Beach Walk Cafe
Coastal Kitchen Catering
Born and raised in Destin, Beach Walk Café’s executive chef, Daniel Peters, brings a unique perspective to the kitchen, bringing locally-inspired ingredients and flavors together with his expert culinary skills. He first entered a professional kitchen at the age of 26, gaining his first taste of fine food and wine knowledge at Chan’s Wine World’s original location. But, in 2011, after a trip to the area, Peters decided to move to Napa Valley to further his curiosity of culinary culture and lifestyle. It was here Peters studied under a number of world-renowned and award-winning chefs, including Douglas Keane, Sang Yoon, Jake Rand and Stephan Barber. All of which he attributes the entirety of his cuisine knowledge. He returned home with a goal of using what he learned to assist in the elevation of Destin’s food culture. Now, he’s working to bring about a Gulf-to-table concept at Beach Walk, crafting scrumptious fresh catch features daily, and share his incredible creations with the community that raised him.
As the Events and Marketing Director of The Bald and The Beard Restaurant Group, Adrienne Brand, is familiar and passionate about all aspects of the hospitality industry. She attended the Rosen College of Hospitality of UCF, right after high school, and has had an opportunity to experience every facet of the industry in her 10+ years in the workforce; From restaurant management, event planning, to Director of Operations she has excelled in all areas. As the daughter of a veteran she has traveled and lived in a multitude of areas, from Germany, to Ecuador and many US states in between each shaping her perspective of hospitality and service. She ultimately made her way back the panhandle to raise a family in the same area she grew up for a majority of her childhood. She is passionate about creating memorable experiences for all guests, whether in the restaurants, or through special events. Her goal of building a catering company that specializes in custom menus, along with combining all aspects of events to simplify the guest experience is coming true through Coastal Kitchen Catering and Events. Sharing similar enthusiasms for the hospitality industry as owners, Tyler Jarvis and Chris Ruyan, she is excited to be a part of the team creating enhanced dining experiences along the gulf coast.
3413, 2700 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin (850) 650-7100 www.BeachWalkCafe.com
Destin, Fort Walton, Santa Rosa Beach areas (850) 797-7024 www.facebook.com/CoastalKitchenCatering Dining Guide 2019
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Floyd’s Shrimp House
Meet Mike. Mike likes to eat shrimp. Lots of Shrimp. Be like Mike… Chef Mike Rhodes leads the Floyd’s Shrimp House team with great proficiency, strong leadership, and a whole lot of humor. Fourteen years of dedication to the company, Mike hasn’t lost his passion for the restaurant industry or quick wit with his kitchen crew. Although he takes great pride in his team, he’s the heartbeat that keeps this iconic Okaloosa Island restaurant thriving. With over 60,000 pounds of fried shrimp rolling through Floyd’s each year – the proof is in the product!
Award winning Pazzo Italiano Ristorante & Bar is a local family-owned restaurant featuring the only all-native Italian chef team in the Emerald Coast. We are proud and humbled to have been serving true authentic Italian cuisine for 2 years in the heart of Destin, FL, and soon (Spring 2020) at our new (second) location in Santa Rosa Beach, FL.
Floyd’s Shrimp House in Fort Walton Beach is a waterfront eatery notorious for their all-you-can-eat fried shrimp or fish platters. With a variety of specialty baked oysters, giant shrimp and seafood platters, and all-American fare, it’s easy to see why families have made this their favorite spot to revisit year after year. Check out Floyd’s elevated outdoor patio space that offers outstanding views of the Gulf and Okaloosa Island Pier. And next time you’re there, say hello to Mike! He’ll most likely be wearing a festive pair of chef pants that are sure to make you smile.
With 52 years of experience all together we, Levente Tischler (General Manager/ Owner) and Alfonso Di Bonito (Master Chef/Owner), decided to bring to you the best of our craft, love for food and excellent service by hand picking our chef team from Napoli, Italy. The Pazzo Italiano team also includes Fausto Della Ragione (30+ years of experience) and Chef Pellegrino Pisticelli (10+ years).
1450 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach (850) 243-2232 www.FloydsShrimpHouse.com
34904 Emerald Coast Parkway, Destin (850) 974-5484 www.PazzoDestin.com
Every day at Pazzo Italiano is a treat and a feast of taste and service. We work hard and passionately to share with you a warm, delightful and true Italian dining experience. With the sounds of boiling made-from-scratch sauces, the smell of baking bread and fresh herbs, the warmth of our burning wood fire from our imported brick oven, we are very grateful every day to have been blessed with the opportunity to serve you, your family, your friends, and your business partners.
Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant Pepito’s Mexican Restaurant has been creating authentic Mexican dishes on the Gulf Coast since 2000. Boasting traditional cuisine coupled with a family owned atmosphere, Pepito’s success stems from their dedication to using only the freshest ingredients and made from scratch plates that truly bring the border to the beach. Offering such top sellers as their amazing Fajitas, the Chimichanga Meal, and the hunger busting Big “S” Burrito, this much-loved restaurant offers a taste of Mexico at its most authentic. The menu ranges from quick and healthy meals, hamburgers, pasta, and steaks to popular Mexican dishes and a traditional Taqueria menu including street tacos and hand made quesadillas. And don’t forget the legendary award winning Margaritas! A Destin icon, the original Pepito’s is located at 757 Harbor Boulevard, Unit 1, and they are very proud to now have locations in Niceville, Miramar Beach, and Fort Walton Beach. No matter which location you choose, every plate shows a passion for good food served in an atmosphere where everyone knows you and you feel like family.
757 Harbor Boulevard #1, Destin (850) 650-7734 www.MyPepitos.com 34
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Rockin Tacos Rockin Tacos boasts a high-energy atmosphere with fresh and authentic Mexican cuisine, directly overlooking the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico! Locals and visitors favor the flavors and the fun festivities of this Okaloosa Island hot spot. Rock your senses with table-side guacamole, fresh fish tacos, or sizzling fajitas complete with authentic homemade tortillas. For those who love a good tequila, look no further. Rockin Tacos offers 75 different varieties of tequilas as well as tasting flights and a list of quenching margaritas like the house Rockin Rita or sweet-n-spicy Jalapeño Marg. When day turns to night, Rockin Tacos continues to rock with a late-night happy hour and a live DJ. Inside the fast-paced kitchen you’ll find Chef Sixto Martinez. Born in Guatemala, Sixto brings his roots to the menu with homemade spice blends and vibrant flavorful dishes. You can find this local celebrity also featured on Travel Channel’s Food Paradise with the Cajun-favorite fried gator tacos. Sixto has been on team Rockin Tacos since their launch in 2015 and takes pride in each authentic dish leaving his kitchen. Always rockin a killer smile, don’t be a stranger to Sixto next time you’re in Rockin Tacos and say hola!
1450 Miracle Strip Parkway, Fort Walton Beach (850) 226-8226 www.RockinTacos.com
The Crab Trap
Since opening in 2014, Surf Hut is the picture-perfect spot for beachfront dining, southern hospitality, and gorgeous Gulf views. Offering everything from Gulf seafood such as local fish, shrimp, and oysters, Surf Hut has everything you’d anticipate for a beachfront hangout, and more. The locals agree on the hut life, as Surf Hut was awarded Best Seafood Restaurant from VIP Destin Magazine for 2019.
Year after year, The Crab Trap has been a popular destination for friends and families alike. With Gulf-front dining, unforgettable sunset views, and a beach playground for the kids, it’s no wonder why it’s a staple in the lives of both visitors and locals. The Crab Trap features seafood favorites such as wild and sustainable Alaska king crab legs, award-winning gumbo, and southern-style jumbo lump crab cakes.
It’s no doubt that the Surf Hut has become a tradition for visitors, and a favorite for locals. Whether you want to go whole hog or cast your line fully in the water, the menu at Surf Hut has the perfect blend of both land and sea options. You’ll feel right at home as soon as you step in the open-doors and easily become a part of the Surf Hut squad.
Behind every great restaurant, is a great kitchen manager. Chef Frank Lozano is a prime example. Loyal to the company for 15 years, his grit and appetite for The Crab Trap helps feed over half a million seafood-hungry visitors annually. Lozano’s dedicated to the local Gulf seafood market and faithful to serving the freshest ingredients. There’s no doubt that he’s quick, efficient, and committed to each guest at this fast-paced popular eatery and it reflects in every delicious dish that leaves his kitchen.
The success of a restaurant always starts in the kitchen and at Surf Hut, they double down on their efforts. Chefs Kyle Strong and Christian Griffin comanage the kitchen with over 50-years of combined restaurant knowledge. Their complimentary leadership skills are the heart of Surf Hut and reflect in each dish and every experience. Both agree that excellent flavor and superior quality bring each Surf Hut entree to life.
551 Scenic Gulf Dr. Destin, FL 32550 (850) 460-7750 www.SurfHutDestin.com
Recently, Chef Lozano showcased the restaurant’s smoked tuna dip for the editors of Southern Living Magazine at their Birmingham headquarters, receiving rave reviews. Fresh tuna loins are smoked daily at The Crab Trap in their very own Big Green Egg charcoal grill, making a killer smoked tuna dip. Now an EGG-master, Lozano was a part of the award-winning team to take home first place in all four categories at the 2019 Big Green Egg EGGFEST.
3500 Scenic Hwy 98, Destin (850) 654-2722 www.CrabTrapDestin.com Dining Guide 2019
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CALL (850) 650-7100 FOR RESERVATIONS Dine at Beach Walk Cafe, Destinâ€™s favorite adult-only outdoor dining, for breathtaking views and exceptional food from Executive Chef Daniel Peters.
2700 SCENIC HIGHWAY 98, DESTIN FLORIDA | (850) 650-7100 | WWW.BEACHWALKCAFE.COM
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BEACH WALK BOASTS IMPECCABLE FOOD, VIEWS “Clink!” The sound of wine glasses tapping together on the
beach as a couple toasts to their love during Beach Walk Café’s signature “Toes in the Sand” dining experience is just one note in a symphony of romantic moments to be had at the stunning beachfront restaurant. “Being nestled within one of the most romantic inns in the country and having unique dining experiences like Toes in the Sand, where guests can dine directly on the beach, deﬁnitely sets us apart as one of the premier places for a romantic evening,” said Beach Walk Café’s Food and Beverage Manager Michael McIntosh. With numerous accolades like Best Outdoor Dining on the Emerald Coast, Beach Walk Café remains Destin’s only ﬁne dining restaurant located on the stunning beaches of the Emerald Coast. But, the atmosphere and unique dining options of the restaurant aren’t the only features guests keep coming back for. “Chef Daniel’s food is absolutely incredible,” said McIntosh. “We’re blessed to have a chef of his caliber leading our kitchen, and our guests see that when they dine here.” A Destin-native, Executive Chef Daniel Peters harmonizes fresh, locally-inspired ingredients and ﬂavors with culinary skills he perfected while living in Napa Valley and studying under world-renown chefs like James Beard Award Winning and Michelin Star Chef Douglas Keane and Top Chef Contestant Sang Yoon among others. “Chef Stephan Barber, of Farmstead in Napa, really pushed an ingredient-forward approach to food,” said Peters. “And, I’ve really started pushing that myself at Beach Walk. These chefs taught me everything I know, and I think our guests can see their inﬂuence in the food we put out here.” Peters explained that he’s working to bring about a gulf-totable concept at Beach Walk, adding daily features like pan seared snapper with roasted ﬁngerling potatoes and sautéed haricot verts topped with lump crab and Mediterranean artichokes, cherry tomatoes and capers. “The features Chef puts out are some of the most creative and delicious dishes I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating,” said McIntosh. Even with Peters’s new additions, Beach Walk’s menu still holds the classic crowd favorite dishes that people from around the country have been enjoying since the restaurant ﬁrst opened years ago. And, Beach Walk continues to feature special menus for holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day. “Our team has been working hard to make Beach Walk great,” said McIntosh. “And, we’re excited for the community to come out and see what’s new here.” For more information about Beach Walk Café, or to book your dinner reservation, please call 850-650-7100 or visit www.BeachWalkCafe.com.
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ooking for a cocktail to serve as the weather cools down? If you are missing your Summer Sangria and thought sangria season was over…Fall Sangria is for you. Same drink, different fruits. This flavored-for-fall sangria is perfect for fall entertaining, Thanksgiving or anytime throughout autumn. Whatever the occasion, this Fall Sangria is the perfect specialty libation for the season. Sangria is simple to make, yet it’s festive and most people enjoy the simplicity of the bold, rich flavors. This crowd-pleasing concoction can be made in advance to make your gathering less stressful. It is also helpful that you can mix-up a large batch if you’re expecting lots of guests. This Fall Sangria incorporates fresh Honeycrisp apples, green pears, Florida oranges and pomegranate seeds- inspired by the change in season. A cinnamon simple syrup gives it a little spice. Another wonderful thing about sangria is that you can whip it up the day before your event. It just gets better as the flavors blend together. In case you’ve never made sangria, don’t worry. It’s really easy. Just toss all the ingredients into a large pitcher, stir, and refrigerate for a few hours.
story by Steve Barber
This Fall Sangria recipe is made with light-bodied Spanish red wine, like Rioja, and seasonal fruit and seasonal spices. The deep fall colors of this blend look like autumn in a glass. With your delicious Fall Sangria prepared, you’re ready to celebrate the season in style. SANGRIA • 1 bottle light-bodied Spanish wine (Rioja) • 2 cups apple cider • 1/2 cup pear or apple brandy • 1/4 cup cinnamon simple syrup • 1 Honeycrisp apple cored and chopped • 1 green pear cored and chopped • 1/2 orange quartered and sliced • 1/2 cup seeds from one pomegranate DIRECTIONS: 1. In a large pitcher, combine the wine, apple cider, brandy, cinnamon simple syrup, and fruits. 2. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight prior to serving. CINNAMON SIMPLE SYRUP • 1 cup water • 1 cup sugar • 6 cinnamon sticks 1. In a saucepan, combine 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar. 2. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook until the sugar dissolves and the liquid just starts to thicken. 3. Transfer the liquid to a heatproof container, add the cinnamon sticks, and chill for at least 4 hours.
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