In the heart of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, culinary history was made when two legends came together to celebrate the art of food. Craig Claiborne, the esteemed food editor of The New York Times, and Delta Pride Catfish, the pride of Mississippi’s aquaculture, joined forces at Trilby’s restaurant for a night of gastronomic revelry.

Claiborne, born in nearby Sunflower, Mississippi, shared a deep connection with the state’s culinary traditions. His influence on American cuisine was profound, shaping the way people thought about food and inspiring a generation of chefs and food enthusiasts. As the food editor of The New York Times, Claiborne elevated food journalism to new heights, bringing a world of flavors to the American palate.

Trilby’s, a renowned dining destination in Ocean Springs, played host to this momentous occasion. Known for its commitment to quality and innovation, Trilby’s was the perfect venue to showcase the marriage of Claiborne’s culinary genius and Delta Pride Catfish’s exceptional taste.

For this special event, Claiborne crafted a unique recipe that perfectly showcased the versatility and flavor of Delta Pride Catfish. Chat du lac, a dish that blended the rich flavors of the Delta with the elegance of French cuisine, was a testament to Claiborne’s creativity and ingenuity. The dish was a hit among attendees, who marveled at the exquisite flavors and textures.

In addition to Claiborne’s culinary masterpiece, the event also featured a recipe from Claiborne Barnwell, Claiborne’s nephew and a former resident of Indianola. His recipe, published in The Indianola Academy Cookbook, added another layer of flavor and tradition to the evening’s festivities, highlighting the deep roots of Mississippi’s culinary heritage.

The event was not only a celebration of food but also a tribute to the rich culinary heritage of Mississippi. It highlighted the importance of preserving and honoring the traditions that have shaped the state’s culinary landscape.

As the evening came to a close, guests left with a newfound appreciation for the art of food and the legacy of Craig Claiborne and Delta Pride Catfish. Their collaboration at Trilby’s was a reminder of the power of food to bring people together, to inspire creativity, and to create lasting memories.

Today, we continue to celebrate the legacy of Craig Claiborne and the tradition of Delta Pride Catfish, keeping their spirit alive in every dish we create and every meal we share. Join us in honoring these culinary icons and savoring the flavors of Mississippi’s rich culinary heritage.


Claiborne Barnwell’s Blackened Catfish Recipe

Bonus recipe from Janette Crawford