South Walton Beaches Wine & Food Fest kicked off last Thursday afternoon with a VIP opening meet and greet on
Saturday's wine auction was well attended, including by Jane Soloman, Lauren Magli, Justin Gaffrey, Tiffanie Shelton, Joan Carter, and Emeril Lagasse.
Before heading to the Grand Tasting on Sunday, I had a fun adventure. I arose before daylight and took coffee out to the beach to watch the sun rise. We who live here tend to take the beach for granted. If you are lucky enough to live here and have not experienced this, do it! Sweet!
I saw Kathy Perry also out for an early morning walk that day.
Sunday's Grand Tasting also enjoyed some delightful weather. I saw Demetria and Richard McNeese, Lorre James, Demetrius Fuller, Scott Russell, Lydia Smith, Peggy Lillie, Lori Seering, Juan Francisco Adaro, John and Nancy Cottle, Tim and Julie Brown there. I hear Shaye Smith, and Susan Benton also attended.
Dave and Carol Rauschkolb, Stephen Marlette and Harriet Crommelin, James and Rhonda Murray, went to the New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Susan Benton attended the Alabama Seafood Summit, talking sustainable seafood, in
Artist Donna Burgess went to
Greg and Beverly Schmitt went to
Patti Johnson celebrated her birthday in
Kellie Biegler visited
Sharon Maxwell visited the
Joan Vienot traveled to St. Simon's
Bryan Kennedy went to
Cindy Launch sent greetings from
Eve Emelianova went to
Chick and Cathy Huettel enjoyed a first trip to the Big Apple.
Hanie and Marie Nasri hosted St. Rita's fish-fry workers last Wednesday night at Marie's Bistro. The couple, and daughter Virginia were again the consummate hosts. Ron and Paula Michalak, John Stasko, Cathy and Chick Huettel, Don and Judi Rutland, and Joe Collelo enjoyed. Jane and Doug Anderson were also there.
I hear that Tim Ryan is the new chef at Hibiscus.
Mike and Gayle Pair have sold Restaurant Paradis in Rosemary Beach and will be doing consulting. They are presently consulting with the owners of Bistro Bijoux, which they opened in 2002 and sold in 2008 to open Paradis. Bistro Bijoux is planning a move out of Baytowne into the former Beef O'Brady's location in the Market Shops at Sandestin. Best wishes to them.
Dr. Fowler, a holistic vet, will be at 30A Vet at
Condolences go out to Laurie Hood and her family in the loss of Bucky.
Wish a "happy birthday" on Saturday to fellow Taureans Van Butler III, Dudley Cook, Donna Gibson, Cindy McConnell, architect Marianne Khourey-Vogt, artist Miffie Hollyday, PR-lady Rebecca Sullivan-Balkcom, Realtor Clayton Bonjean, and Sandestin's Ampy Cox. Whew! Lots of folks born on May 3.
Wish happy birthdays on Sunday to fellow Taureans Melanie Barrett, Paula Carter, Eve Blair,
Wish happy Cinco de Mayo birthdays Monday to fellow Taureans Ken Baughman, and Diane Sidwell.
Tuesday to Teresa Lischka, and
Thursday to Nancy Strother, Greg Schmitt, and Jim Clark.
And, Friday to Charles Wiesneth, and
Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun. Contributions are encouraged. She may be reached at 654-8443, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.