Katy Houston signs Sweetness Follows

Monday, October 29, 5:00 p.m.: Kevin Gillespie signs Fire in My Belly


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