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Welcoming the New Year

Everyone at DeSoto Magazine has been waiting for 2018 to arrive with excitement. One of the reasons is because the magazine is celebrating its 15th birthday. And we’ll be giving the gift to you, our readers, with a special contest to celebrate this milestone. Register to win a 2-night, 3-day getaway at the luxurious Chancellor’s House Hotel in Oxford by returning the entry form on page 41 or visiting The winner will be announced April 1, 2018. In the meantime, you can read all about Chancellor’s House Hotel on page 38.
The other reason we were anxious for 2018 to arrive is because we’ve been planning our annual culinary issue for quite some time and now it’s here. The foodies among us each have our own favorite stories this month, and we think you will, too. If you are looking for the best catfish, check out the places Karon Warren discovered around Mississippi. Andrea Ross found that Operation BBQ Relief not only provides outstanding barbecue, but also much needed assistance following disasters. We’ve also picked some of our favorite chefs from Memphis to New Orleans, who are gaining international attention for their Southern-inspired cuisines.
Friends chuckled when they saw the photo of me in a Culinary Institute of Arts apron and chef’s hat, known as a toque. They know I’m more likely to open a box of Lean Cuisine than to prepare haute cuisine. My day at a food writers’ class at San Antonio’s Culinary Institute of America did not transform me into a gourmet cook, but it did teach me that patience, dedication, training, and practice are needed to be a maestro in the kitchen – something all of this month’s featured chefs and cooks have.

Happy New Year!
Mary Ann