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Jul 12, 2013
Terri Judson

Gourmet food for the gas industry

At the site of a gas rig at dinner time you might see a bright yellow and reddish orange, delivery-type truck with big black letters spelling “The Rig” on the side of it, which stands out from all the white trucks parked around.

This isn’t a part of the drilling inventory of equipment; it’s a special catering truck. Its owner, Christopher Somerville, is a gourmet chef, but he doesn’t wear a chef’s hat – he wears a hard hat.

“Any one of my dishes is ordered and served under 12 minutes,” Somerville said. “Whatever the mood, we have the food.”

From 1996 through 1998, Somerville attended the Florida Culinary Institute in West Palm Beach, studying under Chef Pantone, who is a master pastry chef and currently dean of the institute. He gained his experiences there from the many other fine master chefs as well.

Somerville graduated with a degree in culinary arts and business management, as well as a degree in food science and food preparation. After graduation, Somerville started an organic fish business in Ocala, Fla. Building a self-contained bio system, he grew his own organic vegetation for his fish food. The food dangled to feed the tilapia and coy carp, which are herbivores. The tilapia was raised for food consumption, the coy carps were ornamentals. He supplied major fish wholesalers in the Northeast. At the same time, Somerville was working for restaurants in the West Palm Beach area. Those included Legal Seafood, The Breakers and Duffies Inc.

Born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., Somerville’s family had a summer camp in Bradford County where he spent many of his childhood summers. He loved the area so much that when he had an opportunity to retire from his fish farming in 2007 and purchase some property in the Laceyville area, he took advantage of it and moved there.

In 2008, he started to make plans to form a homestyle food delivery in a rural area that would benefit the local people as well as the gas industry coming into the area. Somerville purchased a truck from Nationwide Auto Group in East Windsor, N.J. He did the graphic design for the outside of the truck by drawing the logo. Nationwide did all of the construction of the vehicle, inside and out. It is a 10′ x 24′ double-axel parcel delivery truck, containing a state-of-the-art kitchen equipped with Alto Shaams, which are prime rib cookers, a charcoal grill, a California grill, a 40-pound pressure deep fryer, along with all the other normal restaurant necessities, such as refrigerators, freezers and stovetop cooking.

“We like to call our cooking facility ‘a restaurant on wheels,’”

Somerville said, explaining that his restaurant on wheels started in the Laceyville area. Currently they deliver to a radius of about 20 miles within Laceyville, with a plan to increase that radius to 50 or 60 miles. But for special occasions they will go further.

In the Laceyville area the Tablerock Tavern hires them every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights to serve their patrons. According to Somerville, they do very well and sometimes people even stop on the side of the road to enjoy their specialties. Other local establishments often hire them to enhance their businesses.

“I’ve got over 250 food items on the truck that can make over 1,100 deviations in under 12 minutes,” Somerville said. “I have over 150 sauce bases that I can create over 1,100 different sauces.”

One of their specialties is to cater to wine festivals. They design a special menu that accents the different local wines. The most recent festival was the Black Walnut Wine Festival in Black Walnut, Pa., sponsored by the American Legion. The shrimp tapenade with roasted red pepper, artichoke and garlic spread; the pumpkin ravioli with a brown butter béchamel sauce; the buffalo mozzarella ravioli with a mild blue cheese buffalo sauce; and the prime rib with mango glaze were the favorites.

Somerville creates all of these dishes and keeps the “recipes” in his head. When a patron asks for something he can usually make it quickly, and tastefully. And yes, he even makes hamburgers, but their hamburgers really shouldn’t be called hamburgers. They’re a combination of chopped brisket and rib eye and served on an 88-layer croissant bun, which they have custom-made for them.

Last month The Rig was set up at the Troy Fair at Alparon Park. Fairgoers and other vendors looking for something a little different flocked to that bright yellow orange truck. With such a varied menu, it’s no wonder that The Rig was a popular place to get a meal that wasn’t quite “fair food” at a reasonable price.

“Everything we had yesterday was good,” said Jamie Bagley, who tried four different things from the menu. “It’s nice to have some non-traditional fair foods, even though we like fair food.” Her daughter, Mackenna Bagley, Sullivan County Dairy Princess, had the chicken emppanadas for a second time.

“He’s taken the fair food and flipped it upside down,” said Esther Krupa, a vendor from Wilkes-Barre, Pa. “It’s so good! It’s real, homemade meals; real chef quality.”

Jerrica Frazier, a vendor from King, N.C., was looking for some breakfast food at 7 p.m. Greene was on duty at The Rig and made her a delicious ham, shrimp and pepper omelet.

“It’s amazing!” Frazier said. “It is so good!”

Somerville is a generous chef as well as a talented one. At the Troy Fair he was often heard offering complimentary bottled water to a fair employee or patron who he felt needed a respite from the heat.

Since June 1 of this year, Somerville along with his business partner Eric Camarda, Paris Greene, and his daughter Bridgette Somerville, have done at least 15 rig jobs near Wyalusing, Williamsport, Nicholson, and Luzerne County. They have also done catering on some pipeline sites.

Some of Somerville’s catering is just good old home-style meals that offer a little extra uniqueness to some old-fashioned meatloaf, fried chicken, pot roast, turkey and dressing, and potatoes that rig workers not only enjoy, but need for the hard work they do. Somerville has found that the gas industry people have been very generous and accommodating to his business.

“They miss home,” Somerville said. “One guy told me that he can come here and eat ‘home.’”

Is it any wonder that since they have started, the gas companies have been calling them constantly?

“Eric and I have high hopes for our business,” Somerville said. “My goal is to have my restaurant on wheels on every shale play in the country, and I may even consider building a boat for offshore drilling!”

This story also appears in the latest Northeast Driller, which is available today. To read select stories from the Northeast Driller, visit www.northeastdriller.com.

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Jul 12, 2013
Terri Judson

Three Cheers for the Sandestin Wine Festival

    Leading Event Donates More than $50,000 to Local Charities

    DESTIN, FL, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The Sandestin Wine Festival, one of the top wine festivals in the country, is donating more than $50,000 to local charities and philanthropic causes.

    The news was announced at a press event today at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

    Village Special Event Manager Lanier Motes presented a $33,000 check to Kim Henderson, Executive Director Fisher House of the Emerald Coast; and a $21,000 check to Sara Becnel, board member of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids.

    According to Ms. Henderson, the funds from the Sandestin Wine Festival donated to the Fisher House will be used for worthwhile efforts to assist military families with a member undergoing local medical treatment.

    On behalf of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, Ms. Becnel reported the funds will support the organization’s mission to make a meaningful and positive difference in children’s lives, including health and economic issues.

    The Sandestin Wine Festival is known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals” because of its grandeur, southern appeal, white tents, and the tasting of hundreds of wines, With a 27 year history, the Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast.

    In addition to its philanthropic contributions to local charities, the Sandestin Wine Festival (www.sandestinwinefestival.com) is estimated to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic impact to the area including accommodations, food and beverage and shopping and other travel spending.

    “This year was a record year and we appreciate the support of the community, leading wine distributors and other valued partners,” said Ms. Motes.

    About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast for all ages and all seasons. The resort invites guests to a world of 30 charming neighborhoods with more than 1,200 villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, the charming pedestrian village with shopping, dining, activities and events. Guests can visit www.sandestin.com or follow Sandestin on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information and events.

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    Jul 12, 2013
    Terri Judson

    Wine Festival gets go-ahead


    Posted: Friday, July 12, 2013 2:10 pm


    Wine Festival gets go-ahead

    Patrick Love

    vancnews.com

    The third annual South Hill Wine Festival is officially a go.


    Representatives of the organizations that co-sponsor the event, the South Hill Chamber of Commerce and South Hill Rotary Club, received permission from the South Hill Town Council Monday to once again utilize Centennial Park for the festival, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28 from noon to 5 p.m.

    Located at 225 E. Danville Street, Centennial Park, one of the town’s oldest parks, was recently redesigned and renovated.

    “I have been to several wine festivals around the state,” said event chair Heather Chaney. “There is no place that has the venue that we have. It is absolutely spectacular.”

    Chaney shared with council members the plans for the upcoming festival.

    She said the festival would feature Virginia wineries, vendors, artists, music, food and more under the tagline “Come for the wine, stay for the weekend.”

    “This year, we’re really going to be promoting the festival as the festival, and we’re really going to be encouraging people to come,” said Chaney. “You don’t have to drink wine to come to the festival. You can come and enjoy the food, the vendors, the music.”

    For the full story see the July 14, 2013 issue

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    Jul 12, 2013
    Terri Judson

    Central Coast Wine Classic kicks off with elegance at Hearst Castle





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    The 28th annual Central Coast Wine Classic kicked off today and will run through Sunday.

    There was a barrel tasting in Pismo Beach this afternoon and tonight the elegant dinner at Hearst Castle for sponsors.

    The wine classic is a little different from other local wine festivals in that it features not only local wines, but wines and chefs from all over the state.

    The festival was started by Archie McLaren because he believed local wines could stack up against competition anywhere, and that showcasing them all together could prompt national attention.

    The event has raised millions for local charities and runs through Sunday.

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    Jul 12, 2013
    Terri Judson

    Sandestin Wine Festival Donates $50000 to Local Charities

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    The Sandestin Wine Festival, one of the top wine festivals in the country, is donating more than $50,000 to local charities and philanthropic causes.

    The news was announced at a press event today at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

    Village Special Event Manager Lanier Motes presented a $33,000 check to Kim Henderson, Executive Director Fisher House of the Emerald Coast; and a $21,000 check to Sara Becnel, board member of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids.

    According to Ms. Henderson, the funds from the Sandestin Wine Festival donated to the Fisher House will be used for worthwhile efforts to assist military families with a member undergoing local medical treatment.

    On behalf of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, Ms. Becnel reported the funds will support the organization’s mission to make a meaningful and positive difference in children’s lives, including health and economic issues.

    The Sandestin Wine Festival is known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals” because of its grandeur, southern appeal, white tents, and the tasting of hundreds of wines, With a 27 year history, the Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast.

    In addition to its philanthropic contributions to local charities, the Sandestin Wine Festival (www.sandestinwinefestival.com) is estimated to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic impact to the area including accommodations, food and beverage and shopping and other travel spending.

    “This year was a record year and we appreciate the support of the community, leading wine distributors and other valued partners,” said Ms. Motes.

    About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald Coast for all ages and all seasons. The resort invites guests to a world of 30 charming neighborhoods with more than 1,200 villas, town homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of Baytowne Wharf, the charming pedestrian village with shopping, dining, activities and events. Guests can visit www.sandestin.com or follow Sandestin on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information and events.

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    Jul 11, 2013
    Terri Judson

    Sandestin Wine Festival Gives $50000 to Local Charities – WMBB News 13 – The …

    The Sandestin Wine Festival, one of the top wine festivals in the country, is donating more than $50,000 to local charities and philanthropic causes.

    The news was announced at a press event today at the Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

    Village Special Event Manager Lanier Motes presented a $33,000 check to Kim Henderson, Executive Director

    Fisher House of the Emerald Coast; and a $21,000 check to Sara Becnel, board member of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids.   

    According to Ms. Anderson, the funds from the Sandestin Wine Festival donated to the Fisher House will be used for worthwhile efforts to assist military families with a member undergoing local medical treatment.  

    On behalf of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, Ms. Becnel reported the funds will support the organization’s mission to make a meaningful and positive difference in children’s lives, including health and economic issues.  

    The Sandestin Wine Festival is known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine Festivals” because of its grandeur, southern appeal, white tents, and the tasting of hundreds of wines, With a 27 year history, the Sandestin Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine festival on the Coast. 

    In addition to its philanthropic contributions to local charities, the Sandestin Wine Festival (www.sandestinwinefestival.com) is estimated to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic impact to the area including accommodations, food and beverage and shopping and other travel spending.

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    Information provided by Sandestin Beach Resort

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    Jul 10, 2013
    Terri Judson

    Andrew Zimmern: Be curious eaters

    “Don’t practice contempt prior to investigation,” says Andrew Zimmern. The local boy made good says he has learned some lessons in his seven years trotting the globe in pursuit of “Bizarre Foods.” That show — now airing in the form of “Bizarre Foods America” Mondays on the Travel Channel — has catapulted the chef, writer and food-truck operator to impressive fame. Regrets? He has only one — that he didn’t pay more attention. And it’s the prescription he recommends to us all: Be curious eaters.

    “We all need to pay more attention. I thought I knew everything at 18. I’m 51 now. When I look back on everything I’ve done, on the one hand I’m pretty staggered. On the other, I wish I would have listened more. Read more, talked to people more, heard their stories more.”

    Zimmern says that all food politics start on a local level, and the fact that we live in an agricultural state makes it all the more important that we become involved. How? Support local food enterprise, get wise about the farm bill, and stop arguing about the cost of good food, he says, because the cost of not supporting it is steeper. “With people dropping dead at 50 with diet-related diseases? We’re just foolhardy if we don’t start paying more attention.”

    Lately, Zimmern’s attentions are focused keenly on energetic young food talent, both locally and beyond. Between the recent James Beard Awards and the Aspen Food Wine festivals, the enthusiastic omnivore claims he has eaten more great food in the past six weeks than he has in years — and he immediately calls out Jamie Malone, chef de cuisine at Sea Change and a Food Wine Best New Chef nominee. “She presented this abalone [in Aspen] with bone marrow, chile and lime that was out of this world,” he says.

    He also makes mention of Seth Bixby Daugherty (formerly of Cosmos and current healthful-food activist), Tim McKee (we have no idea who that is), Stewart Woodman (of Heidi’s), Erik Anderson (formerly of Sea Change and now Catbird Seat in Nashville) “and all of those I’m forgetting to mention” as the trendsetters and tastemakers who’ve changed the face of Twin Cities dining.

    “I’m just so proud of what they’ve done for the state. It continues the narrative of culinary excellence in Minnesota and reminds everyone that this isn’t flyover country. We are a national leader from a culinary standpoint.”

    Of course, he spends as much time away as he does at home. In New York, he likes Italian seafood restaurant Marea for some of the “most heart-stoppingly gorgeous” food in the country, and Daniel Boulud’s Epicerie for the charcuterie, terrines and other cured things that Zimmern calls “perfection and artistry.” He’s thrilled by Boulder’s Hosea Rosenberg, a “Top Chef” contestant-cum-farmer. “It’s so cool to watch — he’s working with pork products from his own farm and he’s clearly fallen in love with that aspect of food.” Tyson Cole of Uchi and Uchiko in Austin, Texas, is another rising star to watch, Zimmern says — his contemporary Japanese riff on a taco was “the fucking best” Zimmern’s ever had, filled with cured yellowtail in a die-cut yucca shell.

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    Terri Judson

    Be prepared to eat and drink well at annual festival

    Be prepared to eat and drink well at annual festival

    Published 12:02am Wednesday, July 10, 2013

    With 35 chefs to be featured at the annual Natchez Food and Wine Festival, hungry festival goers should have plenty of tasty food to sample.

    Chef Brad Seyfarth, executive chef at The Castle Restaurant, has been participating in the festival since its inception.

    “When it first started, there were maybe 10 people that were participating, and it’s grown into a huge event,” he said. “It’s been really, really cool to see how much it has grown.”

    Seyfarth, an Adams County Christian School graduate, has won awards at past food and wine festivals and said he looks forward to the event every year.

    Seyfarth creates a recipe each year specifically for the festival.

    This year, he will prepare a chicken roulade with a pepper jelly glazed shredded duck topped with a watermelon rind relish, all on a bed of Maytag blue cheese pesto grits.

    The dish is somewhat inspired by turducken, which consists of de-boned chicken and duck stuffed into a de-boned turkey.

    “I didn’t want to do it exactly like that,” Seyfarth said. “So I thought, ‘What the heck, this is my shot to do something outside the box.”

    The duck will be cooked and shredded then wrapped inside chicken, Seyfarth said.

    Of course it needed a Southern twist, Seyfarth said, which is why he chose the watermelon relish and grits.

    Seyfarth said he enjoys the food and wine festival because it is a nice change of pace from the restaurant.

    “I like getting to see all the people and talk to everyone,” he said. “At the restaurant, I don’t get to see every table that comes in, and I don’t get a chance to talk to everyone.”

    Other chefs scheduled for the festival are Magnolia Bluffs Casino Chef Joey DeFazio, Isle of Capri Casino Chef Andrew Haile, Carriage House Chef Bingo Starr, Parlor Market Chef Matthew Kajdan, Tsunami Chef Toon Nguyen, New Orleans Fish House chefs Gene Mayer and James Sibal and more.

    In addition to the 35 chefs to be featured on the first day of the festival at the Tastings Along the River event, wine lovers and craft beer aficionados should have plenty of choices to look forward to, committee chair René Adams said.

    The festival will include beer and wine from Tin Roof, Lazy Magnolia, Landshark, Cathead Vodka and more.

    Adams said the festival will offer choices for even the pickiest of palates.

    “It’s going to be quality food, quality wine and quality beer,” she said.

    For more information about the festival or to purchase event tickets, visit natchezfoodandwinefest.com.

     

     

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    Jul 10, 2013
    Terri Judson

    Thunderrbird Artists Wearly Carefree Festivals Named Signature Events for the …

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    Judi Combs Denise Dale of Thunderbird Artists, with Mayor David Schwan

    Carefree, AZ (PRWEB) July 10, 2013

    The Carefree festivals are held every year: mid-January, the first week of March and first week of November. The 20th Annual Carefree Fine Art Wine Festival in January was an overwhelming success with the largest turnout of patrons. The number of VIP patrons signing up surpassed every event, since Thunderbird Artists implemented this bonus for patrons in 2004.

    “We have partnered with the Carefree Cave Creek Chamber of Commerce for the last 20 years,” states Judi Combs, CEO of Thunderbird Artists. “The Town of Carefree, the residents and merchants have supported our event from the beginning and continue to do so loyally every year. Receiving the title of ‘Signature Event’ is a great honor and places Thunderbird Artists firmly on the map of Carefree.”

    The Town of Carefree, with a population 3,418, supports Thunderbird Artists’ fine art festivals by closing their streets to host nationally renowned artists exhibiting and selling their juried paintings, bronzes, pottery, glass, stone, metal, clay sculptures, fine jewelry, photography and much more.

    Patrons have expressed pleasure in strolling through the creative surroundings of Arizona’s finest gathering of artists, whilst sipping fine wines and listening to live music. Unique specialty shops, boutiques, quality galleries, restaurants and outdoor cafés make a perfect backdrop, set in the lovely Sonoran desert of Carefree.

    The 2012-2013 season was lined with success for Thunderbird Artists, who was rated one of the Top 5 Arizona Art Experiences’ by Experience AZ Magazine, a biannual travel and tourism publication for Arizona. In addition, Thunderbird Artists was awarded the ‘Staff Choice’ for the 2012 poster competition of Sunshine Artist Magazine. Thunderbird Artists’ posters hold their value as limited edition prints. Thunderbird Artists chose an image by nationally acclaimed artist, James Ayers, for this award-winning piece.

    Thunderbird Artists’ Scottsdale Desert Fine Art Festivals is where they began large-scale events and, shortly after the first festival in 1992, these Scottsdale festivals were listed among the top 100 festivals in the nation. The fall, winter, and spring Carefree festivals have also received top ratings, from their onset in 1993, and over the years ranked in the top 100 art festivals to the Top 10. In 1998, the prestigious Harris List published the Nation’s Best Art Craft Shows, ranking the January Carefree Fine Art, Wine Rose Festival in the “Top 4” Fine Art events, in the Southwest Region. Since that time, Thunderbird Artists’ Carefree festivals have continually been ranked by the Harris List, taking first and second place repeatedly throughout the Southwest Region.

    The Thunderbird Artists festival calendar is now available for the 2013-2014-event season and begins in October. For more information about their festivals for the coming season, please visit their website:

    http://www.thunderbirdartists.com or call 480-837-5637.

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    Terri Judson

    Three Cheers for the Sandestin Wine Festival

    Leading Event Donates More than $50,000 to Local Charities

    DESTIN, FL, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The Sandestin Wine Festival, one of
    the top wine festivals in the country, is donating more than $50,000 to
    local charities and philanthropic causes.

    The news was announced at a press event today at the Village of Baytowne
    Wharf in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort.

    Village Special Event Manager Lanier Motes presented a $33,000 check to
    Kim Henderson, Executive Director Fisher House of the Emerald Coast;
    and a $21,000 check to Sara Becnel, board member of the Sandestin
    Foundation for Kids.

    According to Ms. Henderson, the funds from the Sandestin Wine Festival
    donated to the Fisher House will be used for worthwhile efforts to
    assist military families with a member undergoing local medical
    treatment.

    On behalf of the Sandestin Foundation for Kids, Ms. Becnel reported the
    funds will support the organization’s mission to make a meaningful and
    positive difference in children’s lives, including health and economic
    issues.

    The Sandestin Wine Festival is known as the “Kentucky Derby of Wine
    Festivals” because of its grandeur, southern appeal, white tents, and
    the tasting of hundreds of wines, With a 27 year history, the Sandestin
    Wine Festival is the most established and continuously running wine
    festival on the Coast.

    In addition to its philanthropic contributions to local charities, the
    Sandestin Wine Festival (www.sandestinwinefestival.com) is estimated to generate hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic
    impact to the area including accommodations, food and beverage and
    shopping and other travel spending.

    “This year was a record year and we appreciate the support of the
    community, leading wine distributors and other valued partners,” said
    Ms. Motes.

    About Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
    Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the #1 resort on Florida’s Emerald
    Coast for all ages and all seasons. The resort invites guests to a
    world of 30 charming neighborhoods with more than 1,200 villas, town
    homes and the best in Destin hotel accommodations. As a member of Visit
    South Walton and Visit Florida, the resort features more than seven
    miles of beaches and pristine bay front, four championship golf
    courses, 15 world-class tennis courts, 19 swimming pools, a 113-slip
    marina, a fitness center and spa, meeting space and The Village of
    Baytowne Wharf, the charming pedestrian village with shopping, dining,
    activities and events.  Guests can visit www.sandestin.com or follow Sandestin on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information
    and events.

    SOURCE Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort

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