No lull in holiday party plans

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Caterers and restaurant owners in Jackson

say they don't see any drop in the demand for holiday parties. Many

say they're surprised.

Michael Harvey, co-owner of Magnolias Catering and Fine Foods in

Clinton, says his business is just about the same as last year's.

And even though people are dining out less, Jeff Good says that

Monday bookings for parties are pretty much full for Bravo! Italian

Restaurant and Sal & Mookie's, where he's co-owner.

And he says catering operations for the restaurants and Broad

Street Baking Co. could be the best ever.

Harvey says it may be that office parties are such an important

goodwill gesture that companies are willing to spend a bit for



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