Let’s Do Lunch | 2017

Let's Do Lunch 2017 Invite

The Story of Hot Tamales and Comeback Sauce in Mississippi

Featured speaker Malcolm White will share how Hot Tamales and Comeback sauce gained popularity in the Magnolia State at “Let’s Do Lunch” on Thursday, May 18, 11:30 am at the Mississippi Craft Center in Ridgeland. Hot tamales and comeback sauce will be among the menu items served.  “Let’s Do Lunch” is an annual luncheon held in support of the Craftsmen’s Guild of Mississippi who operates the Mississippi Craft Center as a craft museum, education center, visitor center, event venue and headquarters for the Craftsmen’s Guild. The event will also honor the Guild’s volunteers and Director of Operations Sheri Cox for her ten years of service.

Lunch is $20 for the general public/free for 2017 Guild “Friends” members. The event is also free for those not opting for lunch. You can make reservations online at the link below or call the gallery at 601.856.7546 during regular hours. Reservation deadline is Tuesday, May 16 at 5 pm.

White returned to lead the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) as Executive Director in 2016. He previously held the position from 2005 – 2012, after which he became director of the Mississippi Development Authority's Tourism Division.  While there, White developed and implemented plans to create economic growth and opportunities through tourism, the creative economy and promoted the state as a travel destination and film location. Prior to his tenure at MAC, he worked in the hospitality industry, running a popular restaurant and founding special events and festivals throughout the state.

A native of Stone County, Mississippi, White holds a bachelor’s degree in social studies from the University of Southern Mississippi. Throughout his career, he has been a member of and served on the committees of numerous civic organizations. White is involved with South Arts, the Mississippi Blues and Country Music Trails, Downtown Jackson Partners and he is past chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission. In 2015, he published Little Stories: A Collection of Mississippi Photos, a book of images he created from visits covering the state over several years.

“Let’s Do Lunch” is supported with a grant from The Mississippi Humanities Council.  Other sponsors include Lefoldt & Company and Trustmark Bank.