Clarksdale/Coahoma County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jon Levingston was one of the hosts at the 2018 Delta Economic Developers’ Legislative Luncheon on Tuesday, January 30. Levingston participated in hosting the luncheon which featured food from the delta for the entire membership of the Mississippi legislature and their staff.
In addition, Levingston presented a table of giveaways featuring information and articles promoting Clarksdale and Coahoma County.
Among the most popular food items among everybody there was Hugh Balthrop’s Sweet Magnolia Gelato and Yazoo Pass’s cookies. Legislators and their staffs fought over the gelato, which Levingston brought that morning from Clarksdale in a large cooler.
“Hugh generously donated all the gelato to help our community promote itself to our legislature. Yazoo Pass provided us with a significant discount on their premium cookies. I am grateful to Sweet Magnolia and Yazoo Pass for assisting us in this great promotion of our community.”
He added, “The delicious Yazoo Pass cookies went so fast on the buffet! People asked if I had any more they take home. I told they would have to come to Clarksdale and buy them at the Yazoo Pass restaurant.”
Levingston said he was so proud to showcase Clarksdale and Coahoma County, and talk about our rich musical heritage, as well as the many other attractions the community offers visitors.
Organizers said it was one of the most well attended events during the legislative session.
“I guess people everywhere love fried delta catfish. But I bet they come back next year for the Sweet Magnolia Gelato and the Yazoo Pass cookies,” said Levingston.
“Most of all, it was a great opportunity to speak with legislators and their staff about issues important to our community and region,” Levingston added.