Tim Creehan's Cuvee Bistro is now open for lunch! Creehan recently held soft openings over several days for loyal customers to try his and Executive Chef Damiano Schiano's new menu featuring authentic Italian cuisine. Schiano hails from Porto Santo Stefano, Italy, where he honed his culinary craft before coming to The States. He moved to the Gulf Coast to be close to family. His signature dish is Linguine Damiano, which is quite tasty, and several new wines of Italian vintage have been added to their wine list, which just received the 2013 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Pam Wellborn, Denise Creehan, Peter and Terri Bos, Laurie Beck, Joe Bonano, and Tom Patton were some who were on the VIP list. 

Northwest Florida history came alive at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet last Wednesday during Tea @ 3. Judi Bludworth, Susan Alfieri, Eileen West, Barbara and Tommy May, Ginger Sinton, Vicki Kitahara, DeLene Sholes, Ken and Kit Little enjoyed a delightful afternoon as they sipped tea from dainty China cups and nibbled tea cakes as they listened to history presentations by David Bludworth and historian Brenda Rees about our Florida. Stay tuned for more, said proprietor Cheri Peebles, and check the website for what's next.

Fred and Ampy Cox were in New York last weekend when they finally got the call they had been anxiously awaiting. They have a grandbaby! Lucien arrived weighing in at 8 pounds, 15 ounces and 21-inches long.

Tricia Northcutt has a new granddaughter, Savannah Rye Bolton. Big sister is Carlisle.

Keen and Kim Polakoff have a new family member named Harley. Kim also took a trip with the fam to Myrtle Beach.

Ashley Johnson enjoyed her birthday with friends Nichole Moen, Danielle Cunard, Heathir Geiger, Mike and Angela Ragsdale, and hubby Shannon Johnson at Grayton Bar & Grill, and the Red Bar last weekend.

Mark Caraway celebrated his birthday by coming to the beach and howling at the full harvest moon last Thursday.

Linda Miller attended Kay Raines' birthday party in Biloxi last week.

Cory and Hillary Fosdyck went to Nashville.

Peter and Stephanie Burke went to New Orleans.

Nancy Abood visited St. Augustine.

Ray and Vickie Dollar attended the Third Thursday Wine Walkabout at Gulf Place last Thursday night.

Mike Ragsdale enjoyed lunch at Boss Oyster this week.

Carrie Nelle Moye has returned from a three-week adventure around China and Tibet.

Tom Fillingim is home from visiting family in New England.

Get well quick wishes go out to Joe Stanko.

Condolences are expressed to Cindy McConnell in the death of Kraig.

Wish a happy birthday Sunday to Tim Pauls, and remembering my father in law on what would have been his birthday.

Send birthday wishes on Monday to Carl Rush.

Tuesday to John Been.

Wednesday to the queen of Seaside, Mary Moore Hoover, and the queen of Alys Beach, Ann Hartley.

Thursday to Judge Tom McGee.

And Friday to PR man Steve Barber, and Rick Saunders.


Deborah Wheeler is the arts and entertainment reporter for The Walton Sun. She may be reached at 654-8443 or email dwheeler@waltonsun.com. Her Party Line column appears weekly in The Sun. Contributions are accepted.