Opening Soon: England Dan’s Opens Next Weekend

England Dan’s will open next weekend.

I interviewed co-owner and chef Mike Salts for my biweekly column in the Oxford Citizen and have included the story below for those who missed yesterday’s issue.

–Liz

SAMSUNGI sat down with Mike Salts last week, the co-owner and chef at England Dan’s Char-Steaks & Grill, opening next weekend at 2580 West Jackson Avenue, Suite 30, to find out what the former owner of Fred Red’s Steaks (Tupelo) had planned for Oxford.

In addition to an extensive menu covering traditional southern favorites such as whole catfish; pork chops; meat loaf; deep-fried oysters; fried chicken; and chicken livers, Salts and his son Pat-Rue will also offer a full lineup of chargrilled Certified Hereford steaks, breakfast starting every morning at 5:30 a.m., weekday plate lunches, and a salad bar.

“I just want to serve quality food at good prices,” says Salts, who named the restaurant after his son England-Dan, who the family lost in a swimming accident in 2012. “England-Dan used to own a steakhouse in Starkville, and now his brother Pat-Rue and I are carrying it on.”

Salts says that he’s looking forward to serving the type of food he was raised on and still enjoys today. “You might look at a few of the food combinations and wonder if they will work, but trust me, it’s good,” says Salts. “We’ve also recruited some dynamite local cooks and servers who we’re excited to have on board.”

England Dan’s will offer BYOB service and be open Mondays through Saturdays, 5:30 a.m. until the last person leaves. If you stay late enough, Salts might even turn on the disco ball he recently had installed.

 

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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 Liz@eatingoxford.com 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

Saturday

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

Sunday

8 o’clock  Farm Fresh Breakfast

9-11am  Fermentation/Culturing

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

Find Tickets Here

 

Panera to Showcase Local Artists

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Artwork: Benny Melton

I ran into local artist Benny Melton yesterday at High Point Coffee who passed along some exciting news.

The new Panera Bread opening on Jackson Avenue will be featuring Melton’s artwork alongside several other Oxford artists in the future.

It’s always great to hear about a new restaurant integrating itself into the community this way, and I’m looking forward to checking out the gallery of artwork when Panera opens its doors.

–Liz

 

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: http://www.oxfordarts.com/

 

Culin-Arts Moves from West Point to Oxford

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Photo: Culin-Arts

When I shared an article yesterday on Facebook about West Point’s Culin-Arts moving from West point to Oxford, I had no idea that the store had so many fans. One Facebook fan responded to the post by saying, “I’m going to need a bankruptcy attorney, and possibly a place to stay,” while another agreed by commenting, “I’m going to have to negotiate a raise if I’m going to have daily access to this place.”

According to the Daily Journal, owner Valeda Carmichael will be moving her culinary supply store, Culin-Arts, from downtown West Point, Mississippi, to Oxford in the coming weeks to take advantage of Oxford’s booming economy.

While I’ve never been to the West Point store, I’ve read fabulous things about it, so I’m already excited about what Valeda will be bringing to Oxford. Follow along on the Culin-Arts Facebook page here.

–Liz

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Open Your Own Restaurant August 17!

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Photo: Restaurant Day; Roy Backstrom

Have you heard about Restaurant Day? It happens this Sunday, August 17, and invites people around the world to open their own pop-up restaurant for one day.

This is a really cool concept that has been spreading around the world since 2011. It occurs four times per year in 55 countries, and there have been nearly 10,000 one-day restaurants set up by 35,000 self-made restaurateurs.

How cool would it be if we did this in Oxford?

It’s just one day.

Your own restaurant, serving whatever you want, wherever you want.

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Photo: Restaurant Day; Kimmo Lind

Think about it….you could sell your “famous” fish tacos, BLTs, cupcakes, whatever you dream up. No one can stop you!

Watch the below video for inspiration and check out the Restaurant Day website for more information.

–Liz

Oxford Author Releases Pizza Book

DSC07741There’s a new pizza book coming out in September, written by an Oxford-based author who you’ve probably known for years.

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OK, that was a giveaway.

Anyway, I’m super excited to announce my new book hitting shelves next month, Pizza: A Slice of American History. So excited in fact that I’ve gotten the publisher to agree to give a 30% discount on all preorders until the end of August!

Getting the discount is simple…

Go to the publisher’s site here. When you have the book in your cart, enter the PROMO Code: PIZZA30. You will DSC07743DSC07747receive 30% off your order (that’s $7.50 off the cover price)!

If you love pizza, you’ll love this book. It’s full of pizza history, pizza styles, pizza recipes, interviews with people in the industry, interesting pizza facts, fun pizza quizzes and much, much more.

It’s the perfect companion to a slice of your favorite pizza.

 

–Liz

Oxford’s New Restaurants

new restaurantsSummertime in Oxford means hot weather and lots of new restaurants! Get the latest scoop with this quick round up….

New Openings

Starbucks is now open at 1804 Jackson Avenue.

The Wine Bar at 401 S. Lamar is open for business.

Sweet T’s Bakery opened in the Papa John’s shopping center on Jackson Avenue

Coming Soon

Krystal is slated to be added to the Exxon on Hwy 6

Wingstop is getting close to completion next door to Rice & Spice on Jackson Avenue

Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken is nearing completion at 306 S. Lamar

England Dan’s is under construction in the former location of Bistro Burger

Panera is scheduled to open in September on Jackson Avenue

TriBecca Allie Cafe in Sardis is working on opening a coffee/dessert shop next door to the pizzeria

Ron Shapiro has plans to reopen his Hoka/Main Squeeze concept as Hoka, Also, in the former Renasant Bank just off the Square

Mesquite Chop House has been approved for buildout at 1001 E. Jackson Avenue

Nashville-based burger restaurant The Slider House has its eyes on an Oxford location

Ming’s Kitchen is opening next door to England Dan’s in the Walmart shopping center on Jackson Avenue.

The Growler, a craft beer bar serving steamed subs will open soon next to High Point Coffee on the Square.

An outpost of Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina and Boneheads (grilled fish/piri piri chicken) are planned for the new Highland Court project being constructed in the old Cannon Motors location on Jackson Avenue.

 

Next Eating Oxford Institute: Family Cooking Night

The next Eating Oxford Institute class on Tuesday, August 12, invites families (max 4 people) to create a family supper with the help of Sunny Young of Good Food for Oxford Schools. Get all of the details here, and pre-order tickets early as seating is limited to 10 families.

 

Honeymoon Food Photos. May Induce Hunger.

Benjy and I are back from our honeymoon to London and southern Ireland, and as you can imagine, the food was amazing!

We kicked things off here in Oxford with a ceremony at Colonel’s Quarters at Castle Hill and reception next door to Tribecca Allie Cafe (yes, delicious pizza and cakes by Dutch and Becca were had by all!).

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And while our meals from overseas are thousands of miles from Oxford, Mississippi, I couldn’t help but think about how fun it would be to have some of these foods available in our own town back home. Who knows, maybe you’ll see some of them at a future EatingOxford.com event.

Here are just a few of the photos we took. If you aren’t already hungry, you will be.

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Fish and chips near Oxford Street in London

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Tapas at a champagne bar overlooking London

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Breakfast at a local diner in London

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Afternoon tea!

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Seafood stew in Killiney, Ireland

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Cappuccino at Buckingham Palace

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Pizza in Cork, Ireland

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EatingOxford.com is On Vacation Until August 4

liz and benjy l.a. croppedEatingOxford.com will be closed starting today and ending August 4 in order to allow me to fully celebrate my wedding and honeymoon. Hooray!

I’m marrying the wonderful, sweet, kind, handsome, and caring William Benjamin Foster III tomorrow, and we’ll be traveling to London and Ireland on our honeymoon. We cannot wait to start our new lives together!

We’ll be sure to enjoy lots of good food overseas and be thinking of you all the entire time. ;)

–Liz

P.S. Check out my column in today’s Oxford Citizen where I ask local chefs to name their favorite local dishes.

 

 

 

 

Krystal Coming to Oxford

krystal logoIt was just a rumor a couple of years ago. Now the Krystal rumor has been confirmed.

After getting a tip from Eating Oxford fan Jerrod Ham on Twitter, we traced the info back to Exxon on Highway 6 to confirm that the station got the OK on July 18 to add a Krystal burger restaurant to the gas station.

No completion date has been released as of yet, but you can follow the progress on the Oxford Exxon Twitter page here.

 

 

Cellar Undergoes Remodel

cellarHave you been by the Cellar recently? For those wondering, it’s the lower-level bar of The Levee, which was, for a short time, called McCarthy’s Irish Pub, and then changed back to the Cellar.

Turns out the bar is currently undergoing a remodel, so we checked in with executive partner/co-founder/manager Seth Klein for the inside scoop.

EatingOxford.com: How long has The Cellar been open and why have you decided to remodel?

Seth: The bar itself has been around since 2007, but in early 2012 the decision was made to venture away from the Cellar theme and it was turned into McCarthy’s Irish Pub. After much deliberation, we decided that McCarthy’s was not a good fit and we wanted to bring the Cellar back due to the success it had previously. Therefore, we decided it would be best to give the bar a whole new look and feel instead of just changing the name.

EatingOxford.com: What changes will be made during the remodel?

Seth: The entire bar is undergoing a remodel. We are adding new flooring and seating as well as making multiple changes throughout, which will help bring the feel of an upscale martini lounge to the historic Oxford square.

EatingOxford.com: How long will the remodel take?

Seth: About one month. The remodel is scheduled for completion in early to mid-August 2014.

EatingOxford.com: Will The Levee be affected at all?

Seth: The Levee will not be affected. The Cellar is closed until the remodel is complete, but the Levee is open for business as usual.

EatingOxford.com: Will the menus at the Cellar change after the remodel?

Seth: Yes. The overall goal is to focus on great martinis and great cocktails. Our martini menu and specialty drink menu will offer a wide variety of new and exciting beverages to enjoy. We plan to use fresh juices and fruits as well for many of the drinks we are adding to our menu. We also have plans to add new beers, some of which will be catered to customers trying to live a little healthier. We also plan to add a bunch of great items to our food menu.

 

July 17-19: Oxford Blues Fest

blues fest flyerThe 5th Annual Oxford Blues Fest will incorporate Blues and BBQ, which is right up our alley! Organized by our friend Darryl Parker, the same person who’s been giving Oxford a Craft Beer Festival for the last couple of years, this time around, we’ll have even more music and more food!

Mark your calendars and check out the lineup…

THURSDAY, JULY 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
Meet ’N Greet with Jeff Jensen
THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM
VIP ticket holders for Thursday will get to taste an assortment of Blues Food, as referenced from various blues songs in the Museum.

Blues Concert 7-10:00 p.m.
THE LAWN OF THE WALTON-YOUNG HOUSE
paid admission
The Jeff Jensen Band

FRIDAY, JULY 18, 2014
Blues Panels
THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI MUSEUM
free to the public
noon-1:00 P.M. Blues Visual Artist Panel
1:15-2:15 P.M. Blues Scholar Panel
2:30-3:30 P.M. Blues Musicians Panel

Blues Concerts
THE LAWN OF THE WALTON-YOUNG HOUSE
paid admission
4:10 P.M. National Anthem
4:15–5:15 P.M. Libby Rae Watson
5:30–6:30 P.M. Eric Hughes Band
7:45–8:45 P.M. Redd Velvet
9–10:00 P.M. Tas Cru

SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014
Blues and BBQ
THE LAWN OF THE WALTON-YOUNG HOUSE
paid admission
noon–12:45 P.M. 3 Hour Tour Featuring Effie Burt
1–1:45 P.M. The Zediker Boys
2–3:00 P.M. Silas Reed & Da Books
3:15–4:15 P.M. Zach Tilotson & Cameran Kimbrough Duo
4:30–5:30 P.M. The Blues Doctors
5:45–6:45 P.M. Cadillac Funk
7–8:00 P.M. Joe Shelton
8:15–9:15 P.M. Mr. Sipp

DAY PASSES CAN BE PURCHASED ONLINE FOR $10 OR AT THE DOOR FOR $15

SPECIAL 3-DAY PASSES AND VIP WEEKEND PASSES AVAILABLE AT OXFORDBLUESFEST.COM

 

UM Healthy Cooking Class

healthy cookingCheck out the healthy cooking classes being offered at the University of Mississippi inside Lenoir Hall Foods Lab.

Two sessions are left on the schedule–July 19 or July 21-22. Each session is $125 and includes food, equipment and supplies.

Register via email at umnutritionclinic@olemiss.edu or call 662-915-8662.

 

July 15: Southern Foods Done Light

tims class flyerTickets are now available for the second Eating Oxford Institute class: Southern Foods Done Light with Tim Woodard

In this class, Tim Woodard, owner of Little Easy Catering, will show you how to make some of the same food he serves inside his popular restaurant, imparting all of the delicious flavor you want, but with less fat and calories than the typical southern fare.

Sample several menu items as Tim walks you through the process of preparation and provides tips and ingredient swaps for lightening up your favorite dishes.

The class will take place at the Oxford Activity Center (corner of Molly Barr and Price St.) at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 15. Tickets are $35/pp and include food and beverage.

Purchase Tickets

Visit the Facebook Event Page

***Eating Oxford Institute is a series of food-centric classes, held monthly, and hosted by EatingOxford.com, in partnership with the Yoknapatawpha Arts Council and the Oxford Park Commission.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
“The Eating Oxford Institute is a wonderful opportunity to engage with smart instructors in a fun, relaxed environment–to acquire new cooking skills and advance one’s nutritional awareness.”
Robert Saarnio
Director, University Museum & Historic Houses
University of Mississippi