Local catering company hires new executive chef



Local, award winning, Dine By Design Catering recently announced the hire of Executive Chef Howard Porter from the W Hotel in Washington, D.C.



Prior to joining Dine By Design Catering, he held the position of banquet chef at the W Hotel in Washington, DC, and ran such upscale events including presidential functions, celebrity events, and high-end weddings.



“I am delighted to announce the addition of Chef Howard Porter to the Dine By Design team,” said Kim Pitchford, chef and owner. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, and has already hit the ground running.”



“Ever since I first met Kim and the team at Dine by Design Catering, I knew this is right where I wanted to be,” said Porter. “Their drive for not only delivering the best guest experience, but the most unique and personalized experience is extremely impressive, and I am honored to join this team. There is definitely something intriguing about the South Walton community that I have felt since I first arrived here. The ever so friendly, laid back people, the beautiful different neighborhoods and beaches … my family and I and very excited to be a part of this community.”



Shelter House receives $20,000 grant



Shelter House, the domestic violence center serving Okaloosa and Walton counties, recently received a grant for $20,000 from The Mary Kay Foundation. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay Foundation awards $20,000 grants to more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country for a total of $3 million.



“The Mary Kay Foundation is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence,” said Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc. vice president of Government Relations and board member for The Mary Kay Foundation. “Through our grants, we honor and support shelters across the country that are having a profound impact for women and children in their communities. Since 2000, we have granted $31 million to help domestic violence shelters meet their critical needs and support their ongoing community efforts.”



WaterColor Inn & Resort ranked one of the world’s best



According to Condé Nast Traveler’s 2012 survey results, WaterColor Inn & Resort is among a group of resorts, hotels, cities, and cruise lines always raising the bar, scoring above 90 in the annual survey.



WaterColor Inn & Resort ranks No. 2 in the list of 40 top resorts in Florida joining Little Palm Island Resort & Spa in Little Torch Key, Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, Amelia Island, La Playa Beach & Golf Resort in Naples, and The Breakers in Palm Beach.



“Being named as one of the World’s Best re-enforces the work our team does everyday,” said WaterColor General Manager Patrick Murphy. “We are dedicated to top-notch service, and making sure that every guest has a memorable experience. We are excited to be recognized by the readers of the readers of Conde’ Nast once again.”