Food monologue show will be Thursday

Published 12:26am Wednesday, March 23, 2011

NATCHEZ — A food monologue show presented by personalities and special guests called “Meanwhile, Back At Café Du Monde” will be at the Dunleith Historic Inn, 84 Homochitto St., Natchez on Thursday.

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

Humorous, spontaneous and unscripted, the short monologue stories all have the common thread of food — our culture and relationships, personal life stories, restaurant experiences, past love affairs and more.

“We’ve all experienced the highs and lows of life, which mostly revolve around our food experiences,” creator/producer Peggy Sweeney-McDonald said. “It’s a little bit of theater, but a lot about cuisine.”

Headliners will include Brett Brinegar, director of student affairs at Co-Lin Natchez campus; Regina Charboneau, owner and chef, Historic Twin Oaks, and best-selling author of “Regina’s Table at Twin Oaks;” special events planner Andre de la Barre; Lyn Fortenbery, director of sales and marketing, Duneith Historic Inn; Leigh Hyland, marketing representative of Servpro of Vicksburg and Yazoo; Bingo Starr, head chef at the Stanton Hall Carriage House Restaurant and Courtney Taylor, author of two best-selling cookbooks, “How to Eat Like a Southerner” and “Live to Tell the Tale.” She is also a food journalist whose work has appeared in Bon Appetit and Woman’s Magazine, and she has appeared on NBC’s “The Today Show.” Music will be performed by singer/songwriter Taylor Hildebrand.

Emcee is Tom Ramsey, host of the weekly radio show “At the Cook’s Table.” Ramsey is also food editor for “Boom! Jackson” Magazine and author of Chef/Raconteur.

The menu for the evening will feature mini homemade crabcakes with remoulade spinach and goat cheese in phyllo, New Orleans style brisket with rolls and condiments, fresh shrimp sautéed with tasso, andouille sausage, peppers, onions and spicy cream sauce over penne pasta, jambalaya, onion soufflé, fruit and cheese display with queen olives and crackers, plus crawfish cheesecake, mini muffalettas and bread pudding with Southern comfort sauce.

Tickets are $60 per person, which includes a Southern reception with wine tastings and the show. Cash bar is available.

A “Meanwhile Back At Café Du Monde” coffee table book will be released by Pelican Publishing in 2012, and a TV pilot has been shot based on the show as well, said Sweeney-McDonald.

Over the past year, “Meanwhile, Back At Café Du Monde” has become a popular entertainment and food experience for audiences in Mississippi and Louisiana as well as in Southern and Northern California receiving “thumbs up” and standing ovations.

“We are proud to announce the launch of our new multi-media social integrated website (www.meanwhilebackatcafedumonde.com) which is available on one of the most popular food channels on Livestream.com,” Sweeney-McDonald said. The site features videos, press links, meet the cast, recipes and discussion on the hottest food trends. The site was designed and created by Crisher Entertainment in partnership with Google Sites.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Natchez Little Theatre.

Reservations are required. Call 601-446-8500.

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