Story and Photography by: Kristina Wright
The WSRE-TV Foundation and A Bodacious Family of Shops presented the Pirates, Pinot & Pearls 30th Wine & Food Classic during the weekend of October 19-21. This annual fundraising weekend is a longtime favorite of local food lovers, and supports the mission of WSRE to positively impact communities through education, entertainment, and engagement. The Walkabout Tasting on Friday evening featured local chefs on the beachside lawn of the Hilton Pensacola Beach. Each guest was invited to enjoy a glass of wine and take a culinary journey from one restaurant’s booth to the next as participating chefs competed for votes and top honors. The weekend event also included a celebrity chef dinner and book signing with the famous Chef Sara Moulton. Participating chefs and restaurants for the tasting included Chef Brad Davis from H2O Hilton Pensacola Beach, Mike DeSorbo from Culinary Productions, Corey Ernes from Aragon Café, Jason Hughes from The Grand Marlin, Paulette Martin from Nouveau Pastries & Catering, Chrisoula Hulion from Chrisoula’s Cheesecake Shoppe and Café, Reed Moody from Cobalt, The Restaurant, John Smith from Hemingway’s Island Grill, Takara Smith from Skopelos at New World, Mike Tilton from Legends Café, Chris Tingle from McGuire’s Irish Pub, Eric Troup from Margaritaville, Josh Warner from The District: Seville Steak & Seafood, and Brian Kaderavek of Kingfisher.
Chef Sara attended each of the three events over the weekend, and enamored fans and fellow cooks alike.