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Ashleigh Aldridge is a ninth generation Mississippian, with her family dating back to the Old Natchez District since 1717. Being the oldest permanent settlement on the Mississippi River, Natchez has a vibrant history. That cultural heritage can be seen in everything from its famous architecture to its southern hospitality. Did you know that Natchez was voted the 7th friendliest city in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler in 2013? A proud Mississippian, Ashleigh wanted to share her love for sophisticated southern cuisine. About a week after receiving her marketing degree, Ashleigh began a food company with $10,000 and a recipe for hot sauce given to her by her father, Courtney Aldridge. Her love and reverence for her hometown sparked the name for D'Evereux Foods. D'Evereux is a beloved Natchez mansion that was built in 1836 and the Aldridge family home since 2008. Hosting presidential campaign parties and serving as a war bunker are among the storied roles that D'Evereux played in Mississippi's history. Ashleigh wanted a name that would have that same air of elegance and sophistication that D'Evereux is known for and so, D'Evereux Foods was born. Ashleigh still owns and operates D'Evereux Foods from the original location in the heart of downtown Natchez. In just over a year and a half, the company has grown to supply about 150 businesses in about 20 states and 2 countries and was named one of Oprah's Favorite Things 2015. D'Evereux Foods also has a thriving retail store on Main Street in Natchez which can be visited 7 days a week from 10AM to 5PM.