Operating on a core guiding principle that we call Radical Hospitality, Eat Y’all connects Southern grown and made products – and their makers – with passionate chefs and discerning consumers.
We champion the very best of the South using what we’ve been told is a one-of-a-kind magic formula that weaves together live event sampling, digital media and personal relationships. But it’s not magic at all: we’re just a team of hard-working everyday people driven by the endless possibilities of Southern food and a passion for welcoming and connecting people.
We serve as a trusted, neutral third-party networking agent and culinary connector for other media outlets, bloggers and vloggers, passionate chefs, event planners and discerning (and influential) consumers.
In addition to a myriad of event, media and industry partnerships, Eat Y’all hosts a number of signature events annually including culinary fundraisers, chefs retreats as well as exclusive dinner events and pop-up parties.
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Eat Y’all was founded in 2012 thru a series of Chef’s Table dinners hosted by Andy and Marianna Chapman, Mississippians who had a heaping plate of food media opportunity shoved in front of them in 2009 when Andy’s spontaneously created Twitter account @eatjxn turned into a wildly successful food concierge service called Eat Jackson, based in their home state’s capitol city of Jackson.
Following is an essay Marianna wrote in 2012 about her perspective on food and hospitality.
At the core of Southern is the infamous word, “y’all.” It’s just a contraction, casual speak for what we stand for: it means “you ALL.” Everyone. All of you.
I grew up on a farm in the heart of Dixie. The oldest of a big slew of kids, we’d spend our days rambling the hundreds of acres we called home. Mama had a dinner bell, and when it rang, we all came running.
Food united our family nearly every night around a big farm table. We were regularly joined by whomever seemed to be passing through, and it seemed like whatever our plight in life at the time, food was something we always had enough of to share. All were welcome to share in the fellowship and food that happened there.
Years later, those black-eyed peas (and the coordinating purple fingers from shelling them) and the sweet corn (that we would cut from the stalk before the dew lifted in the morning) still have a special place in my heart.
As do home grown tomatoes. Now, I buy mine from a local farmer at the market. And local honey, like what my grandparents robbed from the hives in their backyard. I bought the jar in my pantry from a nice lady named Virginia; it’s crudely labeled “Swamp Honey.”
Growing up, the sweetest watermelon in the world were the ones that a man named “Son” would drop off at our house during the hottest summer days. These days, the farmer on the side of Highway 49 near Smith County, Mississippi gets my watermelon-buying business. Faithfully.
Raising kids has taught me – and my team – that there’s an endless world of food to explore – and to share. Whether it’s growing the food or knowing the farmer, using the ingredients or enjoying them prepared by your favorite chef, there’s a world of food out there to explore.
Farmers. Chefs. Ingredients.
There’s an endless bounty to explore here in the South. And plenty of ways to use what we find to build up others. Join us. Because life tastes better with y’all around our table.
Let’s eat, y’all.