The 2017 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi ~Taste of Mississippi fundraiser Has MOVED

Taste of Mississippi has a “NEW HOME”: The South Warehouse & The Railroad District located at 627 East Silas Brown Street in downtown Jackson. Key the address into your GPS and join us there! Just wanted to remind you, so you will know where to find us this year. We promise to give you the same FANTASTIC event in our new space!
April 3, 2017
7 P.M.-10 P.M.
40+ Fine Restaurants and the Best Chefs around
10 Beverage Distributors
Live Entertainment
An Awesome Auction
and YOU!
Tickets for this fundraiser are $65 in advance and $80 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi ~ Taste of Mississippi website,, Highland Village, Lemuria Bookstore, McDades Grocery, Stewpot, or by calling Michelle’ Bingham at 601-353-2759 ext.18.

Taste of MS Tickets

1 Ticket @ $65.00 USD
2 Tickets @ $130.00 USD
3 Tickets @ $195.00 USD
4 Tickets @ $260.00 USD
5 Tickets @ $325.00 USD
10 Tickets @ $600.00 USD

BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot at Renaissance at Colony Park

BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot at RenaissanceBankPlus and Stewpot announced that the two entities are creating a day of red beans & rice, music and fun to assist the homeless and needy in the Metro area. This event will re-invent Stewpot’s former festival fundraiser, “Red Beans and Rice Celebration,” formerly held at Trustmark Park in Pearl. “The Red Beans & Rice festival will help support the 17 ministries of Stewpot Community Services. Rob Armor, Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, said, “For years, the Red Beans and Rice Celebration was a staple in Metro Jackson. Great food and great music combined to not only create one of the best events of the year, but also to serve as a major fundraiser for Stewpot. BankPlus is proud to play a role in bringing this event back and making it better than ever.”BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice for Stewpot will be held Saturday, May 6, 2017 at Renaissance at Colony Park.This reinvigorated festival will also be held in conjunction with a long-standing race benefitting St. Dominic’s free street clinic at Stewpot. Kelli Stabbs, Business Relations Manager, stated, “The annual St. Dominic’s Magnolia Meltdown featuring a half marathon, 10K and 5K is delighted to partner with BankPlus and Stewpot to extend an incredible experience to the more than 1,500 expected entrants.

The BankPlus Presents Red Beans & Rice committee will recruit teams to prepare their Best Red Beans dish for the crowd. There will be a People’s Choice judging for the best beans. The winner will have BRAGGING RIGHTS for the 2017 BankPlus Red Beans & Rice Festival and help Stewpot – all at the same time! All proceeds from the [...]

Giving Grid makes it easy to send a child to camp

Summer Camp is just days away. Help us make sure every child that needs a safe, loving place to spend the summer is able. Check out our Giving Grid – it’s easy, safe, fast and fun. Whether you give $25 or more, every dollar counts toward keeping a child off the streets this summer, offering them an opportunity to broaden their experiences.
If each Stewpot supporter were to donate just $25 we would be able to make sure all 200 kids who are signed up to attend summer camp will be able. Click on the link below and consider making a donation. Thank you!
Stewpot Giving Grid

Stewpot thanks Whole Foods for 5% Day

Whole Foods Market in Jackson donated 5% of their Monday, April 4 net profit sales to Stewpot Community Services. Whole Foods supports a different, local nonprofit each month on 5% Day. We are proud to have Whole Foods as a partner in ending homelessness in the Jackson area.
Because you shopped at their Jackson location on April 4, Whole Foods will be awarding Stewpot with a check for $2,500.
Thank you Whole Foods and thank you shoppers!

Summer Camps coming — sponsor a child, change a life

t was 80 degrees at 7:30 on a summer morning and the steps of the old church that houses Stewpot Community Services were packed with at least 60 children and more were arriving every minute. Summer camp doesn’t actually start for another half hour, but the buzz of the children’s excitement couldn’t be contained. Soon the air was filled with camp songs: Spring Up Oh Well; Pharaoh, Pharaoh; Boom Chicca Boom; all sung as loudly as their voices could sing. As the morning ritual of singing, checking in with counselors and prayer came to an end, happy children bounced down the stairs eager to participate in whatever new and exciting experience awaited them that day.

This scene replays itself at Stewpot every summer. Inner city children from the west Jackson area attend Summer Camp where we provide a safe, nurturing environment so they can learn, having fun at the same time. The Summer Camp program enhances our Afterschool Program by encouraging the diverse interests of our students through the STEAM model (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics). STEAM teaches our children how these different subjects overlap and how they are used in their everyday lives by connecting them to sports, the arts, gardening, environmental responsibility and regular field trips.

Former Stewpot program participant Diva Whalen, a Tougaloo College graduate, is now in the Cancer Research Program at Baylor University. She says Stewpot encouraged her love of science.

“(Summer Camp) not only gave me the confidence to do well (especially during our black history quiz bowls and sports) but also Stewpot Summer Camp gave me a sense of responsibility. They gave me my first job as a junior camp counselor and have led me on the path I have taken, which is to be an undergraduate college professor and researcher.”

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Taste of MS — what a night!

Thank you to all who joined us to make this year’s Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi a wonderful success. The weather, atmosphere, food and crowd couldn’t have been better! The annual Stewpot fundraiser bringing together the best of the best Jackson-area restaurateurs competing for a title filled the air with excitement and fun.

The 2015 Taste of Mississippi winners are —

Best Appetizer – Lou’s Full-Serv
Best Entree’ – The Holy Smokers of Saint Andrews
Best Dessert – Crazy Cat Bakers
Best Presentation – Walnut Hills/The Nogales House

Special thanks to all our sponsors. As always, Stewpot appreciates the support you give to help us continue our ministries!

Whole Foods’ 5% Day supports Stewpot

On Monday, April 4th, Whole Foods Market in Jackson, Mississippi will donate 5% of their net profit to Stewpot Community Services. Whole Foods supports a different, local non-profit each month with 5% Day.

How can you help? Shop and eat at Whole Foods on Monday, April 4th and part of what you pay will go to Stewpot to help feed, shelter and clothe those in our city who cannot provide these things for themselves. If you have time, stop and visit with the Stewpot representative on site at Whole Foods between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. We’d be happy to answer any questions you have about Stewpot and our 17 ministries.

We are proud to have Whole Foods as a partner in ending homelessness and poverty in the Jackson area.

Sponsor Appreciation Party wets taste buds for main event

If the Taste of Mississippi Sponsor Appreciation Party is any indication, this year’s Taste of Mississippi is going to be one of the best. Sponsors and guests were excited to get a first glimpse of the signature art piece by Billy Solitario out of New Orleans and food samplings from last year’s restaurant winners left everyone ready for more.

This will be the 29th annual Blue Cross & Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi – a Benefit for Stewpot Community Services: Homegrown Hunger Relief, and will bring together dozens of Mississippi chefs and fine restaurateurs to share their culinary favorites on Monday, April 4th, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Highland Village.

The event is a Jackson-area favorite and has been named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society. Taste of Mississippi is a night for party-goers and business men and women to mingle and network, sample some of Mississippi’s finest cuisine, purchase silent auction items and artwork, and dance the night away to live music!

Give a book, get a book at Stewpot

Follow the link to read about Stewpot’s new Little Free Library that soon will be located outside our Community Center. Whether you’re dropping off a book or picking one up to read, everyone in the community is welcome to enjoy the new addition to Stewpot! The children love it!

Give a book, get a book at Stewpot/

Blue Cross Blue Shield 29th annual Taste of Mississippi

There’s something in the air. The clock is ticking as restaurateurs plan their fair for stiff competition. Soon they’ll vying to be the best of the best at Taste of Mississippi 2016 – all in support of Stewpot Community Services. Get your palate ready for culinary creations that will delight your senses.

The Blue Cross Blue Shield 29th annual Taste of Mississippi hits Highland Village Monday, April 4, 7-10 p.m.

Taste of Mississippi, named a top 20 Event by the Southeastern Tourism Society, brings together more than 40 Jackson metro area restaurants, 10 local beverage distributers, live music, a silent auction and a chance to bid on an original painting by New Orleans artist Billy Solitario.

The 24”x24” oil on canvas piece called “LA Oysters, Bright Lights,” created in 2015, hales from Solitario’s “From Our Shallow Waters: Still-Lives from the Coast of New Orleans” exhibit at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans.

“LA Oysters, Bright Lights” has been valued in excess of $2000.

Solitario, born in Manhattan Beach, California and raised in Gautier, Mississippi, moved to New Orleans after receiving his B.F.A. in painting from University of South Florida. He attended the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art and then received a M.F.A. in painting from Tulane University.

He can be found working on site and at his Magazine Street Studio in New Orleans. He shows primarily in Mississippi, Florida, and Louisiana.

Don’t miss the chance to bid on “LA Oysters, Bright Lights,” taste tempting treats, dance to your heart’s content and enjoy a night of food, fun and friends.

In 2015, Taste of Mississippi raised $130,000 to help keep Stewpot’s 17 ministries up and running. Let’s beat that number this year. We’ll see you there!

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