Calling all Restaurants to show off your culinary skills

Jan 19, 2024 | by Morgan Shiyou

Calling All Restaurants to Show Off Your Culinary Skills 

Compete for the coveted People’s Choice Award at The Salvation Army Kroc Center Taste of South Mississippi fundraiser.  


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 19, 2024 (Mississippi Gulf Coast) – Brace your taste buds! The most scorching culinary event of the year is back, and we're calling on all the flavor masters of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to join the Taste of South Mississippi fundraiser. 

For a chance to win The People's Choice Award, highlight your signature dish and compete for the ultimate bragging rights for the year, by providing “tastes” of your best dish. Last year's winner was McElroy’s, with their famous Shrimp and Grits dish. It's not just about food; it's about winning the hearts and taste buds of the community, by taking part and giving back to The Salvation Army Kroc Center’s youth programs and scholarship fund. 

The fundraising event is on Thursday, March 14th, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Salvation Army Kroc Center, 575 Division Street, Biloxi. 

The fundraiser doesn’t just help the Kroc Center, it is also a chance to promote your restaurant.  

Glory: Claim the title of the People's Choice Award and be hailed as the culinary champion! 

Exposure: Put your restaurant in the spotlight with food enthusiasts and influencers. 

Community Impact: Your participation supports The Salvation Army's youth programs and scholarship fund. 

How to Secure Your Spot: 

Complete the online forms: Taste of South Mississippi Forms or by visiting 

Contact Danielle Emery at 228-374-9100 for any assistance. 

Prepare your show-stopping dish. 

1.) There is no refrigeration or heating of food on site. You must bring your own.  

2.) Please provide 350+ food tasting and all paper products / utensils to serve guests. 
3.) You must provide your own table coverings and decorations for the table at which you will serve.  
4.) You must be set up and ready to serve at 5pm. Vendors may set up at their provided table location between 1pm and 4:45pm on Thursday, March 14, 2024. 
5.) To Participate in the People's Choice Award, you must stay for the entirety of the event. 

Voters can buy tickets now! Indulge in the finest offerings from renowned chefs and top-notch restaurants. But that's not all – your ticket doesn't just grant you access to a flavor-packed evening; it's your contribution to a great cause! All proceeds benefit The Salvation Army Kroc Center youth programs & scholarship fund 

We're not just here to tantalize your taste buds; we're on a mission. Help us reach our goal of raising $45,000 to support the dreams of young minds. Every dollar goes directly into funding youth programming and the Kroc Centers scholarship fund.  

Fun all around for everyone with tasting, music by Mixx Maestro, 360 photos, People’s Choice voting, and the silent auction to conclude the evening. Tickets are now on sale and are $40 per person.  

For more Taste of South Mississippi information, call 228-207-1218. 

Follow us on Instagram @kroccoast and Facebook @kroccentermscoast for a chance to win a pair of tickets. 

Facebook Event Page 

Current Participating Restaurants: 

  • Half Shell Oyster House 
  • Patio 44 
  • McElroys Harbor House 
  • Chicken Salad Chick 
  • Mangiamo Italian Restaurant 
  • Rosetti’s Cafe 

Current Event Sponsors: 

  • Coastal Select Insurance 
  • Harrison County Development Commission 
  • The Payne Group 
  • SuperTalkFM 
  • Sparklight Advertising 
  • WLOX 
  • JZ94.5 
  • South Mississippi Living Magazine 
  • Play Coastal Mississippi


About The Salvation Army: 

The Salvation Army helps more than 25 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services at 7,200 centers in the United States. For more information, visit Follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS. 


Vision Statement As an expression of The Salvation Army’s mission, the vision of a Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is to provide opportunities for all to discover and develop their full potential through Christ-centered, professional quality programs. 


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