PASCAGOULA -- Area restaurants got to showcase their best dishes to a sold-out crowd of 300 at the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce's sixth annual Taste of Jackson County.
The event was held at the Grand Magnolia Ballroom in Pascagoula and is one of the chamber's largest yearly fundraisers. Chamber CEO Carla Todd said it funds next year's event as well as part of the chamber's program of work, which focuses on communications, membership, small businesses, regional strategy and education.
The chamber showcases other industries throughout the year and Todd said this is how it showcases restaurants.
"In addition to being a great social event, it also highlights many of our fine restaurants," Chamber Chairman of the Board Alan Sudduth said.
This is the third year for D'Vine Soulfood and Catering to participate in the event, which owner Norma Nelson said has been beneficial to her business.
"It reminds people of the local businesses in the area so they can venture out if their comfort zone," Nelson said.
Jonathan Roy, owner of Off the Hook Seafood and Cajun Grille, is a first-time participant, and he hopes to bring people to his restaurant on Krebs Avenue in Pascagoula.
"A lot of people don't know I'm here and I hope this brings more people to my restaurant," Roy said.
Other restaurants were Anthony's Steak and Seafood, Azteca's Restaurant and Cantina, Bayview Gourmet Restaurant, Chocolates & More, Crazy B's Coffee and Confections, Delo's Heavenly House of Coffee, E&J Gallo Winery, Family Frozen Foods, Hacienda San Miguel Mexican Restaurant, Jack's By The Tracks, Mezo's Juke Joint, Mosaic Tapas Restaurant, Sarah Sue's Restaurant, Scranton's Restaurant and Catering, Tay's BBQ, and The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint.