About a month ago, on a Friday afternoon the week before I was to go on vacation, my computer’s hard drive crashed. In the back of my mind, I knew this was possible, and even likely one day, but I guess I rationalized “it will never happen to me.” Well, happen it did, and the […]

There are many ways to define a person’s eating habits or style. I am a breakfast guy. It’s as simple as that. Above all meals, I love breakfast. There are guys who thrive in the lunch scene. They close multi-million-dollar deals over a salad and a glass of wine (three-martini lunches are a thing of […]

Last week, my family and I spent some time in our nation’s capital. It was the first time there for all of us and we hit the ground running the minute we arrived. In the four days and three nights we were there, we watched the changing of the guard at Arlington National Cemetery, complete […]

Billy Fokakis hasn’t missed a day of work in 31 years. How many people do you know who can make that statement? The answer for me is one: Billy Fokakis. Five days a week, 52 weeks every year, for 31 years, Fokakis has opened and closed the doors to his business. Fokakis is the owner, […]

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – The Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel heated up Saturday morning as teams rushed to get their entries ready to be judged. Not only does the meat have to taste good, it has to look good. “You’ve got to make it look good – presentation is 25 percent of […]

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One hundred BBQ teams gather in the parking lot behind City Hill on Friday afternoon at the beginning of the Don't Be Cruel BBQ Duel. There are teams from 16 different states.

By William Moore Daily Journal TUPELO – Organizers hope better weather today will bring out crowds to downtown Tupelo for the fifth annual Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel. “We need some sunny weather. People have been cooped up inside for a while and are looking for things to do,” said event director Bev Crossen. She […]

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Lonnie Cook, left, and Justin Oates install one more section of fence that will surround the competition cookers for this weekend's BBQ Duel at Fairpark in Tupelo.

By W. Derek Russell Daily Journal TUPELO – The fifth annual Don’t Be Cruel BBQ Duel kicks off Friday in Fairpark, but changes to downtown can be seen today in preparation. South Commerce Street and Troy Street shut down as of 5 p.m. Wednesday to begin moving in nearly 100 professional cook-off teams that will […]

In our house, there are three different types of meals: homemade, store-bought, and take-out.The homemade meals I write about often in this space. And I don’t have to tell you about take-out. You all know how that works. It’s the store-bought I want to address here. A couple of months ago, I interviewed Kathy Ferris […]

In 1982 I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I had recently flunked out of college and had yet to fall in love with the restaurant business. I was living in a sketchy apartment complex behind a fraternity house at Millsaps College in Jackson. It was 12 years […]