Bud and Alley's Acquires Local Catering Company

January 20, 2014 by Jill Tanner

Dave Rauschkolb is always on the hunt for new adventure and ways to expand and improve his business. Although he loves all that the beach life has to offer, you'd be hard pressed to find someone working harder in South Walton. His recent announcement to open Bud & Alley's WaterFront Restaurant in Panama City Beach made a big splash, but a new venture closer to home is also big news.

Dave has always wanted to increase his catering business, but didn't have enough room in the kitchens of his ever-popular Seaside eateries - Bud & Alley's, Taco Bar, and Pizza Bar. In 2013, he began the hunt for a large kitchen able to handle off-site catering for weddings and events. Meanwhile, down the street in Grayton Beach, Kim Pitchford, owner of Dine by Design, was looking to sell her building and move into a smaller space. It was just what he was looking for and Dave offered to buy it, but soon he had an even better plan. By his own account he “had an epiphany that night”, that has since led to the perfect marriage – Bud and Alley’s Dine by Design.
Dave bought the whole operation from Kim and hired her as the executive chef. Her reputation as a catering chef in South Walton is solid and she’s accustomed to high volume, catering over 150 events just last year, many with over 200 people.
“It’s the best of both worlds,” Kim says. “We have years of experience working all types of venues from Pensacola to Apalachicola, and Bud & Alley’s is an incredibly respected brand with a loyal following.”


“I am super excited to have a professional kitchen and chef in place and ready hit the ground running,” said Dave.
The full-scale catering firm has a large kitchen with everything needed to serve hundreds of guests and together, Dave and Kim are ready to take on the 2014 wedding season. Bud and Alley’s Dine by Design will now be able to bring the coastal cuisine everyone loves, to your special event anywhere in South Walton.


“For nearly 30 years, Bud and Alley’s has been a treasured venue for creating amazing weddings and special events,” Dave says.

So whether you already have a venue and need your event catered or you wish to have your party at one of Bud and Alley’s great venues, they can bring it all together for you. Bud & Alley’s Dine by Design Catering offices are at 54 Logan Lane in Grayton Beach.  To book special events and weddings, please contact Toni at 850.217.4535 or or visit


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Jill is a long-time SoWal local transplanted from Georgia. Jill enjoys writing movie scripts in her bit of spare time.

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