Story by Sarah Murphy Robertson
Chef Kevin Korman has never held much interest in what’s been done before. We’ve seen this as he’s brought innovative angles on dishes to 30A for half a decade. And now, later this month, Chef and his wife Angela are excited to bring their own vision to fine dining with the opening of Roselie in Inlet Beach.
Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar will bring fresh twists to locally sourced products as well as concepts of dining that haven’t ever been done on 30A before: a relaxed atmosphere serving upscale cuisine. And central to it all will be a true family-friendly ambiance. They want this restaurant to welcome everyone.
The name Roselie combines their two daughters’ names (Rosalyn and Eleanor) but the business is also energized by a devoted culinary team that operates like a family themselves. (You see, Chef Korman’s leadership dovetails nicely with the theme of Roselie too.)
Unique to any other fine dining in the area, Roselie will have a dedicated kid-friendly space with a small television, activity board, and small tables and chairs for coloring and playing. The goal is for kids to enjoy themselves while their parents do too!
If you’ve experienced Chef Korman and his team’s food in the past, then you know their astute attention to detail and ability to elevate great ingredients into something even greater. The restaurant will highlight Modern American food with plenty of fresh seafood and homemade pasta. “When people go out they want to have something they don’t make at home” Chef explained.
Local relationships drove the menu development and Roselie will source its seafood from gulf fishermen and its produce and proteins from regional farmers like Twin Oak Farms. Dishes such as Heritage Pork served with a vegetable mole, creamy summer corn and farro and finished with cotija cheese will grace the menu.
In addition to the freshest local seafood, produce and proteins, Roselie will offer house made pastas in Chef Korman’s signature style – beautifully composed and endlessly creative. This won’t be just a bowl of noodles and red sauce. Guests will be wowed by dishes like freshly crafted cavatelli accentuated with succulent braised duck, sweet potato, rapini, ricotta and finished with pistachio.
Roselie seats 140 people total between indoor and outdoor spaces. They are also excited to offer a beautiful private dining area available for reservation with its own bar and outside patio.
Roselie will also feature an eight seat Seafood Bar complete with a true chef’s table experience: reserved guests can watch unique coastal plates come to life in front of their eyes. This isn’t just a raw bar; these are innovative preparations like ceviches and salads made with the freshest and best seafood available. Imagine gems like Red Royal shrimp served with tangerine, cooling cucumber and a bit of heat from chilis. Or a local snapper dish using tart Granny Smiths and tomatillos along with jalapenos, lime and cilantro. Each balanced component helps the seafood shine even brighter.
Many times desserts are an afterthought on restaurants’ menus. And while it takes specific skill-sets and focus to execute well, Chef Korman enjoys the challenge of desserts. Much like his other creations, he likes to highlight one ingredient and show it in a number of preparations. The diner gets to experience one flavor with several textural complexities. Their Berry dessert will highlight seasonal berries, raspberry sorbet, rhubarb puree, Pop Rocks, and a strawberry- champagne soup. All the senses are
certainly covered in this masterpiece!
Roselie will be open for lunch and dinner as well as happy hour bar menu offerings between 3 and 7 pm. Saturdays and Sundays they will also serve Brunch between 10 am and 2 pm. (Here’s an idea visitors: check out of your rental and head to Roselie to fuel up before you head out of town!)
Chef Kevin is humble and grateful for this new chapter in his career. He wants visitors and locals to all flock to Roselie and see what they are all about. Be on the lookout for their late June opening date –they are getting closer every day to announcing it and you’ll definitely want to experience Roselie for yourselves.
Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar is located in 30Avenue at 12805 US Highway 98 Suite E101 Inlet Beach, FL 32413. You can contact them at 850.909.0400 or visit their website at roseliedining.com.