WEEKLY COLUMN


The Bon Ton Café

A week ago this morning, I was in New Orleans on a quick getaway with my wife. While reading the newspaper at my usual breakfast […]

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Parenting

When I look over the past two decades in my life as a parent of a daughter and son, there are many moments that make […]

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Column Notes

For the past 20 years, this column has covered hundreds of topics, some obscure, some newsworthy. It’s mostly a food column, but I write a […]

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The Best Kind of Date

It’s amazing to me how some parents have it figured out automatically and from the start. Some just get it. I don’t know if parenting […]

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The American Dream

Several years ago, country music legend, and noted Mississippian, Marty Stuart, and I were on the dais of a radio show. While we were each […]

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The Early Days

Just a little over 32 years ago, I was a few weeks into the honeymoon phase of my first restaurant opening. There have been 17 […]

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A Fateful Ride

Last week a Facebook ad crossed my timeline in search of recent college graduates who might be interested in driving a hot dog on wheels […]

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Croissants

There is a game I play with a few of my foodie friends. It’s based on the question: “If you could only eat one food […]

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Shrimp, Smoke, & Shirley

In the 1960s and early 1970s of my youth there wasn’t a lot of dining out in my family. Most special occasions were hosted by […]

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Orange Memories

There are many ways to sum up a person’s personality and character. Attaching labels to them is a shortcut, but probably the most frequently used. […]

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RSJ Top Ten 2019

Each year I compile a list of the top 10 dining experiences I enjoyed throughout the previous year. The list is never about the most […]

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Merry Christmas

For the 20-plus years I’ve written this column I have not written about my faith very often. I feel that my faith is strong, but […]

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