JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - It was a big night for Stewpot Community Services. The charity group hosted its 32nd annual benefit, Blue Cross and Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi Monday night. And what better way to raise money than with great food and good music?
This years’ event was held at the historic Ice House where there was live music and of course - the tasting competition!
“We have done Steelhead. We have done beef tenderloin,” said Dawn Flannes describing her menu this year.
Flannes is representing four time winner, St. Andrew’s very own Holy Smokes.
“I think it is part of our Christian responsibility to support groups who offer assistance to people in dire circumstances in their lives,” she said.
More then twenty restaurants from all over the state came out to share their culinary favorites with the crowd. Judges chose everything from best appetizer to best dessert.
Judge James Graces was one of this years judges.
“The food I had from 'Ish’ was very good. ‘Crazy Cat’ was very good. I have been having a good time,” he said.
Graves said the event is critical to Stewpots’ ability to serve the community.
“Stewpot provides a great service to our community and is very important that Stewpot is sustained and continues to exist because it helps a whole lot of people. So this event, as much fun as it is, is a very important event. It’s a very important night for Stewpot,” he added.
The non-profit offers services including housing, counseling services and after-school programs for children.
Melinda Meeson is the marketing sales manager at the Fairview Inn.
“Stewpot’s always been a local charity organization that is very close to Fairview’s heart. And so we try to make it a point to support a local organization or charity in Jackson every month,” she said.
Taste of Mississippi also provides an opportunity for businesses to show off a little bit while feeling like they are a part of a greater cause.