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Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort & Spa

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Tomorrow thousands of runners from around the country will descend on our little town of Seaside for a very worthy cause.  Of course we are talking about the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run.  Race day kicks off Sunday, March 1st at 7AM at the marathon’s starting line in front of the Post Office right on 30A.  A whole day of fun follows.  Last night we had our inaugural Taste of the Race event with over 20 of the Gulf Coast’s hottest chefs and restaurants, Grayton Beer, Wine World, Coca Cola, and live music from Trick Pony!  Neither of these stand-alone events would be possible without the support of our community and our sponsors.  Over the past few months we’ve taken a moment each week to thank our sponsors one at a time.  Although the race is tomorrow, we still have a few very important contributors to recognize.

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One of our valued sponsors and neighbors is the Hilton Sandestin Beach Resort & Spa. Located a few miles to the west of us in Miramar Beach, the Hilton is the only beachfront hotel in the Destin area.  Acting as a home-away-from home for countless guests, the Hilton Sandestin Beach has been a staple along our coast for over 30 years.  Already much loved; this location has just undergone a $13 million transformation!

New and old visitors alike will now enjoy a completely remodeled Spa Tower, which includes updated guest rooms, a redesigned indoor pool, a fully renovated spa, and a new main lobby. Other renovations are resort wide and two of the hotels restaurants, Sandcastles Restaurant & Lounge and Hadashi Sushi Bar have been spruced up as well.  This recent renovation comes on the heels of a $5.5 million project that revamped the resort’s meeting space and their AAA Four-Diamond Award winning restaurant, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood.

With so much going on, it’s easy to see why the all-new Hilton is the home base for many of our out-of-state runners.  It’s also an ideal location for our in town folks as well. The spa and restaurants are open to the public and the hotel itself is the perfect spot for a staycation. We hope you are having a great weekend here and we will see you at the finish line!

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Coastworthy

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Our 2015 Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run is tomorrow!  For those of you who were lucky enough to attend our inaugural Taste of the Race last night, we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did. Today is the Race Expo where you can pick up your bib and listen to live music from Geoff McBride, all kicking off at noon.  None of this would be possible without the valued support of our community and the generosity of our sponsors.   Over the past few months we’ve taken time here on our blog to highlight some of those supporters.  Today marks the last Sponsorship Spotlight for 2015 as we take time to thank Coastworthy.

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Based here in Seaside, Coastworthy is an American outdoor furniture and home décor brand.  Their timeless designs can be seen on the porches and balconies of many of the iconic homes in our community and throughout the country. Handcrafted by local artisans, Coastworthy combines domestically sourced hardwood and fabrics to create high-quality pieces that are sure to enhance your outdoor lifestyle.  You can find a Coastworthy showroom at High Point Market Saturday April 18-Thursday April 23, and at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago in the Fall on Wednesday September 16-Saturday September 19.  We love the all American products from Coastworthy and we encourage you to support all the businesses who support us! Good luck tomorrow to all our runners. See you at the finish line!

 

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Havana Beach at The Pearl to participate in Taste of the Race

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Havana Beach Bar & Grill in The Pearl Hotel is in the heart of Rosemary Beach, Florida.  The talent over there will be cooking for lucky ticket holders tonight at Taste of the Race. This is the kick-off event to a big weekend here on 30A.  Sunday runners young and, ahem, not so young, will be running their hearts out in the annual Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run. This Friday night event is unique though in that this is the first year for Emeril Lagasse to host, and for “Taste of the Race.” Over 20 of the Gulf Coasts hottest restaurants will be cooking up some fine cuisine, while diners sip on something from Wine World, Grayton Beer, and/or Coca Cola. Live Music will be a big part of the evening as well, provided by Nashville sensation, Trick Pony. All of this under heated tents.

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The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach is one of the newer hotels in the area and with it opened a great new hang out and eatery, Havana Beach. The restaurant draws inspiration from Hemingway’s Cuba, Full of Life and the Joy of Living Well. The food there has influences from Old World Spanish Cuisine, Portuguese and French Cuisine, and of course, Gulf Coast Americana influence. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. I will say from experience, make reservations if you plan on dining for dinner. A few favorites from the current dinner menu include:

  • Braised Pork Belly
  • Cheese and Charcuterie (who doesn’t love a beautiful Charcuterie?)
  • Cured Ham and Artisan Cheese Empanadas
  • Classic Cuban Chicken Sopa
  • Marinated Octopus with a Jalapeno Jam
  • Lump Crab and Avocado in a lime vinaigrette
  • Grouper with black rice, andouille, sofrito, shoots
  • Short Ribs with whipped parsnips-YUMMY!
  • Paella-such a beautiful dish
  • And a wide range of sweets to please even the fussiest of diners (yours truly)

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I don’t know what they will be adding to the menu tonight but I am sure it will be Cuban and Gulf Coast Americana inspired and will not disappoint. We are just hours away from this much anticipated event here on 30A and I for one am excited. See you there?

Join Chef Emeril Lagasse in person at “Taste of the Race.” To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.tasteoftherace.eventbrite.com.  This event will sell out, so plan ahead and purchase tickets today.

Author: Laura Porter

 

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Sweet Henrietta’s Treats to participate in Taste of the Race

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Anyone who knows me well knows that I LOVE dessert. And by dessert I mean cake. And by cake I mean icing. In truth, the cake is a mere platform for the icing. When my husband and I got married, the wedding cake had to TASTE amazing and needed to look perfect, but fondant was not to come near my wedding cake. Why? Well, if you’ve ever eaten fondant, even a great fondant, you know it won’t please an icing lover. Icing, frosting, ache in my tooth yumminess….call it what you want, as long as it’s Sweet Henrietta’s.  As you can imagine, when I heard the news that Sweet Henrietta’s Treats was participating in Taste of the Race, I was giddy.

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Sweet Henrietta’s Treats has been making cookies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, and anything else you can think up, since 2007.  Our family has been ordering birthday cakes and cupcakes for friends and teachers for many years.  We have requested MineCraft cakes, SpongeBob Cakes, and Rock star guitar cakes, and they’ve always delivered. They are a perfect choice for baby showers, birthdays, anniversary celebrations, holidays, etc. Oh, and they deliver. Like actually deliver. I guess what I’m saying is their sweets are nothing short of delicious and beautiful, all while providing great service. We couldn’t be more thrilled they’ve decided to participate Friday night at Taste of the Race. And if you see a young, ahem, blonde, near the Sweet Henrietta’s station….much of the evening, well, it’s likely me.  Don’t judge me!

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If you are visiting or a local and looking for 30A events in February, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Join Chef Emeril Lagasse in person at “Taste of the Race.” To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.tasteoftherace.eventbrite.com.  This event will sell out, so plan ahead and purchase tickets today.

Author: Laura Porter

 

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The Hub Sponsors Seaside School Half Marathon & 5k

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FAMILES. FRIENDS. FESTIVAL.  These words perfectly describe what the upcoming Seaside School Half Marathon and 5k represents, but it is not the motto of the race, rather, it is the motto of the soon-to-open spot for families and friends to gather… THE HUB.

 

2.25 HubWhat is the HUB? Well, in the dictionary, it is defined as “the central and most active part or place”.  That’s about right.  THE HUB will definitely be the central place and an active part of the community for family and friends to meet. Currently under construction, it’s located on Highway 30a near the Prominence development. The HUB will be family-friendly, offering great restaurants, outdoor entertainment, shopping and music. There will definitely be something for everyone.

Ice cream? Check.General store? Check.Outdoor entertainment? Check.Music series? Check. Restaurants for everyone pallet? Check.So much more? Check

 

While no official grand opening has been planned, the owners have planned a Cinco de Mayo celebration that will feature local musical guest, Dread Clampitt.  According to Brad Zeitlin, Managing Partner, “THE HUB will be an incredible family and friends gathering place with great entertainment, fantastic food and shopping.   THE HUB has a 25’ outdoor movie theater and a 2,000 square foot concert stage.” THE HUB will be a go-to spot for families along the Emerald Coast. B.Y.O.F. BRING YOUR OWN FAMILIES. Another motto from THE HUB.

When asked why THE HUB chose to sponsor this particular event, Mr. Zeitlin shared that his children attended the Seaside School and his family has always been supporters of the race.  “Our children went to The Seaside School and we value how integral Seaside and the School has been to the development of our community and children.”

In general, the race has a huge impact on our local community, its economy, its worldwide exposure and the reputation garnered from visitors from all over the world. Perhaps THE HUB will host next year’s race visitors and play a part in 1) bringing awareness to the South Walton, 30A, Seaside area; 2) offering family friendly events during race weekend; and 3) representing the spirit and beauty of South Walton.

The Seaside School Foundation, the Seaside Schools and The HUB welcomes  all of the participants and the locals that will take part in this year’s race to make this bigger and better than any other of its kind.

To learn more about THE HUB, visit www.hub30a.com.  Share your race weekend moments on Instagram #seasidefl5k.

 

Visit emeraldcoastkids.org for kid-friendly tips, events, childcare and more along the Emerald Coast.  emeraldcoastkids © #thehub30a #seasidefl5k #30a #SoWal #seaside #running #5ktraining.  See you at the race!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kellyanne Bartleson, www.EmeraldCoastKids.org

The author is parent volunteer, Kellyanne Bartleson, creator of www.EmeraldCoastKids.org.

EmeraldCoastKids.org is an online resource guide for all things kids, teens & families for Walton & Okaloosa Counties. It includes links to events & local calendars; places & things to do – attractions, restaurants, shopping, fishing, boating, camping, etc.; school info, STEM, tutors, learning games, bus schedules, etc.; childcare, babysitters, after school care & KNO; after school activities, lessons & classes (sports, swim, art, drama, golf, dance, music, etc.); party ideas, venues & cakes; teen stuff (driving, college resources & scholarships, health & fitness, learning to driving); summer camp listings & vacation ideas; local emergency contacts, community service, fitness & nutrition, pets, DIY/crafts, recipes, churches, freebies (kids eat free/coupons); and more! This website is for locals and visitors and has tons of useful info. Contact Kellyanne if you would like an upcoming event promoted for free, your business listed for free or would like info on premium advertising.

When she’s not working on a blog or her website, Kellyanne is most likely volunteering; cheering on her daughters at cheerleading, drama or softball; working on a DIY project; reading a good book at the beach; or spending quality time with her family. For more info, visit www.EmeraldCoastKids.org.  

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Signature Catering of 30A to participate in Taste of the Race

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Taste of the Race is only days away and everyone I know is planning on doing some serious indulging on Friday night.  How can you not? They are going to have over 20 of the best chefs and restaurants on the Gulf Coast lined up to put something amazing on our menu. One of said chefs is Signature Catering of 30A’s Christopher Holbrook.  He strives to bring every customer “Fabulous Food and Outstanding Service.”  I can speak from experience that he and his team will exceed your expectations, while staying on budget.  He has many different menus including brunch menus, dessert menus, and beach boil menus.   He will partner with you to bring your vision to life and will have your taste buds singing.

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Chef Holbrook has had a passion for cooking since the young age of five, citing his grandmother’s chicken and dumplings as a memorable dish from his youth.  He attended the Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, S.C. where he was Student Body President.  He worked under local celebrity chef Tim Creehan, in Atlanta at Bluepoint. Bluepoint was the #1 restaurant in the area at the time. He has traveled and worked everywhere from Ireland to New Orleans (and many places in between), eventually landing here on our beautiful Beaches of South Walton.  If you have a large or intimate event you would like catered, you must meet with Chef Holbrook and consider Signature Catering of 30A. You won’t be disappointed. To read some of his menu items, go to www.signaturecatering30A.com.

If you are visiting or a local and looking for 30A events in February, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Join Chef Emeril Lagasse at “Taste of the Race.” To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.tasteoftherace.eventbrite.com

Author: Laura Porter

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Tents of N.W. Florida, Inc. Sponsors Seaside School Half Marathon & 5k

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Planning a wedding or party is stressful when you consider the theme, invitations, menu, venue, favors…I could keep going.  To alleviate some of the stress, call upon Tents of N.W. Florida, Inc.

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Tents of N.W. Florida, Inc. is a locally owned company based out of Fort Walton Beach, serving the Panhandle area from Pensacola all the way past 30-A, Seaside and the South Walton area.  Tents of N.W. Florida, Inc. can provide tents, chairs, lighting, lanterns and more for your wedding, party or function. Other items are available upon request such as linens and other accessories.  The company prides itself in making your event special no matter how big or small… you will get the same, friendly service whether you’re having a backyard birthday party, a big wedding on the beach or a black-tie, non-profit fundraiser.

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The Seaside Schools and the Seaside Foundation thanks Tents of N.W. Florida, Inc. for its continued support. To plan your event, visit www.tentsofnwflorida.com . Be sure to share your race training, race travel adventures and race weekend moments on Instagram #seasidefl5k.

 

 

Visit emeraldcoastkids.org for kid-friendly tips, events, babysitting and more along the Emerald Coast.  emeraldcoastkids © #tentsofnwfl #seasidefl5k #30a #SoWal #seaside #running #5ktraining.  See you at the race! 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kellyanne Bartleson, www.EmeraldCoastKids.org

The author is parent volunteer, Kellyanne Bartleson, creator of www.EmeraldCoastKids.org.

EmeraldCoastKids.org is an online resource guide for all things kids, teens & families for Walton & Okaloosa Counties. It includes links to events & local calendars; places & things to do – attractions, restaurants, shopping, fishing, boating, camping, etc.; school info, STEM, tutors, learning games, bus schedules, etc.; childcare, babysitters, after school care & KNO; after school activities, lessons & classes (sports, swim, art, drama, golf, dance, music, etc.); party ideas, venues & cakes; teen stuff (driving, college resources & scholarships, health & fitness, learning to driving); summer camp listings & vacation ideas; local emergency contacts, community service, fitness & nutrition, pets, DIY/crafts, recipes, churches, freebies (kids eat free/coupons); and more! This website is for locals and visitors and has tons of useful info. Contact Kellyanne if you would like an upcoming event promoted for free, your business listed for free or would like info on premium advertising.

When she’s not working on a blog or her website, Kellyanne is most likely volunteering; cheering on her daughters at cheerleading, drama or softball; working on a DIY project; reading a good book at the beach; or spending quality time with her family. For more info, visit www.EmeraldCoastKids.org.  

 

Acme Oyster House to participate in Taste of the Race

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Acme Oyster House in Sandestin is one of the first restaurants we ever visited here in the Panhandle of Florida. We hadn’t yet moved here and had one little, with another one on the way.  We loved walking around the Village Wharf in Sandestin and stumbled upon Acme Oyster House. The outdoor patio was crowded with happy diners and the inside was hopping. We actually didn’t stumble upon it…it was more like we let our noses lead the way. The scent of the New Orleans style food was pulling us in. It has a very laid back feel and is very much a family restaurant.

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This establishment has been around since 1910 when the first Acme Café was opened on Royal Street in the French Quarter. Through ups and downs and more than one owner, Acme has endured and purchased by Mike Rodrigue in 1985. You can now find Acme in its original location, as well as Covington, Metairie, Baton Rouge, and of course our location here in Sandestin. They are known for their oysters, but there’s so much more on the menu. Items include:

 

  • Boo Fries with roast beef gravy and cheese
  • Fried Crab Claws
  • Craw Puppies
  • Seafood Gumbo
  • Seafood Etouffee
  • Red Beans & Rice
  • Oyster Rockefeller Soup
  • Jambalaya
  • Crab Cake Platter
  • Fried Soft Shell Crab Platter
  • Fried Peace Maker Po-Boy (Voted #4 in Top Ten Sandwiches)
  • Grilled Smoked Sausage Po-Boy
  • Grilled Marinated Chicken Po-Boy

 

I am going to go out on a limb and venture a guess that Acme Oyster House might be serving up some oysters this year at Taste of the Race. The big foodie event is days away and I can’t wait! Thank you everyone at Acme Oyster House for your participation and support. See you soon!

 

If you are visiting or a local and looking for 30A events in February, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Join Chef Emeril Lagasse in person at the “Taste of the Race.” To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.tasteoftherace.eventbrite.com.  This event will sell out, so plan ahead and purchase tickets today.

Author: Laura Porter/RegalStephens.com

 

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Premier Island Management Group Sponsors Seaside School Half Marathon & 5k Run

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Imagine driving along a picturesque coastline for miles and miles like a scene right out of a movie. For many of us, we call this scenic drive “home” while record numbers travel from all over the world to visit our slice of paradise.  If you continue on this scenic drive west about 60 miles from Seaside in Walton County, you will stumble upon the world’s longest barrier island, located on Pensacola Beach in Escambia County. It is here that you can get a glimpse of both the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico and the shoreline of the Santa Rosa

Bay… absolute paradise. 

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Premier Island Management Group can help you vacation in this paradise. The owners, Rob Babcock and Michelle Evans, both live on Pensacola Beach with their families, and want you to experience a memorable family vacation or provide suitable business trip accommodations.

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Premier has everything from value-priced family-friendly condominiums to sophisticated luxury suites to amenity-filled rentals to accommodate every traveler.  There is plenty to do nearby whether you are looking for local attractions, the Pensacola Beach Boardwalk, museums, the charming downtown historic or the many antique shops located in nearby Destin, Santa Rosa Beach or along Scenic 30-A.

 

Great value. Great variety. Great views.

To work for Premier, you must be detail-oriented, service-minded professionals and excel in the areas of rental management, guest relations, reservations, lodging, club operations, marketing, accounting, housekeeping, and maintenance, and work together as an effective team. Rob and Michelle are committed to making sure that their company provides the BEST service for both its owners and guests.

“Always exceed the expectations… by making every experience memorable.”

2.21 Pic3Premier is proud to be an active part of the local community and not only sponsors the Seaside School Half Marathon, but also partners with organizations such as the Pensacola Beach and Pensacola Chambers, Pensacola Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Visit Florida.

“…it was a five-star experience”

The Seaside School Foundation thanks Premier Island Management Group for its support. Visit www.premierislandcollection.com to book your vacation rental now! Don’t forget to share your race travel adventures and race weekend moments on Instagram #seasidefl5k.   

 

Visit emeraldcoastkids.org for kid-friendly tips, events, babysitting and more along the Emerald Coast.  emeraldcoastkids © #premierislandmgmt #seasidefl5k #30a #SoWal #seaside #running #5ktraining.  See you at the race! 

 

 

The author is parent volunteer, Kellyanne Bartleson, creator of www.EmeraldCoastKids.org.

 

EmeraldCoastKids.org is an online resource guide for all things kids, teens & families for Walton & Okaloosa Counties. It includes links to events & local calendars; places & things to do – attractions, restaurants, shopping, fishing, boating, camping, etc.; school info, STEM, tutors, learning games, bus schedules, etc.; childcare, babysitters, after school care & KNO; after school activities, lessons & classes (sports, swim, art, drama, golf, dance, music, etc.); party ideas, venues & cakes; teen stuff (driving, college resources & scholarships, health & fitness, learning to driving); summer camp listings & vacation ideas; local emergency contacts, community service, fitness & nutrition, pets, DIY/crafts, recipes, churches, freebies (kids eat free/coupons); and more! This website is for locals and visitors and has tons of useful info. Contact Kellyanne if you would like an upcoming event promoted for free, your business listed for free or would like info on premium advertising.

 

When she’s not working on a blog or her website, Kellyanne is most likely volunteering; cheering on her daughters at cheerleading, drama or softball; working on a DIY project; reading a good book at the beach; or spending quality time with her family. For more info, visit www.EmeraldCoastKids.org.  

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Edward’s Fine Food & Wine to participate in Taste of the Race

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Edward’s Fine Food & Wine in Rosemary Beach is one of our absolute favorite date night or small group gathering spots for dinner. Have you ever dined in a restaurant where the food is amazing but the ambiance is lacking? Or the atmosphere is perfect but the food misses the mark? Well, Edward’s is everything you could want in a neighborhood restaurant. Nestled in the most charming spot right in the heart of Rosemary Beach, start your evening with a glass of fine wine and enjoy their nightly live music. Sit outside under a now covered patio, at the chef’s bar where you can watch the magic happen, or inside in a quaint intimate dining room.

One night not too long ago, my husband and I had an unexpected evening without our boys. We decided to head to Edward’s to grab dinner. We sat on the patio and ordered a bottle of wine we love (and it’s impossible to find-Seasmoke), and eased our way into a slow and perfect evening. Suddenly we found ourselves in the pouring rain. Tables all around us were filled, and despite the rain, everyone simply sat closer to their table and attempted to seek shelter under the table umbrella. The rain couldn’t ruin our evening.  And if you know me, I’m like a cat. I hate the rain and don’t enjoy getting wet unexpectedly. It’s that kind of place. It’s charming and romantic, while never feeling pretentious. Oh, and let’s not forget the delicious food.

Chef Ed Reese has been a chef for nearly three decades. He studied at the acclaimed Culinary School at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina. He then had a coveted opportunity to work under James Beard Award-Winning Chef Frank Stitt in Birmingham.  After many years there, he and his wife Erin moved their 6 children back to their roots, the Florida Gulf Coast. After working various places on 30A, they together made a longtime dream come true, and opened Edward’s in Rosemary Beach. 

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Here are a few of my personal favorites off their current menu:

  • Tuna Tartar with Dijon, lemon, capers, cornichons, shallots, arugula and grilled Tuscan bread. You MUST order this small plate. It’s so good I could eat it for dinner!
  • Edward’s Crab Cake with jumbo lump crabmeat, MacFarms arugula, citrus segments, and a lemon aioli
  • Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
  • Local Arugula Salad
  • Pan Roasted Fish of the Day
  • Grilled Flat Iron Steak
  • Fish Tacos
  • Homemade Ice Cream Sandwich

 

 

We are so happy that Chef Reese and his team agreed to participate in Taste of the Race. I am hoping he will consider serving tuna tartar and grilled cheese and tomato soup, but whatever they add to the “Taste” menu, I know we will love it. If you have never dined there, you really are missing out. And if there’s a wait, hey, grab a glass of wine….you get to “wait” in Rosemary Beach after all.

 

If you are visiting or a local and looking for 30A events in February, this is an event you don’t want to miss! Join Chef Emeril Lagasse in person at the “Taste of the Race.” To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.tasteoftherace.eventbrite.com.  This event will sell out, so plan ahead and purchase tickets today.

Author: Laura Porter/RegalStephens.com