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Trish Berry

Trish Berry attended the Memphis Culinary Academy. She is the pastry and catering chef at Madidi Restaurant in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Ground Zero Blues Club is a second restaurant venture by the owners of Madidi, Morgan Freeman and Bill Luckett. Trish, originally from Vicksburg, also developed the menu at Ground Zero. As a native of the Delta, hot tamales were important to her. To meet the needs of Ground Zero, Trish tasted tamales from vendors around the Delta. She settled on a man in Cleveland to use for her Delta hot tamales. She also wanted to add fried hot tamales to the mix, but the Delta tamales didn’t fry up well. She settled on a tamale out of Texas for those. So belly up to the bar for a taste and then settle in for some live Blues, Delta-style.

Date of interview:
2005-08-19 00:00

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Amy C. Evans

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