Chef Ryan Smith to Host Gulf-Coast-To-Table Dinner at Seeing Red Wine Festival

Chef Ryan Smith

Reds, whites and rosés will be uncorked during Seeing Red Wine Festival, four days of wine and culinary events being held in Seaside, Florida, November 9-12. Now in its 27th year and recognized as one of the “Top 10 Can’t-Miss Fall Wine Festivals” by Fodor’s Travel, the festival draws attendees from around the world.

Seeing Red says it is shaking things up this year with new offerings, while maintaining the best of what festival attendees crave. Guests will enjoy sipping on delicious wines and tasting unique and delectable food pairings as the festival combines the best of General Admission and VIP tickets into one exclusive and unforgettable experience reminiscent of the festival’s earlier years.

Chef Ryan Smith of Atlanta’s Staplehouse Restaurant will be the guest chef for Friday evening’s Gulf-Coast-To-Table dinner under the stars. Smith will join award-winning Seaside restaurateur Chef Jim Shirley for this exciting, new-to-Seaside event.

Smith and Shirley will team up on November 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. to feature an elegant evening of locally sourced offerings, personally prepared and selected to complement highlighted wines for an exclusive experience.

Seeing Red Wine Festival is bringing a fresh take to its time honored festival tradition by offering this inaugural Friday evening experience. Wine aficionados and foodies will savor carefully selected Gulf-Coast-to-table dishes while sipping specially curated wines from Kokomo Winery and the SEASIDE Wine Project. The four-day wine and culinary event will continue to maintain the best of what attendees crave throughout the weekend.

Ryan Smith is Chef/Partner at the award-winning Staplehouse restaurant in Atlanta. Originally from State College, Pennsylvania, he has called Atlanta home for 15 years. Smith took an interest in cooking while he was in college, working in the kitchens at Penn State University. He went on to attend The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y., and received his degree in 2000. From there, Smith moved to Atlanta to explore the history and traditions of the Southeast and gain experience working for some of the city’s best chefs.

Chef Smith has worked in some of Atlanta’s most prominent restaurants including Bacchanalia, Canoe, Restaurant Eugene, Holeman & Finch, and Empire State South. Since opening in September 2015, Staplehouse has been named a James Beard finalist for Best New Restaurant, Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurant in America, GQ’s Best New Restaurant, and Atlanta Magazine’s #1 Restaurant in Atlanta. Staplehouse is the for-profit subsidiary of The Giving Kitchen; a 501(c)3 that provides grant assistance to metro-Atlanta restaurant workers experiencing unanticipated hardship.

This year’s festivities include Bud & Alley’s Wine Dinner on Thursday evening, the Gulf Coast to Table Dinner on Friday, the Festival Grand Tasting on Saturday, and a Celebration of Bubbles Brunch on Sunday. Each year has been a sell-out event, and this year will be no exception.

“Since its inception, the Seeing Red Wine Festival has had a proven track record for providing the utmost in quality wines within the beautiful landscape of Seaside’s intimacy and charm,” said Kevin Boyle, Seaside Events Director. “We continually pursue our goal of staying true to the original spirit of the festival – featuring a one-of-a-kind offering for wine aficionados, or novices, or those who simply want to sip, socialize and stroll.”


Proceeds will benefit the Seaside School and the Seaside Institute. 2017 Festival Sponsors include the Merchants of Seaside and the Seaside Visitors Bureau.

Bud & Alley’s Wine Dinner
Thursday, November 9, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Seeing Red Wine Festival festivities kick off Thursday, November 9, with the Vintner’s Dinner at Bud & Alley’s restaurant featuring a highlighted vintner to be announced.

Gulf Coast to Table Dinner
Friday, November 10, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Friday brings an exciting, new-to-Seaside event—a farm-to-table, sit down dinner featuring an elegant evening of locally sourced offerings paired perfectly by renowned chefs Ryan Smith and Jim Shirley and complimented by live music under twinkling stars in Seaside—an exclusive event not to be missed.

Grand Tasting
Saturday, November 11, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Seaside’s Central Square will come alive with quality wines for tasting curated by Seaside’s own restaurants and eateries, hand-selected food offerings chosen by Seaside’s popular and well-known local chefs, as well as live music, and the opportunity to purchase wines on site.

Celebration of Bubbles Brunch
Sunday, November 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday wraps up the weekend with a Celebration of Bubbles, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Great Southern Café. Sparkling wine enthusiasts will explore Champagne, Cava, Prosecco and more, alongside a perfectly paired menu from Chef Jim Shirley.

Special lodging packages are available through the Seaside Visitors Bureau partners Cottage Rental Agency, Homeowner’s Collection and Sunburst Beach Vacations.

Guests can also take shuttles to and from Seaside for the event. The Seeing Red Wine Festival is offering complimentary shuttles to all guests from the County Public Lot on CR 283 in Grayton Beach. Shuttles will run continuously allowing guests the opportunity to arrive early, stroll through Seaside and stay late for dinner following the event.

To learn more or to purchase tickets, visit Seeing Red Wine Festival.

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