Residents explore Biloxi’s heritage through food

Residents explore Biloxi’s heritage through food
Dean Shankland of Biloxi prepares to add the next ingredients to the jambalaya he was cooking for the Bon Appetite Biloxi presentation at the Biloxi Farmers' Market. (Source: John Fitzhugh)

BILOXI, Miss. (WLOX) - The smell of jambalaya cooking brought the culinary history of Biloxi alive Thursday at the Biloxi Farmer’s Market.

The Preserve Biloxi Committee presented Bon Appetite Biloxi as part of their Preservation in May series that celebrates Biloxi’s past through historical and cultural events.

There was plenty to eat as local families prepared jambalaya and shrimp salad roughly based on Biloxi family recipes published 66 years ago.

“The brochure was originally published in 1953, and it had recipes from all the old Biloxi names living on the peninsula in East Biloxi, ‘The Point’ as it’s known,” said Laurie Rosetti of the Preserve Biloxi Committee. “They reprinted it again in the ’60s, so obviously it was very popular, and now we’ve reprinted it today.”

Copies of the brochure were handed out at the event but quickly ran out. More will be printed in time for the final event in the series, which will be held next Thursday at the schooner pier. A sunset cruise on board the Biloxi Schooners will take you back to the Biloxi shrimping industry as it was at the turn of the 20th century.

You can reserve your seat for the sunset cruise on the Biloxi Schooners by calling the Biloxi Bay Area Chamber of Commerce at 228-435-6149.

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