Northpark Calls on Local Culinary Professionals to Compete to Win a Dining Space

Northpark Offers $50,000 Investment, Six Months Free Rent and Turn-Key Dining Space to Winner of Community-Driven Culinary Event, Taste for the Space™

RIDGELAND, MS (September 4, 2018) – Northpark announces Taste for the Space™, a first-of-its-kind opportunity for Mississippi culinary professionals offering a $50,000 investment prize, a turnkey dining space, and six months free rent as the prize. Food truck operators, local restaurateurs, and chefs are invited to compete for a space at the newly renovated Northpark. The contest is accepting applications now until October 13, 2018.

To enter and compete:

Apply by October 13, 2018

To apply, interested parties simply fill out an online application and submit a 3-5 minute video explaining their credentials, and their vision as to why they should be considered to compete. All applications must be submitted by midnight, on October 13, 2018 to be considered. There is no fee to enter. To learn more or apply visit:

Compete at the December 1, 2018 Taste for the Space Event™ at The New Northpark

12-15 finalists will compete, each cooking his/her signature dish. The event is open to the public and $7 tickets will benefit a local cause. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy competitor tastings and then text to vote for their favorite contestant. The event will also include live music, games, family fun, refreshments, and more.

The winner will be selected using a combination of tasting scores from a judging panel, attendee votes, as well as the competitor applications and business plans.

“With Taste for the Space™, Northpark will provide a locally-run dining option to our guests, support Mississippi small businesses, and engage the community in a fun and exciting way,” said Kasey Dickson, Northpark’s General Manager.

Taste for the Space™ is an initiative by Pacific Retail Capital Partners (PRCP) to reinvest in their local communities and entrepreneurs. PRCP has hosted prior Taste for the Space™ competitions in Northern California, Utah, and Illinois.

“We want to support local small business owners,” said Christy Pender, Northpark’s Marketing and Business Development Manager. “Northpark belongs to the community. So, of course, we want to involve the community in shaping the future of their local dining experience.”

Northpark is currently undergoing a multimillion-dollar renovation with phase one opening this November. The reinvention of this Ridgeland institution includes a complete transformation of the food court into a more spacious and vibrant café-style Eatery. Other renovations now underway to the 958,000-square-foot shopping destination include a modernized children’s play area, new public entrances and corridors, common-area updates and amenities, a family restroom and lounge, digital interactive media walls and common-area gathering spaces.