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Food For Thought Dinner Series: Chef Nikhil Abuvala

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What: Food For Thought Dinner Series: Chef Nikhil Abuvala
When: Thursday, March 1, 2018
Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where: Food For Thought Full Circle Kitchen

Enjoy a 5-course dinner with wine pairings prepared by South Walton's Chef Nikhil Abuvala of Roux 30A held on Thursday, March 1 at 7pm in the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Full Circle Kitchen in Santa Rosa Beach. Tables for 4 or 8 can be purchased.

Reserve your table in advance:
Table for Four- $800
Table for Eight- $1600

Food For Thought is honored to welcome Chef Nikhil Abuvala, Chef/Owner of Roux 30a, to the Thoughtful Dinner Series! Growing up with an appreciation for food passed down from generations of cooks and chefs, Nikhil started his culinary career at the early age of 13. Diving into a wide spectrum of cuisines, from Sushi, to Creole, Indian to Mediterranean, Nikhil found his home under the care of Dean James Max, and the modern American palate. Nikhil hopes to create a symbiotic relationship between local farmers, fisherman, and the community of South Walton.

The Thoughtful Dinner Series is held in the newly renovated Full Circle Kitchen space in the Santa Rosa Beach location. 

As an active community leader, Jim dedicates time to many charities and Food For Thought is honored to have Chef Shirley and his team dedicate their time and talents to helping raise money to help children in need in our community. This is a dinner not to be missed!

Thoughtful Dinners will be held one each Fall, and one each Spring and will feature a different local guest chef and culinary team. 

Full Circle Kitchen  
The Emeril Lagasse Foundation Full Circle Kitchen helps provide skills and additional sources of food to some of the most at-risk students in Okaloosa and Walton counties by providing a variety of classes. The Full Circle Kitchen program provides a fully funcitonal teaching kitchen in a safe learning environment for students to learn cooking skills from local restaurant partners and chefs.  A grant from the Emeril Lagasse Foundation will support capital needs, operating expenses and programming efforts associated with the program’s newly constructed teaching kitchen.

“The Full Circle Kitchen was created to help provide skills and additional sources of food to some of the most at-risk students in Okaloosa and Walton counties by providing a variety of classes - some open to the public, and some life skills classes available for students,” says Tiffanie Nelson, Founder & Executive Director of Food For Thought. “When guests purchase tickets to the Thoughtful Dinner Series, that ticket helps pay for a child to attend classes in the future. A class that provides skills, food, and a new way to engage with others. Our first student classes have been a huge success and the kids can’t wait for the next class.”

Food For Thought now has five ways to provide hunger relief - weekly backpacks during the school year for students receiving free or reduced lunches to close the gap of missed meals over the weekend, monthly snacks provided to teachers in schools receiving Food For Thought services to fight immediate signs of hunger, holiday services to help feed families in need during long breaks from school including summer, garden initiatives at select schools and at the Destin Pantry, and now the Full Circle Kitchen to help provide skills and additional sources of food to some of the most at-risk students in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

As Food For Thought continues to grow, support from the community is needed more now than ever. The local nonprofit expects to grow by over 50% and take on 6 new schools and reach over 2,500 students during the 2017-2018 school year. If you or someone you know would like to donate time, funds, or services to Food For Thought Outreach please email or visit

Food For Thought is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Santa Rosa Beach, FL that provides backpacks filled with healthy, easy to prepare food for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals. Our goal is to support a child’s development and educational experience by bridging the gap between school meals during weekends and holiday breaks.  Food For Thought has been working to fight child hunger since 2010, and in the 2017-2018 school year will serve 29 schools in Walton and Okaloosa Counties, providing backpacks for 2,500 students each week. For more information, such as donation locations, pantry items needed, and opportunities to volunteer, please email

For more information, donation, volunteer info, and ways you can help please visit Food For Thought Outreach:

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