We are really excited to announce that starting today our fresh roasted coffee will be served at Parlor Market. Located in historic downtown Jackson, Parlor Market has won much acclaim for their great food including awards from Mississippi Magazine & Jackson Free Press. They are well known in the Jackson metro & a huge advocate of sourcing from local producers. We are absolutely honored to have our coffees served at such a well renowned establishment. The next time you stop in Parlor Market for lunch or dinner, be sure to complete your meal with a great cup of coffee. We promise you will enjoy. Be blessed.
You know growing up in southern Mississippi, it wasn't anything rare when our family would get up first thing in the morning and fix a big pot of piping hot grits. "Sir, what exactly is a grit?" The famous court room scene from the 90's hit movie "My Cousin Vinny" popped into my mind when I sat down to write to write this post. Well, what are grits? Grits comes from dried corn that is ground to a specific coarseness to form "grit." A close cousin that many of my relatives are familiar with outside of the south is called polenta. Polenta is developed by the same method, however it is ground a bit finer. Now that we've got that squared away, let's talk about Delta Grind.
Delta Grind is a small company located in Water Valley, Mississippi who produces grits,corn meal, masa and other products derived from corn. What makes their grits so special? Their grits actually have "taste." Again I grew up eating grits (and still do) the majority of my life. However the grits I grew up eating, did not have any actual taste. I mean we would prepare them and add so much butter and salt to the pot that the grits basically became the gel that held the salt and butter in place for us to devour. Without those components, the grits basically were useless. Very bland, dull and utterly tasteless. Then Delta Grind showed up and hope for the "grit" appeared.
Their grits are delicious by the way. I first had an opportunity to sample some at the Mississippi Farmers Market late last year. Becky & John put me up to the challenge of tasting their grits when we first met and I am so glad I did. I'm a taster and immediately noticed the difference. They explained the difference between their white and yellow grits and I gave it a shot. They were awesome to say the least. I tried the white grits first and they had really balanced sweet taste with a great texture. The yellow corn grits (which are my fav) had a really nice sweetness with a great nutty finish. I was blown away to say the least. It was the first time I ever had grits that didn't taste like the box they came in. At Delta Grind they employ an old fashioned stone ground process that I believe adds a certain quality that cannot be reproduced by a factory. You can definitely taste the difference. There goes that word again, "taste."
Not sure if you have ever had them, but you can try them out at a few local restaurants in the Jackson Metro area including Brents Drugs and Babalu. It stuns me how I ate grits all those years and had no idea what grits were really supposed to taste like. It reminds me of the product we offer here at BeanFruit Coffee. If you've only had coffee out of a can your entire life and never had it fresh roasted and brewed correctly, you don't know what you are missing. Fresh makes all the difference.
If you get an opportunity to try some of Delta Grind products, I would totally recommend it. Or you can check out there website here. Give Becky or John a call, they would love to take care of you. Thinking grits? Think of Delta Grind. Be blessed.
This is my first time writing a post about a restaurant. However, this is not just another place to sit down and eat, it is an absolute food experience. This place I am talking about is Ro' Chez. They are located in Ridgeland on Jackson Street next to the new shopping centers (www.rochezdining.com) . My wife and I wanted to try a new place to eat and heard about this place from the Farmer's Market.
When we arrived, we were greeted by chef James Roache' who is also the owner. We were sat in the foyer and we had an opportunity to share a few laughs. The interior has a nice rustic feel that is definitely inspired by New Orleans. Next, we entered in the dining room where we were given an overview of the of our menu. Five courses all selected and prepared by the chef. Most of the time when I go to a restaurant, I usually end up liking one item and kinda skipping over everything else. Not this time. One dish after another I would taste and they were all awesome. From the smoked duck gumbo to the BBQ prawns over grits, they all sent my palate into a frenzy and I loved it. Did I mention everything was prepared over a wood burning stove? When was the last time you heard that?
There a few things about this place that I like and want to highlight. The atmosphere: It is a very nice place to have a special dinner, but you can leave the 10pcs suit at home. It was very laid back and I loved it. The food: What can I say but delicious. Very unique dishes that had my mouth watering for the next course. Also, he uses fresh ingredients and gets them from local sources. So you get a taste of what's in season and is locally grown. The experience: Just awesome, great service. Two hours totally about you. Elegant, but fun place to enjoy a great dinner.
Overall, the chef has a passion for great food that will inspire you and it shows up in the meal. It is like no other place around here. It's like one of those gems hidden in the mist of the metro area. Their slogan is: Ro' Chez: more than a restaurant, a fine dining experience. I couldn't agree more. Be blessed.