Seventh annual event benefits Food for Thought Outreach
Special to 30A Food & Wine
Jan. 17, 2023
Guests gathered at the Rosemary Beach fine-dining restaurant for a Gatsby-inspired evening. Upon entry, ticket holders made their way into the bar area to enjoy specialty cocktails made with Distillery 98’s Dune Laker vodka, each served in a commemorative glass courtesy of Buddy’s Seafood. Attendees then made their way into the main dining room where they were seated for a special four-course meal prepared by Paradis’ award-winning chef, Mark Eichin. Each course was expertly paired with wines by Vineyard Brands and sponsored by local businesses including Driftwood Wine and Spirits, Rosemary Beach Realty, SoWal House, and Swiftly Catered. Throughout the night, attendees were surrounded by live music from Christy Larsen, courtesy of Inlet Beach Real Estate, and photographed by Anthony Whittington, compliments of 30A Cottages.
“We would like to thank all of our loyal patrons and fellow community members for sponsoring and buying tickets to this year’s record-breaking dinner,” said Restaurant Paradis owner, Danny Cosenzi. “During the holiday season we always look forward to hosting everyone and raising money for a local cause that makes a huge impact in our area.”
The proceeds raised from the annual Prohibition event go directly to Food for Thought Outreach, a local 501(c)3 organization that works to bridge the meal gap in the lives of food insecure children in Walton and Okaloosa counties.
“We are so grateful to benefit from this event,” said Tiffanie Nelson, CEO and founder of Food for Thought Outreach. “Restaurant Paradis has been a generous partner in our work at Food for Thought Outreach and events such as this make a direct impact in our organization.”
Since 2010, Food for Thought Outreach has been dedicated to serving the food-insecure children in our community. Currently, over 3,000 children are enrolled in their year-round programs.
“We love to see our community come together in support of the children who need us the most,” Nelson said.