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The “Let’s Gather” Farm to Table Tasting took place at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center on Thursday, October 19 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Presented by the IP Casino and the Bacot McCarty Foundation, the event featured cooking demonstrations and tastings from IP Casino chefs as well as the opportunity to meet the Mississippi farmers and producers who provided local ingredients for the meal.
For the event, IP Casino Executive Chef Shannon Johnson crafted a fine-dining menu from locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. He utilized many farmers from the Mississippi Gulf Coast including PJ Farm, Country Girl’s Creamery, Stinger Juice Honey and Sandy Ridge Farms.
The “Let’s Gather” Farm to Table Tasting was the product of a collaboration between the IP Casino’s Steve Morgan, the Bacot McCarty Foundation’s Todd Trenchard and the Pascagoula River Audubon Center’s Mark LaSalle. The IP Casino and Bacot McCarty Foundation supported the event as platinum sponsors and additionally, through the talent and time of over 20 employees.
“This event was a great opportunity to use our relationship with the IP, pair them with our relationship with Chevron and other Jackson county industries, and showcase one of the premier nonprofit amenities in our region, the Pascagoula River Audubon Center,” said Todd Trenchard, executive director of the Bacot McCarty Foundation. “We got together, discussed it and looked at our possibilities. The event was a combination of a lot of hard work behind the scenes that resulted in what will hopefully be an annual partnership to benefit our local communities going forward,” Trenchard continued.
Other event sponsors included Ingalls Shipbuilding, Chevron Pascagoula Refinery and Back Porch Solutions. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness of the fundraising needs and opportunities of the Pascagoula River Audubon Center. While the Center bears the national Audubon name, its programs and operations are supported entirely locally. For more information on giving opportunities at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center, call 228-475-0825, visit pascagoulariver.audubon.org, or visit the Center at 5107 Arthur Street in Moss Point.