From Bonfires to Big Events, Grayton Beach Catering Gets it Right Every Time

October 31, 2012 by Jill Tanner

It seems everyone in SoWal knows Cheri Peebles and her son, Donald “Scooter” Reeder, but if you don’t, you need to. They are always out and about, hosting an event, supporting the community, and involved in all things South Walton. They are two of the sweetest, most genuine people you will ever meet.

Back in 2009, after coordinating Scooter’s wedding to Cortney, Cheri knew she had found her calling. She loved planning weddings for friends and family and decided to do it on a larger scale. With Scooter’s twelve years of experience in the food industry and Cheri’s talent for planning, they decided to go into business together. They opened Grayt Coffee House, which turned out to be the perfect place from which to run Grayton Beach Catering. They do it all - catering, wedding planning, and rentals for the weddings they set up.

"Whatever you need, you come see us," says Cheri. "We'll take care of you with love and a smile."

Scooter is in charge of the food side. Keeping things fresh while staying flexible is his forte. When it comes to what the customer wants, he makes sure he fulfills every need. Grayton Beach Catering has a menu of “comfort style” food from which to choose, or if you prefer something special, they will accommodate. For example, they have cooked Indian cuisine and Mexican fare at a guest’s request.  Bottom line: if you want it, they can make it happen.

Let’s talk weddings. Getting married in SoWal should be easy breezy, and Cheri makes that possible. She heads up the wedding planning department, taking care of everything for your special event. She can take the weight off of your shoulders by booking the band, finding an officiate, hiring a florist, having a cake made, and hiring a photographer. She will even set up a shuttle service to bring your guests to and from the event.

Monet Monet Gardens in Grayton Beach is a beautiful outdoor location, which accommodates up to 200 guests. The venue itself is a gorgeous recreation of Claude Monet’s home and garden in Giverny, France and Grayton Beach Catering is the exclusive caterer.

Beach bonfires are one of their biggest hits. Setting up around fifty bonfires a year, they have it down to a science. For a mere $300 a bonfire, they obtain the permit, set up the area, bring the wood, start the fire, provide smores for your party, and clean it all up. You just need to show up and party. This really takes the hassle out of your big bash on the beach. Hosting a bonfire is a unique and fun way to bring your friends and family together, whether it’s a wedding, rehearsal dinner, bachelor party or birthday party. Let your imagination run wild.

Now, if you want a true Low Country Boil, the Grayton Beach Catering team can bring it right to your doorstep, or favorite beach spot of course. The shrimp boil is the most popular, but in the right season, they can do crawfish or crab as well. Each boil includes andouille sausage (homemade at Stinky’s Fish Camp), potatoes, corn, onions, and garlic, with their homemade spice mixture that adds just the right flavor.

Don’t worry if you can’t have shellfish, because they will cook the sausage, corn, and potatoes separate just for you. The seafood boils also come with wickle pickles, which are sweet pickles with a kick, and watermelon to even out the spice at the end. It is the perfect flavor combination. The boils are $34 per person and include all disposables, such as napkins and plates. A small fee is charged for the set up and breakdown.

SoWal locals and tourists alike have embraced the bonfire and low country boil parties. Because getting into a restaurant in the middle of summer can be a challenge, this is a different way to bring your loved ones together without the worry. For more information, visit their website at or call them at 850.231.4158. 

“The food is gonna be awesome!" - Scooter


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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.