Bouré welcomes new operations manager

    Bouré is expected to move into its new space on the Square sometime in mid fall of this year.  With the new restaurant space, comes many new and exciting changes.  City Grocery Restaurant Group welcomes new Operations Manager, Phillip Chaney to Bouré.  Although Phillip was born and raised in Tupelo, MS he moved to Oxford 20 years ago to attend the University of Mississippi, and found he would make Oxford his home.  Phil comes to us with over 18 years in the restaurant industry.  His job history in Oxford includes long periods of time at each Old Venice Pizza Company, and Newks Express Café.  He has experience as a kitchen manager, general manager, director of quality control, and opening and branding new restaurants. He is a wealth of knowledge and we are thrilled to have him as part of our team!

    Phil is married and has been for 10 years and has two little boys.

    Heath Johnson wins the gold!

    On Wednesday, June 15th, Heath Johnson, Chef d’Cuisine at City Grocery took first place at the 2nd annual Great Mississippi Seafood Cook Off. The event took place in Biloxi with seven Mississippi chefs competing for a spot in the Great American Seafood Cook Off in New Orleans on August 6th.  The seven chefs included Heath Johnson, Aaron Russell, David Crabtree, David Crews, Glenn Clarke, Tremayne Davis, and Mark Eakes.  Heath’s dish was pan-fried crabcake with watermelon/chile salsa, marinated cucumbers and tomatoes, and crispy potato ribbons.

    Drew Stevens, of Snackbar was the M.C., and last year’s winner, Vishwesh Bhatt, Chef de Cuisine at Snackbar started things off with a cooking demonstration of coriander shrimp, which the audience got to sample.

    Sun Herald Article

    Heath will go on to compete in The Great American Seafood Cook Off, held in New Orleans on August 6,2011.

    For more informaiton on The Great American Seafood Cook Off, visit their site.

    Great Mississippi Seafood Cook-Off

    The 2nd annual Great Mississippi Seafood Cook-off is set to take place on June 15th between 1pm-5pm in Biloxi, Mississippi at the Slavic Benevolent Association Croation American Cultural Center.  Last year, the inaugural event happened just one day after the oil spill.  Vishwesh Bhatt of Snackbar took home the gold with his Pan-Seared Triple Tail.  This year, Vish will go to the event to hand off the crown, with the hopes to keep it in the City Grocery Restaurant Group family.  Six chefs throughout MS will be competing for the gold and the winner will go on to represent Mississippi and compete in the Great American Seafood Cook-off in New Orleans. The six chefs include, our very own, Heath Johnson, Chef de Cuisine of City Grocery, Glen Clark, David Crabtree, Aaron Russell, David Crews, and Tremayne Davis.

    When:   June 15th 1-5pm
    Where:  Slavic Benevolent Association Croation American Cultural Center
    159 Maple Street
    Biloxi, MS

    Smithsonian demystifying Seafood Event

    Chef Vishwesh Bhatt is heading to Washington DC, to participate in the Smithsonian Demystifying Seafood Event.  Vishwesh will be there alongside several chefs from the Gulf and DC regions helping promote awareness of Gulf Seafood one year after the oil spill.

    Bringing together celebrity chefs, actors, activists, and leading fishing industry experts, the Third Annual Seafood Event at the Smithsonian is two days of discussions and activities dedicated to the sustainability of our world’s oceans.

    The Third Annual Seafood Event will take place at The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History June 8th and 9th, 2011, and will provide consumers with new guidance in selecting seafood that ensures lasting health for the oceans and their families.

    For more information, please visit site

    National Museum of Natural History
    Baird Auditorium
    10th & Constitution Avenue, NW

    Thank you for voting us the best in Oxford!

    The results are in for The Best of Oxford 2011, and City Grocery Group was named the best of in several categories!

    The Best of the Best: Chef John Currence
    Best Chef: Chef John Currence
    Best Restaurant:  City Grocery
    Best Fine Dining: City Grocery
    Best Happy Hour: City Grocery
    Best Breakfast:  Big Bad Breakfast
    Best Bartender: Spencer Posecai of Snackbar

    To read the articles, click here

    Thank you Oxford for continuing to support City Grocery Restaurant Group!

    Big Apple BBQ Block Party

    Chef Currence is off to NYC again to participate in the 9th Annual Big Apple BBQ Block Party….

    Quoted from the website of BABBP…“The 9th Annual Big Apple Barbecue Block Party takes place in Madison Square Park June 11-12, 2011, from 
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM. The weekend-long event occurs every June and brings together the country’s top pitmasters who cook up their award-winning food for over a 100,000 barbecue enthusiasts. Set against the beautiful backdrop of Madison Square Park, the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party attracts people from near and far to sustain and celebrate America’s authentic culinary and musical traditions.

    Admission to the event is free. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of the event – from great live music to engaging seminars and cooking demonstrations – without ever dropping a dollar. The country’s best barbecue is available from top pitmasters for only $8 per plate.

    Proceeds from the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party support the Madison Square Park Conservancy, the organization responsible for the beauty, ongoing maintenance, and programming of this historic park.”

    Snackbar Turns Two!

    Please join us this Friday, April 15th for libations and live music and to help celebrate our second anniversary!  We will have Happy Hour specials from 4-6pm and 10pm-1am with live music commencing after 10pm on the patio…

    Recession Friendly Wine Dinner Series

    The Recession Friendly Wine Dinner Series
    Next Dinner: November 8

    City Grocery presents “The Recession Friendly Chef’s Wine Dinner Series”.  Please join us for an evening to sample wines paired with a four course menu. Throughout the evening, we will explore wines from France, Italy and Oregon; a representative with International Wines from Birmingham, AL will be present to introduce and discuss the selections.

    Menu will be announced soon
    Check back often for updates

    When calling to make reservations, please specify if you would like the chef’s wine dinner menu.

    $55 per person exclusive of tax and gratuity

    Please call City Grocery for reservations: (662) 232-8080

    Top Chef Masters Viewing Party, April 6th, City Grocery Bar

    We invite you to come up to City Grocery Bar to watch the Season Premier of Top Chef Masters. John will be competing against 11 other masters for his charity, No Kid Hungry. We are hosting a viewing party for the season opener next Wednesday, April 6th at 10pm at the City Grocery Bar, so come root for chef and, who knows, we may have a surprise or two in store….

    Tasting Menu Featuring Recipes from Cookbook Author, Jessica B. Harris

    We invite you to join author, Jessica B. Harris after her Thacker Mountain Radio reading, from her new book, High on the Hog. City Grocery will prepare a selection of dishes from Ms. Harris’s extensive body of cookbook work.

    Menu

    First Course
    Avocado/Papaya Salad

    Second Course
    Warm Okra and Tomatoes with Crispy Pig Ears

    Third Course
    Moroccan Spiced Leg of Lamb with Collards and Yam Salad

    Fourth Course
    Milk Rice with Medjool Dates

    Thursday, March 31st
    9pm
    $45 includes wine pairings
    Seating is limited to 30 guests
    Please call City Grocery for reservations: 662-232-8080