PARTY LINE: Lots of wining and dining as an appetizer to Thanksgiving

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The dark chocolate gateau was the crème de la crème at George's Merryvale wine dinner last week at George's in Alys Beach.

Deborah Wheeler | The Sun
Published: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 02:41 PM.

In South Walton, opportunities to eat, dink, and be merry are seldom passed up, and last week was a prime example.

I want to thank Seagrove Garden Club's president Jan Schott and its members for again honoring me with an honorary membership in the club. The membership held its monthly luncheon meeting last Wednesday at Nick's at the beach. Russ Barley again presented his holiday decorating program to the delight of members. Among those seen enjoying were Tim Ryan, Donna Gibson, Jan Schott, Tricia Sloan, Cobb Sheriff, Caroline Wallace, Lynn Abbit, Georgeen Newell, Cappy Testa, Jo Handley, Patti Johnson, Sharon Jenkins, Deb Eberhart, Jan Stanko, Betty Mustaschio, Judy Sullivan, Tricia Fiorenza, Kathy Carpenter, Mary Slater, Sarah Modica, Donna Vann, Irene Sopa, and Rachel Strawbridge.

That evening, George and Ann Hartley hosted a Merryvale/Starmont wine dinner at George's in Alys Beach. Michael McIntosh of Republic National Wine Distributors poured a variety of excellent wines ranging in value from $20 to $85 that perfectly complemented Chef Gregg Smith's fabulous six-course dinner of squash ravioli, butter poached prawn, a sea scallop stack, sesame seared beef tenderloin, pork tenderloin schnitzel, and topped off with a dark chocolate gateau. Barron and Nancy Strother, Linda Miller and Darrel Russell, and Susan and Phil Benton were some who enjoyed.

Last Thursday night was the annual Beaujolais Nouveau celebration held at Grand Boulevard. Seven eateries served French-style dishes such as bison on a bun, rabbit and veggie croissant, and French-style pastries to attendees. Stacey, Mike and Samantha Brady, Malayne and Robert DeMars, Rhonda Chaloupka and James Murray, Gary and Jan Serafin, Denise Creehan, Cara Roy, and Michael McIntosh were there.

Baytowne Wharf hosted a Sparkling Wines & Holiday Lights champagne taster Saturday night, as an appetizer to the annual Sandestin Wine Festival. Marlin Grill's baked brie and Bistro Bijoux's deviled quail eggs were divine. I saw Peggy and Kent Lillie, John Stasko, and Jim Sheperd and his daughter there.

Also Saturday night, Marinella Monk gave husband Robert a huge catered 70th birthday party at their beautiful home on the bayou. John Stasko, Sandy and Greig Buckley, Dom and Tammy Damiano, Kay Crawford, Toy and Rena Arnett, Matt Babcock, Dennis and Andrea Soltis, Dr. Adil Ceydeli, and Laurie Hood, were some who attended.

Barbara May hosted 35 members of Women's Art Network at her beautiful Grayton home Nov. 12.

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