Since 1992, Chef John Currence's City Grocery Restaurant Group has been the fine dining culinary epicenter of Oxford, Mississippi. The 2009 James Beard Best Southern Chef oversees a group of restaurants that showcase different aspects of the southern food experience: City Grocery, Lamar Lounge, Big Bad Breakfast, Snackbar, and Bouré. From the home-cured bacon at Big Bad Breakfast to the fine French-inspired Southern fare at City Grocery. Chef Currence's restaurants are where to eat in Oxford. John Currence has also just released his own cookbook Pickles, Pigs and Whiskey. It has just been nominated for a James Beard award.