“Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories.”
The stories are rich and irresistible when writers, scholars and fans of great literature converge at the annual Eudora Welty Writers Symposium, held each October at The W (Mississippi University for Women) in Columbus, Mississippi. Welty, the beloved Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, got her college start at The W, the nation’s first publicly supported college for women, founded in 1884.
Today, the historic campus of The W is only one of the items on the menu of inviting attractions in a city that offers one of the South’s most significant collections of historic homes, churches and buildings. And when it comes to stories, visitors leave with a bounty of their own great tales, not only of fascinating history and beauty, but also of uniquely delicious dining experiences.
At the New Orleans-styled J. Broussard’s, for example, the pecan pane catfish has become a regional legend, lauded by Southern Living as well as by area diners. Looking for stories with plenty of twist? Experience the surprisingly delicious blending of grilled beef tenderloin with romaine lettuce and bleu cheese crumbles in the signature Black and Bleu Salad served with elegance at Harvey’s.
Every great story needs great characters—and character. At Jones Restaurant, a Columbus soul food institution, the food is fantastic, as are the stories and characters of Columbus’ famed Catfish Alley. And as you dig into the delectable “meat plus three” at Café on Main, you can also enjoy juicy tidbits of local history at Downtown’s dining hub. From the heavenly baked goods made by the Mennonite community and sold at Beans and Cream coffee house, to the hearty “44th President Breakfast” served with pride at Helen’s, to the Asian-inspired masterpieces at Umi’s Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, Columbus dining is a delightful mélange of creations and cultures.
In a city known for great writers—Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright Tennessee Williams was also born here—your latest chapter in dining delight is waiting to be written. Dining happily ever after guaranteed!