Celebrate Mississippi's best chefs and coastal cuisine at the Mississippi Seafood Experience on Thursday, May 26 at gorgeous Climb CDC Warehouse in downtown Gulfport. Featuring the Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off presented by Mississippi Department of Marine Resources / Mississippi Seafood Marketing, you'll get to watch a juried line-up of Mississippi’s top chefs compete in a high stakes live cooking challenge and be judged by a live panel of culinary professionals from across the Southeast. The winning chef will go on to compete nationally in both the Great American Seafood Cook-Off, and for the first time this year, they will also earn a slot to compete at the World Food Championships!
This year’s expanded experience includes:
- A bountiful upscale Shrimp Boil featuring Mississippi Gulf Shrimp and a spread of gourmet side dishes and desserts from the Mississippi Coast’s top restaurants and chefs
- A welcome cocktail and local craft beer tastings courtesy of Chandeleur Island Brewing Company and Rex Distributing Co., as well as a cash bar
- Live entertainment
- Visiting with the state’s most accomplished chefs
- A live auction benefitting the Climb CDC. Guests will be invited to bid on ONE extra plate prepared by each competitor—fresh out of the Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off competition kitchen!
When: Thursday, May 26 from 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Where: Climb CDC Warehouse, located at 1316 30th Avenue in downtown Gulfport
Dress: Fancy casual
Tickets: General admission tickets are available for $29 per person or $50 per couple. Advance ticket purchase is required and a limited number of tickets are available. All tickets are will-call. Purchase tickets online below or by calling 601-852-3463.
VIP Tables: VIP Tables are also available on a first-come, first-served basis and include seating for eight guests at a marked table in the VIP-only section near the Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off Judging Stage. Table service for food and beer tastings is included for VIPs. VIP Tables and related sponsorships are available online below or by calling 601-852-3463.
The Cause: The Climb CDC is home to Mississippi's first teaching cafe. They provide a career path for opportunity youth through professional culinary training and job placement in the hospitality and tourism industry, the Mississippi Coast's largest private sector employer.
Don't miss this rare opportunity to watch award-winning, world-class chefs compete head to head in a live cooking competition!
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