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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Making Moves

By Lesley F. Collins

Stewpot’s Madison Jones knows that strategic moves and the ability to shout “checkmate” are what make the game of chess so much fun. The hours spent perfecting one’s game can mean the difference between winning and losing.

On February 19 Madison, a fourth-grader at Johnson Elementary, had the opportunity to participate in the JPS Open Doors Chess Tournament, coming away from the citywide event with two wins, two draws and two losses.

Madison has been attending Stewpot’s After-school Program and Summer Camp since kindergarten. Her older sister was a former camper and currently both Madison and her younger brother, Noah, attend. Madison is very focused on academics as well. She has consistently made the honor roll for the last 3 years while attending Stewpot.

At the Chess Tournament, she had the opportunity to compete against fellow JPS students from Davis, Casey and North Jackson Elementary Schools. We want to CONGRATULATE Madison on a successful tournament and wish her the best of luck in her future chess and academic endeavors!



Stewpot children, investing in the future today

By Heather Ivery

The parents of Stewpot children want the best for them and believe in their potential. So do we. It is our privilege to help provide Stewpot children with new opportunities to help them overcome the challenges that often come with living in poverty. Stewpot’s After-school and Summer Camp programs offer a safe, nurturing environment, at no charge, for children whose parents cannot afford to pay for such programs.

This school year we’re working with 54 elementary students and 41 junior high and high school students.
 We don’t babysit
Aside from homework help each afternoon, Stewpot kids also receive one-on-one tutoring in subjects they’re having trouble with and assistance with class projects. But our focus is not solely on improving our student’s educational skills. We also focus on engaging the entire family to combat issues that plague our community and cause many young people to not complete their education.

Communication seminars on preventing teen pregnancy are provided during which a trained counselor guides both male and female students, and their parents, through conversations. Family counseling is offered by a licensed social worker.

Parents are also given help when trying to navigate the school system. Often, the parents of our students do not know the options available to their children in the public school system. Our staff acts as liaison between the schools and parents to empower them to help make sure they’re able to get whatever special help their child may need.

The hours of the day after school and before parents come home can be a lonely and sometimes dangerous time for children. Many studies have shown that latchkey children get into trouble during these hours or suffer emotionally. We combat this by providing a place for [...]

Bean Wars – The Revenge of the Bean is here!

The battle for the best red beans is back in town and you’d better be ready. Stewpot’s Red Beans & Rice Celebration is scheduled for November 7, from 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Mississippi Braves Stadium in Pearl. The theme this year is Bean Wars – The Revenge of the Bean is here!

Do you think you have what it takes to be one of the 25 to 30 contestants vying for the title of Best Red Beans and Rice of 2015?

Maybe you have style enough to win Most Creatively-Decorated Booth or thePeople’s Choice Award. Bring it on!

Stewpot’s Red Beans and Rice Celebration needs contestants. Are your beans the best in town? Prove it! Sign up today.

We still have space for a few more craft vendors at Red Beans and Rice. Interested? Contact Heather Ivery at 601-353- 2759 ext. 12 for more details.

This annual family-friendly fundraiser benefiting Stewpot Community Services promises to be a blast for the whole family. It’s your one-stop shop for food, entertainment, and fun. Come sample and vote for your favorite red bean expert.

Advance Tickets: adults $10, $12 at the gate, Children 4-10 $5, 9 and under are FREE.

For tickets or to sign a team up to cook, call Stewpot for details and ask for Michelle’ at 601-353-2759 ext. 18. We hope to see you there!

2015 Stewpot’s 5K Race Against Hunger

2015 Registration Form           2015 5K Sponsorship Levels Form           2015 5K Race.Walk Against Hunger Flyer

We’re so excited for Stewpot’s 2nd Annual 5K Race/Walk Against Hunger. The date is set for September 5, 2015 and we’re ready for a huge turnout. This year we think we’ve got the hang of this! We’re reaching out to our donors who are runners and walkers.

Stewpot hosts several events throughout the year where our contributors can be involved with us in ministry. When we realized that our health conscious friends were being left out, quick thinking helped us come up with a way to include all of our friends in our fundraising efforts – hence, Stewpot’s 5K Race/Walk Against Hunger.

Join us for a great event while supporting Stewpot Community Services. Please remember that Stewpot has 17 different ministries in which we provide services to the 650 clients we serve each and every day. Some of our ministries supported by this fundraiser are Stewpot shelters, children’s and teens after-school program, the food pantry, and of course, the noon meal offered every day of the year.


6:30 a.m. Race day registration
7:30 a.m. 5K race/walk
Smurf-y 1-mile run following the 5K
5K early bird fee, $25/$35 race day
Smurf-y Fun Run $10/$15 race day
Awards: Male/Female Overall, Masters, Grand Masters 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age division: 14-under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-65, 65 & over
Mile Awards: Male/Female Overall 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in each age division: 4 & under, 5-7, 8-10, & 11-13


Stewpot Clients Earn Success

“Willie had reached rock bottom,” remembers Brumfield Program Director Wilbert Logan. It all starts with the decision to make a change. Drowning in addiction to alcohol and drugs, Willie H. began a journey spanning more than three years. Without a job, money or insurance, and at step one of a 12-step-program, he was determined to change his life. In need of physical, emotional and spiritual healing, he crossed the threshold of the Billy Brumfield Shelter, Stewpot’s emergency shelter for men. He entered the Brumfield House Program on January 21, 2012.

“I sent him to see our Stewpot counselor to get started on his many personal issues.’ recalls Logan. “After a few visits with her, Willie began to work on his sobriety.”

Logan also referred Willie to Hinds Behavioral Health where short-term goals were set. The high school dropout enrolled himself into a G.E.D. program at Hinds Community College. He, also, sought after and received his disability, helping him with health issues.

Willie, now 35, lives in his own apartment enjoying freedom from addiction. On April 1, 2015 he completed the Brumfield Shelter Program. “Willie stated he will never drink or do drugs again,” says Logan, “expressing his gratitude to us for encouraging him to finish his goals.”

Stewpot ministries touch lives every day, whether it’s a meal or helping someone renew their life. Short-term goals turn into lifelong changes, transforming turmoil and struggle into success. Clients, arriving at Stewpot shelters though different paths, find help, support and encouragement. It is these men and women, through hard work and determination, who ultimately choose the path to independence and success. Life, with it’s challenges, continues with new skills to face a future, still uncertain, but much brighter.

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Taste of Mississippi 2015 – What a Night!

What an event! Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi 2015 filled Highland Village with an estimated 1,500 people Monday night. Congratulations to our winners: Holy Smokers of St. Andrews (Jackson) took best entrée with redfish and dill sauce; Lou’s Full-Serv (Jackson) won Best Appetizer with shrimp escabeche; Crazy Cat Bakers (Jackson) took Best Dessert with bread pudding and brandy sauce; and Walnut Hills/The Nogales House (Vicksburg) won the prize for Best Presentation! Community support for Stewpot, at the 28th annual Taste of Mississippi event fundraiser, was amazing. Thank you to each restaurant and beverage distributor who showed support by participating. Thank you, also, to our fabulous entertainment, Hunter Gibson and the Gators and Pryor Graeber and the Tombstones. The Silent Auction was a huge success due to generous donors and enthusiastic bidders. You’re all wonderful. Thank you in particular to all our sponsors.

Thank You 2015 Taste of Mississippi Sponsors

We’d like to say a special thanks to our 2015 sponsors. Taste of Mississippi is a huge success each year, thanks to their generous support!
Platinum Sponsors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi
Gold Sponsors
Southern Beverage
Entergy Mississippi
Silver Sponsors
Allstate Insurance
Fountain Family Foundation
Gray-Daniels Auto Family
Highland Village
Merrit Health Central
Selby & Richard McRae Foundation
Bronze Sponsors
Ameristar Casino
Baptist Health Systems
Jackson Free Press
Magnolia Magazine
Molpus Foundation
Regions Bank
Riverwalk Hotel & Casino
St. Dominic Health Services
Trustmark Bank
US Foodservice
Friends of Stewpot
American Field Services
Baker Donelson
Bancorp South
Brad Piggott
Citizens National Bank
Molpus Foundation
Southern Farm Bureau Life