Tasty Thursday in Gautier

Pop up restaurants and food trucks are all the rage these days, and Gautier is keeping with the times. The idea was conceived by the City of Gautier Recreation and Community Events Department. Tasty Thursday is a monthly event the 4th Thursday of every month. Selected vendors invade the old Singing River Mall Property along Hwy 90. The atmosphere is festive with highly decorated stands, flags, umbrellas, and contests.

There was constant traffic in the ample parking area. Many customers were using the various selections of takeout lunches. Couples were pleased that each individual could select from a truck depending on their own tastes, then enjoy lunch together under some of the umbrella stands – offering relief from the late summer heat.

One customer remarked: “I wish they had this EVERY Thursday.” One young man explained that he was at the food fair at the request of his homebound mother, scooping up the specialties she had already picked out. Another buyer commented that the prices were great for people on fixed incomes.

True Wings UK added an extra bit of excitement. The contest challenged hot eaters to down six of their HOT thunderbird fire wings in a certain period. A tough way to win a T-shirt but worth the challenge.

September’s featured merchants were True Wings, Chef in a Box, Mann Kettle Corn, Charro’s Hot Tamales/Muffuletta, Haven Down Home Creamery, The Gulf Cart Food and Below Zero. The amazing culinary choices were so varied it was hard to decide: burgers with fried green tomatoes; fish, shrimp, pork or beef tacos; po’boys and fries; nachos; slushies and ice cream; hot tamales and muffulettas. What a menu! I finally decided on tamales for lunch and tacos to take home for supper. Both were delicious with very ample proportions.

Watch for the Oct 24 announcement on Facebook.

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Written by Brenda Lewis

Brenda Lewis is a native of Jackson County. She has attended the University of Southern Mississippi on numerous occasions, earning a BS in Architectural Technology, advanced studies in Accounting and now on a mission to finalize her Masters of Business Administration.
Brenda is an avid fisherwoman, owns her own boat, baits her own hook, cleans her own fish and cooks them. But sorry guys, she has a loving husband, daughter and 4 grandchildren. When unable to fish her spare time is spent in the greenhouse and garden, supplying fresh edibles for the family and cultivating local species and rarities.
In 2007 her team was awarded the 2007 Golden Eagle Challenge from the University of Southern Mississippi. The challenge was to create the best business plan and presentation of a viable technological business. In 2015 she was certified as a TapRoot Cause Analyst, a system used to improve performance, fixing small problems to avoid major incidents.
Having worked in a small family business since childhood she was exposed to entrepreneurship. That experience led her to her own business, tax preparation, where she served her loyal clients for 10 years. During that time, she earned the Enrolled Agent certification with the IRS, and insurance and security licenses, offering additional services to her clients.
Her employment has been in private business, government, contract and corporate settings. Mostly in management, her tasks included a variety of administrative, safety, Quality control and human resources.
“The reason I want to write for OurMsHome is I have experienced the advancements in Jackson County first hand over the past 50 years, and I feel that the county has made enormous progress. We need to ‘toot our horn’ and let the world know about our rich history and abundant natural resources.”

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