Community Briefs 10-27

Published: Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 09:23 AM.

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.

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