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Big Bad Pop Ups for Batson

Currence dedicates proceeds of 2015 pop-ups to UMMC and Batson Children's Hospital
The wildly popular Big Bad Pop-up dinner series hosted by City Grocery returns this month with another array of talented chefs and another great mission.
The wildly popular Big Bad Pop-up dinner series hosted by City Grocery returns this month with another array of talented chefs and another great mission.

Proceeds from City Grocery's 2015 pop-up series will go to help the University of Mississippi Medical Center fund for expansion of their children’s hospital.

“The Med Center is a tremendous resource for the state and providing for the health and well being of our children could not be more critical,” Chef John Currence said. “We could not be more proud to contribute something to this project.”

City Grocery brings some old friends and some new to the kitchen for their pop-ups this year. This year’s series will be two-night stands (Mondays and Tuesdays) the last two weeks of January and the first two weeks of February.

“I love how engaged the community has been in supporting our causes the last few years,” Currence said. “At a time of year when folks tend to hibernate a little, it is great to see how excited our friends have been about joining in on these events. They couldn’t be any more fun.”

As in years past, the pop-ups will be relatively free-form. Visiting chefs will prepare menus of 10 to 12 items tailored to a certain theme. Plates will be small and prices low, so folks can try a little of everything.

Dinner schedule is:

Jan. 19-20, The Sleepy Dragon Project: City Grocery Restaurant Group previews a American-Chinese menu they have been toying with.

Jan. 26-27, Mumbai, Mississippi: Chefs Vishwesh Bhatt and Asha Gomez, of Atlanta, make Southern-influenced Indian street food.

Feb. 2-3, Second Line 662: Chef Kelly English previews dishes from his Oxford location of Second Line, set to open spring of 2015.

Feb. 9-10, The 132 Foot Journey: City Grocery welcomes neighbor and friend Corbin Evans of the Oxford Canteen for a taste of North Mississippi Alley Food.

The pop-ups at City Grocery will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Specially-designed cocktails and punches, as well as some small bites, will be available in the City Grocery bar for guests as they wait.

For further information please contact Meghan Scott at (662) 232-8080 or visit www.citygroceryonline.com or www.umc.edu/childrenshospital.