Celebrity Waiter Dinner set

Published 8:44 pm Saturday, October 22, 2016


Vicksburg will soon gain a little more celebrity status — celebrity waiter status that is.

A host of local celebrities will be on hand for this year’s Celebrity Waiter Dinner of Vicksburg, to be held Tuesday at Ameristar Casino’s Bottleneck Blues Bar beginning at 6 p.m.

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A long-standing tradition in Vicksburg, the event benefits the American Cancer society.

“We’ve raised $20,000-plus every year from the event, which is just incredible,” Michelle Hill of the American Cancer Society said. “Those dollars really make a difference in the mission of the American Cancer Society and being able to serve the patients here in Mississippi.”

The money is raised from the price of tickets, which are $45 per person or $80 per couple, and the tips waiters receive at the dinner, which Hill said is often the most entertaining part of the evening.

“A lot of those donations come from tips,” she said. “It’s so fun to watch those waiters be at the beck and call of their guests, especially when they’re sometimes supervisors of their guests. They tip for every packet of sugar, pat of butter and napkin that they drop. It is so much fun to watch that.”

Celebrities for this year, who often dress in costume for the event, Hill said, include Sen. Briggs Hopson III, Rep. Oscar Denton, Mayor George Flaggs Jr., Phillip Doiron, Harvey Caldwell, Maggie Nasif, Melanie Sanders, Patrick Smith, Warren County Constable Glenn McKay, Warren County Constable Troy Kimble, Warren County Constable John H. Heggins, Paul Avery, Mallory Pullen and Alicia Theriot.

“We are just so appreciative of Ameristar and all the volunteers who come out for it. It just makes such a huge difference,” Hill said. “Groups volunteer and say, ‘Hey this is fun. We want to volunteer and we want to be part of it.’ A lot of those waiters have been doing this in Vicksburg for years and years and years, and they’re our celebrities.”

The event’s featured appetizer will be fig and date tarts with caramelized onions and blue cheese, and the dinner will be surf and turf featuring beef fillets and sea bass.

“Vicksburg has been so generous to the American Cancer Society and really committed to the fight against cancer, and it means so much to us,” Hill said. “We just hope everybody comes out. Come see our celebrity waiters. They’ll be dressed up. It will be a lot of fun.”

Tickets can be purchased the night of the event or purchased in advance by calling Lauren Cappaert at 601-636-6565.