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Tentative schedule. Subject to change.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 – Elk’s Lodge

Pre-Conference – See Pre Conference Activities Tab to the left.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.          Registration

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.         Opening Session – Martha Foose                                                                                                                                                  (Author of A Southerly Course: Recipes and Stories from Close to Home.)

2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.         Bloody Mary Break – Sponsored by Advance Travel & Media

2:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.         Media Speed Dating

5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.          Reception at Tallahatchie Flats (Entertainment by Little Willie Farmer)                                                               Sponsored by Greenwood Convention & Visitors Bureau

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.         Dine around in the Delta

9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.        Delta Social – Lobby Lounge – Alluvian Hotel

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 – Alluvian Hotel

8:30am – 9:45am          General Session – Dustin Growick                                                                                                                                                                                           Museum Hack – Audience Development initiatives and Team Lead for Science

9:45am – 10:15am          Annual Meeting

10:15am – 10:45am          MDA Update – Pamela Weaver                                                                                                                                                                                              Sponsored by Visit Mississippi

10:45am – 12:00pm         General Session/Keynote Speaker  Bill Geist – Chief Instigator at DMOproz                                                                                             Sponsored by Visit Hattiesburg & Visit MS Gulf Coast

Monday, March 6

Hands-on Help Class 6-9 p.m.

$89 person Hands-On  

Min 6/Max 14

Crafty cook Minny Jackson from Kathryn Stockett’s The Help has a culinary cure for the blues. “Frying chicken always makes me feel a little better about life.” If you left the movie itchin’ to rustle up a fresh batch of crispy fried chicken and other soulful southern specialties, then we have just the class for you.  Learn to make finger-lickin’ fried chicken, feather-light biscuits, creamy mac n’ cheese and cornbread with silky greens in our fun new workshop featuring craveable culinary delights from The Deep South. We’ll end our scrumptious Southern spread with Minny’s famous Chocolate Pie, so y’all make sure you save room for dessert!

SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES Marinating, seasoning, breading and frying chicken; testing chicken for doneness; making a homemade cheese sauce; sauteing aromatics; braising and seasoning greens; cutting fat into flour; making melt-in-your mouth biscuits using a special technique; making iron-skillet cornbread.

Recipes:

  • Southern Fried Chicken
  • Homemade Mac n’ Cheese
  • Slow-Cooked Southern Greens
  • Skillet Cornbread
  • Shirley’s Feather-Light Biscuits
  • Sample Recipe: Deviled Eggs
  • Sample Recipe: Sweet Tea
  • Sample Recipe: Minny’s Chocolate Pie
  • Bonus Recipe: Flaky Butter Pie Dough
  • Bonus Recipe: Vanilla Butter Cake with Never Fail Creamy Caramel Icing

Tuesday, March

The Help/Robert Johnson Grave Tour – 10:30-11:30 Free

 

Historic Downtown Walking Tour – 10:30-11:30 Free

 

Guided Tour of the Museum of the Mississippi Delta –

10:30-11:30 $10

 

Cooking Class Options for Tuesday:

 

Mini Demo at the Viking Cooking School – 10:30 a.m. -12

Minimum 10, Max 44

 

Delta Luncheon $40/person

Parmesan Catfish

Mixed greens with Comeback Dressing

Hoppin’ John

Mini Phyllo Chess Tartlets

 

Southern Specialties Based on the Hit Movie “The Help”

Min 6/Max 14

9 a.m. -12

         $89/person Hands-On

Southern Fried Chicken

Homemade Mac n’ Cheese

Slow-Cooked Southern Greens

Skillet Cornbread

Shirley’s Feather-Light Biscuits

Deviled Eggs

Sweet Tea

Vanilla Butter Cake with Never Fail Creamy Caramel Icing

Minny’s Chocolate Pie

 

Alluvian Spa Packages

The Alluvian Spa invites you to enjoy a 50 minute Alluvian Custom Massage or a 50 minute Deep South Cleanse Facial for $99! (Regular price $135)

 

Also take 20% off of all Manicures and Pedicures during your stay.

 

To book, contact Kelly Castle at kcastle@AlluvianSpa.com or 662-451-6703 and mention MTA Spring Conference.