ALYS BEACH – Making memories over a meal is a big ingredient in the pleasure of dining out. At NEAT Tasting Room in Alys Beach, sharing plates only further enhances and explores the dining experience.
Since March of 2021, Chef Kevin Cavanaugh has served as executive chef for NEAT Tasting Room. Cavanaugh worked in kitchens all over the South from Clearwater to Savannah before the last decade plus as executive chef in the Low Country and Raleigh, NC.
Growing up, Chef Cavanaugh’s parents owned a tavern and you could say this means “serving up” food memories are in his blood. Chef keenly remembers wafts of oxtail and corned beef as his mother cooked their homemade soups for the restaurant. Paying attention to how aromas affect a dining experience became second nature to him and still informs his approach as a chef.
Now he deftly oversees the dynamic intersection between his food’s flavor and aroma and the expertly-spun cocktails and curated wine list at NEAT.
The Tasting Room’s menu is composed of snacks, shareable plates and carefully-layered charcuterie boards. Year round, The Tasting Room’s food and beverage offerings are ever-changing.
“We have moved away from the comfort foods we offered this past winter. Summer is a season for dishes that are crisper and lighter,” Chef explained. “Yes we are very fluid with the menu – keeping it fresh and seasonal; we also make it fun.”
Using aromatics like lemongrass, herbs, and edible flowers as less-predictable drink components, Chef Cavanaugh works with the knowledgeable bartenders at NEAT when crafting new menus.
“We offer a Nicaraguan rum that has been filtered using volcanic rock, for example,” he shared. Choosing to echo those clean flavors with an ice-cold ceviche brimming with gulf seafood, brings a diner’s palate to a specific place and time. Sips crafted from fresh rosemary and grilled pineapple or charring the rind of a Grecian cheese, are other ways NEAT adds unexpected flavor to more familiar ingredients.
Since NEAT is both a retail shop for artisan spirits and wine as well as a cocktail bar and restaurant, they are in a great position to share what they know with customers and guests. Theirs is a creative team who is well-versed in their craft.
“Everyone here takes a lot of pride in what they do,” Chef emphasized.
While the menu at NEAT is absolutely thoughtful, unique, and elevated, you will also see familiar favorites like deviled eggs, pimento cheese, and even boiled peanuts offered. Though focused on showcasing innovative pairings, they always aim to stay accessible and focused on well-balanced flavors.
Along with striking Alys Beach as their backdrop, the “secret sauce” at NEAT is one their chef learned many years back at a tavern: bring people together sharing food and drinks and that experience will always be memorable.
Located at 11 North Castle Harbour Drive in Alys Beach, NEAT does not take reservations. NEAT Bottle Shop is open from noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and NEAT Tasting Room is open from 2 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information on their current menu selections visit, www.alysbeach.com/neat or phone them at 850-213-5711.
ALYS BEACH – George’s at Alys Beach offers guests an experience they’ll remember, and it starts as soon as they walk through the door.
“From the hosts and managers that meet you at the door, to our servers to our bussers, they make you feel at home,” said Executive Chef Camille Withall. “You feel the love and care of our service and that translates to our food, as well.”
Withall, a native of the Philippines, leads a talented culinary team in creating an expansive and flavorful menu that starts with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, with everything made from scratch. Guests return for popular dishes like the Sesame Crab & Avocado Salad for lunch, the Lobster Quesadillas for lunch or dinner, or the Jerk Crusted Gulf Snapper for the evening meal.
“In the Philippines, our food has so many layers of flavors and that’s how I like making our food here,” Withall explained. “Even if it’s a simple salad, every bite has so many flavors. And I love incorporating the backgrounds of some of my co-workers, too. Some are from Puerto Rico, Korea, and Jamaica, and they all have something to offer. Our cuisine is labeled New American because it’s modern techniques and fusions of different cuisines. So there’s always something new and exciting for different palates.”
She strives to offer something for everyone, so the menu features beef, chicken, and vegan dishes, along with a variety of uniquely prepared seafood dishes.
“We get everything in fresh every day. And we’re pretty spoiled where we live because we can actually serve what’s been swimming in the ocean that day. And I think that’s a big draw for people vacationing here. They know that by staying at the beach, with all of the fishing availability, they’re getting fresh seafood.”
The menu changes with the season, so in the spring and summer, there are lighter options like this summer’s Strawberry Tartare for lunch.
“We get fresh strawberries from Louisiana, so it’s strawberries, fresh ricotta, arugula, and it goes on rye bread. And at dinner we have Tuna Tartare, and Yellowfin Tuna fresh from the Gulf. We toss it in a nice light lemon Dijon vinaigrette, accompanied with pickled vegetables and crackers.”
They also offer year-round favorites that guests have grown to love and expect, and that keep them coming back time and again.
George’s also has an extensive wine and beer list, and this year has begun offering premium batch cocktails. General Manager Sarah Hampton said the goal at George’s is to offer amazing food and drink, as well as a dining experience to remember.
“We have so many guests that save George’s for a special occasion, or come once a year or even several times a year,” she said. “It’s not just somewhere to eat while they’re on vacation. It’s really an experience and a special place to enjoy and they look forward to it. And that’s always good to see.”
And everyone at George’s seems to feel that way.
“We pride ourselves in what we do,” Chef Withall said. “Service, the food, and making sure everything is fresh and delicious. Our goal is to please people, make sure they’re happy here, and well fed and taken care of.”
George’s at Alys Beach is at 30 Castle Harbour Drive, Alys Beach. Open seven days a week, with lunch 11 to 3, and dinner 5 to 9. George’s does not accept reservations, but reach them at 850-641-0017 or visit www.georgesatalysbeach.com.
ALYS BEACH – A beautiful night under the glow of an Emerald Coast sunset turned into a beautiful night under the glow of twinkling lights at the 30A Wine Festival Feb. 26.
Those lucky enough to gain entry into the sold out premier event strolled South Charles Street, visiting 44 vendor tables, sampling wines, fine dining fare and cocktails. Surrounded by the towering architecture of Alys Beach, spring fashions made an early debut and cuisine ranged from paella to popsicles.
Chef Drew Dzejak represented Alys Beach’s The Citizen, bringing his famous Calabrian Shrimp, served with crispy shallots, fresh herbs and focaccia. A few tables down, Big Bad Breakfast dished up Winter Vegetable Hash and an Indian-Spiced Vichyssoise with spice-crusted shrimp.
Holiday Cafe was on site, sharing the news of their upcoming establishment, set to open early May. Serving coffee, wine, and small eats, Holiday Cafe will be located near Mast Furniture in Alys Beach.
Napa’s Robert Biale Vineyards was on hand again, offering the R.W. Moore Zinfandel and Royal Punishers Petite Sirah.
“We specialize in zinfandel and everyone has really been going after it,” the Biale rep admitted. “That vineyard was planted in 1905 so it’s incredibly old and still tasting just wonderful.”
In addition to wine, four tables near the stage were mixing cocktails, including the Blue Me Away (Kastra Elion Vodka, Blue Curacao, Chartreuse, grapefruit bitters, lime and soda) and at the Tequila Komos table, the Rosy Dawn (rosé syrup, strawberry, lime and Maldon salt).
“I like that this festival is in the evening, both from a climate perspective and because the vibe is a little more chill,” said attendee Andrew Williams of Ohio, who has been to all the South Walton wine festivals, but fell in love with the 30A fest on his first visit. “As much as I like day drinking, I like evening drinking even more!”
A trio of musical groups played along the street, keeping the mood as airy as the night’s light gulf breeze, and a silent auction encouraged bids to benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, providing dental care to underserved local children. Other festival weekend events included a wine dinner at Caliza, a beer and wine dinner, oysters and champagne in Central Park, the Flor de Cana Rum dinner, a mixology seminar; Bourbon, Beer & Butts Friday night; and Sunday’s Gospel Brunch and Rosé & Croquet tournament.
ALYS BEACH – One of the premier events of the 30A Wine Festival, Friday night’s Bourbon Beer & Butts smoked up the coast Feb. 25!
The crowd came together for a good cause, as proceeds benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, providing health services to over 1,000 underinsured children annually in Walton and Okaloosa counties. Kelley Mossburg, executive director of the charity, welcomed the crowd and offered his thanks.
“Many of the children we see each year – between kindergarten and fifth grade – have never seen the inside of a dentist’s office,” Mossburg explained. “We’re able to provide that care free of cost through your generosity and the generosity of The Alys Foundation and many other supporters. Thank you for being here tonight, and I don’t have to tell you to have a good time!”
Auburn’s Bow & Arrow was back for its sixth year, with Chef David Bancroft serving his TV-worthy ribs.
“This is a dish I did on Iron Chef America: Battle Ribs,” Bancroft said as he sprinkled the dish with pecans. “It has honey hot sauce and fried chicken skin streusel.”
Saw’s BBQ of Birmingham was on hand, not only dishing up Pork ‘n’ Greens (pulled smoked pork, cheese grits, turnip greens and fried onions) but handing out complimentary bottles of their sauce.
To wash down all that amazing BBQ, guests had their choice of bourbon or beer – or both – with everything from local favorites Idyll Hounds and Grayton Beer Co., to Wilderness Trail Distillery of Danville, Ky.
The team from Treaty Oak Distilling drove in all the way from the Austin, Texas, area to pour several options.
“We have our Treaty Oak Day Drinker Texas Bourbon, which is a little lower on the ABV side, it’s a little more for easy sipping and cocktails,” said rep Lee Fenner, while also pointing out their very popular Hill Country Dreaming cocktail, combining the Day Drinker with black tea, lemon, and mint simple syrup.
“We’ve been here every year, and this is probably the best event; we look forward to it every year,” Fenner added.
To entertain the crowd, The Cleverlys took the stage with a promise of twangy, old-timey music, but threw a curve ball when they cranked out more mainstream tunes such as Blackstreet’s “I Like the Way You Work It,” 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up?” and “Gangnam Style” between deadpan quips and hilariously misleading anecdotes.
ALYS BEACH – The 30A Wine Festival, underwritten by The Alys Foundation, returns to Alys Beach for its 10th year, Wednesday, Feb. 23 through Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022. The festival showcases renowned distillers, vintners, and culinary favorites over five days of celebration – a series of events and workshops where wine enthusiasts and bourbon lovers alike relish in the festivities within the captivating town of Alys Beach.
The festival kicks off on Wednesday evening at Caliza Pool and Restaurant with an intimate wine dinner featuring a four-course meal created by Alys Beach Executive Chef Kevin Cavanaugh.
On Thursday evening,attendees have the option between an oyster and champagne gathering in Central Park or a Rum Dinner in Papilio Park.
Friday afternoon, a mixology seminar Friday evening features the Bourbon, Beer & Butts event, where a lively barbecue and bourbon tasting will feature some of the country’s best pit masters and distillers, with live music under the stars on Kelly Green.
Saturday showcases the exquisite Grand Tasting event, featuring tastings from distinguished vintners and chefs stationed along the meandering, open-air gallery of picturesque South Charles Street in the heart of Alys Beach.
Alongside the festival and the Grand Tasting, guests have the opportunity to bid on hundreds of items featured in the silent auction as they stroll, sip and taste their way to the Gulf Green for the iconic Gulf of Mexico vista. The festival finishes on Sunday with the Gospel Brunch on the Gulf Green, a captivating experience of song with good food and good company, and the highly anticipated Rosé & Croquet event on Kelly Green, where guests enjoy rosé tastings, a delicious brunch and possibly a coveted spot to play in the beloved croquet tournament.
All proceeds from the festival benefit the Children’s Volunteer Health Network, a local charity which provides health services to uninsured or underinsured school children in Walton and Okaloosa counties.
Wednesday, Feb. 23
• Wine Dinner: Caliza Restaurant, 6 to 9 p.m.
Kick off the 2022 30A Wine Festival with an intimate four-course wine dinner by Alys Beach Executive Chef Kevin Cavanaugh. Caliza Restaurant sets an elegant tone for an evening of fine wines perfectly paired with Chef’s most delectable creations; this opening event is always an experience to remember. Tickets are available for individual purchase and are not included in the weekend pass.
• Wine + Beer Dinner, 6 to 9 p.m.
This special collaboration between Miura Vineyards and Red Clay Brewing Company includes a 4-course pairing dinner featuring Miura Vineyards wines alongside Red Clay’s new collection of beers. Guided by Napa-based Miura Vineyards’ owner, winemaker and Master Sommelier, Emmanuel Kemiji, Red Clay Master Brewer, Kerry McGinnis, and Alys Beach Executive Chef, Kevin Cavanaugh, this is sure to be a vibrant, exciting evening of food, drink, and merriment. Tickets are available for individual purchase and are not included in the weekend pass.
Thursday, Feb. 24
• Oysters + Champagne: Central Park, 6 to 9 p.m.
An evening in Central Park featuring the most exceptional oysters harvested throughout the southeast. Accompanied by champagne and live music, the Oysters + Champagne event is always a beautiful evening of celebration. Tickets are available for individual purchase and are not included in the weekend pass.
• Rum Dinner: Papilio Park, 6 to 9 p.m.
A new addition to the 30A Wine Festival, the Rum Dinner features a four-course dinner alongside neat rum tastings and beautifully crafted rum cocktails. Set in the enchanting canopy of Papilio Park, this dinner is a welcome addition to the festival repertoire and is sure to be a memorable evening of food, drink, and revelry. Tickets are available for individual purchase and are not included in the weekend pass.
Friday, Feb. 25
• Mixology Seminar: Palmera Park, 5 to 6:30 p.m.
This hands-on mixology seminar will take you through the creation of three perfect craft cocktails that are sure to impress even the most avid cocktail connoisseurs. Our experts share their expertise, insights, and instructions to impart participants with a fresh new lineup to replicate at home. Tickets are available for individual purchase and are not included in the weekend pass.
• Bourbon, Beer & Butts: Kelly Green, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Enjoy a night of bourbon, beer, and barbecue with bourbon tastings from distilleries across the country, craft brews from local and national breweries, and savory barbecue creations showcasing the top culinary talents in the Southeast. The Cleverlys are sure to keep the party rockin’ all night! Tickets are available for individual purchase or are included in the weekend pass.
Saturday, Feb. 26
• Grand Tasting: S. Charles Street, 4 to 7 p.m.
Meander along charming South Charles Street and explore wines from across the globe. Showcasing more than 80 wines accompanied by small bites of the finest creations from local and regional eateries, the Grand Tasting is the centerpiece of the 30A Wine Festival. A beautiful, elegant event, the Grand Tasting is not to be missed! Tickets are available for individual purchase or are included in the weekend pass.
Sunday, Feb. 27
• Gospel Brunch: Gulf Green, 10 a.m. to noon
We’ll keep the mimosas, Bloody Marys, and coffee cocktails flowing while you enjoy a lively, delicious brunch in one of Alys Beach’s most beautiful and iconic settings, Gulf Green. Feel the joy as the sounds of the gospel choir fill the space for this celebratory Sunday event. Tickets are available for individual purchase and are not included in the weekend pass.
• Rosé & Croquet: Kelly Green, noon to 3 p.m.
Rosé & Croquet is one of the most beloved of the festival events and access is only available to weekend pass holders. Wear your croquet whites and enjoy a festive gathering featuring a beautiful brunch spread and an elegant selection of rosés. Rally your best mates and fuel up for the eight annual Croquet Tournament ($100 croquet team ticket and weekend passes for all players required), or just sit back, sip some sparkling rosé, and watch the games. It’s always a fun finale for the 30A Wine Festival! Included in the weekend pass only; not available for individual purchase.
ALYS BEACH – While opening a restaurant in the midst of a pandemic may seem risky, the reward seemed worth the gamble for Jeremy Walton, whose 25 years in the hospitality industry gave him confidence that a new venture could indeed reach monumental success despite the long shadow cast by current events.
“The concept of the restaurant is inspired by coastal cuisine from around the world, mixed with local and regional ingredients.” –Jeremy Walton, owner
Open since January of 2021, The Citizen has become a newly hewn gem in the crown of Alys Beach, named for the driving concept behind it. “A love for the community and commitment to defining what it means to be a ‘good citizen,’” said Walton, who earned his chops working with Auberge Resorts, Montage International, and Sea Island before joining the Alys Beach team in 2014. He has also served as a consulting partner for James Beard Award-winning Chef Chris Hastings, since 2005.
“I’ve had a close relationship with Alys Beach for many years, and The Citizen provided me with the perfect way to continue the growth of this community,” he explained. “The concept of the restaurant is inspired by coastal cuisine from around the world, mixed with local and regional ingredients.”
Designed by local architecture and design firm Khoury-Vogt Architects – the town architects for Alys Beach – the restaurant naturally ascribes to Alys Beach’s cleanly minimalist aesthetic. The interior is influenced by Scandinavian modern design, with a focus on simple and refined elements: coffered ceilings, marble and gold accents, and a vibrant splash of peacock blue that stands in stark relief from the overall white theme of the space.
Diners at The Citizen are given a variety of seating options, from the 18-seat bar and a 12-seat raw bar to the 120-seat dining room and outdoor patio area. Mirroring the fresh and vibrant vibe of the restaurant itself, the flavors of The Citizen are showcased in a variety of menu items that include a selection of fresh-caught seafood as well dishes that fall under the heading of “land” and “garden.”
Having created what Walton essentially terms more of a tavern, the dishes reflect the casual atmosphere of such an enterprise, with entrees, sandwiches, salads, and appetizers that – while expertly prepared and conceived with an expertise for flavor pairings – seem to straddle the line between elevated cuisine and comfort food. As a nod to coastal Southern fare, many of the dishes are cooked over a wood fired hearth. Naturally, the beverage side of the menu shows a careful exploration of mixology that is both creative and unique.
As fantastic as the fare might be, there are, of course, a few dishes that make it to the top of the list.
“Some of our best-sellers are the Gulf shrimp, whipped feta, and our roasted avocado salad,” Walton observed. To look at the descriptions of this trio, it’s little wonder that they would be so popular. The Gulf shrimp is no mere platter of crustaceans; instead, they boast the heat of Calabrian chilies, cut with the tart edge of lemon, topped with crispy garlic, crispy shallots, and herb salad, served with grilled bread. Blended with honey, the smooth creaminess of the whipped feta is given crunch with herbed Valencia almonds and accompanied by grilled naan bread.
Clearly, there are masters at work in the kitchen, and Executive Chef Drew Dzejak is nothing if not a magician in the culinary arena. Having first developed his skills as a professional chef at the age of 15, he then went on to graduate from Johnson & Wales with a degree in Culinary Arts and set out to work at Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, Windsor Court Hotel, and Palmetto Bluff, where serendipity put him in Walton’s path. Chef de Cuisine Coleman Jernigan is equally an asset; and, much like Dzejak, he began his culinary journey at an early age. He hails from New Orleans and has several areas of expertise, including bread baking, pastry arts, fine dining, casual dining, and wholesale production.
From appetizer to dessert, The Citizen is indeed a celebration of the community – and they welcome you to join them.
The Citizen is located at 20 Mark Twain Lane #101, Alys Beach. Open Monday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch; dinner 5 to 9 p.m. Bar hours are 3:30 to 10 p.m. Reservations accepted for parties of eight or more. For more information, call 850-909-0702 or visit www.citizenalys.com.
ALYS BEACH – Following the suspension of large gatherings at Alys Beach due to the escalation of COVID-19, the 2021 Crafted food and beverage event has been rescheduled for Oct. 21 and 22, 2022.
“The well-being and safety of our Alys Beach community and partners is of utmost importance here at Alys Beach,” organizers said in a statement. “In monitoring the status of Covid-19 and its impact on our area medical facilities, the difficult decision has been made to suspend the Alys Beach Crafted events in full until Oct. 21-22, 2022. Once again, our primary concern is for the health and well-being of our team members, our homeowners, patrons and guests, our partners and participating artists, mixologists, brewers, chefs, and distillers.”
Purchased tickets are being fully refunded.
The beachside community will continue with its small dinner series, the next being the Sept. 20 Alice in Wonderland-themed dinner with cocktail and wine pairings. A few additional themed dinners are scheduled for this fall and winter, along with regular seasonal (small) events, gearing up for the 10th annual 30A Wine Festival, Feb. 23 to 27, 2022.
ALYS BEACH – To say that artisanal beer, hand-crafted cocktails, and independent label wines have all been enjoying a surge in popularity over the past decade would be an understatement of the dedication shown to the burgeoning industries.
In fact, an entire culture has been created for each; and followers sip, swirl, shake, swizzle, and stir with practiced care, collecting favorites and seeking out the best of the best with the same sensibility that was once reserved for only the finest labels. Rather than being highbrow, however, the new culture seems ready to embrace boldness and welcome ingenuity. Naturally, they’re hardly willing to compromise in quality; but the overall goal isn’t so much to impress with pedigree as it is to pour on the flavor.
Showcasing the unique
It was in celebration of these tastemakers that NEAT was begun, opening in 2016 in Alys Beach to share a highly curated selection of beers, spirits, and wines. NEAT offers both a Bottle Shop stocked full of a wide variety of beverages and the necessary accoutrements, as well as an adjacent Tasting Room where guests can sit and enjoy the selection. In 2017, the Tasting Room was expanded to include a greater amount of seating as well as a menu of shareable plates, snacks, charcuterie and cheese boards.
“The core concept behind NEAT was to create an intimate experience for customers to enjoy thoughtfully curated cocktails and wine as well as a place to offer an eclectic variety of bottles, including the ones used to make NEAT’s signature monthly offerings,” said Alys Beach Director of Public Relations Diana Lane. “We pride ourselves on showcasing boutique and hard to find spirits and wine, and the selection changes often as new bottles and vintages come available.”
Under the direction of NEAT Manager Hunter Church and Alys Beach Beverage Manager Austin Doiron, the team at NEAT is well-versed and highly trained in offering guidance to clients in search of that perfect pour. And while they could easily rest on their laurels and keep to a standard list, NEAT is nothing if not dedicated to new and novel offerings.
“We’re known for changing the cocktail and wine list monthly,” Lane explains. “Each month, Hunter comes up with a theme and assigns each bartender a spirit and flavor profile based on that theme. Each bartender gets to showcase their creativity on every menu.”
A little nosh
Naturally, the talent at work in creating the drinks is a point of pride, as is the fact that they make all of their juices, syrups, and infusions in-house. As one would hope, that same level of care and attention is lavished on the menu of edible temptations in the Tasting Room. Created by Alys Beach Executive Chef Drew Dzejak, the cheese and charcuterie boards are considered the Tasting Room’s signature items, offering a selection of fine meats and cheeses as well as decadent sweets to satisfy the senses and accompany a well-chosen drink.
Unique flatbreads and different sharable dips are also popular for a nosh, their flavor profiles perfect for pairings. Trained at Johnson and Wales University with a skill honed under multiple chefs, it is clear that Chef Drew has a creative mind that enjoys the art of combining flavors that play on the palate.
At NEAT, the goal is to be far more than just another beverage store, it’s about providing a premium product and an exceptional experience while offering something truly unique. It’s about celebrating not only an occasion by lifting a glass but also celebrating the art behind what’s in that glass: the expertise, the care, and the passion that makes every last drop worth appreciating.
NEAT is located at 11 N. Castle Harbour Drive, Alys Beach. Reservations not accepted. Tasting Room open Tuesday to Saturday, 2 to 10 p.m. Bottle Shop open Tuesday to Saturday noon to 10 p.m. For more information, call 850-213-5711 or visit www.alysbeach.com/neat or www.facebook.com/neatbottleshop.
New event highlights craft beverages, culinary, artistry, workmanship
June 22, 2021 Special to 30A Food and Wine
ALYS BEACH – Alys Beach Crafted is the newest of signature event to be hosted by The Alys Foundation. Sprung from the successful debut of Firkin Fête in 2019, Crafted celebrates the collaboration of talents, pooled from throughout the Southeast, that come together to enrich the 30A experience.
Crafted tells the stories behind a refined collection of craft beverages, culinary experiences, artistry, and workmanship. Crafted will be a weekend of events in Alys Beach, a gathering of renowned craftspeople from around the region sharing the process, the inspiration, and the product of their craft at the Maker’s Market, Cocktail Seminars, the Spirited Soirée and Firkin Fête. Alys Beach Crafted is pleased to announce that all proceeds will benefit a local non-profit focused on serving the food insecure in Walton County, Food for Thought Outreach.
Tickets for the event will go on sale to the public Aug. 1, 2021.
The second annual Firkin Fête will be Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, featuring a unique tasting experience as we tap firkins of beer created by local and regional breweries. The fete includes live music performances and the culinary creations of chefs from throughout the Southeast.
The Spirited Seminars feature four opportunities to learn from some of the best mixologists in the industry, exploring the art of the cocktail: preparations, pairings, new craft ingredients and products.
Spirited Soirée features craft cocktails from regional mixologists paired with designated distilleries, to create the perfect cocktail. Guests will have the opportunity taste the spirits both neat and in the cocktail, and will hear from the distillers and mixologists on the process behind each unique pairing.
The Alys Beach Crafted Maker’s Market will be held in the Alys Beach Amphitheater on Friday, Oct. 1 from 3 to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, Oct. 2 from noon to 4 p.m. These artisans will present their products, representing the best in regional workmanship, available for purchase. Enjoy live music while perusing the Maker’s Market and explore the tastings, treats and refreshments available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public.
Today is the final day in our 2017 Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway. Over the past 12 days we have profiled and highlighted gifts for the foodie and wine lover on your list. The total value of all goodies in Santa’s bag this year is over $1400
Here is a rundown of our favorite Christmas gifts for this year:
And don’t forget, today is the last day to register for your chance to win!
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So let’s get to it with our final gift idea for the foodie or wine lover on your list. Day 12 is focused on the true foodie who wants to get a taste of all that South Walton has to offer from just a few restaurants. Our final gift idea is a gift card to the one of the many restaurants under the Spell Restaurant Group ummbrella.
A guest staying on the east end of 30A could spend breakfast at Grits & Grinds in Seacrest Beach. Then head over to George’s at Alys Beach for a light lunch. Next up, grab a margarita for happy hour at La Cocina in Seacrest Beach. When you are ready for dinner, take a short stroll into Rosemary Beach for “fine dining in a casual atmosphere” at Edward’s Fine Food and Wine. Have a sweet tooth and looking for dessert? La Crema Tapas & Chocolate is just steps away to cap of a beautiful day exploring all the culinary offerings the Spell Restaurant Group has to offer.
Haven’t been yet? As part of the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway, 30a Food and Wine will be giving away a $100 Gift Card from the Spell Restaurant Group. The gift card can be used at any of the restaurants under the Spell Restaurant name.
So there you go! 12 days of holiday gift ideas to please the foodie or wine lover on your list. You have until midnight central time, Tuesday December 5th to register. A winner be randomly selected Wednesday morning. So stay tuned to see who the lucky winner is!