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Five Coast Mayors and Five Popular Chefs Partner for Five Course Cooking Demonstration and Dinner to Combat Hunger on the Mississippi Gulf Coast

Mississippi Restaurateur and Extra Table Founder Robert St. John to Host Nov. 17 Fundraiser at Beau Rivage

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BILOXI, Miss. (Oct. 19, 2016) – The table has been set for the Mississippi Gulf Coast’s first-ever Five Course Feast. The Nov. 17 fundraiser for Extra Table will feature live cooking demonstrations and five delectable courses prepared and presented by five Coast mayors and talented chefs representing each of their cities.
The mayor and chefs participating in the Five Course Feast:

  • Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame with Chef Nancy Moynan from Lulu’s on Main
  • Biloxi Mayor Andrew “Fo Fo” Gillich with Chef Kristian Wade from Beau Rivage
  • Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes with Chef David Dickensauge from Corks & Cleaver
  • Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran with Chef Alex Perry from Vestige
  • Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott with Great Bowls of Gumbo caterer Chef Joann Hanson York
 Each cooking pair has selected one of the following courses: cold appetizer, hot appetizer, meat entrée’, fish entrée’ and dessert. As each demonstration is complete, guests will be served that course. Coast television personality Rebecca Powers will be the evening’s emcee. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. in Beau Rivage’s Magnolia Ballroom.

Hosted by noted Mississippi restaurateur and author Robert St. John and presented by Beau Rivage, all proceeds will benefit Extra Table, an organization that purchases and delivers healthy food in bulk to Mississippi food pantries and soup kitchens each month. On the Gulf Coast, Extra Table is partnered with Feed My Sheep, The Lord is My Help, Loaves & Fishes, Our Daily Bread and St. Gerard Outreach.  One hundred percent of donations received through Extra Table are used specifically for its mission to purchase food and end hunger.
“The evening will include cooking demos by each city’s mayor and chef, and each course will be served to guests,” said Extra Table founder Robert St. John. “We’ll also have a People’s Choice award and other surprises. But we hope to do more than just provide an unforgettable meal, we hope to create awareness and make significant contributions to the hungry and less fortunate along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, at a time when many are in the spirit of giving.”
According to Feeding America, Mississippi has the highest rate of Food Insecurity in the nation at 22 percent. In the three Mississippi coastal counties alone, nearly 100,000 people – many of them children - go to bed hungry.
“The creation of a ‘One Coast’ event celebrating our unique coastal cuisine for the purpose of providing support and awareness for those experiencing hunger in our community goes to the essence of who we are,” said Gulfport Mayor Billy Hewes. “Undertaking humanitarian efforts - large and small - are essential to our quality of life, place and character.”

Tickets are $75 each or a pair for $125. Tables of 10 are $1,000 and include wine pairings and recognition during the event. A limited number of VIP seats are available at the Chef’s Table on stage for $500 per person. Chef’s Table tickets include a VIP meet/greet reception with Robert St. John at 6:30 p.m., seating on stage, an overnight stay at Beau Rivage with breakfast buffet for two, and name recognition at the event.
To purchase tickets, visit Cocktail attire is recommended.

Extra Table is a non-profit organization founded by Robert St. John in 2009 with the mission of ending hunger and obesity in Mississippi. Extra Table is partnered with Sysco, the world's largest food distributor, who helps us purchase and deliver new, healthy food in bulk directly to our partner food pantries and soup kitchens. On the Gulf Coast, Extra Table is partnered with Feed My Sheep, The Lord is My Help, Loaves & Fishes, Our Daily Bread and St. Gerard Outreach. 100% of donations received through Extra Table are used specifically for our mission to purchase food and end hunger.
Beau Rivage, is an MGM Resorts International destination on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Biloxi. 
The AAA Four Diamond resort features 1,740 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 10 restaurants, four nightclubs and bars, a 85,000-square-foot gaming area, a 1,550-seat theatre, an upscale shopping promenade, a world-class spa & salon and Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course. For reservations, call (888) 567-6667 or visit
Stacy Ahua, Extra Table, 601-434-1680,
Mary Cracchiolo Spain, MGM Resorts International, 228-386-7134,   

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