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New Menu to Connect Visual and Culinary Arts

Chef Nick Wallace and his team take time off to conceptualize innovative new dishes Press Contact: Julian Rankin | jrankin@msmuseumart.org | 601-960-1515

(Jackson, Miss…) From August 2 – August 16, it’s Summer break at The Palette Café at the Mississippi Museum of Art (the Museum). While the cafe will not serve lunch during this period, Executive Chef and Culinary Curator Nick Wallace will be busy with his team conceptualizing new menus inspired by Mississippi foodways traditions, local ingredients, and the art on the Museum walls.

Wallace, a native of Edwards, Mississippi, has long been influenced by his experience on the farm. Since joining the Museum, he has found added inspiration from the artworks on view in The Mississippi Story, the Museum’s ongoing, free, public exhibition of works from the permanent collection. Wallace can often be found roaming the galleries, studying scenes of farm life and pool halls that hearken back to his childhood, and quilts illustrating family meals at a shared table. His artistic appreciation and culinary prowess will now be fused in forthcoming menus that draw explicit connections...

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Posted on Friday, July 29, 2016 by MMA

Terry Pappas | Mapping a Modern MS

Developer and businessesman of Brookhaven, Terry Pappas is a visionary. The desire to expand Brookhaven’s historical district and to completely renovate the downtown area drives Terry’s work. What sets Terry apart from other developers is that he tries to save historical aspects of each building he remodels instead of starting from scratch.

“There’s a couple of things we probably didn’t have to save, but to me, that’s the history. So we try to save it all and mix the modern with the historical… After I’m dead and gone, generations will be able to experience this building for a long time.”-Terry This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 by ModernMS

Kelly Walters | Mapping a Modern MS

Artist Kelly Walters gives the rest of the world the opportunity to see the world as she does. Diagnosed with Epilepsy, Kelly’s brain transmits sights uniquely. In her work, she tries to depict what she sees by focusing on layering the paint to allow light to pass through differently than our eyes would perceive the actual object.

“I’m realizing other people aren’t seeing that, so I put that into my artwork to give them that experience… So it’s really interesting to see how our artwork really reaches out to touch people.”-Kelly

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by ModernMS

Katie Nations | Mapping a Modern MS

Katie Nations, Program Director at Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce, is creating a network for the community, whether a corporation, small business, or citizen, to communicate and interact.

“I think what we’re trying to do now is to create a couple of grassroot type events…It’s very small, little things that we’re hoping will become large events and festivals.” -Katie

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by ModernMS

Betty’s Eat Shop | Mapping a Modern MS

Betty’s Eat Shop, named after Matt’s grandmother, features a mix of fine dining and familiar, Southern dishes. Drawn back to his hometown of Brookhaven, Matt wants to give people a place to come together in the community to have an unique experience.

“I am taking a chance. I could’ve come back and done something sweet and simple and cook food that I like to eat and be safe. And be successful. With this, I hope it’ll be successful… I’m hoping to change people’s opinions and to open them up to different options of food.”-Matt

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by ModernMS

Brookhaven Little Theatre | Mapping a Modern MS

Brookhaven Little Theatre offers a creative outlet for the teens of Brookhaven by allowing them to direct, act, stage, and choreograph their own shows, as well as participate in well-known shows, such as “The Fantasticks.”

“The theatre has given me so many opportunities and taught me so much just in the past few years. Just how to be different, how to stand out, and that it’s okay to stand out.”- Mary Rhea

“And this theatre alone has proved to me that being different is nothing to be ashamed of.”- Austin

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by ModernMS

Christopher Streetman | Mapping a Modern MS

Steampunk’s baker/chef, Christopher Streetman, takes Southern food and gives it a twist. He’s extremely passionate about being able to trace your food’s story and strives to bring that to Natchez. From his PB&J Pork Hot Dog to Texas Caviar, Christopher always brings something surprising to the menu.

“We’re trying to find local places, local farmers, and local ingredients that we can harvest from here and bring them to Natchez and really get back to that Ground Zero feeling of ‘I know where this came from; this is what that is; I can put my hands on it and taste it.’ It’s really sad whenever you think about it that we’ve gotten so removed from the process of where our food comes from.” -Christopher Streetman

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 by ModernMS

Jenna Aldridge | Mapping a Modern MS

Jenna Aldridge is a Mississippi native and Natchez resident. The company she co-owns, Magnolia Locations, represents properties in the area and makes them available to film crews and studios who want to shoot in Mississippi’s unique settings. From swamps to antebellum homes to the majestic Mississippi, Aldridge works to get Mississippi places onto the big screen

“We embrace diversity here. We embrace everything that’s different. Natchez is vital. There’s something going on. There’s this energy, and I think it’s just a jewel.” - Jenna

This interview is part of the Museum’s Mapping a Modern Mississippi Initiative.

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Posted on Saturday, July 9, 2016 by ModernMS

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