VIP Pensacola - February 2023

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events departments contents Adventure Out Green Perspectives Locale Swizzle Style Coastal Cuisine I Am Pensacola 18 28 37 38 48 56 72 Publisher Greg Alexander Associate Publisher Verla Price Publisher’s Assistant Nicole Partridge Advertising Stephanie Alvarez Harmony Henry 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 Verla Price Harley S. Sampson, Jr. Anna Stockton VIP Founder Jeff Watson VIP Pensacola Staff Volume VIII • Issue II 2nd Annual Priscus Ball Krewe of Blues Pin & Bead Festival The Big Gala New Year’s Eve Style BARE Ball Camellia Club Monthly Meeting La bohème Opera Time Traveler’s Ball Awards Gala Pensacola Mardi Gras 12th Night Celebration Sea Turtle Rescue Van Reveal and Thank You Event Pirates of Lost Treasure Ball Business Happy Hour Gatsby New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Ball 11 15 21 25 31 34 41 45 50 52 54 59
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Be on the lookout for our VIP Pensacola Ambassadors, Shelley & Steve Black, at area events.

Ladies of the Night

February is notoriously selfish, claiming flowers, chocolate, diamonds, wine, love, and even red as its signature for Valentine’s Day. Upon reflection, I realized that only two of these items genuinely appeal to me: wine and the vibrant hue of red.

When I first wanted to paint my fingernails red, my proper grandmother frowned and gave me a little speech, “Good girls don’t wear red nail polish; they don’t wear red lipstick.” Of course, I was too young to drink wine, or I bet she would have added that they don’t drink red wine. Curious, I asked, “Why do they sell red nail polish?” She looked aghast and replied, “For Ladies of the night.” What fun we had with that statement, and it became a big joke in our family as Mom bought me red nail polish, painted her nails the same color, and continued encouraging me to wear bright colors and be me. Years later, red became my color. I entered the office workforce in red nail polish, lipstick, high heels, and dresses. I drove a red Thunderbird and became a connoisseur of red wines.

As Forbes recently wrote, “Like it or not, clothes and colors are connected to our subconscious.” I certainly feel more powerful when wearing red, and I like to think that maybe I am getting closer to my mom in some way.

One of the great joys of being a woman is expressing ourselves through fashion. With so many social events and galas, I urge you to discover what makes your style unique and wear it proudly. In this issue, the pages are filled with locals who are allowing their wild and uniquely, eccentric styles to shine during our annual Mardi Gras celebrations.

I have some exciting news to share with you. Our VIP Pensacola Ambassadors, Steve and Shelley Black, are now hosting a live TV show every month. They will take you on a journey through the pages of the magazine, informing you of upcoming events and they will feature special guests. As always, Steve and Shelley will make sure it’s an entertaining and enjoyable experience. VIP Pensacola Live Edition will air on local Blab TV channels, online, and on social media.

If you know of a non-profit or charity holding an event you would like to see featured in VIP Pensacola, please call me. Our mission at VIP Pensacola is to support as many non-profit causes as possible. Follow VIP Pensacola on our social media pages and follow me personally on Facebook @VerlaParsonsPrice.

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2ND ANNUAL

Priscus Ball

The Krewe of Priscus hosted the 2nd Annual Priscus Ball on January 7. The evening’s proceeds were designated to the Children’s Home Society and The Secret Place. The Court of De Luna Event Space, elegantly decorated, featured the Krewe float, a replica of the Frisco train. Guests were delighted by the festivities, which included beverages, delectable heavy appetizers, and entertainment by Horseshoe Kitty.

Over 350 people attended the event, donning their finest evening wear to boogie the night away. The Krewe Duke and Duchess, Michael and Tara Arceneaux were outfitted royally. The Duke wore a coordinating tux to the Duchess’ stunning gown.

The Krewe of Priscus is a not-for-profit organization that was established with the sole purpose of bringing together people from all walks of life to celebrate the history and merriment of our great City of Pensacola, with a special emphasis placed on the Mardi Gras Season. The Krewe’s goal is to provide a platform for members to engage with each other and honor our ancestors who graced the streets and catalyzed the fibers of the city. Through various endeavors of engagement, the Krewe uplifts the community and commemorates Pensacola culture and historic heritage of Palafox Street and downtown.

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VIP Pensacola at Court of De Luna Event Space
Justin Edmons & Kala Staton James Conyers & Rhonda Wiggins Stephanie & Matthew Burnham, Heather & Jeremy Horn, Jessica Ellzey, Eric Alvarez Duke & Duchess, Michael & Tara Arceneaux Alba Helgerson & Dave Simpson Brian & Cristina Williams
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Julie Hasenbein, Tony & Amanda Kelley Clint & Michelle Cooper Michelle & Michael Rasmussen Sheriff Chip Simmons, Whitney Lucas, Andrew Hobbs & Ronnie Rivera Joe & Denise McCoy Vanessa & Harry Naquin Bart & Lori Dorn, Cara & Jeff Vickers Phil & Michelle Salzman Joy Fisher & Ken Burnham
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Taylor Bishop & Crystal Silins Tim McMahan, Jimmy Black & Dan Harriott Ben Zimmern, Victor Luna & Shawn Brown Lisa Black, Angela McMahan, Donna Allen & Cindy Rogers
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Krewe of Blues Pin & Bead Festival

More than 20 Pensacola area Mardi Gras Krewes showed up for the 12th Annual Krewe of Blues Pin and Bead Festival and Charity Diaper Drive on January 15. This fundraising event took place at Pensacola’s Historic Seville Square. This Krewe Festival’s main purpose is the diaper drive that benefits Gulf Coast Kid’s House and Santa Rosa Kids’ House, krewe festivities and camaraderie come in at a close second. Diapers are the most needed items for Gulf Coast Kid’s House and Santa Rosa Kids’ House, and all

the krewes were happy to help the cause. This year the festivities included a DJ, a coffee bar, home-brewed beer, Peyton Halliday as the aerialist performer, and of course, all the krewes trading for pins and beads. Krewe Wars Games consisted of a moon pie throwing contest, best pin and bead, best booth display and decorations, best spirit/participation and motivation, and krewe diaper donations. The Krewe of Blues were excited to be able to exceed last year’s diaper drive donation total.

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Billy Howard & Reid Radford Michelle Salzman & Melanie Dillon Dennis & Pam White Clayson Stewart, Cheryl Howell, Patti Mohan, Janet Penrose, Toni Swann & Bonnie Primm Kristi Sivers, Sha Lopez, Greg Sivers & Matt Anderson Matt Maracle & Kyle Skipper Mike Jimmerson & Wini Marquez
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Paul Miller & Chester Rice Maureen Hanna, Tim Mattheiss, Ed Hanna & Dawn Paulus Carol Rose, Lorenda Ortega & Maryann Staples Chuck Butler & Gary Sapp Tina Bosso, Disraelly Cruz, Kim & Theo Kramer, Aileen Behny, Therese Ritchie & Angela D’Alessandro Matthew & Susan Strickler Jeff Sherman & Robert Brown Nancie Kobryn, Bonnie Bedics & Claire Hammett

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Mardi Gras Revelry Across the South

Revelers come from near and far to celebrate Mardi Gras along the Gulf Coast. The season takes place from the Epiphany, also known as the 12th night, and runs through Fat Tuesday, which is the day before Lent begins. Mardi Gras celebrations have been taking place in the United States for hundreds of years and much like the beads thrown from the floats, they come in many shapes and sizes. While you have the big Mardi Gras celebrations in places like New Orleans and Mobile, sometimes you want to celebrate on a smaller scale, with smaller crowds but with just as much fun and culture.

Mamou, Louisiana

This Cajun city in Louisiana has Mardi Gras traditions like no other, really... no! other! This city, located northwest of Lafayette, takes their Mardi Gras celebrations seriously, and I’m not cluckin’ around. Every year on Fat Tuesday, residents dress in masks and colorful clothing, jump on their horses and gather at dawn for the day’s festivities. And while I’ll take a guess that for some of the celebrants, dawn is just an extension of their night, it is all in good fun. Once gathered, the rules are announced -- no guns, no knives, absolutely NO disrespecting the dead by riding through the Mamou cemetery, and once a stop along the ride is made, you must get o your horse and dance until someone throws out a chicken. This ride will go on all day with the intention that all chickens will end up in the gumbo pot. Of course, the horseback riders are trailed behind by trucks, trailers, and the like. I mean, you can’t strap your yeti on your horse now, can you? The Fat Tuesday celebration concludes with a big street party, complete with drinking, dancing, and of course, gumbo. This is certainly one last party before everyone settles in for the Lenten season.

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Located in Southwestern Louisiana, Lake Charles loves the Mardi Gras season. Boasting three main parades, along with many more small parades, this town knows how to show visitors and locals alike a good time. The first major parade of the season is the Merchants Parade. This night parade includes floats from businesses and civic organizations. The largest parade is the traditional Krewe of Krewes parade with over 100 floats full of revelers throwing out beads to parade goers lining the streets. The last big parade is the Krewe of Barkus parade that has revelers of the four-legged variety and their people marching in a Mardi Gras pet parade fit for a king. Smaller parades, such as the Jeeps on Parade, the Children’s Parade, and the Motor Gras Parade round out this parading party place. When you’re not taking in the Mardi Gras parades in Lake Charles, you best be checking out their famous Cajun cuisine. The Mardi Gras season brings out Cajun cooking competitions like the World-Famous Cajun Extravaganza and Gumbo CookO , this music and food fest is made up of both amateur and professional teams vying for bragging rights to say they’re the best Cajun cooks in Southwestern Louisiana.

Want to stay local for Mardi Gras this year? Don’t worry, the Gulf Coast of Florida hosts some of their own Mardi Gras celebrations. Here are a few that will have you partying in the streets and catching beads, with no travel... or chickens required.

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Biloxi, Mississippi

Of all the small towns along with Mississippi Gulf Coast, Biloxi has the “biggest small town” Mardi Gras celebration. The first Gulf Coast Carnival Association’s Mardi Gras parade took place there in 1908 and had 17 floats and one marching band. Now, nearly 120 years later, the Biloxi parade has around 100 floats and many other entries. Biloxi is also home to the Mississippi Gulf Coast Mardi Gras Museum that houses colorful displays full of information about the history and importance of Mardi Gras along the Gulf Coast. While the GGCA parade is the largest parade, there are plenty of others to choose from, including ones in nearby Pass Christian and Bay St. Louis. No matter where you watch the parades, it’s guaranteed Biloxi and its neighboring cities bring the party and fun to Mardi Gras with many bars and restaurants hosting Mardi Gras celebrations, especially on the biggest day of them all, Fat Tuesday!

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The Big Gala

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida hosted its largest annual signature event on January 14. The Big Gala, presented by the Pensacola Ice Flyers, took place at the Hilton Pensacola Beach. This year’s theme was “Come Fly with Me,” to celebrate Northwest Florida’s rich history in aviation. Guests were treated to delicious signature cocktails, a gourmet seated dinner, live entertainment, chances to win a plethora of prizes at the live and silent auctions and much more. Cat Country’s Brent Lane and Mel McCrae were on hand as emcees for the evening. Proceeds from The Big Gala went towards Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, whose mission is to create and support one-toone mentoring relationships. Mentoring a child is a rewarding and meaningful volunteer experience unlike any other. “You can make a BIG impact on a child’s life by becoming a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida,” said Brent Lane. Right now, more than 100 children in Northwest Florida are waiting for a mentor. Their mentoring programs are fulfilling and flexible. All it takes is weekly contact with your Little Brother or Little Sister, and a minimum of two visits inperson each month, enjoying activities together like going to a park, the library, the beach, movies, or just working together on school assignments.

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BARE Ball

Hospitality workers are the unsung heroes in the service industry and many times the special days of the year, such as Independence Day, Memorial Day, New Year’s Eve, etc. find the bartender, the housekeeper, and the waitress away from their loved ones. However, one local establishment has set the standard for recognizing these workers by hosting a post New Year’s Eve event in downtown Pensacola.

“This is our 32nd Annual Bar and Restaurant Employee Ball. We are recreating New Year’s Eve for all the bar and restaurant employees who had to work on New Year’s Eve,” said Buck Mitchell, Marketing Director Seville Quarter. “From the countdown to the balloon drop, along with a champagne toast, Seville Quarter looks the same as it did New Year’s Eve, and we even have the same bands.”

With a premium bar and multiple buffets, attendees received a lavish spread of tempting delicacies and samples of adult beverages. Walking from area to area guests could enjoy music ranging from a piano bar to karaoke. Appreciating those who serve the locals and tourists is a big undertaking, and Seville Quarter outdid itself. “We are excited to give back to the community and all the great bar and restaurant employees that make this town work,” said Buck.

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Gulf Coast Dirt… (Soil!!!)

While attending the University of Florida in the 80’s my General Soils Professor (an ex professional football player with the Detroit Lions) forbid us from using the term “dirt” loosely. He taught our young minds that “dirt was just soil out of place.” Needless to say, this point of view has stuck.

Why am I telling you this? This is the point when I lose Shelley’s attention…

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Along the Gulf Coast we mostly have soils classi ed as Entisols, which are young, undeveloped soils (sand dunes and not necessarily only on beaches) with no de nable soil horizons. Our soils that are classi ed as Ultisols, somewhat more commonly inland, are generally weathered and more developed with visually identi able horizons (not just sand, but usually with an orange/red clay subsoil). So, if you were to dig a large hole and view the soil pro le like you would looking at a wall, one would easily see the horizons that are parallel to the soil surface (if they are present). The orange/red clay is primarily due to oxidized iron. The tan/ brown color of the soil near the surface is primarily due to the presence of organics (decomposed living matter).

Our quartz-derived sand particles are considered large so the pore spaces are large. It is safe to guess that the sandy soil will not hold much gravitational water. If you may, think of a large box of soccer balls and then the same size box of golf balls. If you were to try and wet the surface of all the balls, the much greater number of golf balls with the resulting smaller spaces in between will result in a signi cantly greater amount of water held by the golf balls. Now you may be able to visualize the fact that as a general rule, a cubic foot of sandy soil will retain only about 1 inch of water that passes through the soil pro le as moisture. In contrast, our midwestern friends with their heavier silt and clay soil components will be able to retain 2-3 inches of water. That helps explain why our landscapes require irrigation along the Gulf Coast. In as little as a week, we can see our wet conditions from daily rain dry completely with an immediate need for supplemental water from irrigation. I frequently have clients that relocated from another part of the country that have a hard time understanding that even though it rained last week, their lawn seems to be in distress.

Why do we along the Gulf Coast have very little topsoil? Our native Forest Soils simply do not yield great topsoils. To be clear, it takes thousands of years for the earth to naturally produce topsoil. Some of the best producing soils in the world are ood plains of our rivers (like the Mississippi River). Think of it like this: throughout time whenever the river oods, this event occurs from heavy rain or snow melt upstream. These events produce more water than what the local conditions can absorb and this results into water runo . The resulting excess water that makes its way into our rivers is laden with whatever has diluted it with along its journey… organics, silt, clay, and more. The turbulence of the raging ood waters keeps the particles suspended along their journey. Eventually the resulting ood water is now sitting over the banks of the said river where the solids settle out. This happens over and over, and the deposit of the nutrient laden layer slowly builds an incredibly rich topsoil. These soils have a high organic and silt content and are teaming with microorganisms where plants thrive. There are other examples where incredible topsoils generate but, we will not go into that here.

Ok… trying not to bore you, but, if you are attempting to grow something in our soil along the coast this information may help you with perspective. Our incredible high rainfall amounts (~65”/year) coupled with notoriously sandy soils and our poor topsoils can present challenges. Couple these facts with our wind (there is a reason American Magic Sailing Team practices here) and sprinkle in a tropical storm event every so o en and welcome to my world. With the right knowledge and systems in place, there are successful farming operations, even olive groves, all around us. As we enter spring and attempt to acquire or maintain a beautiful landscape, we will need to be armed with a good fertility program and irrigation on-hand at a minimum. These components and possibly the help of a local professional will give you the best chance to yield a successful outcome.

Questions or comments? Email steveblack1986@gmail.com.

Steve Practicing Agronomist and Landscape Design along the Gulf Coast since 1986.

Camellia Club Monthly Meeting

The Pensacola Camellia Club held its monthly meeting on January 17 at The Garden Center. This meeting brought in over 40 local camellia lovers for club news and special recognition to new members. The Pensacola Garden Center, located in East Hill, is home to the Pensacola Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. The Garden Center was established November 1931, federated in 1953, and oversees the current building since 1962. The Garden Center focuses on discovering how to garden in Florida, what grows best here, how to fertilize, and what to plant and when. The Pensacola Camellia Club meets here every third Tuesday of the month. The Camellia Club was established in 1937 and has continued the tradition of fostering the education of camellia care, using the backgrounds and education of its members. This evening was no exception as John Davey showcased the best techniques on plant propagation. Three stations of beautiful flowers were on hand, and most were given away as gifts to new memberships.

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Jennifer & Mike Roberts David Purdon & Mary Jo Pelton Roger Venson & John Davy Paul Chlebo, Katie Czerriowski & Wanda Smith Carolyn Pulford & Jody Buenger Elaine Adams & Mary Henriques Greg Taylor & Jackson Wood Cindy Dyrda & Christine Cartes Jane Benson & Ellen Milo Doug & Karen DeHaven Louise Seitz & Lynn Mathei Trumin & Debbie Brown Sandra Sherman & Rebecca Sherman Christine & James Frazier Brittni Alves & Regan Hoffman
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La bohème Opera

The Pensacola Opera held a reception after the performance of La bohéme at The Saenger Theater on January 20. Performed in Italian with English subtitles, this classic is one of Opera’s most romantic stories. Pensacola Opera has brought many memorable performances over the years, such as Pirates of Penzance, Carmen and La bohème, and is celebrating its 40th Anniversary Season by paying tribute to the rich history of musical storytelling in Pensacola. Pensacola Opera is committed to charting a course for meaningful change in the surrounding communities by maintaining a focus on equitable and inclusive programing, while honoring the very best in art form.

The VIP after hours reception honored the opera’s artists and recognized them for their contribution. Recognized were: Nadine Andrews (Stage Manager), Glenn Avery Breed (Costume Designer), Greg Ganakas (Stage Director) and Jennifer Knisbell (Development Director) just naming a few who made this all come together.

Culinary Productions was on hand catering the event, bringing a nice spring mix salad, shrimp alfredo, herb-crusted chicken filets, and warm, buttery croissants with, of course, a nice arrangement of adult beverages.

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Council on Aging of West Florida has successfully housed agency client Beverly Monroe in a 128-squareoot tiny home unit as part of a project funded by a $50,000 AARP Community Challenge Grant. The project, which began last June, has purchased two tiny homes and aims to have both units outfitted and occupied by an older adult experiencing housing insecurity by this spring.

The homes are manufactured by the Tennessee-based company Incredible Tiny Homes and the project utilizes their innovative and highly customizable 8 by 16-foot Incred-I-Box model, which cost $20,000 each. Pensacola Habitat and the Pensacola State College carpentry program have partnered on the project and supported efforts to get the units move-in ready. Monroe has been living in her Incred-I-box for just over a week.

“Seeing Beverly go from a housing emergency to settling into a home of her own has been so rewarding, but it highlights the fact that there are many others like Beverly in our community who are facing eviction or are experiencing homelessness,” says Council on Aging marketing communications director Emily Echevarria, who spearheads the project. “With the appropriate implementation and buy-in from local leaders, this type of unit can be part of a multifaceted approach to tackling the monumental problem of affordable housing for seniors in our community.”

The project aims to showcase the possibilities of one nontraditional, attainable housing solution that is affordable to lowerincome older adults, many of whom live on a

fixed income that hasn’t risen with the level of inflation and rental price increases.

Academy Student Showcase at the end of the school year. As Pensacola’s resident professional dance company, Ballet Pensacola is known for its high artistic quality and innovative productions showcasing classical and contemporary choreography.

Performances are offered at various venues throughout the Pensacola community, including the Saenger Theatre and the Pensacola Cultural Center.

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A Military Appreciation Performance by Ballet Pensacola

Join Ballet Pensacola February 10-12 in honoring the dedication and bravery of the United States Military. This performance will feature Artistic Director Darren McIntyre’s original choreography “Lights Will Guide You Home,” along with other creations such as “Fleet Week,” “Spartacus,” and more to celebrate our men and women in uniform!

Manna Kicks Off Their Souper Bowl of Caring Day

Get ready to tackle hunger on the day of the big game, February 12th! Be part of the nationwide movement by planning to participate! Gather your healthy canned soups and other nonperishable food items for SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY! (All puns intended)

Ballet Pensacola enhances the cultural life of our community through excellent dance training and quality dance performances. They present four major productions each season: a fall show, The Nutcracker in December, a winter show, and a spring show.

Along with the four major productions, Ballet Pensacola gets involved with the community by performing in schools, area festivals, and special events. The Ballet Pensacola Academy students have the opportunity to perform with the professional company, and the students have their own

Start collecting your donations now, and plan to drop them off at Manna, 3030 North E Street, between 10am and 1pm, on Sunday, Feb. 12 to be counted in the Souper Bowl of Caring. For more information on how to make it a SOUPER food drive for Manna, contact us at fooddrives@mannahelps.org.

Manna is a local grassroots organization fighting hunger in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. They provide groceries directly to individuals and families in need. Their services are all offered free of charge and receive no government funding and have no national affiliation. Most of their funding comes from individuals, foundations, faith-based organizations, corporations, and businesses. Manna is nonsectarian, community focused and volunteer supported. They believe every person has a right to live free of hunger and to be treated with respect and dignity.

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Vieux Carré

One of the most famous drinks associated with New Orleans is the Vieux Carré, however, to fully get the feeling of the origins of this drink, you must first know about the Hotel Monteleone and its Carousel Bar and Lounge. The Hotel Monteleone, located in New Orleans’ French Quarter, was purchased by Antonio Monteleone, a Sicilian immigrant, nobleman, and heir to a shoe business in Italy. A cobbler himself, he opened a shop on Royal Street in the French Quarter and when a building came on the market close to his shop, he leaped at the opportunity. He named the hotel after his family and it became known as the Hotel Monteleone. The hotel stayed in his family after his death and remains in the family even now.

The carousel bar was installed in the bar and lounge of the Hotel Monteleone in 1949. This unique rotating bar has 25 seats adorned with paintings of circus animals on them that face inward towards the

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ornate bar that resembles the middle of a carousel. The revolution takes 15 minutes, perfect for a slow twirl around to get a good look at your surroundings, without leaving you stumbling, disoriented, and wondering why you were sitting on a circus animal. The Carousel Bar and Lounge was wildly popular with many 19th century authors and was even mentioned in their writings. Among the fans of this unique bar were Earnest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Anne Rice, William Faulkner, and Truman Capote. The Carousel Bar and Lounge encompasses everything that makes New Orleans unique and popular. The Hotel Monteleone and the Carousel Bar and Lounge continues to be celebrated today, with locals and tourists alike flocking to the unusual and eccentric, yet classic bar for fun and a glimpse into a story and past like no other.

With all the history and lore surrounding the Carousel Bar, it’s no surprise that one of the most noteworthy cocktails came from such a

place. The Vieux Carré, pronounced “voh-careeh” and meaning “old square” or “old quarter” after the French Quarter where the hotel and bar are located. While the exact date the drink was invented is a little fuzzy, much like the feeling you get after one too many Vieux Carrés, it’s known the recipe was published in 1937 in the book “Famous New Orleans Drinks and How to Mix Em.” One thing everyone can agree on is who is responsible for this classic New Orleans staple, Hotel Monteleone bartender Walter Bergeron. He came up with the drink to honor all the ethnic groups that made up the New Orleans French Quarter culture at the time. He used rye whiskey for the Americans, sweet vermouth for the Italians, cognac and Benedictine for the French, and bitters in honor of the Caribbean Islanders. With all these ingredients, the Vieux Carré adds up to be about 30% alcohol. This concoction packs a strong punch and is conservatively referred to as a “slow sipper.” Despite the strong nature of this drink, the Vieux Carré is one of the most popular drinks ordered at the Hotel Monteleone’s Carousel Bar, although the staff reminds their customers, you must be 21 to ride this carousel.

Vieux Carré

INGREDIENTS:

¼ oz. Benedictine

¼ oz. Cognac

½ oz. Rye Whiskey

¼ oz. Sweet Vermouth

3 drops Angostura Bitters

3 drops Peychaud Bitters

DIRECTIONS:

Mix all ingredients until blended. Pour over ice in a rocks glass and garnish with lemon twist.

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Time Traveler’s Ball Awards Gala

The Gulf Breeze Chamber held its Time Traveler’s Ball Awards Gala at the Hilton Pensacola Beach on January 13. The evening started with guests mingling, cocktails, and games, while celebrating the past, present, and future with highlights from iconic ages throughout history. Gulf Breeze Area Chamber’s outgoing chairman, Jonathan Tucker, was also honored. Dinner consisted of vintage-inspired dishes in a multi-course banquet. Guests tried their luck at the prohibition wine and liquor pull and were able to place a bid at the silent auction table. While enjoying dinner, the First Dance Ballroom Studio performed. The 2021 winners presented the awards for the 2022 Awards winners. This year’s winners were: Volunteer of the Year – Carrie Carver from Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty, Business Leader of the Year – Donna Smith, University Lending Group, Young Professional of the Year – Leslie Haley from Hampton Inn & Suites - Gulf Breeze, Community Leader of the Year – Matt Lafon, Soar Spirit Award winner – Louie Sanchez of Mass Mutual, Magnolia Wealth Strategies, Nonprofit of the Year - American Legion 378, and Business of the Year - Step One Automotive.

After the awards, the beautifully clad guests took to the dance floor.

As one of the pillar projects of the Gulf Breeze Area Chamber Foundation, they were excited to announce their plans to annually support Take Stock in Children. Proceeds from this event went to support the foundation’s goal of sponsoring a full, 4-year scholarship to a Santa Rosa County child in need through the Take Stock in Children program.

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Hailed as the official kick off of the Pensacola Mardi Gras season, hundreds of people started filtering into the downtown area during the late afternoon and by sunset, the streets and sidewalks were packed with costumed fest goers. “Have you ever wanted to feel like a kid again? That’s what Pensacola’s 12th night celebration is all about,” said Tiffany Bock, a local fest goer. “It’s a family-friendly tradition and a great way to bring in the Mardi Gras season!”

Presented by Wind Creek Casino and Hotel, Catalyst Real Estate Development, and The East Garden District, January 6 marked the 12th anniversary of Pensacola’s kick off to the Mardi Gras season. Humbly beginning on a misty winter’s night, the kick off has grown from 10 floats to now several dozen representing krewes from all over the area. With well-known krewes such as the Krewe of Lafitte and the Krewe of Priscus being in attendance, celebrants were getting a peak at some Mardi Gras 2023’s highly decorated floats. From the top of the Lafitte float, Byron and Lynn Gilbert shared a little bit about their krewe. “The krewe was established in 1954 as a Fiesta of Five Flags krewe and [now] has 300 pirates plus 13 floats,” said Byron. Sharing their goals Byron explained that the krewe promotes goodwill and community service across the Panhandle while proudly representing Pensacola by parading in 8 Florida cities across the Gulf Coast.

In addition to the “static parade” there were booths and food trucks scattered throughout the area. A second-line procession blessed the floats and presented the krewes with a Mardi Gras certificate.

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Mardi Gras Decor

Between Christmas and spring, we have a different season to decorate for here along the Gulf Coast. One that maybe our friends to the north, east, and west of us may not quite understand what all the hoopla is about. Yes, I’m talking about the Mardi Gras season. That precious time of the year when others are patiently awaiting spring, we’re partying, parading, and decorating our way through this festive season. For many of us, once the Christmas decorations come down, the Mardi Gras decorations go up. The colors of the season, purple, green, and gold represent the history behind Mardi Gras, purple meaning justice, green representing faith, and gold meaning power. These colors, along with other traditional Mardi Gras trim, such as masks, beads, fleur de lis, etc. are all fabulous ways to celebrate the season and transform our homes into a place to laissez le bon temps rouler, or let the good times roll!

Door Décor ~ One sure way to let your neighbors know the Mardi Gras vibe is alive and well in your house is to decorate your door. Mardi Gras wreaths, garlands, and more can be found at shops across the Gulf Coast in many different shapes, styles, and sizes. For those with a more subtle style, simple décor using the colors of the season is perfect to complement your outdoor space without overwhelming it. For others, the bigger and bolder the better. Large wreaths, heavy on the swag, including beads and masks are perfect to hang on your door or wall. Large colorful garlands, complete with ornaments can be used around doors, along staircase railings, or along porches. If you’re feeling particularly cra y, these divine decorations can be made at home using materials from most cra stores or our handy helper, the internet.

Mardi Gras Tree ~ Mardi Gras trees are a great and easy way to spruce up your house and have it ready for the Mardi Gras season. With the season following Christmas, simply keeping up your tree and swapping out lights and ornaments is a quick way to decorate your space. Green, gold, and purple lights illuminate your Mardi Gras spirit, while fun ornaments like crawfish, alligators, and musical instruments give it that Louisiana vibe. Use beads for garland and an ornate mask as your tree topper and you have a Mardi Gras tree that’ll bring the big easy to your living room.

Dashing Dining ~ Decorating your table for the Mardi Gras season is always a fun idea, especially if it’s your turn to host the party. With the dining area being the focal point of most parties, this is a great opportunity to jazz it up and show your Mardi Gras spirit. Whether it’s a floral centerpiece using the colors of the season, a beaded tree, or an ornate mask centerpiece, they all make a big statement. Mardi Gras themed dishware, platters, or glasses in the green, gold, or purple tones also help set the stage for an impressive feast of Big Easy faves.

Yardi Gras ~ For those who live for Mardi Gras, there’s something called Yardi Gras, yes, you read that right, YARDI GRAS! And while it may not be for everybody, it sure is fun! The tradition became more popular a er the COVID pandemic caused the cancellation of Mardi Gras parades in New Orleans in 2021. Residents would not let the cancellations quell their love of the season, so they took to turning their yards and porches into “house floats,” later called Yardi Gras. While parades are back in full swing, floating down the streets of cities, the tradition lives on as neighbors have friendly competitions as to who can outdo the other. Large lawn displays using lights and elaborate decorations bring the crowds, as well as porches that are transformed to festive floats, perfect for the Mardi Gras season. While Yardi Gras currently mostly occurs in New Orleans, I think the rest of us Gulf Coasters can get on board for this fun tradition.

NAVARRE BEACH SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION CENTER

Sea Turtle Rescue Van Reveal and Thank You Event

Locals and visitors were thrilled to visit the Navarre Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center (NBSTCC) on January 7. One of the first people onsite was Brian Van De Hey from Wisconsin. Snowbirding with his wife, Peggy, Brian said, “We took a week to get here and we’re planning on staying for a month, so today we decided to stop in and see the turtles.” And right behind the Van De Heys were scores of guests lining up to participate in the day’s activities and see the van reveal.

Home to a non-releasable green sea turtle, Sweet Pea, and over 2,000 square feet of educational displays, the center is open to the public year-round. Founded in 2013, the center has seen growth every year and in 2022 NBSTCC welcomed almost 55,000 visitors through its doors. Everyone loves a celebration and the center’s van reveal event had children jumping around and giggling in a bounce house, face painting, and food trucks for the famished. “We are here today celebrating our supporters and our donors who made this van happen. The new sea-turtle rescue van is an extra-long Ford Transit van that can fit 3 large pools to transport rescued turtles,” explained Cathy Holmes, NBSTCC founder. Cathy continued, “Through our supporters we were afforded the opportunity to wrap the van in an amazing way with our mission of conservation, education, research, and giving sea turtles more tomorrows.”

Throughout the event NBSTCC staff gave tours, explained equipment, and thanked everyone for their support. Volunteers are welcomed and interested parties can contact the center directly via Facebook or through their website NavarreBeachSeaTurtles.org.

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Pirates of Lost Treasure Ball

The Krewe of the Pirates of Lost Treasure’s Ball was held at the Museum of Commerce on January 21. Attendees were encouraged to dress as famous couples that “were meant to be together.” Creative couple dressed as: the Phantom & Christina, Danny & Sandy, Ricky & Lucy, Loni Anderson & Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra & Ava Gardner, just to mention a few. It was a lovely evening of dining and visiting while listening to the live music provided by Wicked Jones. The perfectly displayed buffet dinner of herb

crusted chicken, beef tenderloin burnt ends, fresh mashed potatoes, green beans, and dinner rolls was provided by the Cutting Board. The Pirates of Lost Treasure was established in 1992 by a small group of swashbucklers. The Pirates have helped many Panhandle residents who had been down on their luck and still found time to put the wind back in their sails to continue to strive and grow. Additionally, the Pirates continue to raise money for local children with their Secret Santa program, along with blending good times and philanthropy in the community.

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Business Happy Hour

The monthly Business Happy Hour at Seville’s Apple Annie’s was sponsored by Debbie and Gary Sapp on January 4. Gary is the owner of Gary Sapp Automotive and Debbie is the owner of Southern Gardens Florist and Gifts. Gary and Debbie have sponsored a monthly Business Happy Hour for the past four years, as their way of saying thanks for all the years of support from the community and as an opportunity to build community partnerships. The Business Happy Hour event was filled with over 60 friends, family, and business associates enjoying light finger foods provided by Seville Quarter chefs. Many businesses find this Happy Hour a great networking opportunity. Attendees put their business card in for drawings that took place throughout the evening. Numerous baskets filled with goodies including fine wines, tasty treats, and a certificate for an upcoming ad in VIP Pensacola Magazine were taken home by guests.

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Laissez La Bonne Nourriture Rouler! (Let the Good Food Roll!)

Mardi Gras season brings Mardi Gras parties, and oh what parties they are! With drinks flowing, bead clad guests ready to party, and good ole Mardi Gras fare, you can be sure the good times are going to roll. So, invite your friends, put on your party pants, and make sure to hydrate because we’re going to give you the recipes you need to make sure your Mardi Gras party is king.

Beignets

INGREDIENTS:

1 (1/4-oz.) envelope active dry yeast

1 1/2 cups warm water (105° to 115°), divided

8 tablespoons granulated sugar

1 cup evaporated milk

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons vegetable shortening

7 cups bread flour

Vegetable oil

Si ed powdered sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Yeast Mixture: In stand mixer bowl, mix 1 packet of yeast with 1/2 cup warm water. Add granulated sugar, stir, and let sit for 5 minutes until foamy. Add eggs, salt, evaporated milk, and sugar.

Dough: In a separate bowl, mix shortening and hot water until melted. Add shortening mixture to yeast mixture along with 4 cups bread flour. Using hook attachment, mix until smooth. Gradually add 3 cups more bread flour, and beat until a sticky dough forms. Transfer to a lightly greased bowl, turning dough to grease entire surface. Once complete, cover and refrigerate for 4 to 24 hours. Beignets: Fill Dutch oven with 2 to 3 inches of vegetable oil. Heat to 350°F to 360°F. Roll dough to 1/4-inch thickness, cut into 2 1/2-inch squares, and fry in oil until browned and puffy (2 minutes each side). Drain on paper towels. Immediately dust with powdered sugar.

Cajun Hot Shrimp Dip

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup chives or minced green onions

1 red bell pepper minced

1/4 cup mayonnaise

8 ounces cream cheese

1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese

12 ounces Shrimp Scampi

DIRECTIONS:

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 lemon zested

1 tablespoon cajun seasoning

2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

1 sourdough bowl

2. Drain the shrimp and chop into ½ inch pieces. In a large bowl add the chives, bell pepper, mayonnaise, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, shrimp, lemon juice and zest, Cajun seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce and stir until combined.

3. Cut the top of the sourdough loaf off the bread. Scoop out the insides until the walls of the bread are ½ inch thick. Put the dip into the bread bowl.

4. Bake for 18-20 minutes. Serve with crackers or baguette slices.

Muffule a

Red Beans and Rice

INGREDIENTS:

Genoa salami slices

Ham slices

Pastrami slices

Olive Salad

DIRECTIONS:

Provolone cheese slice

Swiss cheese

Large sesame seed loaf roll (muffuletta loaf)

1. Preheat the oven to 350˚F. Layer first 6 ingredients on the bottom half of a roll; top with remaining roll half and wrap in aluminum foil.

2. Bake for 20 minutes or until thoroughly heated and the cheese is melted.

INGREDIENTS:

1 pound of dried red beans

7 cups water

1 green bell pepper, chopped

1 medium onion, chopped

3 celery stalks, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

½ pounds andouille sausage, sliced

3 tablespoons Creole seasoning

Hot cooked rice

Garnish: sliced green onions

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place first 8 ingredients in a 4-quart slow cooker.

2. Cook, covered, at high 7 hours or until beans are tender. Serve with hot cooked rice.

Gatsby New Year’s Eve

Speakeasy Ball

New Year’s Eve is a phenomenal evening, but the Krewe of Gatsby Girls put on a Gatsby New Year’s Eve Speakeasy Ball on December 31 at the Hilton Pensacola Beach, that topped them all. This 1920s fashion ball was the place to be on New Year’s Eve. The lights were set, the stage was lit, and the decorations were on point. Each year, the Krewe of Gatsby selects one community organization to become their partner, and this year was no different. This year’s Speakeasy Ball beneficiary was Honor H.E.R Foundation, and they received a portion of the proceeds from this night’s events. Over 225 people enjoyed the evening’s entertainment, which included the BeeziHead Productions 360 Photobooth, along with, the Unfortunate Sons, who played all night long. Honor H.E.R. Foundation is committed to providing meals, lodging, access to medical care and job placement services for identified women veterans who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless in the Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Their vision is to provide shelter and restore hope, honor, and dignity in every female veteran who seeks comfort, support, and assistance through their programs.

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What is your hometown and how did you end up in the Pensacola area; how long have you been here?

I was born at Baptist Hospital. I grew up in Gulf Breeze and moved away for about twelve years. After living in Gainesville, Tampa, Washington DC, Birmingham, and Atlanta, I returned home. I’ve lived in both Pensacola and Gulf Breeze for the last twenty years.

What is your profession and what lead you to choose it?

I am an attorney and have practiced Family Law and Criminal Defense for the last twenty years. My dad’s best friend was an attorney and much of my family are attorneys, so my path just took me to the practice of law.

What are some of your favorite things about Pensacola? What makes it unique?

Pensacola has always been a great combination of the beach, Southern charm, and history all mixed together. Events and festivals always provide opportunities to get out around family and friends. I joined the Krewe of Andres de Pez over twenty years ago, which always provides chances to get out for Fiesta and Mardi Gras, as well as chances to give back in the community.

Three words that best describe you. Outgoing, Social, Passionate.

Favorite place for entertainment?

Vinyl and The Saenger are always great for catching a show, plus we have the Handle Bar back. Happy to have all the breweries in town and you can’t beat the beach bars. Hub’s downtown is our own little Cheers. And, even though my Gators are having a bad year, Seville is always a great place to watch games with the Northwest Florida Gator Club.

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

One thing I don’t go without: Checking on my daughter and my mother to make sure they are having good day.

Finish this statement, I AM PENSACOLA because…

I am Pensacola because I enjoy running into friends everywhere I go in this town.

I AM PENSACOLA
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