Mitchell’s Fish Market at Grand Boulevard will offer guests a chance to explore ‘Tastes of the Pacific Northwest,’ a four-course dinner on Wednesday, October 29th, at 7 p.m.

30A South Walton 10408487 10152288504557541 3933035569907633086 n 300x179 Mitchell’s Fish Market to Host Tastes of the Pacific Northwest Pairing DinnerWe all know that our Gulf Coast produces delicious fresh seafood and farm-fresh flavors, but this special dinner at Mitchell’s Fish Market will give locals and visitors a chance to explore a different part of the culinary world — The Pacific Northwest.

This special one-night-only dinner will feature a variety of delicious wines from Oregon and Washington, all paired with Mitchell’s fresh selections for $49.99 per person plus tax.

“We invite our guests to join us for a special night of food and wine pairings inspired by the bounty of the Pacific Northwest Coast,” said Will Wadsworth, Executive Chef of Mitchell’s Fish Market.

The ‘Tastes of the Pacific Northwest’ dinner will feature:

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30A South Walton speakersimage Seaside Institute to Host Distinguished Speakers   Oct 17The Seaside Institute will host a lecture by three distinguished speakers as part of Seaside’s Homeowners Weekend on Friday, October 17th from 5 PM to 7 PM.

Photographer and Seaside homeowner Richard Sexton will present a talk titled, “Magical Urbanism of the Creole World,” taken from his new book Creole World. Leigh Gallagher — assistant editor of FORTUNE magazine and co-chair of the FORTUNE Most Powerful Women Summit — will discuss her findings written in her book End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving. Seaside Town Founder Robert Davis will also give a Founders Report at this special event. After the talks, enjoy Richard Sexton’s new photo exhibit and mingle with the speakers at a reception that will follow.

Tickets will be $40 at the door. Tickets purchased online prior to the event are only $30. Click here now to register online.

For more info, visit The Seaside Institute or call 850-231-2421.

Photos: Shelly Swanger

Alys Beach’s famous adults-only “Night of the Dead” costume party will be held at Caliza Saturday, October 25th.

Noche de los Muertos is always THE hottest party of the haunted season, with over-the-top costumes, special cocktails, a photo booth, and a contest with a $1,000 cash prize for Best Costume.

DJ Roonie G returns again this year, and a limited number of private cabanas are available for groups. Guests must be at least 21 years old, and costumes are required. A cash bar will be available. The fun starts at 8pm and runs until 11:30pm.

Tickets are $50 in advance, and $60 at the door. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to help Children’s Volunteer Health Network. Please note that tickets are nonrefundable and the party will be held rain or shine.

Tickets are available online, and at the Alys Beach Bike Shop, Alys Shoppe, or Fonville Press in Alys Beach.

Redd’s Fueling Station30A South Walton unnamed 5 Are You Redd y for the Redd Hott Burger Challenge?, featuring Redd, The Singing Bartender, is already a unique attraction on Scenic Highway 30A. Now there is another twist — The Redd Hott Burger Challenge!

The Redd Hott Burger Challenge will kick off SaturdayOctober 25th at 5:30 pm when a group of three special invitees will battle it out for the honor of winning the food challenge. Contestants hope to finish off five of Redd’s delicious cream cheese-stuffed Jalapeño Popper Burgers, topped with pepper jack cheese, jalapeno and habanero peppers, tomato, lettuce, pickled onions and three English muffins,1 pound of sweet potato fries and two pints of Rolling Rock draft beers or soft drinks.

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30A South Walton Lauren Lege 100 Mattie Kelly Arts Festival: Oct 25 26By Lauren Lege

This year marks the 19th Annual Festival of the Arts at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin. With music, arts and activities for all ages, this festival is a must-see for families of all shapes and sizes.

30A South Walton Festival Poster Artwork 2014 804x1024 Mattie Kelly Arts Festival: Oct 25 26Festival features include a food bistro, wine and beer garden, live music, activities for kids, souvenir posters and t-shirts, art drawings and more.

Art enthusiasts from all walks of life will have the opportunity to witness artists create works live, browse from dozens of emerging new and student artists, and get hands-on in the interactive children’s art station. Entertaining street performers, lively art drawings and the sale of colorful keepsake souvenirs come together at Mattie Kelly to create a family-friendly festival feel.

“We are thrilled to return to our original roots when this festival was first born in 1995 and billed as ‘art on the lawn’ by Southern Living magazine,” said Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation CEO, Marcia Hull. “Today, the new festival site portrays that ambience of a spacious green and one of the Emerald Coast’s largest entertainment stages for musicians to perform. Hospitality is our number one priority to create a pleasant environment for all of our artists and festival fans.” Continue Reading…

By Rebecca Sullivan Balkcom  |  Photos by Dawn Chapman Whitty

 

30A South Walton IMG 2363 copy 2 Designer Nicole Palomas Struggle With SuccessNICOLE PALOMA has had quite the year. After her wildly astounding runway show last October at South Walton Fashion Week, which was met with a standing ovation and left many guests in tears, Paloma was thrust into the “high-highs” of success. Her business took off like wild horses — and so did her drinking. Here’s her story of how getting sober replaced all other goals and everything she had once deemed important took a backseat to this crucial decision.

How did you first start drinking?

The first time I realized I could block emotional pain and constant goings-on in my brain was when I was 15. Having grown up around art, I drew and took photographs, but I found that drinking released a creative edge that now I realize really just quieted my process.

Were you worried that getting sober would affect your creative process as a designer and artist?

My biggest fear was that it was all going to go away once I got sober. The fear of the unknown is the worst, and it’s more the fear of being successful than the fear of failing. I used the excuse of being an “artist” and that I was supposed to be out of control, crazy and erratic. Where I got to with it was that my life and my children became much more important than being a designer.

When I came home from treatment, I was making a tee shirt for a friend and I had so much anxiety just being in the space and feeling the moment. When my creative brain turns on it’s a physical thing and without alcohol I wondered if it would come. I just started putting simple fabric pieces together and it came.

The creativity now comes out less frenetically and as more of a flow. I’m learning not to have anxiety about it and trust that those ideas are still going to come.

I needed to make a dress last night and I was tired. That would have been the time that I typically would have broken open a bottle of wine. But I realized I was tired and listened to my body and went to bed. While I was drifting off to sleep, a wonderful idea came to me. I view my creativity as the closest thing that I have to a higher power.

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The Truman House

By Laura Braune Smyer

For fifteen years after its inception, 30A’s quaintly idyllic beach community of Seaside was a little-known secret gem of a vacation spot along Florida’s Emerald Coast. But in 1996, the master-planned New Urbanist beach town hit the big time when it was chosen as the primary location for the filming of Jim Carrey’s next blockbuster, The Truman Show.

Acclaimed Director Peter Weir’s wife told him about Seaside, and he was immediately sold on the location. One of Seaside’s original homes — the perfectly precious yellow and white cottage at 31 Natchez Street — was well on its way to becoming perhaps the most recognizable building on 30A.

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Ever dream of moving to the beach? Before you do, there’s a ‘secret code’ that permeates our laid-back flip-flop culture. After you’ve been around for a while, you’ll gradually figure some of these things out on your own. But for anyone who wants to study-up in advance, here are 30 tips from 30A locals that will help you ease right in…

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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Heed our beach flag system!

1. “Always pay attention to our beach flag system, and swim near one of the nine lifeguard towers stationed at our public beach accesses.”

– Rick Talbert, South Walton Fire District

2. “Don’t text and drive any time, but especially not on 30A. There are simply too many pedestrians and cyclists.”

– Dave Rauschkolb, Bud & Alley’s

3. “Pack healthy snacks for your beach days! At 91% water, watermelon is a perfect snack to keep you hydrated and satisfied.”

– Joe & Crissy Thibodeau, ThiBod Fitness

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