This year’s Chefs of the Coast will be the cat’s meow, the bee’s knees and the cat’s pajamas for any fan of Coast cuisine (wet blankets excluded).
The 34th annual event is returning to the Mississippi Coast Convention Center, said Ashley Peresich, executive director of the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association’s Gulf Coast chapter, which sponsors Chefs of the Coast.
The exposition will be Sept. 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $90 for VIP. With VIP tickets, guests can enjoy a cocktail hour starting at 6 p.m. and a sneak preview of silent auction items.
“We are very excited to be coming back to the Convention Center,” Peresich said. “We’re bringing it back to what it was.”
The event will have a hotsy-totsy flair.
“We have a ’20s theme,” Peresich said. “We’re encouraging everyone to dress in the style of the 1920s, and if you choose not to, we’re asking for cocktail attire.”
The food and wine exposition spotlights restaurants and chefs with the opportunity to experience their dishes.
So far, 25 restaurants or restaurant groups and four casinos have signed on, Peresich said, including Bacchus, Half Shell, Orchid Indian Cuisine, Scranton’s, The Blind Tiger, Murky Waters, Bayview Gourmet, Corks & Cleaver/Brackish Seafood and 200 North Beach and restaurants in the Stinson Group such as Saluté and The Reef, as well as the restaurants of the Scarlet Pearl Casino Resort, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Island View Casino and IP Casino Resort & Spa.
“We’re still getting more every day,” she said.
Chefs of the Coast brings South Mississippi restaurateurs together to showcase their work, but it will also give some young people experience an opportunity to meet those in the field, Peresich said.
“We’ll be working with culinary students at Cafe Climb, too,” she said. “This is also a kickoff to Restaurant Month. Throughout September, participating restaurants will donate $1 per order to Cafe Climb and Extra Table.”
Cafe Climb is a teaching cafe in Gulfport and Extra Table is a nonprofit organization based in Hattiesburg.
Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or by contacting Peresich at 228-324-0032.