Introducing Coolinary Month!
Come to Seafood R’evolution to cool off during the hottest month of the year and celebrate these famous Mississippians!
Week of July 3 – Riley Ben King, known professionally as B.B. King, was born on a cotton plantation in Berclair, Mississippi, in September 1925. This son of sharecroppers was reared by his maternal grandmother in Kilmichael, Mississippi, where he sang in the gospel choir at Elkhorn Baptist Church. It was while listening to “King Biscuit Time,” a radio show featuring Mississippi Delta Blues, that King decided to become a radio musician. This self-taught guitarist began his performance career in juke joints and eventually played his music all over the world, becoming one of the most influential blues musicians of all time. The Mississippi native began his reign as the King of Blues in the 1940s, releasing over 50 albums and classics like “How Blue Can You Get?” and “Let the Good Times Roll.” This week Seafood R’evolution features a favorite dish of “The King of Blues” – catfish and fried dill pickles!
Week of July 10, 2017 – Though Morgan Freeman was born in Memphis, Tennessee, he was sent as an infant to his paternal grandmother in Charleston, Mississippi. Freeman, an acclaimed actor, producer and narrator, won an Academy Award in 2005 for Million Dollar Baby and has received Oscar nominations for Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus. He attended Broad Street High School (now Threadgill Elementary School) in Greenwood, Mississippi. He was offered a partial drama scholarship to Jackson State University, but instead opted to enlist in the U.S. Air Force where he achieved the rank of Airman 1st Class. A true Southerner, his favorite foods are fried chicken, mixed greens and corn bread! Freeman moved back to Mississippi in the 1990s and is proud to call the state home.
Week of July 17, 2017 – Born into abject poverty in Kosciusko, Mississippi, Oprah Winfrey has defied the obstacles of her birth to become one of the most successful and influential Americans today. There is nothing that this “Queen of All Media” cannot achieve – from talk show host, media mogul and actress to wealthiest African-American and the greatest black philanthropist in American history. Oprah, who has long suffered with weight control, inspired this week’s featured “Mississippi Blue Plate Lunch Special” – The Love Sandwich. This panini press sandwich features smoked turkey breast, Pepper Jack cheese, avocado and tomatoes on seven-grain bread with chopped scallions, olive oil, mayonnaise and basil leaves. Oprah worked her way to the Fortune 500 list of the wealthiest people in America and is one of the most influential global personalities.
Week of July 24, 2017 – The “King of Rock and Roll,” Elvis Presley, was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, where he lived until he was 13 years old. It was then that his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee. His recording of “Heartbreak Hotel” became a number-one hit when it was released in January 1956. Elvis was one of the best-selling recorded solo artists in the history of music and one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century. He received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at 36 years old. Elvis was a fan of simple, down-home, country cooking enjoy favorites such as pork chops, meatloaf, steak, crowder peas, creamed potatoes and “soaks” – corn bread in buttermilk. Though peanut butter and banana sandwiches were his food of choice, Seafood R’evolution is featuring another of his favorites – cheeseburgers.
Coolinary Cocktail Specials All Month Long
The Jimmy Buffett
Caribbean Rum, Coconut, Lime Slice, Ice
Jimmy Buffet was thrust into musical fame with his crowd-pleaser, Margaritaville, Buffet’s highest charting solo single. He has since become famous for his laid back and tropical attitude and lyrics. He even has a string of “Margaritaville” clubs. This Mississippi man knows a good cocktail!
James Earl Jones
Chocolate Banana Martini
A favorite of Mississippian, James Earl Jones, the Chocolate Banana Martini is a delicious combination of White Crème de Cacao, Vodka and Banana Schnapps. YUM! Jones, who is a native of Mississippi, is known as one of the most distinguished and versatile actors playing notable roles from Mufasa in The Lion King to Darth Vader in Star Wars.