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Chef David Pan Wins Flavor Award

Chef David Pan Wins Flavor Award

Sep 28, 2016

Chef David Pan earned the Flavor Award at the Wharf Uncorked Food & Wine Festival in Orange Beach. As this chef’s style is traditional French cooking for current times, his winning dish was a Boeuf Bourguignon with Roasted Garlic Pomme Purée. Held in mid-September, the three day event combines tastings of delicious food and tantalizing wines, live entertainment, a pinch of southern flare and a dash of Gulf Coast hospitality. “As flavor is the most important part of cuisine, it is quite an honor to win this particular award,” said Chef David Pan of Orange Beach Concierge. “Additionally, as sponsors for the entire festival, it is exciting to know that over $15,000 was raised for Make a Wish Alabama.” Chef David Pan’s specialty is French methods while remaining focused on the latest trends and techniques in the industry. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Mendota Heights, Chef Pan began his career at the 3 Diamond rated WA Frost in St. Paul under Chef Russell Kline. He expanded his culinary experience working with noted chefs at elite establishments that included the Minneapolis Club, James Beard winning Gustavus Inn, Fishers Orange Beach along with Brick and Spoon. Last year, he launched Orange Beach Concierge, one of the only private dining services in the area. While he is new to the coast, his culinary impact is already well known by his peers. For additional information about Chef David Pan and Orange Beach Concierge, visit...

Jackson Hole Brings the Dining to the Table

Jackson Hole Brings the Dining to the Table

Jun 30, 2016

When starting this feature, I was writing a travel piece on everything that Jackson Hole has to offer. What I found was a culinary experience worth its own showcase. The restaurants in this list are only a sampling of the various dining that Jackson Hole brings to the table. Stop into Street Food at the Stagecoach for great eats on the way to the Village or coming off the pass. Husband and wife team Marcos Hernandez and Amelia Hatchard met while working at the Four Seasons before venturing out on their own with this global cantina. While the regular burger is grilled to perfection, the lamb burger should definitely be tried as all of the ingredients really complement each other. The overall menu has a lot of varied options, but be sure and check out the daily specials on the board for things like the highly popular Chipotle Cream Shrimp Quesadillas as well. While the unassuming dining room is off the bar in the Stagecoach, there is an enjoyable outside dining area with plenty of room to relax while the kids run around. **In the Know: The Habanero Hot Sauce is made and bottled in the restaurant ready to sell. If you’re looking for down-home cooking, take a step into Café Genevieve. While the Southern-inspired cuisine wins acolades all by itself, it’s also a charming place as the restaurant is housed in a historic log cabin listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Focusing its food and cocktails by the season, this cafe is open daily and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re lucky when you come in for brunch, you might see the Crabcake Benedict on the menu but if not, Fried Chicken and Waffles are always a perfect go to item. If you are passionate about the origin of your food, know that Cafe Genevieve sources it products from local ranchers and farmers to ensure sustainable ingredients. In the summer enjoy Cafe Genevieve’s bustling, sunny patio with excellent people watching and dogs welcome.**In the Know: Pig Candy, a thick applewood smoked bacon, coated with a blend of sugars and spices and baked low-and-slow, is available for sale on the website. Using fresh seasonal ingredients, E.leaven Food Company offers appealing meals made from scratch. In addition to serving breakfast all day...

Jackson Hole Melts Away the Winter Blues

Jackson Hole Melts Away the Winter Blues

Mar 10, 2016

While the winter weather in Jackson Hole is usually frosty, there is always a great amount of things to do.  The main winter draw of the area is the ski resorts that include Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Resort as well as Grand Targhee Resort. Located just 12 miles northwest of town, Jackson Hole boasts an elevation of 10,450 feet and is known for steep terrains while Snow King overlooks the town, offers night skiing and is the oldest ski resort in Wyoming. Just over an hour away, Grand Targhee is known to have deep powder, short lift lines and terrains for all abilities. Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee often receive an average annual snowfall of more than 500 inches while Snow King sees about 66 inches. If you want to get more extreme on the mountains, Heli, Snowcat and Backcountry Tours are always an option. Even if you do not ski or snowboard and are not out on the slopes, travelers will not run of out of things to do as there is something for everyone to enjoy. In addition to skiing or riding the 32 runs on this summit, Snow King Mountain Resort offers lots of winter fun. We had a great time snow tubing where there are three groomed slopes to slide down and a rope pull to get you back up top. This is a great activity for the entire family as anyone over 42″ tall can participate. Then there’s the Cowboy Coaster that has a mile of twists and turns with incredible views, while the Exum Ice Park offers ice climbing which is great for beginners or experts wanting to hone their skills on the frozen waterfalls. Whatever of these activities you choose, just be sure and bundle up! There are also two National parks, Grand Teton and Yellowstone, in the area that provide a variety of experiences. While there are a vast amount of sightseeing and wildlife tours available, we jumped on Brushbuck Tours‘ four hour Grand Teton dusk tour. Our tour guide was Duane, who was full of information and knew exactly where to stop to spot all of the best wildlife. While Grand Teton National Park encompasses 310,000 acres, it is home to numerous large mammals, elk, moose, mule deer, pronghorn, bison, bighorn sheep, bear, and wolves that...

3rd Annual Firkin Fest Announced in Downtown Mobile, AL

3rd Annual Firkin Fest Announced in Downtown Mobile, AL

Mar 2, 2016

Presented by Moe’s Original Bar B Que and Budweiser Busch Distributing, the 3rd Annual Firkin Festival will be held on Saturday, April 2nd at 701 Spring Hill Avenue in Mobile, AL. Benefiting the American Cancer Society, the festival indulges craft beer lovers that include novices and aficionados alike. As the beer offerings continue to grow, Yellowhammer Brewing, Back Forty Beer Company, Cahaba Brewing, Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits, Tallgrass Brewing Company, Fairhope Brewing Company, Black Warrior Brewing Company, Rocket Republic Brewing Company, Avondale Brewing, Serda Brewing, Big Beach Brewing Company, Grayton Beer Company and Druid City Brewing will be poured for sampling. “Participating breweries will showcase distinctive cask ale in a firkin, a barrel made of stainless steel that holds 10.8 gallons of beer,” said Jana Sobolic, Craft Manager for Budweiser-Busch Distributing. “Firkins are unique in the sense that the beer goes through a secondary fermentation in the vessel.” During and after the celebration of beers, entertainment will include live music with performances by Winston Ramble, Festival Expressions and Mulligan Brothers. Doors open at 2pm with a tapping ceremony at 2:30pm. Sampling ends at 5:30pm with an awards ceremony at 6pm. Available on Etix.com or at Moe’s downtown location, tickets are $22 in advance and $25 in the day of event. Ticket includes sampling of all 13 casks, glass, crawfish, music, koozie, literature, and ticket for voting. Located in the upper part of Dauphin in downtown Mobile, the 7400 square foot Moe’s Original Bar B Que features a hot nightlife scene with full premium bars, high definition TVs and an entertainment venue that showcases live music from top bands. Named one of the Top 10 Rib Joints and BBQ Chains in America, Moe’s Original Bar B Que has 40 other locations in AL, CA, CO, FL, GA, LA, ME, NC, OH, SC, TN and VA. The popular restaurant features a Southern soul food revival with everything prepared fresh daily. For additional information about the event or Moe’s Original Bar B Que,...

The 5th Annual Ride Festival in Telluride, Colorado

The 5th Annual Ride Festival in Telluride, Colorado

Jun 17, 2015

The 5th Annual Ride Festival is set to take place on July 11th & 12th in Telluride, Colorado. Since its debut in 2012, The RIDE Festival has quickly garnered a reputation among music fans as a thoughtfully curated Americana/rock festival with music that flawlessly compliments the stunning Colorado setting. Additionally, the close proximity to the many outdoor activities that Telluride and Southern Colorado have to offer help make the 
festival a unique destination event. Attendees can enjoy hiking, biking, hot springs, and so much more in a truly majestic setting. This amazing music-filled weekend kicks off on Friday, July 10th with a free outdoor sunset concert in the scenic Mountain Village. Then on Saturday and Sunday, the main stage lineup will perform on the world renowned Fred Shellman Stage in beautiful Telluride Town Park. Saturday acts include Dorothy, Zella Day, The Temperance Movement, Trigger Hippy, Jonny Lang, Gov’t Mule and Widespread Panic while Sunday brings Mike Farris Gospel, Baskery, Moon Taxi, Current Swell, North Mississippi Allstars and Widespread Panic. After the festival NightRide starts when music spills out into local venues along Main Street for late night shows by emerging talent. At Sheridan Opera House, look for musical acts featuring Dorothy on Friday at 9:00 p.m. and Zella Day at 10:30 p.m., Trigger Hippy on Saturday at 11:00 p.m., and North Mississippi Allstars on Sunday at 11:00 p.m. At Fly Me To The Moon Saloon, The Yawpers play on Friday at 10:00 p.m., Ayron Jones on Saturday at 10:00 p.m. and The Temperance Movement at 11:30 p.m. and Bloodkin performs on Sunday at 10:30 p.m. At The Roma Jefferey Foucault entertains the crowds on Friday and Saturday nights at 10:00 p.m. Lastly, High Pie has Half Ton Marmot on Friday at 10:00 p.m. and Band of Heathens on Saturday at 10:30 p.m.  Tickets for all NightRIDE shows are free to festival pass holders except for The Sheridan Opera House shows. General admission weekend passes are $175.00 and VIP weekend passes run $375.00, plus fees. For additional information or tickets to the Ride Festival,...

Enter to Win a Room at Panic en la Playa

Enter to Win a Room at Panic en la Playa

Nov 11, 2014

Moe’s Original Bar B Que and Cloud 9 present a contest to win a room for two to Panic en la Playa featuring four nights of Widespread Panic on the beach at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic on January 24-28th, 2015. One lucky winner and a guest will receive a double occupancy hotel room and event wristbands. The contest runs online starting today at noon through midnight on December 13th at www.panicenlaplaya.com/moes with the winner announced on December 16th. “The partnership began with Moe’s Original Bar B Que’s founding partner Mike Fernandez as he has been judging a wing sauce contest for the last three years at la Playa with Widespread Panic keyboard player JoJo Hermann as part of the trip’s daytime activities,” said Cloud 9’s Nate Sadler. “For the second year, a lucky winner and their guest will win at room at this ultimate vacation.” Cloud 9 presents a four night musical adventure of Widespread Panic on the beach in the Dominican Republic on January 24-28th. Guests will live like rock royalty as they indulge in all that the all-inclusive Hard Rock resort has to offer. By day, relax at one of the 12 expansive pools, swim in the ocean, hang out with friends, get a massage, eat and drink as much as you want at multiple restaurants and bars or take part in one of many activities or excursions. By night, the stage will be set right on the beach for a full two-set show of Widespread Panic for four nights. Additionally, late night stage has music from the Playa Allstars (Col. Bruce Hampton, George Porter, Jr., Ivan Neville, Nikki Glaspie, Randall Bramblett and Grant Green, Jr.) and Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Additionally, guests will be treated to special poolside acoustic sets from Bloodkin! For additional information about Panic en la Playa, head to www.panicenlaplaya.com. Respected sextet Widespread Panic is a legendary national touring force and continues to break attendance records in major venues across the country. Panic’s live performances have become legendary and the symbiotic relationship between the artist and their fans is something to behold. Never losing sight of giving back, the band continues to organize food drive events at their concerts. The band’s annual Tunes for...