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Evelyn RoughtonEvelyn Roughton is the chief cook and creator of all things yummy at The Crown, Indianola, Mississippi’s famous and beloved landmark. The Crown opened as an English antique shop in 1972, and now it’s an art gallery, gift shop, bookstore, gourmet food shop, AND a restaurant.

The Crown began serving lunch in the antique shop with a pub setting almost 40 years ago, in March of 1976—out in the cotton fields north of Indianola.

Evelyn is a lover and promoter of all things delicious, and all things Mississippi, especially the Mississippi Delta. She enjoys good food, spending time with her precious family, and talking to visitors at The Crown, directing them to the Blues heritage sites, the B.B. King Museum, and all the wonderful out-of-the-way places to visit in the Delta.

Evelyn is very active in the Indianola community. She is involved in the Indianola Chamber Main Street, B.B. King Museum, Indianola Garden Club, Indianola Civic League, and Indian Bayou Arts Festival. She has been the recipient of the Indianola Citizen of the Year award, the Delta Council Good Middling Lady Award, and the Indianola Blues Society Promotions Award. Evelyn is a member and Sunday School teacher at First United Methodist Church.

Evelyn graduated from Troy University in 1964, and soon after married Tony Roughton. The two traveled extensively while Tony was in the Air Force. They are the parents of two children: Jennifer Schaumburg runs the Crown, often with help from her two children, Sage and Prescott; and Kevin Roughton who lives in Maine with his wife Deanna Contrino and with their two children, Izabela and Carter.

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The Crown of Southern Cooking: Recipes from the Birthplace of the Blues
The Crown of Southern Cooking: Recipes from the Birthplace of the Blues
Price: $19.95

Traditional southern food with a taste of gourmet.