30A Seafood Throwdown to benefit fisheries: Organizers want to build artificial reefs


Reefmaker contributed 2 reef structures for all to touch and feel at the 30a Throwdown event

Published: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 10:40 AM.

The first 30A Seafood Throwdown Saturday at Pandora's at Grayton Beach is being held to benefit fisheries and artificial reefs through Global Fish Aid.

The event begins at 2 p.m. Saturday with eight of the area's top chefs competing in a cookoff for awards and bragging rights as the first Savor South Walton Champions. Judging the competition will be a panel of pre-selected judges, said Brandon Montalto, Pandora's general manager. Throwdown is from 3 to 5 p.m. Visit South Walton will award the first set of “Savor South Walton” Champion Awards to the winning chefs and restaurants for both the Critic’s Choice Award and the People’s Choice Award at 6 p.m.

The eight chefs will have 25 minutes to cook their best dish before presenting it to be judged.

For a $35 donation, attendees can enjoy door prizes, free food of red snapper and shrimpl, and live music by two bands until midnight.

Competing chefs will include: Dan Vargo of Seagar's; David Cunningham of The V Seagrove; Michael Guerra of The Pearl; Chris Mack of Pandora's; Phil McDonald of Table 5; Jim Richard of Stinky's; Oliver Petit of The Red Bar; and Ryan Montalto of Pranzo's.

The bands will be Horizon and members of The Revivalists with Khris Royal and Eric Vogel.

The driving force behind this event is Andy McAlexander, who has started the non-profit South Walton Artificial Reef Association to fund placing artificial reefs off Walton's beaches.

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