Menu Spotlight: Proud Larry’s Calzone

proud larrys calzoneYou’re on a first-name basis with the Fat Larry, Penne Goat and Lobster Nachos, but when was the last time you had a calzone at Proud Larry’s?

Calzone choices include Italian sausage, peppers and onion; spinach & mushroom; chicken & pesto; meatball; barbecue chicken; or any of Larry’s specialty pizzas made into a calzone. Most are also chock full of herbed ricotta, mozzarella, marinara and fresh basil.

They’re great alone, or with a friend–such as a Larry the Greek salad.

Try one out; you won’t be disappointed.




37 October Events – Mark Your Calendar!

Looking for something to do while you’re enjoying this beautiful weather? There’s no shortage of events going on in the Oxford area and the rest of Mississippi in October. Along with the cooler weather comes an assortment of fall festivals, BBQ cook offs, holiday cooking conventions, tailgating classes, chili competitions, Halloween balls and much, much, more. Below is a list of food-related happenings that’s sure to keep you busy all month long.

Let your taste buds explore what Fall brings to the South and don’t forget to send photos of yourself having fun to (we may use your pic in a new project we’re creating!).

Happy Fall Y’all!

–Rashell Dawsey, freelance writer,


October 1-12 — Mississippi State Fair — Jackson Fair Grounds, Jackson

October 2-4 –Hog Wild BBQ Festival — Historic Downtown Corrinth — Corinth

October 2 — Moonlight Masquerade “Feeling Groovy” – Biloxi Civic Center —  Biloximargarita class

October 3 — First Friday at LAZY MAGNOLIA - Lazy Magnolia’s brewery — Kiln

October 3-5 — North Mississippi Fall Fest – Horn  Lake

October 3-5  – Mighty Mississippi Blue’s Festival — Warfield Point Park — Greenville

October 3-5 — Holy Family Seafood Festival — Pass Christian

October 4  – Sunset on the Bay — Bay St. Louis Community Center — Bay St. Louis

October 4 – Loblolly Festival - Downtown Laurel —  Laurel

October 4 — Downtown Vicksburg Fall Fest – Vicksburg

October 4 — Octoberfest – Olive Branch

October 4-5  – Highway 61 Blues Festival- Warfield Point Park – Lelandblind wines

October 4 — A Day in the County Festival – Madison

October 4-5 — Mississippi Peanut Festival – Mitchell Farms — Collins

October 5 — Bachtoberfest – Pascagoula

October 6 — Margaritas and Guacamole classOxford

October 9 — 3 Blind WinesOxford

October 10-11  – Octoberfest – Downtown Cleveland — Cleveland

October 11 — 11th Ever ShedHead Blues Festival and BBQ Competition — Ocean Springs, Ms

October 13 — Fall Pilgrimage – Historic Natchez, Ms

October 16-18 — Deep Blues Festival — Shack Up Inn’s Juke Joint Chapel —  Clarksdale

October 16-18 — Delta Hot Tamale Festival – Greenville

October 16-19 — Fear Fete Horror Con & Film Festival (includes a ZOMBIE pub crawl!) — MS Coast Convention Center — Biloxi

October 17-25 — South Mississippi Fair – Laurel

October 17-18 — The Bukka White Blues Festival – Tenn-Tom Waterway — Aberdeen

October 17-20 — Great Mississippi River Balloon Race — Natchezballoon race

October 17 — Paint the ‘Burg Purple and Gold block party music festival (18 or older) – Downtown Historic Vicksburg — Vicksburg

October 18-19 — Mullet and Music Fest — Gautier

October 18 — St. Rose de Lima Heritage Festival — Bay St. Louis

October 18-26 — Jackson County Fair — Pascagoula

October 21 — Extreme Tailgating Cooking Class – Gulfport

October 22-25 — Celebration Village — Tupelo

October 23 —  Holiday Hobnob  —  Gulfport

SFA-logo1October 23 — 17th Southern Foodways SymposiumOxford

October 25 – Frogfest and Deer Creek Chili Cook off - Leland

October 25 — Fall Fest on the Roost – Old Towne — Olive Branch

October 31 – November 3 — Hambone Festival — Clarksdale

Did we miss your favorite food-related Mississippi-based event in October? Let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to the list!

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Class Wrap-Up: Flaming Desserts

IMG_8142Flaming Desserts, last Tuesday’s Eating Oxford Institute class held in the downstairs cellar of Locals Restaurant & Bar was fiery and delicious.

Seasoned chef Roland Shnider, with 50 years experience in kitchens abroad and in the U.S., showed attendees how easy it can be to create show-stopping flaming desserts at home–without setting off the smoke alarms.

The class learned how to make Cherries Jubilee, Crepes Suzette, and Bananas Foster, while sipping wine and noshing on appetizers. IMG_8144

With plenty of dessert and ice cream to go around, everyone departed with a sugar high and a new yearning to set fire to desserts.

View more photos from the event below; all photos were taken by the Daily Mississippian’s Giana Leone. Thank you to everyone who came out for a fun evening!










Don’t miss our next class, where you’ll learn to Create Top-Shelf Margaritas and Authentic Guacamole at Casa Mexicana. The class is scheduled for Monday, October 6, at 5:30 p.m.  ($15 admission; limited seating; tickets available here)



Now Open: Butter & Bread Co.

10668741_367525196730117_1225999303_nThere’s an adorable little kitchen store that recently opened just off the Square called Butter & Bread Co.

Owner Taylor Shaffett, born and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi, says she’s been dreaming of this store for years and finally took the leap.

Butter & Bread offers everything to make a kitchen and home look comfy and cozy.

Check it out at 107 N. 13th St., Ste. A, on the Facebook page here, or on their website here.

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(photos courtesy Butter & Bread Co.)

Video Interview: Favorite Grove Food

Eating Oxford intern Carter Hach conducted his first Man on The Street interview this past weekend during the first Ole Miss home game, asking the question, “What’s Your Favorite Ole Miss Grove Food?” to Rebel fan Randy Hope.

See what Randy had to say, and keep an eye out for our roving cameras next time you’re eating!




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Mississippi Food Events – September

mississippi mapLooking for something to do in Oxford and beyond? Fortunately, there’s no shortage of events happening in the next few months throughout the state. I’m always perusing various sources for the latest food-related happenings, and now you can benefit from all of my research.

Check out what’s on the schedule for September and send along photos of yourself having fun (we may use your pic in a new project we’re compiling!).

Note: Click on each event name to find out more….

Fri./Sat. Sept. 5-6 – Fire & Feast BBQ Competition & Festival – Yazoo Festival

Sat., Sept. 6 – Our Team Our Town Community-Wide Tailgate – Oxford

Sun., Sept. 7 – NW Mississippi Farm Tours – Ashland, Tyro, Coldwater

Sat., Sept. 13 – Muscadine Jubilee – Pelahatchie

Sat., Sept. 13 and Sun., Sept. 14 – 33rd Annual Biloxi Seafood Seafood Festival – Biloxi

Tues., Sept. 16 – Flaming Desserts Class – Oxford

Wed., Sept. 17 to Sat., Sept. 20 – Alcorn County Fair – Corinth

Fri., Sept. 19 – Bash to Benefit Junior Auxiliary of Oxford – Oxford

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Fri., Sept. 19 – 24th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon – Cleveland

Fri., Sept. 19 to Sun., Sept. 28 – 158th Annual Mid-South Fair – Southaven

Sat., Sept. 20 – The Wrecking Ball – Marshall County

Sat., Sept. 20 – Front Porch Jubilee – Hernando

Sat., Sept. 20 – 37th Annual MS Delta Blues & Heritage Festival – Greenville

Sat., Sept. 20 – International Gumbo Festival – Jackson

Sat., Sept. 20 and Sun., Sept. 21 – 5th Annual Mississippi Gourd Festival – Raleigh

Tues., Sept. 23 – Oxford Art Crawl – Oxford

Tues., Sept. 23 – Taste of Long Beach – Long Beach

Fri., Sept. 26 to Sat., Sept. 27 – Bodock Festival – Pontotoc

Fri/Sat, Sept. 26-27 – The Great Ruleville Roast & Run – Ruleville

Fri/Sat, Sept. 26-27 – Tallahatchie Riverfest – New Albany

Fri., Sept. 26 to Sun., Sept. 28 – Nourish- Reclaim Real Food – Starkville

Fri., Sept. 26 to Mon., Oct. 13 – Fall Pilgrimage – Natchez

Sat., Sept. 27 – Wing Dang Doodle Festival – Forest

Sun., Sept. 28 - 32nd Annual Chefs of the Coast Food and Wine Gala – Biloxi




The Story Behind the Newk’s Teal Cup

Newks cupIf you’ve been to Newk’s lately, you’ve received a teal cup in place of the standard issue black one, and you may have wondered about the switch.

At more than 70 Newk’s locations, the signature black cup has been replaced by a teal cup in recognition of Ovarian Cancer Awareness this September thanks to the efforts of Lori Newcomb.

Lori, the wife of Newk’s Eatery co-founder and CEO Chris Newcomb, was diagnosed with stage IIIC ovarian cancer in early 2013, and in response, decided to launch a Newk’s Cares campaign to raise awareness about the disease.

By educating women and their loved ones about early warning signs of the disease, promoting research for a cure, and sharing her story, Lori hopes to be a source of strength, inspiration and hope in the fight against ovarian cancer (in the U.S., ovarian cancer causes more deaths than all other gynecological cancers combined and is the 5th leading cause of cancer death in women).

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Lori Newcomb

Throughout the Newk’s Cares campaign, Newk’s will provide educational information on ovarian cancer signs and symptoms at each restaurant and the story of Lori’s personal journey will also be available to guests in restaurants, as well as on the Newk’s Cares website. Newk’s will donate a minimum of $15,000 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund as part of its charitable initiative. And on September 25, Lori and Newk’s Cares will raise funds for OCRF through a 5-hour Ovarian Cycle® indoor cycle event in Jackson, Mississippi, where Newk’s is headquartered. The fundraising goal for this event is $50,000.

The 5-hour Ovarian Cycle® fundraising event will be held at the Country Club of Jackson on Thursday, September 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will raise much-needed money for ovarian cancer research. Information about event registration and guidelines is available at More information about Ovarian Cycle events can be found on the OCRF website.

For more information about ovarian cancer and to hear Lori’s story in her own words, visit Newk’s Cares.


You Said It: Oxford’s New Parking Meters

parking meterNew parking meters went live on the Oxford Square Tuesday.

We were curious about what locals thought about them, but we weren’t expecting the dozens of responses that came flooding into our Facebook page when we posed the question yesterday.

There were people on both sides of the debate, including restaurant servers who are concerned about spending their money in the meters, and those who say that a couple added bucks spent on the Square is no big deal (the meters require a dollar per hour).

Check out some of the responses we received here and share your own feedback if you have an opinion.



Winner Announcement: Press Trip to MS Modern Homestead

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Our winner, Jeri Walker

Earlier this week I announced a contest to win my press trip to Nourish – Reclaim Real Food ($290 value), taking place Sept. 28 to 28 on the Mississippi Modern Homestead in Starkville, MS.

Today we chose a winner….

With several impressive entries, it was hard to choose, but ultimately, we selected the person who we thought would ultimately benefit the most from the trip and who had the biggest opportunity to share their experience with others.

Our winner is Jeri Walker, a lunch lady for Oxford City Schools who told us she was excited about learning the basics of canning and farming. “I love learning new things,” said Jeri in her entry. “Unfortunately, my mom was not one that liked kids in the kitchen. My parents and grandparents worked in factories and were self employed, so I never learned the basics of canning or farming. I am so excited about the chance to win and take advantage of these classes.”

We’re also excited for Jeri to attend and bring back her new knowledge to share. We’re hoping she passes it along to some of her coworkers in the Oxford City School system as well.

Congratulations, Jeri!

Tickets are still available here for those who’d like to join Jeri at the retreat.







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Win My Food Press Trip! Nourish – Reclaim Real Food

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Photo: MS Modern Homestead

Mississippi Modern Homestead in Starkville, Mississippi, will present NOURISH – RECLAIM REAL FOOD, Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28.

Registration is open until September 8, with just 20 spots available.

I’m unable to attend, but the Nourish event coordinators have agreed to let me pass my invitation along to ONE lucky Eating Oxford winner! The winner will receive a full weekend of education, meals and housing (a $290 value). The catch? We just want you to have a good time, snap some photos, and tell us about your trip for a post on the Eating Oxford website. Email me at and tell me why YOU should win. We’ll choose a winner this Friday, August 29.

Event/Retreat Description from website:

Chef Marion Sansing cuts through the bombardment of the latest health craze and brings participants back to the traditional kitchen for real nourishment. Participants will become confident in the kitchen and in making healthy food choices that will impact health for the rest of their lives.

True nourishment is not just about what we eat; it is also about the quality and source of our foods, and how you prepare them. Learn the kitchen crafts of the past, preparing in-season, wholesome, locally and sustainably grown foods for your well-being. You will gain a good understanding of: nutrient-dense foods, beneficial fats, fermentation, bone


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broths, pasture raised meats and eggs, proper preparation of seeds like legumes, grains, etc., and about health risks in industrial food. We will also cover general kitchen skills like: making the most out of nutrient dense ingredients, making the harvest last, fitting traditional kitchen crafts into a modern life style and the art of the perpetual meal. Feel confident to make good food choices for a healthy lifestyle and learn to make sense of all the nutrition information you hear about every day.

Registration is $245 to $290 (this price includes meals, housing, and workshops)

Schedule of Events:

Friday Evening:

3-5 pm Check-in, relax, find a bunk and meet your retreat-mates.

5:30pm  The best part of our weekend retreat is by far the meals. Chef Marion Sansing rolls out 6 all-star meals throughout the weekend. Join her for dinner and fellowship.

7 o’clock Setting Up Your No Waste Kitchen


8 o’clock  Farm Fresh Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm  Canning and Drying

12:30-1:30pm  Fresh and Local Lunch

1:30pm  Condiments

3 o’clock  Healthy Fats


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5 o’clock  Dinner is Served

7:30pm  Hot cocoa and visit by the fire


8 o’clock  Farm Fresh Breakfast

9-11am  Fermentation/Culturing

11 o’clock  Final luncheon, clean-up and farewells

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Dinner and a Show on Wednesday, August 20: Harvey

Harvey_PosterTheatre Oxford is presenting Harvey at The Powerhouse from August 20 through August 24.

The popular play, made famous by a 1950 film starring Jimmy Stewart, is centered around the main character who has a six-foot rabbit as an imaginary friend.

Wednesday’s opening night will feature a special cocktail hour with appetizers beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Get all of the details, along with times, prices and tickets at the following link: