John Currence Discusses New Year’s Day Culinary Traditions

The Oxford Eagle published an article featuring an interview with Chef John Currence discussing New Year’s Day traditions revolving around food.

From the article: “John Currence, chef and owner of the City Grocery Restaurant group, said growing up his family even took cooking greens a step further for good luck. “The traditional foods are cabbage and greens, that as I understood were to bring prosperity in the new year. Black-eyed peas were meant to bring luck in the coming year.””

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Big Bad Breakfast Featured on named Big Bad Breakfast in their list of 15 Best Things to See & Do in Oxford, MS.

From the article: “Even if you have never been a breakfast person, you will probably become one after you try what Big Bad Breakfast has to offer.”

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Snackbar Featured in Condé Nast Traveler’s Global Cocktail of the Week

Condé Nast Traveler features Snackbar’s Big Bad Manhattan in their Global Cocktail of the Week Feature.

From the article: “Snackbar’s creative beverage team frequently goes DIY, infusing liquors and bittering agents to broaden their playlist. To make the Big Bad Manhattan, Snackbar beverage director Drew Stevens created homemade bitters using freshly frizzled bacon snagged from the BBB pantry. And since this is a John Currence kitchen, there’s no such thing as basic bacon. This is tabasco and brown sugar bacon.”

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Big Bad Breakfast Named One of The 12 Best Diners by The Culture Trip named Big Bad Breakfast in their list of The 12 Best Diners in Southern States.

From the article: “Breakfast is the most important meal, and Big Bad Breakfast will certainly ensure that you look forward to it. Offering a large variety of breakfast foods, all of which come in substantial portions, their skillets are particularly popular, but definitely require you to bring a big appetite.”

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John Currence named 2015 Tourism Investment Award Winner

Chef John Currence receives State Tourism Investment Award.

From the Article: “Founder of City Grocery Restaurant Group, Currence has placed Oxford on the map as a premier culinary destination. Since he opened his first restaurant, City Grocery, on the historic Oxford Square more than 20 years ago, Currence continues to gain recognition by numerous publishers such as Garden & Gun, Southern Living, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Bon Appetit.”

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Bouré, City Grocery, and Snackbar mentioned in Thrillist’s list of Best College Towns in America for Food and Drink recently mentioned Bouré, City Grocery, and Snackbar in their list of Best College Towns in America for Food and Drink.

From the article: “Towering football stadium. Iconic town square. Population that doubles when class is in session and swells much higher on fall Saturdays. Oxford checks off all the boxes of a stereotypical Southern college town. But with John Currence’s James Beard restaurants and its wealth of old-school Southern cooking, it brings far more to the table than kegs and legions of Saturday pop-up grills.”

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Big Bad Breakfast Mentioned in’s List of Best Classic Southern Cuisine recently listed Big Bad Breakfast in their article about the Best Classic Southern Cuisine (and Places to Find it).

From the article: “A really good biscuit, whether it’s slathered with butter and honey, or stuffed with slices of country ham or crisp fried chicken, is a delicacy, and there are plenty of places that serve them up hot, fluffy, and delicious. Big Bad Breakfast in Oxford, Mississippi, is one, especially when you order your biscuit smothered in sausage gravy.”

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