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Nine South Walton Eateries Featured on Emeril's Florida

January 24, 2014 by SoWal Staff

SoWal local Emeril Lagasse just kicked off season two of Emeril's Florida on the Cooking Channel, and our beloved South Walton takes center stage. This season, SoWal is featured in nine different segments, with the first airing Sunday, Jan. 19 at 1:30 p.m. CST. Two episodes focusing solely on South Walton Beaches air Sunday, Jan. 26 at 1:30 p.m. CST and Sunday, Mar. 2 at 1:30 p.m. CST.

Nine locations welcomed Emeril:  Havana Beach Bar & Grill, V Seagrove, 723 Whiskey Bravo, Seaside’s Airstream row, Crust Artisan Bakery, Seagar’s Prime Steaks and Seafood, Marlin Grill and The Wine Bar at Grand Boulevard. The Marina at Baytowne Wharf, where Chef Emeril prepared a fresh catch with Florida Governor Rick Scott in season one, will once again feature fresh seafood in South Walton.

“South Walton took part in a very unique opportunity to showcase what makes the destination so special,” said Jon Ervin, director of marketing and communications for Walton County TDC. “Our area offers a complete vacation experience in part thanks to some of the most passionate restaurateurs, which of course beachgoers have come to love.”

The Cooking Channel’s first season of Emeril's Florida was viewed by an estimated one million U.S. households and was then was picked up by Food Network and re-aired last summer to more than 2.5 million more homes.  

“A celebrity chef of Emeril’s stature, savoring what makes South Walton a culinary destination is a powerful boost to the local economy,” added Ervin. “Season one was great, and in season two, Chef Lagasse’s enthusiasm for the Florida location he calls home is even more evident.”
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Check out this week’s episode of Emeril’s Florida airing on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. CST on the Cooking Channel. In Sunday’s episode titled, “Find Your Perfect Beach and Bites – Part 1” celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse tours some of the best restaurants in South Walton, Florida.

Chef Emeril begins the episode at the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa and visits their high-end steak house, Seagar’s.  While there, Emeril meets Executive Chef Dan Vargo and they sample some of the chef’s signature dishes. Prime beef is on the menu in the form of a 48-ounce Porterhouse Steak and there are also some creative seafood dishes including: a Red Snapper and Tuna “Duo of Tartare” and fresh “Alaskan King Crab Ravioli.”

Next, Emeril heads to Seaside and stops at several of the food trucks in the middle of town, sampling Raw & Juicy, Wild Bill’s Beach Dogs, and Barefoot BBQ. Over in Seagrove Beach, Emeril meets Executive Chef David Cunningham at V Seagrove and tries some of his cuisine, including pork belly, Wagyu brisket, and some unconventional shrimp and grits. Emeril wraps up the episode at Crust Artisan Bakery in Santa Rosa Beach. There, he talks with Mark and Kim Fressel about the evolution of the bakery and Emeril samples some of Mark’s authentic Italian cuisine. The show reruns on Monday, Jan. 27 at 8:30 a.m. CST and Thursday, Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. CST.  

For additional information on the series, including links to previous episodes, please go to the Cooking Channel website here. For a preview of Sunday’s episode, click here.

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