Sandestin Wine Festival pours fun and flavor April 20 to 23
March 22, 2017
By Michelle Farnham
The South Walton area is known for its food and wine festivals almost as much as its sugar white beaches. No wine festival has stood the test of time longer than “The Original,” the Sandestin Wine Festival. The 31st installment is scheduled to run April 20 to 23 in the Sandestin area, and includes four days of wine, spirits, entertainment, and even a little beach yoga.
Festival early birds are invited to the Bourbon and BBQ kick-off party on April 20 at The Village Door ($25). Running from 6 to 8 p.m., local distillery Timber Creek will offer craft cocktails, while The Village Door dishes up barbecue samples.
Baytowne Wharf merchants will offer special dinners and wine pairings each evening, and visitors who find a wine they can’t live without can pick up a few discounted bottles at the ABC Fine Wine and Spirits retail tent in the Baytowne parking lot on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
The highlights of the weekend are the Grand Wine Tastings, held Friday, April 21 ($55 presale) from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 21 ($85) from 1 to 5 p.m. With more than 500 wines being poured, day-of prices increase to $65 and $95, respectively. Non-drinking guests may attend at no charge, but will not be issued a wristband or tasting glass.
To keep wine-tasters going strong, food tents will be positioned throughout the grounds of the Grand Wine Tastings. Enjoy the culinary creations of featured chefs Dan Vargo of Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa (Friday/Saturday), Gio Filippone of Vue on 30a (Friday) and Javier Rosa (Friday/Saturday/Sunday) of Sandestin Catering.
Sandestin Events Manager Julie Stuckey is excited about the festival’s culinary offerings.
“Chef Vargo is very passionate about our festival and our two charities,” Stuckey said. “I love having Chef Gio because he’s always super creative about what he’s going to serve. He’s a super engaging chef, and he’s always fun to talk to. Chef Javier came to us from the Ritz Carlton. He always has a flair to his dishes.”
Bites will also be available from Sandestin Banquets, Sunset Bay Cafe, Holy Cakes, Hartell’s Village Diner, and 30A Olive Oil.
Stuckey said guests would find attending both the Friday and Saturday tasting events worthwhile.
“I hear people say they’ll do reds on Friday night and try all their whites on Saturday. It’s the same tents, the food changes a little bit, but it’s hard to get through 83 tents in one day,” she said. “It gives you a chance to try more wines that you haven’t tried yet, to get out of your comfort zone.”
International wine aficionados might check out the Friday 4 to 5 p.m. seminar “Wine of South Africa,” presented by Simonsig Wine Estate’s Cellar Master Johan Malan. Held at the Baytowne Back Deck, seminar tickets are $30 each.
A trio of specialty events rounds out the weekend. The second annual Champagne & Seafood Voyage ($90) sets sail from the Baytowne Marina aboard the Solaris from noon to 3 p.m. on Friday. The Saturday 9 a.m. Mind.Body.Beach session ($25) – presented by Spa Sandestin – combines yoga, mimosas, and the beach. Finally, Brunch on the Bay ($62.50) runs Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and features live music, sangrias, margaritas, and mimosas with brunch at the Marina Bar & Grill.
For event tickets, VIP opportunities, and accommodations discounts, visit sandestinwinefestival.com. Stay tuned to 30AFoodandWine.com for a more comprehensive look at this year’s featured vintners.
Photos provided courtesy of the Sandestin Wine Festival
Emeril Lagasse headlines Taste of the Race culinary event on 30A
Food Network star announces Grand Boulevard restaurant will be “coastal Italian”
By Michelle Farnham
March 9th, 2017
Carb-loading before a big race is a ritual for many seasoned runners. At the Taste of the Race event – the precursor to the Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run – athletes get to “pregame” with the likes of world-famous chef Emeril Lagasse and the top culinary players in the South Walton food scene.
The Friday night food event sold out with over 750 tickets issued, as did the race, with proceeds benefiting the Seaside School Foundation, the organization which helps fund Seaside Neighborhood School.
As residents of the area, Chef Lagasse and his wife Alden – who is on the board – have two children currently attending Seaside. It’s that drive as a father and neighbor that inspires the famous chef to lend his time and talents to the cause.
“As a resident of the community, I just want to see things evolve at Seaside,” Lagasse said. “It’s amazing for the community. I mean, I wish I could come to school here!”
More than dine-and-dash
Alicia Butler, executive director of the Seaside School Foundation, said money raised over the entire race weekend goes to supplement state funding, and is used for technology, music, arts and the gardening program.
With the help of the Lagasses, school executives, Seaside founder Robert Davis, and local chefs, the pre-race meal has evolved over the years from a simple pasta dinner to one of the great food and beverage events on the coast.
“There’s so much love here it’s unbelievable, and it gives people a taste of the panhandle,” Lagasse pointed out. “You know what? We have so much talent here, we have so much great food and great chefs and restaurants, but nobody knows about them. To be able to tie that in with the school – to make the community even better – makes me really happy.”
Butler credited the work of many for the event’s success.
“It’s really become a community event,” Butler said. “Everybody volunteers their time and services, and staff members of all these organizations volunteer, too. It’s just amazing how the community comes together for this event.”
A lucky few attended a VIP reception with event co-chairs Lagasse, Chef Jim Shirley, and Chef Jim Richard. Foodies will know Shirley from his restaurants, including The Great Southern Café, 45 Central, The Meltdown on 30A, The Baytowne Melt, and The Bay, while Richard has brought local diners Stinky’s Fish Camp and Trebeaché.
Shirley and chefs Michael Mix (The Bay) and Tim Plowick (The Great Southern Café) served up a twist on Ya Ya Pizza and Faux Ya Ya, respectively.
“When it comes to the Seaside school, “I’m all in,” Shirley said. “I’m on the school board and it’s a group I cherish. As a merchant of Seaside, I really love having the kids here.”
Alongside Trebeaché Chef David Cunningham, Richard was dishing out a Louisiana Crawfish and Tasso Ragout with Potato Gratin. Like Lagasse, he has two kids in the Seaside schools, and couldn’t be more proud of the way the charter has evolved.
“I’ve lived in a lot of places and it really is unparalleled,” he said of the school. “Supporting this school, supporting the community is really important for all of our businesses, for everyone who lives here. You can’t say enough about it.”
Richard had easily the youngest sous chef on his line, in Seaside Neighborhood School sixth-grader George Bailey. Bailey said his duties for the evening included “a little bit of cooking, but a lot of helping out, serving, giving food to people and smiling.”
Bailey admitted cooking is just a hobby for him; he has his sights set on becoming a stock broker, a career that will be bolstered by his love of math and a challenging curriculum at Seaside.
“It’s the most wonderful school; it pushes you. It has a great environment and the teachers are amazing,” Bailey said of SNS.
The dish on the dishes
There were eats-a-plenty, with 21 chefs coming together to present everything from Mullet Cake with Remoulade Sauce (Grayton Seafood Co.), to the Gulf Seafood Cioppino with Cheese Toast (Fish Out of Water), to bite-sized desserts from Sweet Henrietta’s. Drinks were poured from Grayton Beer Company, Buffalo Trace and The Craft Bar.
Atlanta resident Joanie Fagan and her four girlfriends make a special trip to Seagrove every year for a girls’ weekend, centered around the Taste of the Race event.
“We love the food, and it’s even better this year,” Fagan said.
Chef Gregg Smith brought a Southern Slider from 30A newcomer Surfing Deer. The dish featured hot honey fried chicken, peach marmalade, a ginger pickle and a house-made buttermilk biscuit.
Like many under the tent on the Lyceum Lawn, Smith and Surfing Deer owners George and Ann Hartley have a vested interested in the school.
“The Hartleys have been a part of this community for many, many years. Their children went to this school, and my 24-year-old daughter went to this school in 6, 7 and 8th grade,” Smith said.
Kevin Korman, the culinary mastermind behind Roselie Dining & Seafood Bar, kept diners on their toes with his offering.
“This is a little play on shrimp and grits, but it’s reversed,” he explained. “It’s a grit fritter, and on the bottom is charred shrimp in a tomato sofrito, and then we did a sweet and spicy tomato and pepper jam.”
New restaurant on the horizon
The folks from Emeril’s Homebase have been pretty tight-lipped about the culinary master’s next venture at Grand Boulevard – his 14th eatery.
Lagasse did let it slip that his new restaurant is “going to be Italian – very coastal – not just spaghetti and meatballs … It’s going to be damn good.”
Located next to the Carmike Boulevard 10, the restaurant will feature “food graffiti” courtesy of a New Orleans mural artist.
Many of the local chefs were excited to have a name as big as Emeril Lagasse shining the spotlight on their burgeoning culinary mecca.
“It really puts us on the map as a restaurant destination,” Richard said. “You can look at our tourist development numbers, and restaurants are the number two reason people come here. For those of us who have been in the business a long time and owned restaurants, we know that he’ll raise the bar because everyone’s going to have to step up a little bit. That’s only going to make our restaurant scene better, by him being here.”
Korman thought it was no coincidence Lagasse chose South Walton for his next venture: it’s the next big thing.
“That exactly why we decided to open a restaurant here,” he said of Roselie, that opened at Inlet Beach in June of 2016. “We thought about a lot of other locations … but ultimately we decided here for that reason: it’s about to pop.”
Perhaps Shirley said it best. “Emeril’s lived here for a while and we enjoy that, and now he’s going to do his thing, that’s great. It’s on!”
To close out the evening, Lagasse joined the band Masterpiece on stage, dancing with the crowd and even saddling up behind the drum set for a song.
Save The Stuffed Animals – She Wants Wine
February 1, 2017
Story by Jordan Lacenski
Written while feeling romantic with Pike Road Pinot Noir
If the red and pink covered aisles in every grocery store, convenient store, and pharmacy haven’t given you the cue, February has arrived, meaning you have 13 days to get your special someone something that signifies just how special they are to you.
You may be tempted to buy the perfect card with the oversized stuffed bear and a dozen chocolate roses. You may be stressing about the perfect place to make a reservation, and you do need to make a reservation, sooner rather than later.
If you really want to hit a home run, wine is the way to go. Not only does it show you have put significant thought into the palate of your loved one, but it shows you aren’t afraid to invest. Is there a wine you enjoyed together on a first date? Maybe there is a label that means something to both of you. A full-bodied red will pair perfectly with that box of assorted chocolates. A highly rated wine is always a good choice as well, or you can dive a little bit deeper.
Champagne bubbles over with celebration. If Valentine’s Day is an extra special occasion for you or you have recently hit a relationship milestone, then bring out the bubbly. And you can guarantee many of our brut producers will provide a perfectly pink label for the holiday.
If you are more into Galentine’s with your girls than a romantic date with a mystery man, a Prosecco or Rosé could be just what you all need.
If you are heating things up at home with a home-cooked meal, look into a Spanish Rioja to pair with your famous roast lamb or that spicy dish you’ve been wanting to try. Start the evening off with a cheeseboard. Almost as impressive as a delectable wine is a selection of high-end cheese.
A Bordeaux or Burgundy will certainly bring France to your dinner table, and will no doubt make your date feel fancy. “Di amor” with a Grenache or Garnacha. If red is not their think a Grüner Veltliner is one of the best white wines to drink with food.
Self-love is just as important. If you are spending this Valentine’s day with your furry friend, pour yourself a glass or two of Merlot, treat yourself to a pint of gelato, and pick out your favorite comedy film.
If you are still feeling overwhelmed, walk into one of 30A’s fine wine retailers and ask for some suggestions. We are lucky to live in a wine-collectors paradise and each store is staffed with very knowledgeable individuals. They won’t steer you wrong, and they will likely have the perfect wine bag to dress up your purchase.
The moral of the story, “Vin signifie amour” (wine means love), and everyone could use more of it.
Cheers. Proost. Sláinte. Salute. Salud. – Jordan Lacenski: Founder & Chief Innovation Officer of BrandBoss Creative
YOUR 30A Food & Wine Guide
January 18, 2017
Story by Jordan Lacenski
Written while sipping on Emmolo Merlot
Whether you’re a local or you just landed, an exceptional culinary experience is the next best thing about the beach besides the beautiful landscape. With a tight-knit community of foodies and wine collectors, the Emerald Coast is well-deserving of an accolade or two.
We have toured top-rated South Walton restaurants. We have tasted your favorite coastal cuisine and we have interviewed the Chefs cooking up your favorite dishes. Through our tastebud travels, we collected and curated our favorite experiences and yours to bring you the first ever Food & Wine Guide of South Walton.
All of the Emerald Coast’s best writers have come together to rally behind 30afoodandwine.com to provide the very most current, accurate, and compelling community based publication centered around our local restaurants and why we love them.
This full-color publication is sure to make your mouth water with beautiful images of gulf to table fresh caught fish, farm to fork vegetables, savory desserts and more. With careful consideration of the most impressive wine lists and best beach views, we give you the ultimate guide to fully enjoy every beach feast. We fill 100 pages with features of South Walton’s most popular restaurants, most talented Chefs, most influential individuals, and our suggestions for Top 10 Places for the perfect cocktail or the most family friendly.
With a passion for our community and an effort to showcase the businesses that continue to give back, we felt this has been a long time coming. People come to the beaches of South Walton because of the beautiful beaches, but also because of the hospitality, the joy the beach brings, the casual yet cozy feel of each business, the smile and greeting they get when they walk into the places we are so lucky to visit regularly. There is a reason so many of us visit and shortly after, make the Emerald Coast our home.
We wanted to offer a way for you to get to know the person behind the Chef’s knife, the mastermind behind the concept, and what to expect at each restaurant from atmosphere to service. Discover what made each so successful while you immerse yourself in the growth and history of each venture. This guide offers you a bucket list like no other. With an index including each restaurant, the style of food offered, the average price of each dish as well as the location, you can guide ever gathering and find the perfect spot for every occasion. Get ready to guide your senses and taste your way through South Walton with the 2017 Food & Wine Guide of South Walton.
Look for your copy beginning March 1st at all of our favorite restaurants from the beach to the bay. We suggest skimming through over a glass of wine!
The summer season is on the downswing here in South Walton and 30a. Throughout the year, more and more options have popped up for folks to enjoy live music and family-friendly movies. In addition, there is always an opportunity to give something back to those in need. This week we highlight a few laid back options to enjoy the last days of summer and one of our favorite ways to give back.
Friday Evening July 22nd
If you haven’t had to chance to stop in at 30a Songwriter Radio in Santa Rosa Beach then tonight is your chance. Friday at 30a Songwriter Radio hosts Lucky Mud for this week’s edition of Friday Night originals. Located in the Publix shopping plaza on HWY 98, Shannon and Josette have created a unique spot top hear great music from locals and traveling artists alike. While you’re there, enjoy a great serving of NITRO coffee. Yes you heard right. Try the White Lightning (Nitro coffee and a double shot zapped with creamy vanilla cinnamon) or the Note Maker– a cold brew nitro with your choice of flavor and splash of cream.
Check out some recent action when Bo Adams took the microphone at 30a Songwriters Radio.
Saturday July 23rd
One of our favorite restaurants is celebrating their anniversary on Saturday starting at 11AM. Owners Skip and Victoria Moore of 723 Whiskey Bravo in Seagrove Beach kick off the festivities at 11AM with happy hour all day long at the bar. Be on the lookout for the plush “Riley the Therapy Dog” on each table. $20 lets you take Riley home and proceeds benefit the Emerald Coast Children’s Advocacy Center. Make sure to grab lunch while you’re there. We highly recommend the fried grouper sandwich or the Thai shrimp pasta salad. Stick around for the check presentation and a champagne toast at 7:23PM.
Sunday July 24th
Close the weekend out on the east end of 30a at Watersound Origins. The Summer Music and Movie Series continues on Sunday evening at 7:30 with Zootopia. Bring the whole family and get away from the crowed areas here in paradise. Be sure and pack a picnic or snacks and brings blankets to sit on. Watersound Origins is located on the north side of Highway 98 across from the Camp Creek Golf Course. See you there!
Thanks for checking in here at 3 for 30a for our top weekend picks.
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Eat with your Eyes
Story by Sarah Murphy Robertson and Phil Heppding
Have you ever watched a dish being prepared and wished you had a bite at that very moment? Friday night’s kick-off for The Food Film Fest at Caliza in Alys Beach entitled “Taste of What’s to Come” was truly doing just that.
The backdrop for this special evening was the Caliza Pool – a stunning, sleek venue. The twinkling cafe lights, comfortable seating options, and joyful music set the stage for a fabulous springtime event.
Local and visiting chefs encircled the pool; offering interactive, interesting dishes to the enthusiastic foodie crowd. Signature Catering of 30A’s Chef Christopher Holbrook was wowing guests with his sushi and warm saki shot with a quail egg. This expertise and attention to detail was seen with all of the chefs bringing their “A” games.
Caliza’s own Kevin Korman offered a delicate and sweet sous vide scallop atop carrots and finished with a salty bone marrow crumble. It was dressed perfectly with an acidic vinaigrette. Seagar’s of course made steak for the party – a portion of New York Strip resting on a creamy potato puree with accompanying jus and beautiful mushrooms. And Bud & Alley’s Chef Phil McDonald served housemade sourdough topped with a crab salad: a lovely coastal bite with a home-crafted feel.
The three short films presented were selected to take the diner through a three course experience. They showcased the preparation of a rosemary-infused gin fizz cocktail, bacon wrapped steak, and a lovingly made doughnut.
This multi-sense event was truly something special as guests shared murmurs of delight sampling the films’ fare. The cocktail was made with distinct and smooth Louisiana’s own oryza gin, Kevin Korman’s team expertly seasoned and prepared the steak course, and Charlie’s Donuts made the airy, dessert confections just one hour before they were served.
Friday night definitely set the bar high, and anyone who attended the rest of the festival can attest that it was a weekend to celebrate culinary and cinematic creativity. Each are unique art forms on their own, and when brought together, enhance the other masterfully.
To see highlights of Saturday’s event, Roadtrip- A Southern Culinary and Spirits Experience please visit:
To check out our full interview with 2016 Food & Wine Best New Chef Michael Gulotta of Mopho in New Orleans, please visit:
To view our full interview with Chef Braden Wages of Malai Kitchen in Dallas, please check out:
It is said the month of March is “in like a lion, out like a lamb.” Seems here on 30A, one day Spring has arrived and the next a cold front keeps winter temps around a bit longer. So what is a good wine to sip on during these in-between seasons? I find myself in favor of a medium bodied red like Zinfandel.
Lest you are confused, I don’t mean White Zinfandels (a sweeter blush-style wine that became popular in the United States in the 198os.) I’m talking about the juicy red varietal with “jammy” flavors such as raspberry or strawberry and frequent finishing notes of smoke and spice. While not native to the United States, California has embraced this grape and Zinfandel wines are produced in 10% of the state’s vineyards. Another great bonus to serving Zinfandel? Their food-friendliness of course. Below are a few we’d recommend enjoying on cooler March nights.
The 2012 Zinfandelic Old Vine Zinfandel from the Sierra Foothills has a great conversation starter: its fun label reminiscent of 1960s rock posters! But more importantly. this wine has wonderful balance: highlighting bright berry and cherry fruit and finishing with zingy acidity. It would pair well with smokey, barbequed meats like your favorite cut of beef.
Next we suggest trying the Bonterra Zinfandel from 2012. With aromas of blueberry and black pepper, and cherry on the palate, this wine is medium bodied and finishes with a kick of spice. Try serving this wine with a starter course of cured meats and Spanish sheep’s milk cheese like Manchego.
The 2013 Francis Ford Coppola “Director’s Cut” Zinfandel is actually blended with Petite Sirah grapes to add structure to the wine. You’ll experience blackberry and cherry on the nose and then complex notes of mocha, licorice, anise and raspberry on the palate. This wine will marry well with bold flavors. Try it with a spice-rubbed leg of lamb encrusted with rosemary and garlic and let us know what you think.
Valentine’s Weekend on 30A has something for everyone. We’ve put together a few great ideas for you last minute planners. Each of these options will provide a unique experience to spend time with the one you love and enjoy the romance of the holiday.
The Town Hall at Rosemary Beach will host the Sinfonia this weekend in presenting their final concert in the classical series. Choose between two performances: Friday February 12th or Saturday February 13th. These amazing nights will feature the award-winning Miró String Quartet playing the works of Schubert, Ginastera and Beethoven. Now in its 19th year, the Miró Quartet is critically acclaimed for its insightfully crafted and beautiful performances. Tickets are $45 and can be purchased at www.sinfoniagulfcoast.org
“All you need is love…love…love is all you need!” Pandora’s will channel the buoyancy of the legendary Beatles with a Valentine’s dinner and show on Saturday, Feb. 13th. The talented and fun tribute band, RoshamBeatles will perform that evening from 6 until 9 pm and for $50 per person you will receive a four course dinner along with the live performance. Be sure to secure your seat by making reservations at 850.231.4102! Pandora’s is located at 63 Defuniak Street in Grayton Beach.
On Sunday, surprise your sweetheart with breakfast in bed or maybe treat them to brunch at any one of our stellar local establishments. Then head out for the highly anticipated annual “Valentine Tour of Homes.” Between 12 pm and 4 pm, the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County will showcase the stunning interior and exterior designs and architecture of six local homes .Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. They can be purchased online at www.culturalartsalliance.com as well as at retailers like Fusion Art Glass in Grand Boulevard, the Bayou Arts Center in Santa Rosa Beach, Sundog Books in Seaside, and Hidden Lantern Gallery in Rosemary Beach.
However you choose to spend this weekend, be sure to cherish those you love in a special way!
3 for 30A Celebrates Mardi Gras
Story by Sarah Murphy Robertson
This weekend, we say, let the good times roll! In 1837 the first Mardi Gras parade was held in New Orleans and the tradition has grown and thrived for the nearly 200 years since. Also known as Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras refers to the boisterous events of the Carnival celebrations and culminating on the day before Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.
30A is just shy of 300 miles to the east of this legendary week-long New Orleans party – capping off on Tuesday February 9th. But this weekend you’ll have plenty of chances locally to be a part of the revelry without the hassle of a road trip.
For Mardi Gras festivities on Friday February 5th, head to Pier Park for floats, live entertainment, and a fabulous fireworks show at 7:30 pm. Or check out the Mardi Gras fun in Destin Commons with beads flyin’, entertainment by The New Orleans Ramblers, and face painting for the kiddos. Be sure to stick around for the 7 pm parade.
On Saturday February 6th there is more Mardi Gras-style family fun to be had. HarborWalk Village at the Destin Harbor will hold their annual Mardi Gras street party and parade from 2 until 4 pm. Later that night, Local Catch Bar and Grill in Blue Mountain Beach will turn up the music for the third year in a row with Cadillac Willy. The grooving starts at 8:30 pm and will last late into the night.
Sunday February 7th in Seaside the show will get started at noon with face painting and street performers. Then at 2:00 join in the interactive annual parade starring the Village Brass Band. At 2:30, grab a comfy corner on the lawn for a live Donnie Sundal show in the Seaside Amphitheater. Seaside will be abuzz with festivities and recreation that afternoon for sure!
Sauvignon Blanc grapes originated in the south of France and have long ties to the old world. The wine this fruit produces is typically dry and mostly served young – as aging it doesn’t yield many benefits. The climate dictates the wide scope of flavors evoked from this wine and range from grassy or herbaceous to zesty and spicy all the way to fragrant nuances of tropical fruit. While its roots are in France, the United States is also a leading producer of excellent Sauvignon Blanc wines. This week we will recommend three great domestic bottles and some food pairings to consider for each.
The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from Cakebread Cellars has tons of rich pear on the palate and lovely aromas of apple and grapefruit. This fruity crisp sip would go nicely with your lunch menu of a tender baby spinach or arugula salad topped with just-seared rare Ahi tuna and a creamy wasabi dressing.
Often Sauvignon Blancs accompany herb-focused dishes deliciously and the 2014 Hess Select is an affordable bottle which is certain to do just that. Its grassy aromas and lemony citrus notes would pair beautifully with a dill and goat cheese sauced pasta tossed with cut asparagus or even alongside a healthful appetizer such as edamame and cilantro hummus with assorted raw vegetables for dipping.
The organically certified Heitz Cellar’s 2014 Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley is quite dry yet delightfully refreshing and bright. It first emanates melon on the nose and carries lots of tropical fruit such as pineapple and guava on the palate. This wine would go wonderfully with our area’s fresh gulf seafood and also acts well as a counterbalance to spicy foods. So try it with lightly blackened grilled shrimp kabobs over a simple garlicky rice pilaf or cous cous. Your quick weeknight meal never felt so upscale!