BUD & ALLEY’S PIZZA BAR + TRATTORIA PRESENTS “WOOD FIRED ITALIAN WINE DINNER” FEATURING ALL NATURAL WINES Four-course, wood-fired dinner is Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar + Trattoria on 30A in Seaside, Florida, celebrates the fall season with a Fall Harvest Wine Dinner on Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. Chef Phil McDonald of Black Bear Bread Co. and Chef Zach Keaton of Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar in Seaside will serve a seasonal, four-course wood-fired harvest dinner with special guest Pat Ladd of South Florida’s Progress Wine Group that will showcase his all-natural wines. “We are thrilled to host a fall harvest dinner at Pizza Bar,” said Chef Phil McDonald of Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar + Trattoria. “Progress Wine Group is producing some beautiful organic wines. Not surprisingly, sustainable and organic farming gets us excited at Pizza Bar, and it's a philosophy we’re happy to carry over in the wines that we offer.” Born in Suffolk, England, Pat Ladd spent his youth moving across the U.S as a “military brat” before finally settling on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast in the late 1980s. After applying his English degree teaching high school literature for three years, Ladd decided to leave teaching and follow his passion for wine by pursuing a career in wine distribution. Collectively, he has spent 15 years in the Florida independent restaurant and retail wine industry. Ladd, who currently serves as both North Florida Regional Manager and a Progress Portfolio Manager, began his distribution career as a wine & spirits sales representative for Premier Beverage in the Florida Panhandle, where he worked in on-premises management role for eight years. For two years, he also served as Director of Sales for McNeese Distributing based in Destin. The wood-fired Italian-inspired harvest menu is as follows: Diver Scallop Crudo with Cayenne Pepper, Puffed Farro, Grapefruit dusted with Jacobsen Sea Salt paired with Casa Coste Piane Prosecco Frizzante Naturalmente (2016) Wood Fired Beets with Ricotta Salata, Winter Citrus, Endive, Pistachios paired with Luigi Maffini, Cilento Fiano Kratos (2016) Squid Ink Gnocchi, Charred Squid, ‘Nduja, Tomato Conserva topped with Sourdough Breadcrumbs paired with Foradori, Foradori Fontanasanta Manzoni Bianco (2016) Berkshire Porchetta, Pear Slaw in a Cranberry Jus paired with Dirupi, Valtellina Superiore (2014) And for dessert, Sweet Heirloom Carrot Pie, Pecans and Ginger Ice Cream served with Italo Pietrantonj, Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo Rosé (2017) Tickets to the Fall Harvest Wine Dinner are $120 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and includes an aperitif and passed hors d’oeuvres followed by a four-course wood-fired themed dinner from Chef Phil McDonald and Chef Zach Keaton with four flights of wine. Reservations are required and can by made by calling (850) 231-3113. Bud & Alley’s owner/founder Dave Rauschkolb said hosting a Fall Harvest dinner in partnership with Progress is a natural. “The Pizza Bar was inspired by the cucinas of Naples, Italy,” he said. “This event is reflective of what we are all about at all of our Bud & Alley’s restaurants — keeping it simple, seasonal and delicious. The fact that we are exploring and serving new natural wines is just a continuation of our 33-year culinary culture.” Bud & Alley’s, South Walton’s longest established restaurant, pioneered the farm- and sea-to-table movement in Seaside and along 30A. Its devotion to serving dishes with the freshest possible ingredients extends to the The Pizza Bar. Guest of The Pizza Bar can experience these authentic flavors family-style in the courtyard, fire-side at the bar, and on the veranda overlooking the Gulf. It is open daily from 11 a.m. Founded in 1986 in Seaside, Florida, Bud & Alley’s has become a revered gathering place by local patrons and visitors known for “Good Food. Good People. Good Times.” Over the years, Bud & Alley’s has garnered numerous awards including Florida Trend Magazine’s Golden Spoon Hall of Fame Award, designating the eatery as one of the Top 20 Restaurants in Florida. For more information on The Pizza Bar at Bud & Alley’s, call (850) 231-3113 or visit www.budandalleys.com.