VIP Pensacola - November 2022

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events departments contents Give Care Share Coastal Cuisine Green Perspectives Swizzle Style Locale I Am Pensacola 25 48 52 56 62 70 74 Publisher Greg Alexander Associate Publisher Verla Price Publisher’s Assistant Nicole Partridge Advertising Stephanie Alvarez Kristin Moffitt Verla Price Graphic Designers Patti Hall Alicia Noble Art Director Priscilla Atkins Content Creator Anna Stockton Contributing Writers/ Photographers Steve Black Patti Hall Kevin Houghton Nicole Partridge Anna Stockton Monica M. Wilson VIP Founder Jeff Watson VIP Pensacola Staff Volume VII • Issue XI Black Tie & Boots Engagement Awards WSRE Food & Wine Classic Sacred Hart Movie Trailer Premier Day Open House & Ribbon Cutting VIP Pensacola Cover Reveal Farm to Table Dinner & Pink Purse Auction Stamped Film Festival 2022 Good Morning Pensacola Taste of Gulf Breeze A Seat at the Table for FoodRaising Friends PSO Guild Sunset Cruise 10th Annual Arrogant Steak Cook-Off Chalk the Walk Pensacola Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours Ladies Night Out Ribbons of Hope Charity Ball Bread & Table Club ~ Polo at the Point 11 15 20 22 29 33 36 38 44 46 50 54 58 60 65 68 72 features Sheriff Chip Simmons & Whitney Lucas at Black Tie & Boots Engagement Awards on the cover Photography by Kevin L Houghton Congratulations Sheriff’s Engagement Awardees Business Profile ProHealth Medical Center Dining Profiles 9 18 42 6 |
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letter from the Associate Publisher

Eat, Pray, Love

Sometimes a word or phrase sticks in your mind and will not leave. As I looked through the events and editorial for this issue, the title of a book and movie came to mind - Eat, Pray, Love. Years back, a friend suggested this read when I needed some inspiration. The story is of a woman’s travels as she searches for peace after weathering a divorce. She crosses Italy, where she learns to enjoy food again and India, where she regained her spirituality. While searching for balance in her life, she fell in love in Indonesia. The book was very enlightening, and the movie, starring Julie Roberts, was romantic and funny at times. This is an eye-opener if you want an excellent read on one of these cooler fall days.

Why did my mind go to that book? Pages and pages of events centering around food await you. WSRE Food & Wine Classic, Taste of Gulf Breeze, Farm to Table, and the Arrogant Steak Cookoff, just to name a few. While attending events, whether breakfast, lunch, or dinner, my heart is always happier when the speaker asks for a blessing of the meal. During the gatherings to raise money for charities and non-pro ts, I see the spreading of love between people working for the more signi cant cause. Eat, Pray, Love.

In late September, I accepted an award on behalf of VIP Pensacola that will forever remain on the desk. As a magazine, we are invited to numerous events each month. When Sherriff Simmons personally delivered my invitation to the rst annual Black Tie & Boots Engagement Awards, I thought it was a media thank you dinner. So, imagine my surprise that VIP Pensacola was the only media to receive one of the 12 awards given to local businesses for supporting and promoting the Escambia County Sherriff Foundation! We are, of course, very proud to support the foundation as well as other local nonpro ts. We give hundreds of editorial pages annually to promote non-pro ts through their fundraisers and events, and I personally attend as many of these events as possible. It was exhilarating to be recognized for our efforts to help grow the Sherriff’s Foundation in 2022. When you read the article, that’s me glowing proudly in the photos.

If all of that was not enough, in October, VIP Pensacola was named Small Business of the Month by the Pensacola Chamber. Our hearts are full, and we are so proud to have a platform to share all of the great things going on in our community.

Each month I close by asking for submissions from non-pro ts or charities holding events that you would like to see featured in VIP Pensacola. Our mission at VIP Pensacola is to support as many non-pro t causes as possible in each issue.

Thank YOU for reading VIP Pensacola; please be kind, courteous, and shop local.

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Be on the lookout for our VIP Pensacola Ambassadors, Shelley & Steve Black, at area events.

Congratulations to all the winners of the Sheriff’s Engagement Award

Including VIP Pensacola! We are proud to do our part in supporting the foundation.

* Kevin Green (not pictured) Doug Jolly Jonathan Patti Kool Companies ~ Brian & Cristina Williams Hassan Hills Chris Jaubert Frank Jimenez The Bear Family ~ Lewis Bear III Bere Jewelers ~ Laura & Barry Cole Gilmore ~ Whitney Lucas & Jacob Gilmore Escambia County Sheri Foundation’s Trail Blazer Award Sheri Chip Simmons VIP Pensacola Verla Price, Associate Publisher


The inaugural Black Tie & Boots Engagement Awards, presented by the Escambia County Sheriff Foundation, was held on September 30 at Live Oak Plantation. Sheriff Chip Simmons has garnered partners locally that have stepped up and offered their support for the Sheriff’s Of ce’s, the Black Tie & Boots Engagement Awards are a way to honor those partners.

Sheriff Simmons presented awards to various individuals and businesses that share in his cause to create bright futures. When asked about the Black Tie & Boots Engagement Awards, Sheriff Simmons remarked, “It was a perfect way to acknowledge those that have pushed our engagement opportunities to levels never before seen and helped us to reinforce their continued commitment to our shared community.”

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Foundation stepped in to assist with funding the event. The Foundation sold 250 raf e tickets to win one of three fabulous prizes donated by various businesses in our community, with the grand prize provided by Bere’ Jewelers. This event generated over $10,000 to put towards future engagement efforts within Escambia County.

photos & story by Kevin L Houghton
VIP Pensacola at Live Oak Plantation
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Laura & Barry Cole Brian & Cristina Williams Jennifer & Terrence Shashaty Jenny & Chris Roney Anita & David Ingram Mark & Brandy Jackson Susan Simmons, Whitney & Jake Lucas Judge Gary & Carissa Bergosh, Sally & Jeff Bergosh
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Ronnie & Christal Rivera Douglas & Melissa Bunn Heather & Austin Ross Kevin & Karen Green Dawn & Joey Brazwell Morgan Lewis & Alan Diaz Hassan & Katrina Hills Kristy & Robert Quinata Alison Houghton & Verla Price Nina & Jonathon Patti Michelle & Phil Salzman Veronica & Henrique Dias Mike & Shannon Kohler Jeremy & Shon Small Glenroy & Debra Little James & Jessica Rockhill Matt & Michelle Crutchfield Trish Marris, Ron Ross & Pay Yvarra
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WSRE Food & Wine Classic


and staff pulled out all the stops for the 32nd Annual Food and Wine Classic, held on October 15 with hundreds of food and wine enthusiasts in attendance! Locals, as well as out of towners, thoroughly enjoyed the evening under perfect weather conditions, enjoying cuisine from 12 well-known local chefs. Attendee Debbie King Kenney noted, “This is my favorite wine and food event.” Alejandra Ramos, host of PBS’s The Great American Recipe, was

on hand sampling, judging, and tasting all the wonderful food and admiring all the presentations. The 2022 Food and Wine Classic celebrated Hispanic heritage with Latin America and Caribbean cuisine. Tables and chairs were provided for everyone to relax and enjoy the sounds of great music from Nobius. The grounds at the SCI building were the perfect location for the walkabout wine and food tasting. This event is an annual fundraiser for WSRE, the area local public broadcasting service.

photos & story by Kevin L Houghton
VIP Pensacola at SCI Building,Garden Street
Veronica Jennings & Reneé Weaver Vanessa Suarez & Mike Thomas Scott & Becky Snyder Jason Duckworth, Mathew & Jill Pasco Alexandra Ramos, Ed Morrison, Jackie Gray & Jill Hubbs Isabella Brown, Isabella Holloman & Mary ZaledonisElaine & Jesus Perez
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Mellissa Shoemoe, Lily Shoemoe & Saranae Shoemoe Gordon & Bette Sprague, Sandy Cesaretti Ray Kelly Miears & Aaron Erskine Will Morris & Stephanie Alvarez Malu Dunn & Colin Smith Jesse Sproles, Brooke Wagner, Jacob Morris & Desirae Grochola Manuel Rodriguez, Craig Norman & Ike Francis Dr. Brent & Louise Videau Curt & Tammy Kefler Jocelyn Wood & Kevin Morrell
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ProHealth is a Hidden Gem in Pensacola!

Citizens of the Emerald Coast! There is a hidden gem in our medical community that has been here for over 30 years and you may not even know it exists. We are talking about locally owned ProHealth Walk-In Medical Care and Labs. ProHealth has won multiple Best of the Bay awards during its time, but last year ProHealth was named the 2021 Business of the YEAR by both the Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Chambers of Commerce.

The owners of ProHealth are always looking for ways to o er more to their community and that is why they are expanding their Medical Weight Loss programs, Hormone Therapy o erings, ED solutions, and in January ProHealth plans to open a gorgeous IV Hydration lounge in their Gulf Breeze location.

This plan is great for those that are self-employed, uninsured, have high deductible plans, and especially for employers who want to o er a benefit to their employees to help them stay competitive in this tough labor market. At $45 per month that is only 28 cents an hour for a full-time employee. Medical Membership is a great example of ProHealth’s commitment to keeping medical care a ordable.

ProHealth doesn’t even require an appointment or a doctor’s referral. It doesn’t report medical findings to an electronic medical records database and in most cases

ProHealth will be your most convenient cost-e ective option for Primary Medical Care. ProHealth has 2 Walk-in clinics and 7 convenient lab locations along the panhandle and is almost always the least expensive lab work option coupled with the convenience of not needing a doctor’s order or an appointment. Chronic disease management for Diabetes, Blood Pressure, Cholesterol, and Anxiety are a breeze with ProHealth. For the kiddos they make vaccinations, colds, allergies, rashes, physicals, and minor procedures (lacerations, bumps, bug bites…) quick and easy. ProHealth o ers more options than a clinic in a pharmacy lobby and it won’t leave you with an unexpected gigantic medical bill that comes

from visiting an Emergency Room. ProHealth also o ers a full array of Covid services whether you are traveling or suspect you may have contracted Covid, ProHealth can help. ProHealth even o ers DOT physicals and testing along with drug screening. Patients have found that even though ProHealth does not accept insurance they are often cheaper and more convenient than using a co-pay and scheduling with a preferred insurance provider. ProHealth providers take the time to listen and address your health and wellness goals. We are fortunate to have all these expedient cost-e ective medical services right here at our doorstep and most of us are unaware.

Our local beach hotels and restaurants know this jewel exists and will often tell their guests to go to ProHealth and skip the ER for minor emergencies or illnesses while they are visiting our little slice of paradise.

You may be unaware of this little treasure, but I encourage you to find this gem the next time you need lab work, have a medical need, or you just want to get a B12 or Lipotonix shot to give your body a boost.

You can reach ProHealth by calling (850)-203-1910 or visit

ProHealth gives back to the community in many ways, but one of the most significant is their e ort to keep the medical care ProHealth o ers as a ordable as possible. For Instance, ProHealth’s Medical Membership plan is only $45 per month and includes: Unlimited Primary Care Visits $0 Copay Free Annual Physical • Free Annual Flu Shot • Free Monthly B12 Shot 24/7 Teledoc Service • $0 copay 25% of Lab Work • 25% Procedures

Sacred Hart Movie Trailer Premier Day

TheSacred Hart Movie Trailer Premier Day took place at Court of De Luna Event Space on September 25. With over 700 in attendance, the entire venue was packed with actors, extras, and supporters for this historic event. This private screening will help bring Pensacola into the national spotlight, not only for the amazing talent in the movie, but also for the vision of the director, Elrico Tunstall. Sacred Hart was lmed entirely in Pensacola, and for Tunstall, this is his chance to showcase his hometown. “We were losing so much talent to Atlanta and surrounding areas because there was no outlet here, but with my management company (Manager of the Year Talent Management, LLC) also being an Actors Corp to train, it allowed for a sense of stability to be established in Pensacola for the Arts,” stated Tunstall.

Tunstall is a two-time war veteran who served in the United States Army. “After 10 years of being home from the military, I have built up this company by booking actors on professional movie sets. Now, after learning and growing in the entertainment industry, I have produced Pensacola’s rst feature lm, Sacred Hart…actors were used from all over the Gulf Coast, so it is made up of a diverse cast, and over 20 businesses and locations were used,” Tunstall said.

The movie is about an African America family that owns and operates a ctional hospital in Pensacola, Tunstall is seeking to turn it into a series.

photos & story by Kevin L Houghton
VIP Pensacola at Court of De Luna Event Space
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Open House & Ri on Cu ing

TheGreater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Next Level Oxygen Hyperbaric MedSpa on September 29. Chamber members and guests mingled and enjoyed delicious nger foods and drinks. Curvy Ms. America United States, Tonya Lied-Peele, was also in attendance to help celebrate the open house and ribbon cutting.

Next Level Oxygen Hyperbaric Med Spa owner, Aimee Allenback, welcomed everyone in attendance and introduced the staff. Tours were available of the facility and guests were able to learn about the services offered. Next Level Oxygen Hyperbaric MedSpa has taken over the entire building. Expanding its space means more room to offer new services, such as BrainTap brain tness and full spectrum infrared sauna treatments. Having grown up in a military family, Aimee Allenback is also committed to giving back to the military community and will be launching a new military appreciation initiative in November.

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VIP Pensacola at Next Level Hyperbaric MedSpa
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O’Brien’s Bistro is a casual dining restaurant, family owned and operated by David & Lucia Bonifay Greenfield. Their menu features fresh locally sourced fish, beef, and vegetables which are delivered daily. They also boast an extensive, value priced wine list, and most recently have added cocktails to the menu.

All of our dishes are prepared to order with all sauces, salad dressings, and desserts prepared in house from scratch. O’Brien’s Bistro is committed to providing their guests with professional, friendly, attentive service, while maintaining that neighborhood, ”hometown” feel.

O’Brien’s Bistro has recently been voted in 2022 “Best Casual Dining” and “Best Locally Owned Restaurant” by VIP Pensacola’s reader’s poll. In addition to dining in the main dining room, O’Brien’s Bistro o ers outside patio dining as well as private party accommodations for up to 40 guests. These accommodations are perfect for rehearsal dinners, family reunions, business dinners, or luncheons -- o ering large screen televisions with HDMI hook-up for business presentations.

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From the viewpoint of Michael Ledger, President and CEO

How did Feeding the Gulf Coast come about?


the Gulf Coast is the area’s local Feeding America-af liated food bank. Feeding the Gulf Coast serves 24 counties throughout south Mississippi, south Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle by providing emergency food assistance programs and other support to nonpro t and faith-based organizations and special programs. Last year, the food bank distributed more than 27.5 million meals to those in need along the central Gulf Coast.

On September 17, 1980, Feeding the Gulf Coast, then known as Bay Area Food Bank, received the green light to open its doors. The food bank’s mission was to invest in those struggling to put food on the table daily in Baldwin and Mobile counties. Within just a few years of operation, the food bank’s service to Gulf Coast communities grew to include the Florida Panhandle. Operating from its facility in Milton since 2009, the food bank underwent an expansion project last year to better serve those facing hunger in the Panhandle.

What impact does Feeding the Gulf Coast have on the community?

On a daily basis, hunger is hidden among us. This need may reside with our child’s classmate, the clerk in the grocery store, a co-worker, or a neighbor. Food shouldn’t be an impossible choice. For many, a daily meal is just a choice of what to eat for dinner. But for people facing hunger, a daily meal poses a very different type of choice. It’s often an impossible choice between food and other critical needs such as utilities, housing, or medicine.

Throughout our service area, 1 in 6 individuals is food insecure, including 1 in 4 children. That represents more than 130,000 people who may not know where their next meal will come from. The food bank works with more than 400 partner agencies and 150 child nutrition partners to serve those in need. On average, around 100,000 individuals visit a pantry each month.

What are some future goals?

The food bank recognizes that chronic poor health and hunger can create a consequential pattern leaving individuals in a system of nutrition insecurity. Additionally, our rural service area contains pockets of low-food access where individuals face the challenges of nding healthy food at affordable prices. We are working to develop new programs that increase access to nutritious and fresh foods such as dairy and produce. We are in the process of out tting our rst mobile marketplace vehicle. This program will bring fresh foods to food deserts within our service area, along with nutrition education opportunities to help encourage better nutrition and cooking habits. We also work to establish more food-as-medicine partnerships through prescription food box initiatives and address senior hunger.

What are some challenges your organization faces?

The need remains high. The food bank has challenges nding the proper resources, whether food supply sources or enough partners to adequately meet our community’s needs. We are thankful for our current partners but always need more feet on the ground.

What events does your organization host? Are any open to the public?

We have two upcoming events next spring open to the public to get involved with. In partnership with the National Association of Letter Carriers, our biggest one-day food drive, Stamp Out Hunger, is set to take place on May 13, 2023. We are also the bene tting charity of The MAX Volleyball Tournament on May 21, 2023. We are in the process of securing sponsors and teams for anyone who wants to participate.

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What is your role and how did you get involved with Feeding the Gulf Coast?

I am the President and CEO. I took on this role in the summer of 2020 during a very busy time as we were responding to impacts of the pandemic. I previously served as the Florida Branch Manager following the organization’s response to Hurricane Michael. I was at a point in life where I had accumulated signi cant for pro t business experience, and I felt I could translate that knowledge into making a difference in the community. When I learned of the opportunity with this organization, I felt it was a way to contribute positively to the community and give back through leadership of the organization.

What’s your favorite thing about being involved with the organization?

I enjoy the opportunity to develop strategies and nd new ways to improve our efforts to create impact every day. Our goal is not only to provide a meal for someone struggling today but to establish initiatives that ultimately help end hunger. So not only do I get to make a difference every day, but I do so alongside a great team of passionate individuals and community partners.

What would you like our readers to know about Feeding the Gulf Coast?

For those who need food assistance, individuals can visit our website, at, and use the Find A Pantry feature. That tab allows people to put in their address and a list of agencies and operational hours near them will populate. People can also call our of ce at (888) 704-FOOD for additional assistance.

How can someone get involved and/or support your nonprofit?

Any one person can make a difference. Whether through one dollar, one donated item or one hour of time. We have opportunities available for all those interested in standing alongside us in our mission to provide hunger relief for the community and to make a difference. Volunteer opportunities include packing backpacks of food for children to have during weekends and breaks from school, packing senior boxes of supplemental food for seniors living on xed income, sorting food or even volunteering at mobile pantry distributions. For those interested in getting involved, they can visit our website at for more information.


VIP Cover Reveal

The Emerald Republic Brewing Company along with Sunbelt Title Agency, Rustyc Spoon Meal Design and Catering, hosted over 75 guests for the unveiling of the cover of the October VIP Pensacola “Power Players” issue, on October 5. Friends and clients of the magazine enjoyed a sneak peak of the latest issue, showcasing local events, features on local power foods, scotch, of course, the Power Players themselves, and many more exciting pages. This issue’s cover featured Dr. Charles and Nichole Blay on the red carpet at the Black Tie Ball. Featured events included 2022 Best in Pensacola Black Tie Ball, a Childhood Cancer Awareness charity event put on by American Legion Post 378 in Gulf Breeze, and First Responder Appreciation, to name just a few. The Cover Reveal offered wonderful treats from Pensacola’s Executive Chef Rusty Strain, owner of A Rustyc Spoon, a ne dining food truck. The evening ended with VIP Pensacola’s Associate Publisher Verla Price showing appreciation to attendees, thanking them all, and wishing them continued success in the future, before raf ing off door prizes that were generously donated by local businesses for the occasion.

photos & story by Kevin L Houghton
VIP Pensacola at Emerald Republic Brewing Company
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Kimberley Anderson & Erin Vaughn Stefanie Watson & Dr. Craig Henry Megan Pement & Stephanie Alvarez Patti Hall & Becky Paris Melissa Freeman & Elizabeth Brown Martina Mason & Debbie Sapp John & Romana Lopez Julie Pastucha & Candice Ford Paul Kalis & Nicole Partridge
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Farm to Table Dinner & Pink Purse Auction

TheOctober Farm to Table Dinner and Pink Purse Auction at the Connell Residence in Gulf Breeze took place on October 16. The Connell family hosted this lavish sit-down meal with a spectacular water view. This was a unique, one-of-a-kind event, all for a good cause. Auction items included handbags from Kate Spade, Coach, and Louis Vuitton, and many more items to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness. Kristine Connell opened her beautiful home, and the setting was warm and picture perfect under a lighted tent and chandeliers. Over 50 guests were on hand to enjoy the dinner provided by The Cutting Board in Milton. The dinner consisted of a garden cucumber salad, corn chowder with lump crab, garlic chicken breast on a bed of sweet potato hay with a nice, braised beacon sauce, broccolini and pear tart with ice cream topping for dessert. A wine bar was also provided by Beyond the Grape, owned and operated by Roger Johnson. The fabulous duo, The Koolerators, played dinner music for the guests. The evening concluded with many items being actioned off, with the assistance by Gina Boyleston Realty and Auction.

photos & story by Kevin L Houghton
VIP Pensacola at Connell Residence
Charlie Rotenberry, Charley Young, Cheryl Young, Kristine Connell, Walter Pierce, Rennee Wilhoit, Cindy Spence, Tiffany Maybin & Kimberley Anderson Wadih & Elena El Khoury Morgan Hamrick & Charley Young Haley Hegetschweiler & Claire Montgomery Trenton McCann & Valerie Abercrombie Laura & Rusty Branch
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Jeanne Lane & Angela Lane Cindy Spence & Kathy Wyse Michelle Bragg, David Smith & Shellie Isakson-Smith Josiah Wayne & Roger Johnson Jeff Byrd & Paul Killough Gina Boyleston, Nan Harper & John Pinzino Maureen & Joseph Leccese Farris Few & Dianna McRory Debbie McKinney & Erin Niel

Stamped Film Festival 2022

It was lights, action, and fun at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center for the Stamped 10th Anniversary Dinner Gala on September 29. Stamped Film Festival provides a vibrant cultural experience to Pensacola by using the unique expression of lms with a speci c focus on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer

(LGBTQ) community to foster awareness, inclusion, and diversity. Over 150 attendees had fun while enjoying the evening, which was inspired by efforts of the LGBTQ community in the mid 1990s to highlight the impact of LGBTQ tourism.

Through incremental growth, Stamped Film Festival has become a leading presence,

promoting awareness, inclusion, and diversity throughout the Gulf Coast region. All events, including the festival, remain free of charge and open to all the public. Next STAMPED FILM FESTIVAL is coming soon to a “Little Theatre” near you, November 10-13, 2022, in beautiful downtown Pensacola, Florida.

photos & story by Kevin L Houghton
VIP Pensacola at Sanders Beach-Corinne Jones Resource Center
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Forrest Hill & David Hill Ryan Donovan & Sara Latshaw Brook Brown & Molly Crosby Budgie Latshaw, Grayson & Jessica Berry & Sara Latshaw Ramon Armstrong, Rich Scholl, Jennie Waltrip & Vic Killam Adam Hudson & Jeffrey Djerlek Dee Ranged & Chelsey Polk
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ThePensacola Chamber of Commerce hosted Good Morning Pensacola on October 7 at the Pensacola Yacht Club. Rapid Response was the title sponsor. Many great things are happening in and around the community and guest speakers were on hand to discuss some of those. Matt Simpson introduced Bruce Vredenburg, who talked about our local businesses and how well they are doing. Also, on “deck,” was the Blue Wahoo’s play-by-play announcer/ broadcaster, Eric Bremer, and Kazoo, Wahoo’s mascot. Eric came to us last year from the Fredericksburg Nationals. Also on hand at the event was Naval Air Technical Training Center Commanding Of ce Capt. Edgardo “CHEECH” Moreno, and Executive Of ce CDR. Brandy “HARRY” McNabb. Both shared their experiences as Naval Aviators, moreover, the importance of NATTC, bringing in brand new sailors. Matt Simpson then introduced and brought to the microphone eight new members in our community of the Chamber; each brie y talked about their business. Lastly, The Great Pensacola Chamber awarded VIP Pensacola Magazine with the Small Business of the Month Award for October 2022.

photos & story by Kevin L Houghton
VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Yacht Club
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Josh Crocker & Jo Dawn Brown Lisa Hoskins & Magi Thomley Williams Liko Crump, CDR. Brandy “Harry” McNabb, Debi Graham, Willa Licata, Todd Thomson, Kazoo, Capt. Edgardo “CHEECH” Moreno & Quinn Breaux John Hodgdon & Ray Walker Nichole Colony & Samantha Sierra Lauren Presley & Mel Knowlton Crista Brandt & Debi Graham
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Dan Fugate, Jeremy Ruben & Fran Crumpton Jim Fitzpatrick, Riley Clifton & Kirk Waters Amanda Nissley & Daniel Goodrider Matt Simpson, Verla Price & Nicole Partridge

Costello’s Butcher and Deli

Christie Costello and her husband decided to open Costello’s Butcher and Deli to help give back to their community and bring something needed to the west side of Pensacola. The idea of Costello’s was to make people feel like they are at an extension of the Costello home. They came from the restaurant side of things so making that into a store has been a lot of fun for the couple. They get to introduce a lot of things people have never tried before.

Christie is always there to encourage and show love to all her employees and customers. She puts 110% of herself into every single person she gets the chance to help. When someone comes to Christie for help, she makes sure they know she listened to them and that they can count on her. At Costello’s, they put everything they do back into the local community and local youth programs. Their goal is not for a better bottom line but to help build a better community.

Christie’s favorite part of her workday is when the children come in for the free lunch program. They are always excited to tell her about everything that is going on in their world. They bring in pictures and book reports for her to hang up on the wall at the store. She never has a bad day when they come in to see her.

When not working, since they own a butcher shop and have access to exotic meats, cheese, and wine, the Costellos love to have friends over to the house for dinner and great wine. Christie enjoys seeing people being able to try things they wouldn’t normally have a chance to try.

A fun fact about Christie: Breakfast is her favorite meal of all time!

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The Wine BarScenic Hills Country Club

Jesse Sproles was born and raised in Baldwin County, Alabama, and has lived in Pensacola for 13 years. During college, Jesse was given an opportunity to pursue a career working offshore on a tugboat. Here, Jesse found his love for the culinary arts because the easiest way to keep a crew happy on a boat is to feed them well. After a few years, Jesse decided to leave this career path to pursue his love of food. After working in restaurants in Orange Beach, Alabama, he lived in New England and continued to further his culinary knowledge.

His love for Gulf Coast cuisine brought him to Pensacola where he has raised his family. He started in Pensacola at Crème Coffee and Baking Company and then moved on to Porto no Island Resort where he quickly ascended to chef de cuisine under the guidance of mentor and friend Rob Theriot. Since then, Jesse has worked at many area golf courses as the executive chef including Tiger Point Golf Club and The Club at Hidden Creek and now is the executive chef at Scenic Hills Country Club. Jesse would describe his culinary style as straightforward and rooted in ingredients and dishes found all along the coastal southeast.

8891 Burning Tree Rd, Pensacola (850) 476-0380

If it grows together, it goes together! The Wine Bar loves bringing together people, wine, and food and is situated inside the impressive retail space of Wine World – Wine & Spirits on Bayou Blvd, in the heart of Pensacola near the Cordova Mall. Try this new favorite for casual lunch and romantic wine-paired dinners without having to travel to Pensacola’s busy Downtown.

Enjoy a luxurious ne-dining quality menu in a casual, comfortable setting. The partnership and proximity to the retail store lends Wine World’s carefully curated selection of wines, spirits, and gourmet foods to the restaurant. The Wine Bar’s Award-Winning Wine List is incomparable in price and selection across the Emerald Coast.

The friendly and skilled staff have real passion to share – and it shows in the artful dishes prepared by Chefs Lawrence Johnson and Scott Plumley. Enjoy dishes inspired by the world’s wine regions including real Neapolitan brick oven pizzas and beautifully arranged cheese boards. Try the fresh, hand-made bucatini pasta in the Cacio e Pepe and pair it with the perfect wine. The bar and service staff shine under the guidance of Manager Christian Morgan, with a crafted cocktail list that can go round for round against major metropolitan mixology.

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TheGulf Breeze Chamber held the Taste of Gulf Breeze at the Gulf Breeze Community Center on September 30. This event is an exciting, competitive culinary annual adventure that brings members of the community out to enjoy great local food and beverages. VIP ticket attendees received access to an early VIP hour, VIP swag bag, VIP room with seating, and complimentary beer and wine.

The smell of tantalizing culinary delights was in the crisp fall air as samples were available from vendors and food trucks throughout the evening. Forty-nine entries were competing for the culinary titles. Guests voted for the Golden Spatula Awards as they tasted the complimentary appetizers, beverages, and desserts. The winners were: Judge’s Picks: Best Beverage 200 South; Best Appetizer: Beach House Bar & Grill; Best Dessert: Moo-Moo’s Bakery. The People’s Choice: Best Beverage: Cansino Beach Bar &Grill/Drift, Best Appetizer: Rotary Club of Gulf Breeze, and Best Dessert: Hot Spot Barbecue.

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A Seat at the Table for Food Raising Friends

TheCutting Board in Milton held “A Seat at the Table” for FoodRaising Friends, Inc. on October 4. This sold-out event, sponsored by Sunbelt Title Agency in Pace, included a four-course surf-and-turf dinner with dessert by Chef Steve and Nan Evans-Foster. The event was held to raise funds and awareness for FoodRaising Friends, whose mission is to increase children’s access to food through intentional relationships with school and community programs that enhance their ability to thrive. Each dinner – beer and wine included – will purchase three large bags of greatly needed nutritional food for children and families in our community. While feasting on the amazing four-course meal with FoodRaising Friends, Inc. Board of Directors, family, friends, volunteers, and donors, guests enjoyed a live art presentation from the brilliant Reese Foret and acoustic sets from the talented Hane Skot.

The give-a-ways were abundant, including the grand prize of the evening, which was a beautiful custom piece by Reese Foret. Rebecca McKeithen, founder of FoodRaising Friends, stated, “It was a wonderful night and together over 3,400 servings of meals will be provided to children and families from tonight’s event.” FoodRaising Friends works directly with schools, and program personnel providing resources to children identi ed as food insecure.

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The Sword in the Sea

While the Gulf of Mexico offers a bounty of nutritious and tasty seafood, it also offers up some very strange creatures. Creepy creepers like the goblin shark, who, with a face only its mother could love, is appropriately named, and the Portuguese man-o-war, which is not a ellyfish ut is actually a colony of organisms that seemingly only has one lot in life, to in ict pain and torture upon any human who comes in contact with it. Sharing space with these creatures is another doozy, the vampire squid of hell (actual name), who I’m sure has a great personality but hides in the depths of the Gulf, just in case. However, there’s one creature that’s packing a blade that would make Inigo Montoya proud, the majestic swordfish

lso known as road ills, swordfish are actually a very impressive species. Starting their life as fertilized eggs in warm waters, they grow from 1/10 of an inch when hatched to three feet long in their first year y the time swordfish achieve adulthood they can reach - feet long and 1,400 pounds. They tend to be loners and aren’t often found in schools with other swordfish, this allows them to migrate as they please. And migration is important to their survival, they are comfortable in both warm and cooler waters, thanks to a concurrent heat exchange mechanism near their brain that allows them to heat their brain and eyes, this helps them hunt effectively in colder temperatures unting looks a little different for swordfish, due to their bills (or swords). Rather than using their bill to stab prey as expected, they use it to slash the prey to slow them down and turn them into delectable bite-sized pieces. Good luck outrunning these sleek, aerodynamic fish too, as they can get to a ippy miles per hour when they re feeling frisky The speed of swordfish keeps them from being snacks themselves, save for an occasional orca or mako shark.

s you can imagine, catching swordfish is no small feat irst, due to the swordfish s ha it of hanging around in deep

water during the day, night fishing presents a better chance at success in landing one of these beasts. Once hooked, these fish can go from depths of feet and shoot straight into the air, diving right back down to the depths. Not only are swordfish the acro ats of the sea with their graceful leaps when on the line, they’re also known to ram boats, people, and really anything else that gets in their way, so fisherman need to be especially careful when reeling these guys in. Thick gloves, long gaffs, and harpoons come in handy when catching a swordfish

The adventurous undertaking of catching these stabby fish all ecomes worth it when it s time to eat wordfish offer a sea of nutrients and although mercury is a concern for those who partake frequently, they offer huge nutritional enefits, especially for those occasional eaters ith its high amount of Omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin D, swordfish can potentially positively affect lood pressure and cholesterol in humans. These two nutrients, combined with selenium, which is also found in this fish, make a potentially cancer fighting power trio This is due to the anti-in ammatory ualities of all three of these nutrients, making swordfish a healthy choice owever, most people probably don’t think strictly about the health factors when en oying swordfish, they re relishing a delicacy fresh from the sea ith its slightly sweet avor and firm te ture, there are many options for preparing the fish t can e grilled or cooked, much like a rare steak, boiled or even stewed, with the firm te ture keeping the meat from aking or breaking apart.

hile every creature contri utes to the ecosystem of the Gulf, some are less majestic than others, I’m looking at you vampire s uid of hell The swordfish offers not only a uni ue, saber-like look but also awe-inspiring acrobatics, impressive hunting skills, and nutritious and delicious meat enjoyed by many. Not bad for a strange creature of the sea.

Blackened Swordfish

INGREDIENTS: ounce fillets swordfish fillets cup melted utter ta lespoons reole seasoning

DIRECTIONS: eat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat ip fish into melted utter in owl and place on a plate prinkle reole seasoning on top of the fillets and pat in seasoning lace fish in the hot skillet and cook until ust starting to lacken, a out minutes lip and cook until lackened on the other side, a out minutes

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Sunset Cruise

ThePensacola Symphony Orchestra Guild invited guests to “sail away” with them on an amazing two-hour sunset ferry cruise on October 21. The event took place on one of the Gulf Islands National Seashore ferries, and cruised around Pensacola Bay. The Pensacola Symphony Orchestra Guild, whose main goal is to provide opportunities to connect with audiences and other communityminded individuals that share a similar love of music, set sail to provide proceeds that will bene t the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra. Guests enjoyed complimentary drinks, along with appetizers, such as nger sandwiches, fruits, meats and cheeses, and delectable desserts, just to name a few. Guests were enamored with easy-listening guitar music by Arturo, who delighted them while he played and sang. Tunes such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” prompted a few others to join in singing with him. Although the ferry had an indoor dining area, the view was outside on the many verandas, looking at the beautiful sunset. With dolphins leaping and swimming alongside, the perfect orange sunset truly took everyone’s breath away. The starlit sky, with the Pensacola Lighthouse in the background, was the stunning ending on the ride home.

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My Outside Must Haves

Fall/Early Winter is here on the Gulf Coast and I am providing a simple check list of must haves. From now until late December is reliably good weather and with average temps near 70 degrees, outside is calling you. Fire and water are two of my favorite things. In my existence I desire to have both present in my outdoor space. My wife and I have occupied several di erent residences, each presenting its own unique opportunity.

1. A front porch - Why start with this? Because when I was a kid that was it. ings have changed along the path of life. People in general don’t know their neighbors and there is an undertone of fear and protection that exists in our neighborhoods. So if you have a front porch… sit on it and talk to your neighbors

2. A back patio, private courtyard, or terrace - OK, now we are talking. Privacy is nice and in contrast to the front porch where you may need to be presentable, here, not so much. Kick o your shoes and relax. Crazy busy modern life makes a sanctuary more meaningful. Breathe in some good air and listen to the birds sing. Fire up a grill and explore your culinary skills. Take in the sunset or night sky. e simpler things remind us how connected we are to our surroundings and that helps us to stay grounded.

3. A re pit - ere are hundreds of interpretations of what a re pit can be. As a kid I used to build itty bitty structures from the splinters of the wood box on the hearth of our replace and then burn them down. Ok, I am not a pyromaniac, but it was fun and after accidentally burning my skin in the process I learned the principles of re that I would later use as an adult. Modern day re pits with their instant gas ame means that we can curl up close to the ame without wreaking of smoke when we retreat to the home.

4. Water feature - Maybe it’s a pool or a spa or both. Our modern pools now can be heated or cooled which makes them accessible year-round. Of course, don’t forget the fountain. No matter the size of the space or budget, nd a fountain to incorporate into your space.

5. Sounds - e sound of the ocean, wind rustling through trees, birds singing their songs, your favorite artist playing on your outdoor speakers, or simply quiet. e hustle and bustle around you while tucked into a small private courtyard or perched discreetly above it all on a terrace can be extremely calming and comforting. I have no doubt that sounds or lack thereof are a worthy pursuit. It’s a little thing but it’s worth getting right.

6. Game Courts – Including corn hole, bocce ball, outdoor billiards, outdoor ping pong, tennis court, croquet lawn, putting green, and most recently the rise of pickleball (which can double as a basketball court). One or more of these outlets can hold your attention and entertain your family and friends. Other favorites are outdoor TVs, grills, pizza ovens, smokers, other heat sources, pergolas, fans, lounge furniture, outdoor lighting, cool misting systems, and even mosquito control systems.

How To Achieve

Take those ideas and make them yours. Hire a professional if budget allows or go at it on your own. Either way, look at it as an investment to make your life on this planet a little more enjoyable. Determine what traits make your property special and then work to exploit that quality. All spaces are not the same so this may take some time. Hire a professional to get an outside opinion with a fresh perspective. One action that can greatly bene t the process when designing/redesigning a space is to empty that space. Once all the contents that we may be emotionally attached to are not in sight we can re-imagine the space much easier.

Get rid of clutter. When creating your perfect outdoor space keep it clean and concise. Everything in that space should have a purpose for being there. Do not make your patio an inside plant restoration refuge with potted plants everywhere as you are trying to revive them. ink of the space as your resort. Whether you create a little dramatic character in the space or just keep it welcoming and friendly.

No matter where your home is located or the size, there is always a special quality that has been left undiscovered. Find it, exploit it, and reap the rewards.

Steve R. Black Practicing Agronomist and Landscape Design along the Gulf Coast for 36 years

Arrogant Steak Cook-Off 10th Annual

The 10th Annual Arrogant Steak Cook-Off was held October 14, on the streets of Seville Quarter. The weather was perfect, and the steaks were sizzling! The Seville Rotary Club brought this mouth-watering and much anticipated event back this year. It was presented by Winn-Dixie and bene ted several local charities and non-pro t organizations here in the Pensacola area, such as the Boys & Girls Club, Manna Food Pantries, and the Ronald McDonald House of Northwest Florida, just to name a few. Michelle Salzman, a Gold Sponsor of the event, was kind enough to present several silent auctions to further raise funds. Auction items included a Yeti cooler, a slew of gift cards from area restaurants, butcher shops and the like, and tickets for a chance to win a private party at a local hangout worth over $1,700. The Arrogant Steak Cook-Off is held annually, however, halted for the last two years, and has raised over $200k for charities since its inception. Guests were able to sample and vote on their favorite team with the tickets provided and/or cash, along with a panel of judges who awarded the top prizes. Twenty 4-person teams competed for the awards and for the bragging rights for preparing, plating, and feeding the hungry crowd with their version of New York Strips, that were graciously provided by Winn-Dixie. Additionally, beer, wine, and a full mashed potato bar with all the tasty toppings were on hand to for all to enjoy.

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Signature Holiday Cocktails

The holidays are approaching with the speed of the Polar Express so it’s time to start thinking about all things holidays. Along with the gifts, the meals, the busy stores, and the stress and chaos that goes along with the festive times, we have ... holiday parties. Holiday party hosting is as dividing as politics itself, while some shudder at the thought of hosting such an event, others become giddy with excitement and happy for an excuse to buy those fancy reindeer olive picks they’ve been eyeing. While hosting a holiday party can be exhausting and not for the faint of heart, I’m firmly in the olive pick camp, I can’t get enough of it, no matter the holiday.

Of course, there are many details that go into planning your holiday party. What will the theme be? What food will you serve? How do you keep the dog

from eating everyone’s food? (Well, maybe that’s just a problem at my house.) One part of your party that shouldn’t require a lot of work is the cocktails. Having the basics is important, such as wine, beer, and options for nondrinkers, but having a signature drink for your party brings the atmosphere and sophistication up a notch and streamlines drink options for guests.

A signature drink is a unique cocktail created especially for an event, designed to reflect the nature and spirit of, not only the occasion, but also the attendees. These drinks give those indecisive or hard to please guests a solid cocktail option, as well as showing them that their host put thought, care, and effort into the evening. The best part is that signature drinks can be absolutely anything you want them to be, and while you may not be a mixologist, taking an

already great recipe and renaming it to fit the vibe you want for your party is always a great option. The drink chosen to be the signature cocktail for your party is just the start. Once you’re decided on a cocktail and given it a snazzy name, it’s on to the presentation. Seasonal colors, garnishes, and festive trim bring your drink together to ring in the holiday cheer and make your seasons bright. And don’t forget the cups or glasses that complement your choice of drink, as well as a cute sign placed next to the cocktail, letting the guests know the name and ingredients. This will not only round out the presentation but may also help to avoid a holiday party mishap, like with that one relative who becomes a little less like Santa and more like the Grinch when rum is involved.

Festive Fall Sangria

Ingredients: 1 apple 1 pear 1/2 orange 2 tablespoons sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 750ml bottle dry red wine, such as Rioja 1 750ml bottle sparkling cider or apple cider Garnishes: Cinnamon stick, rosemary sprig, remaining orange slices


Cut the pear, apple, and orange into thin slices. Place them in a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Add the fruit to a pitcher and pour in a bottle of red wine. Allow to stand 1 hour for the flavors to combine. When ready to serve, fill each glass half-full with sparkling apple cider or regular apple cider and top off with the red wine. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, rosemary sprig, and remaining oranges.


Ingredients: 64 ounces cranberry 100% juice blend, chilled 32 ounces pineapple juice, chilled 32 ounces ginger ale, chilled 1 750 ml bottle rum 1 orange 1 lemon Garnishes: 5-star anise, fresh or frozen cranberries, rosemary sprigs

Directions: Combine the cranberry juice blend and pineapple juice and chill. Before serving, add the ginger ale and rum to a punch bowl and combine with the chilled juice. Garnish with orange and lemon slices, cranberries, star anise and rosemary sprigs.

Chalk the Walk

Families, community members, and Capstone supporters gathered at Bayview Park for the 1st Annual Chalk the Walk Event on October 6. American Heritage Financial coordinated this family fun event to support Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Center. Also participating in this inaugural event were Panda Express, Escambia High Navy JROTC, Pensacola Police and Fire Department, Fishbein Orthodontics,

Fresco Painting, LLC, Pensacola Off-Road Cyclists, Beulah Middle’s FFA, Crumbl Cookies, the Rally Foundation, and many more local businesses. Children of all ages participated in the sidewalk chalk art contest, as well as enjoyed the in atable slides and great food. Chalk the Walk was a great opportunity for the community to learn about the wonderful programs at the Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Center while having a fabulous, fun- lled afternoon.

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Business After Hours

Romero of Pensacola hosted the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Business After Hours event on October 20. Chamber members and guests took advantage of networking in a fun and relaxed environment, while developing potential leads and building business relationships at one of our most popular networking events. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and Step One Automotive Group is on a mission to Drive Out Breast Cancer. Step One Automotive Group of Pensacola has a goal to collect 5,000 signatures on their 2022 Pink Jeep Gladiator and will be donating $1 for every signature to a local non-pro t organization supporting patients currently battling breast cancer. The evening included great cocktails, tasty treats, and a raf e to win door prizes, chosen from business cards provided by attendees. To learn more about upcoming events visit:


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Shape Your Tablescape

Mums the Word

Sometimes simplicity is best when it comes to holiday centerpieces. I know, I know, and I may have my Southern card taken away for even writing this. Yes, sometimes simple is the way to go, especially if your cup runneth over with food and guests and space is tight. Placing small flowerpots with mums down the center of your table, or along your table runner is a simple, yet cute way to decorate for your Thanksgiving feast. Adding small pumpkins, gourds, or fall leaves around the pots gives it a fuller e ect without crowding the area. Winding some burlap, Thanksgiving fabric, or a small strand of lights around the pots completes the simple, yet sophisticated look.

Tradition Reigns

Few things are as associated with Thanksgiving as a cornucopia, besides turkey and football, of course. Traditionally, cornucopias are a symbol, consisting of a goat’s horn overflowing with flowers, fruit, and corn, that represents an abundant supply of good things. This makes the cornucopia the perfect centerpiece for Thanksgiving, a time to celebrate and be thankful for all the blessings and good things in life. Cornucopia centerpieces are easy to put together. Filling the cornucopia basket with pumpkins, grapes, corn, and other traditional fall fares makes a great centerpiece alone, adding candles and garland completes this traditional centerpiece.

The holiday decorating season is upon us and what an exciting time it is -- taking down the boxes and going through years of holiday décor, smiling at the memories the family heirlooms bring about, or congratulating yourself for buying more lights on clearance after the holidays the year before. This is a wonderful time to enjoy the festive season and reconnect with family and friends by hosting dinners and parties. While there’s a lot that goes into hosting, we’ve got the holiday centerpieces covered so you can focus, enjoy your guests, and continue repeating to yourself “all is calm, all is bright.”

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White Christmas

On the Gulf Coast, we don’t necessarily get traditional white Christmases, but we do get Christmases with sugar white sand, which is just as good to me. However, just because we don’t have snow lightly falling and blanketing the trees during our holiday season, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a white Christmas indoors with a white and silver holiday table décor. Sticking to just a couple colors for your holiday centerpiece simplifies and streamlines the look of your table. Adding white coated greenery, or small white trees, along with silver ornaments and twinkling white lights is a classic way to have a white Christmas, without having to shovel a driveway.

Deck the Halls

You’ve heard the term “the more the merrier,” right? Well, this not only applies to party guests, gifts, and glasses of wine, this also can apply to holiday decorating. Making your table centerpiece pop with greenery, figurines, candles, and mixed media in general is a great way to show o your spirit and enthusiasm for holiday decorating. Using wooden boxes, boards, or a greenery arrangement as a base and adding accessories allows you to pile on all the holiday cheer your festive heart desires.

Festive & Functional

We all know how crowded an entertaining area can get with chatting guests, excited children, and maybe a frazzled host running around. So why not make your holiday centerpiece work for you? Combining festive with function. Filling an ornate champagne bucket with greenery or ornaments is a beautiful way to decorate and can be switched from décor to usable champagne bucket in seconds. Another fabulous way to be festive and functional is to use your dessert as a centerpiece on an elevated platter. Surround the bottom with holiday décor and you’ve got an edible centerpiece that’ll have your guests excited for the next course.

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Ladies Night Out

The annual Ladies Night Out event was hosted at Woodlands Medical Specialists in Pensacola on October 6. Entering the Woodlands lobby, guests were greeted with a beautiful arbor of colored balloons and smiles from all the staff. The celebration was in honor and recognition of women’s health and wellness. Food and drinks, pampering, and many giveaways were provided. Woodlands’ physicians and associates spoke about women’s

health, topics focused on Urology, Breast Health, Gynecologic Oncology, Primary Care, and Nutrition. Woodlands Medical Specialists is the home to many medical specialists from diverse backgrounds that are connected by a common mission: To preserve the patient-doctor relationship, and also provide access to the highest quality healthcare experience in the surrounding regions.

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Gwen Robinson, Joyce Alston & Ivy Lett Lindsay Hunt, Pamela Brown & Olivia Lee Keshawn Sanders & Tony Bradley Alice Holeman & Melinda Hogue Donna Holdnak & Karen Sumner Lauren Murphy, April Busby & Traci Frank Kelly Harris, Liza Eddings & Artasia DeBose Nancy Martin & Janette Norris Beth Hoffman & Jan Hoffman Cynthia Vargas & Lesley Ortiz

Ribbons of Hope Charity Ball

The Ribbons of Hope Charity Ball was held on October 7 at the Pensacola Yacht Club. The event was lled with survivors, supporters, and sponsors to help provide funds for the Pensacola Breast Cancer Association (PBCA). This event is of the utmost importance because it is designed to increase awareness about early screening and diagnosis options for women and men in our local community. The Ribbons of Hope Charity Ball is also a signi cant fundraising opportunity for PBCA, a non-pro t organization, as proceeds are used to provide free mammograms at local medical facilities for the low-income and under-insured patient population in the Pensacola area. “Approximately 3,750 mammograms have been provided for individuals in need over the past 13 years with funds generated during this event and others throughout the year, so it is very important that we continue these efforts; it helps so many people,” stated PBCA Vice President Barbara Dean. This wonderful and anticipated evening included a sit-down meal consisting of salad, steamed vegetables, sh and chicken, and an array of decadent desserts. The attendees were inspired by guest speakers sharing their stories, entertained by DJ Phatchi & Co. with music from the decades, and delighted by the silent auction in anticipation of winning. Auction items and offers were provided by local and national businesses and ranged from luxury gifts, vacation packages and special items only offered during this fundraising event.

photos & story by Kevin L Houghton
VIP Pensacola at Pensacola Yacht Club
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Willa Licata & Barbara Dean Ernest Dawson & Dr. Lusharon Wiley Terry & Laurie McNamara, Chip & Janet Wood, Karen & Bobby Emmons Jeff & Teagan Grant, Lacey & Luke Kusy Verla Price & Patti Hall Brynn Ammon & Jeremy Ruben
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Tracy & Phil Parker Catie Brankin & Jada Leahy Jeff & Cristi Malone, Kim & Tom Settle Cheyann Smith & Pearl Cagle Stephanie Kemp, Lisa Brown, Mattie Sparks & Abby Davis Dan & Damaris Gonzalez Natasha & James Howard Jada & Robert Leahy Victoria Larsen & Tamesha Pugh


IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area Announces 2022 Grant Recipients

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area is pleased to announce the eleven grant recipients selected at this year’s annual meeting. These nonprofit organizations will each receive a grant of $103,820 from the members of IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area.

community by providing substantial grants to nonprofit organizations in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. Grants are distributed in five focus areas: Arts, Culture & History; Education; Environment & Recreation; Family; Health & Wellness. Membership is open to any woman, age 18 or over, who makes an annual tax-deductible donation of $1,000.

Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida to Host 40th Anniversary Celebration

2022 Big of the Year award in Escambia County. The pair was selected to receive this honor due to their dedication in mentoring their Little Brother, T’Anthony, and helping him grow and reach his full potential.

The grant recipients selected by IMPACT 100’s members are as follows:


• Pensacola Little Theatre Inc. - It Starts with Art: Building the Foundation of Arts Education at Pensacola Little Theatre

• Santa Rosa Community Theatre Inc.Provide a State-of-the-Art Theatre for Santa Rosa County EDUCATION

• Central Gulf Coast CDF Freedom Schools - Something Inside So Strong

• General Daniel Chappie James Flight Academy, Inc - Outfit New Facility with Equipment and Other Furnishings ENVIRONMENT & RECREATION

• Keep Pensacola Beautiful, Inc. - KPB Covers More Ground

• Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center, Inc. - From Hatchlings to Adults, Come Join Us on Our Journey FAMILY

• Escambia County Public Schools Foundation for Excellence, Inc. - Parent University: Bridging Resources and Community Needs

• Pensacola Habitat for Humanity, Inc. - Community Land Trust - Affordable Housing in Perpetuity


• District One Medical Examiner Support, Inc. - Family Advocacy Representativeproviding support to Family, Community, and Staff

• Feeding the Gulf Coast - Feeding the Future

• Healing Paws for Warriors, Inc. - Save a Veteran, Rescue a Dog: Mobile Unit

IMPACT 100 Pensacola Bay Area, Inc. is an organization of philanthropic-minded women committed to improving their

Join Us for our 40th Anniversary Celebration and Open House! Saturday, November 12th, 2022, from 11am to 3:30pm on the Sanctuary grounds, 105 North S Street, Pensacola, Florida.

Free admission, public welcome, live music, educational presentations about native wildlife, live birds of prey, pelican information talks, wildlife art sales, wildlife tee shirts, food, treats, plus our special guests from the Roy Hyatt Environmental center, Escambia County Sea Grant, Francis M Westin Audubon Society, Sandspur Wildlife, Escambia County Master Gardeners, Audubon Florida, Porksacola BBQ foods, Sunset Wildlife Connection, Sweet Prospect Celtic Band, and others. Lots of giveaways while supplies last! Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information about our fun filled celebration.

Bob started mentoring T’Anthony at school, when he was in first grade. A few years later, Bob and Ann decided to start volunteering as a Big Duo with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, to share the commitment and responsibility. Volunteering as a Big Duo, allows Bob and Ann to have flexibility with their schedules and work together. When Bob or Ann is unavailable or out of town, the other steps in and continues to spend time with T’Anthony. Over the past seven years, Bob and Ann have been committed to fostering, developing, and helping T’Anthony succeed. They are invested in his academic success and often help him with his homework and find fun ways to challenge him. They have also helped him explore options for college or trade schools, while helping him discover his passions. They have also introduced T’Anthony to a variety of activities such as playing sports, video games, flying drones, cooking and going to local events.

The animals wish list items: paper towels, tissues, liquid laundry soap, can chicken, can tuna, can peas and corn, meat baby food, peanut butter, suet, dry mealworms, boxes of disposable gloves (sm, med, large), fresh or frozen fish, red meat (no pork), trash bags 13gal and above, 8 ½ x 11 white copy paper, gift cards to Lowes, Home Depot, Walmart, Winn Dixie, Aldi’s, The Farm, etc.

Big Brother Big Sisters of Northwest Florida Announce 2022 Escambia Big of the Year

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida is proud to announce Robert Hoyt and Ann Yoshihashi as the recipients of the

On September 22, 2022, staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters worked with T’Anthony and his grandmother, to surprise Bob and Ann with this Big of the Year award, during a Governing Board meeting. Bob and Ann were asked to give a presentation to board members on their experience volunteering as a Big Duo. Afterwards, Vice President of Programs, Krissy Smith, announced they were actually invited to the meeting to receive the award. Bob and Ann were both surprised and excited and shared this about their relationship with T’Anthony, stating: “Little experiences can make a Big Difference in the lives of Littles and Bigs!”

Bob and Ann have been outstanding mentors and members of our volunteer community, and we are so grateful to have them as part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters family and proud to present them with the 2022 Escambia County Big of the Year award.

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Bread & Table Club Polo at the Point

The Bread & Table Club held their second annual fundraising event, Polo at the Point, on October 2. This event was in honor of their dear friend and B&T member, Shirlee Poulos, whose dedication, love, and passion was to help others. Shirlee was a huge proponent of the Children’s Backpack Program, and supported this cause greatly. It was a beautiful day under perfect blue sky conditions, and an excellent day for food, fun, relaxation, and of course, a polo match. Two teams took the eld with four riders each and played four “chukkas” or periods. Shelley Black noted that, “This was an amazing afternoon that wouldn’t have been possible without the help of many wonderful people!” Thanks to the excellent food prepared and provided by Namen’s Catering from Mobile, the B&T Club raised $7,200, all the proceeds, thanks to the Shirlee Poulos Foundation, will go to support the Children’s Backpack Program.

photos & story by Kevin L Houghton
VIP Pensacola at Point Clear Complex
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David & Robin Dichiara Victor & Melanie Luna Mike & Cathy Saucier George Koulianos, Andy & Jenny Openshaw, Tom Poulos, Shelley & Steve Black Amber & Ben Gordon
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Renee Dozer, Sue Nast, Michele & Rick Schamberger Roman & Robin Nowak, Karen Favereau April Davidson-Munn & Nelson Munn Daniel & Barbara Rogers Sebastian & Frank Halm Debra Taylor & Cheryl Hellums Paul & Von Larson, Brittany & Adam Spangrud Craig & Cathy Johnson Wadih & Elena El Khoury Summer Carter & Dianna King

I AM PENSACOLA Steve Reynolds

What is your hometown and how did you end up in the Pensacola area?

I was born in Geneva, New York. My parents moved to Pensacola for a job transfer when I was 1 year old. They felt like they had moved to paradise with the beautiful beaches and pleasant winters. This is my 70th year of living here.

What is your profession?

I became the owner and manager of Cordova Lanes Bowling Center after my father passed away in 2005. We opened in 1979 and here we are 43 years later. I love that I get to sell fun for a living! Our bowling center offers meeting space for community organizations. We have the Bowler’ s Edge Pro Shop, 24 lanes for bowling, Mama Onnies’ Grill, Shooter’s Sports Bar, karaoke, pool tables, darts, and lighted corn hole pads. We work with numerous nonpro t organizations in helping with their fundraising. This past year we celebrated with Junior Achievement with their 20-year Mardi Gras Bowl. We honor First Responders, blood donors, Special Olympics, and Military with discounted bowling and free shoes.

What are some of your favorite things about Pensacola?

I love the vibrant downtown. What makes us unique is that we still have the small-town vibe, yet we have a plethora of things to do here with Minor League baseball, ice hockey, two universities and now our own college football team. We can attend the symphony, the Little Theatre, concerts, art shows and festivals. We have the most beautiful beaches with access to reef diving, deep sea shing, and nearby rivers and bayous for paddle boarding, tubing, canoeing, and kayaking. We are home to the Blue Angels which provides weekly practice shows when they are in town and two major shows a year.

Three words that best describe you.

Compassionate, Generous, Genuine.

Favorite place to go out?

Downtown restaurants would be The Wine Bar on Palafox, The Oar House, and Carmen’s Lunch Bar & Tapas. In the uptown area BJ’s Brewhouse, George Bistro+Bar, O’Brien’s Bistro, Cactus Flower Cafe, and East Hill Pizza are some of my favorites. 12th Avenue is becoming a happening place with the Magnolia Restaurant relocating from Cervantes Street.

What is one thing that you do not go a day without?

I start my day thanking God for the family he has given me. My rst wife, Marcy, passed away after 32 years of marriage and he blessed me with my current wife, Jane, three years later.

Finish this statement, I AM PENSACOLA because…

I have a lot of sand in my shoes and there is no leaving.

photo by Nicole Partridge
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