We’ve had hundreds of entries so far in the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway. We are up to day 8 on our list and we have a great gift idea for the person on your list looking for fine dining options here in the Emerald Coast.
Don’t forget you can register once a day until the end of Tuesday December 5th.
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Day 8 finds us visiting the Vue on 30a. Vue on 30a was voted “Best Waterfront Dining” by Florida Travel + Life Magazine. They also boast one of the local celebrity chefs in Giovanni Filippone. Chef Gio, as he is affectionately known, has appeared on two seasons of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen with Gordon Ramsay. He recently appeared on the All-Stars Season and has shared his insight on an ongoing basis via the social media channels of Vue.
Vue on 30a is also nominated as “Best Fine Dining” for the 2018 Perfect in South Walton Awards as well. If you have someone one your list that is looking to experience one of the best dining experiences here in South Walton, we recommend a gift card to Vue. Chef Gio is currently highlighting his Fall & Winter menu with a variety of dishes to please the palate. Gift Cards can be purchased by calling 850.267.2305.
As part of the 2017 Holiday Gift Guide and Giveaway, we are giving away a $100 gift card to Vue on 30a. That’s right…in addition to all the other goodies already in Santa’s bag, we are tossing in a dining experience to the Vue on 30a with chef Gio.
Be sure and register each day to win the whole bag of Santa’s goodies.
It is no secret the Beaches of South Walton boast some of the top culinary talent in the country. Our area is fast becoming an area known not just for white sands and emerald waters, but as a true culinary destination to experience all the cuisine our diverse region has to offer.
Vue on 30a’s Executive Chef of six years, Giovanni Filippone, recently completed taping for the first ever Hell’s Kitchen All-Stars in Los Angeles, California. The series premier kicks off Friday September 29th at 7PM CST.
The 30A Food and Wine team caught up with Chef Gio, as he is affectionately known, for a few minutes to chat about his experience and what to watch for in the upcoming season.
Since you first appeared on Hell’s Kitchen ten years ago, how has your technique or approach to food changed?
“I think I have evolved with the changes that come with food and cusiine. I’ve got more dishes under my belt, made my portfolio bigger with more interesting food. I feel I improve everyday and learn.”
“The day I think I know it all will be the day I fail.”
What has been your biggest eye opening experience from being on the show?
“The first time I went on Hell’s kitchen I went on their blind, not knowing much about chef Ramsay so I went in there and cooked. It was a lot harder than I expected….a 45 minute segment comes from us working all day. It was a little more challenging than I expected. Being under that much pressure and having to create something in a half hour is really tough.”
How is Hell’s Kitchen different from other food/chef shows?
“It is filmed in a fully functioning restaurant and if you have a good day guests will eat if you don’t have a good day they’ll leave hungry. You have to put out food that will feed the guests that are there….not a good feeling when guests don’t get fed, in a real restaurant or on a show….it’s a bad feeling either way!”
What do viewers not realize about a show like Hell’s Kitchen?
“We work all day to shoot the show. At work you can leave and go home and relax and unwind, At Hell’s Kitchen you’re stuck if you are in a bad mood or someone else is since you live with all the other chefs. There is no down time to get away from anything.”
Any techniques you’ve picked up from the show?
“A few things from the first show…little things that help me tweak what I do and make it a little bit better…some of the dishes I have tweaked here since there are different palates on the west coast.”
Season Premier is September 29th – What do you want people to look for?
“It is a reality show all-in, it’s a top notch cast and different than any of the seasons they have done in the past. The competition is a lot stronger and everyone has made it pretty far professionally.”
Did you win?
“I can’t tell you….you gotta watch and find out. But I did win. I won a long time ago. I have two kids, a beautiful wife and I live on the beach! I’ve won. I won 10 years ago when I lost. Had I won I wouldn’t have met my wife and wouldn’t have my two kids. I’ve won much more than they could have ever offered me ten years ago.”
What can guests expect on the fall menu at Vue on 30a?
“We’re adding a southwestern pasta dish of homemade fettucine with spice and a kick. A pork shank, lamb shank and a few pasta dishes in the winter. We are also adding fried cauliflower in hot wing sauce. Stop by and check it out. Its going to be really, really good.”
And that we will do!!!!!
For those interested in cheering on Chef Giovanni Filippone, the Vue on 30a is hosting a Season Premiere Vue-ing party on Friday September 29th starting at 6PM. Sitting is limited so please call 850-267-2305 to RSVP.
Be sure and catch Hell’s Kitchen All-Stars starting on Friday September 29th at 7PM CST
Friday, May 8th – Come to Grand Boulevard this Friday to explore the 27th annual ArtsQuest Showcase as artists from around the country will exhibit their work in various mediums for a chance to win cash and prizes. Pieces will demonstrate creativity in ceramics, glass, oil and acrylics, photography, sculpture, metal, and wood. Bring the children to delight in the circus themed festivities, complete with jugglers, stilt walkers, and live music. Cash bar and food station will be available. Also, The Full Plate Project exhibition will feature painted plates to be sold in effort to raise funds for arts in education and food for children in need in the community. The event will take place on Friday 12pm-7pm, Saturday 10am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-6pm.
Saturday, May 9th – Fresh from their grand opening on Cinco de Mayo, the Hub is South Walton’s newest hot spot for music and dining along 30A. With five restaurants, a large outdoor common area including greenspace and fire pit, and a grand stage set for live music and entertainment, the name really says it all – it’s a hub of family friendly fare! You can get burgers, tacos, fried chicken, icy treats, and souvenirs all in the same block! If you’re ready to explore something new along 30A, check out the Hub in Watersound this weekend.
Sunday May 10th – This Sunday is Mother’s day so treat your mom (or ask your family to treat you) to a very special Sunday brunch at the Vue on 30A. The menu will offer a carving station with prime rib and rack of lamb, an omelet station, warm waffles, a grits and mashed potato bar, chicken picatta, Mahi Mahi, and assorted sautéed vegetables. There will also be a fresh seafood bar with oysters, shrimp cocktail, and cured salmon. The Vue is an award winning restaurant with spectacular beach views and delectable cuisine, what more could a mom ask for? Reservations are still available by calling 850-267-2305.