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Gathering, The (Livingston Mercantile)

GATHERING n. – an assembly, like a social, held to come together
  Innovative regional dishes served with Southern hospitality and inspired by the season’s offerings using local artisans and farmers.
  FOOD n. – a nutritious substance that people eat or drink in order to maintain life and grow
  Enjoy farm fresh local produce, available daily in our mercantile store. Our food focuses on the extraordinary agricultural bounty of Mississippi.

http://livingstonmercantilestore.com/the-gathering.php

The Stories

It’s funny how life can take unexpected turns. Chef Paul Adair of The Gathering in Livingston, Mississippi was an engineering major working in Oxford restaurants at night when he realized how much more he preferred working with his hands and learning about cooking than attending engineering classes and working at a desk with computers.

“I had worked in restaurants all through high school and so it was natural for me to turn to that business again as a source of income in college,” Paul Adair recalls. “During high school, I did all kinds of odd jobs from washing dishes to bussing tables – at that time it was just a job. But I first started getting really interested in the food and cooking techniques when I was working in a Lebanese restaurant in Oxford. An older lady I worked for started showing me how she prepared some dishes and something just clicked.”...

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Credit to: Well Being Magazine

http://www.wellbeingmag.com/2015/11/chef-paul-adair-of-the-gathering-serving-southern-hospitality-and-locally-sourced-seasonal-fare/

Livingston Mercantile, a modern store that recalls a bygone era, is now open in Madison County's Town of Livingston located at the intersection of Mississippi 463 and 22.

"We're a throwback to the general store," said Ron Guerieri, who is Livingston Mercantile's general manager and a business partner with Bowen Eason, who is its president and founder...

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Credit to: Nell Luter Floyd, Clarion-Ledger

http://www.clarionledger.com/story/money/business/2014/10/28/store-restaurant-anchor-town-livingston/18095917/

Our purpose is to serve our community with many high-quality, local products with a superior level of hospitality in a clean and comfortable environment that honors God and our country. We also strive to provide jobs that are fulfilling and treat our employees fairly and with respect. We want to provide an environment where our employees feel as special as our customers...

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Credit to: Elizabeth and Bowen Eason

http://mschristianliving.com/2014/columns/this-is-my-story-livingston-mercantile-a-god-honoring-endeavor/

For Ron Guerieri, one of the partners at Livingston Mercantile, everything old is new again. Seated at a table at The Gathering, the restaurant side of the property, he explains the venue's concept as a throwback in time that's also part of a "rebirth of Livingston."

Guerieri's business partner, Bowen Eason, first began renting the property from David Landrum six years ago, and he envisioned it as a way to be part of the development of a new community. The complex also includes a gas station, general store and retail area featuring local products.

Eason had restaurant industry experience, having worked for 30 years with the Outback Steakhouse chain. When he and Guerieri, who worked in the coffee industry and had a family history with retail, partnered up three years ago, the two hatched an idea combining all three experiences...

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Credit to: Julie Skipper, The Jackson Free Press

http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/news/2015/feb/18/livingston-reborn/

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