Thursday, May 29, 2014

South Walton Culinary Showcase

So are you tired of hearing about Blogher Food Miami 2014?
Pretend you aren't...promise, last post about it and I won't disappoint you.

I was so fortunate to be invited to the South Walton Culinary Showcase!
What a treat they had in store for us!!!
But, let me tell you a little more about South Walton...which is actually one of my most favorite places in Florida!  South Walton is located in the panhandle of Florida's Gulf Coast.  The sand is like sugar and squishes between your toes...the water is crystal clear in all shades of blue.  Let me show you...

Is South Walton gorgeous or what?  Our (my husband, daughters and of course, me) favorite destination, in South Walton, is Seaside, Florida.  We try to get down there every other year or so.  It is our family's happy place...pure relaxation and beauty.

So when I found out that I had been invited to the South Walton Culinary Showcase, I was a teeny, tiny bit excited!  Who am I kidding?  I WAS THRILLED!  And the evening did not disappoint.

The South Walton Culinary Showcase was held at the Perez Art Museum Miami.  A very hip place to be!

We were treated to a speciality drink called No. 850 which was very good.

Next, three guest chefs prepared to die for appetizers.  The seafood lover in me was extremely happy.

We had "Seared Florida Blue Crab Cakes with jicama and candied ginger slaw" prepared by the Executive Chef Michael Guerra from The Pearl of Rosemary Beach.
"Seared Gulf Shrimp with fingerling potato, salad, chili and salumi mostarda and a kalamata paint prepared by the Executive Chef Kevin Korman from Caliza in Alys Beach.
And, Executive Chef Dan Vargo of Seagars in Destin treated us to an "Emerald Coast Duo of Tartare with citrus and herb-marinated tuna and snapper with fork crushed avocado, citrus salsa and crisp tortilla."
Each had such unique flavor combinations that really tantalized your taste buds!  D-e-e-e-l-icious!!!

Meanwhile, we mingled and enjoyed the view from the Perez Art Museum Miami all while listening to music performed by musicians of South Walton.  Is that not cool or what?

We also had the opportunity to participate with a South Walton artist to create a masterpiece.  I was an observer, paint and me would equal a mess. :)

We were then all seated at beautifully set tables and the star treatment continued with dinner and dessert.  Dinner included a Pinot Noir Braised Beef Bourguignon with mashed potatoes and mushrooms followed by Rum Baba and Poached Pears served with vanilla chantilly and spiced rum syrup.

Don't you feel like you were there?
Thanks for humoring me and following along with the event.  Can you tell I had fun?
What an awesome evening and thank you so much to South Walton.
My favorite place and I'd bet it would be yours too!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,