The 27th annual Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi, a Benefit for Stewpot Community Services, Inc.: Homegrown Hunger Relief event will bring together dozens of Mississippi chefs and fine restaurateurs to share their culinary favorites on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 7 p.m. at Highland Village. The event has been a Jackson-area favorite for two decades and was named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

This year’s Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi event will offer samplings from several of the metro area’s finest restaurants; a draw-down raffle of the event’s signature art-work, a silent auction featuring local artwork, dinners and merchandise; and live music.

“We’re very fortunate that during this tough economic time, there are still many Mississippians willing to share with the homeless and needy people in our area,” said the Rev. Frank Spencer, Executive Director of Stewpot Community Services. “This is the largest annual fundraiser for Stewpot, and we are delighted to be celebrating more than two decades of generosity from our generous supporters.”

Last year, Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi raised more than $105,000 to fight homelessness and hunger in the Jackson area.

“The money we raise through Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi is a critical part of our ability to perform our 17 different ministries throughout the year,” said Spencer. “We can’t say “Thank You” enough to those who contribute.”

Tickets for this year’s event are $65 in advance and $80 at the door. Tickets can be purchased through the Blue Cross Blue Shield Taste of Mississippi website, www.tasteofms.org, Lemuria Bookstore, McDades Grocery, Highland Village Offices, Stewpot, or by calling Michelle’ Bingham at 601-353-2759.

Started in 1981 by Jackson churches and the Jewish Synagogue, Stewpot Community Services provides assistance at no charge to central Jackson residents who are in need of food, shelter, clothing, love and encouragement. Headquartered in the Central Urban Ministry Center at 1100 West Capitol Street, Stewpot has grown to encompass 17 programs and is supported through volunteers and funds by more than 100 congregations and hundreds of individuals and businesses.

In 2013, Stewpot served 650 people a day in its Jackson Kitchen and its Meals on Wheels program, or through one of the three Stewpot shelters. We appreciate your kindness and know that your efforts help make our efforts even more effective.

For tickets go to http://www.tasteofms.org