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Mike Bailey and Stuart Reb Donald host “Sip & Chew with Mike & Stu” Sunday mornings on FM Talk 1065.

Congratulations to our very own “Sip & Chew with Mike & Stu” hosts on being nominated for a Taste Award, the original awards for the lifestyle entertainment industry. The program, which airs Sunday morning at 8 a.m. on FM Talk 1065, is one of six finalists in the “Best Food or Drink Radio Broadcast” category. Maybe they should count as two finalists since the show is food AND drink topical.

Sipper Mike Bailey and chewer Stuart Reb Donald have been fortifying the caloric airwaves for the past six years, and bring their expertise in food and wine to listeners weekly. It isn’t out of the ordinary to also see these media hogs guest-starring in print or on television programs such as Fox10’s “Studio 10.” Twice nominated for a Nappie Award, this is the program’s first national nod.

“I was in shock” upon hearing the news, said Bailey. “I had to take two shots of Jack Daniels just to go to sleep last night.” Hey, Mike, you’re supposed to sip!

Get to “Know Your Fisher”

Gain a better understanding of the bounty that comes from our waters Thursday, Jan. 24, at The Noble South with its “Know Your Fisher” dinner featuring Avery Bates. Hosted by Noble South and the Gulf Restoration Network, the dinner runs from 6:30-9 p.m.

Fifth-generation commercial fisher Bates will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the fish he brought, as well as what it’s like to dedicate your life to providing consumers with fresh, local catch.

“Every shrimp, fish or oyster that ends up on somebody’s plate comes from a fisherman out there fighting the elements,” Bates said. “I’m excited to bring top-notch product directly to the consumer.”

Chef/owner Chris Rainosek adds, “We feel that their values and beliefs are in line with how we at The Noble South try to make sure we operate, by being conscious of the bigger picture in the food industry. We are always aware of where our food comes from and who provides it. We look forward to informing our patrons about more of these things — in this case, specifically informing them on local fish choices — and, of course, serving a delicious dinner.”

Amen. I couldn’t imagine this ever disappointing. The evening should find you enjoying passed appetizers and a two-course seated meal along with beer, wine or cocktails. Tickets cost $75 and are available from the restaurant and via

Old Dutch celebrates 50 years

The jury is still out on how 2019 will shape up, but for Cammie’s Old Dutch Ice Cream Parlor it marks 50 years of dipping!

Yes, the half-century mark is a big milestone, but more growth has been seen in the past few years. It began when they started making their own ice cream, which led to distribution in stores. That grew enough to where Cammie built a creamery, and now our favorite ice cream reaches multiple states!

Of course the new year means new moonpie ice cream, and though we usually have to wait until the first parade, Cammie has softened and is serving King Cake ice cream as we speak. Happy birthday, Old Dutch!