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WSRE’s 26th Annual Wine and Food Classic:
A “Bounty & Barrel” of Fine Wines, Food and Fabulous Fun
Saturday & Sunday, Oct 18 & 19

This year’s “Bounty & Barrel” weekend includes three events for lovers of fine wines, gourmet food, music and public television. Guest celebrity chefs will be featured in Downtown Pensacola on Saturday, jazz and blues recording artist Habaka Kay Foster Jackson will perform Saturday evening at WSRE, and a sensational Sunday brunch will be served on Pensacola Beach.

Southern Bounty Tasting Sponsor

“Southern Bounty Tasting”
Saturday, Oct 18
Ÿ 11am–3pm
Downtown Pensacola
(Commendencia Slip, South of Main)

Tasting Tents: The “Southern Bounty Tasting” will feature celebrity executive chefs Kevin GillespieTodd Richards and Duane Nutter, all from the Atlanta area, along with executive chefs from local restaurants serving up their own signature southern cuisine. For the perfect pairings, a variety of award-winning wines, presented by Republic National Distributing Company, will be served throughout the weekend of Wine and Food Classic events.

Chef Kevin Gillespie:

Gillespie is well-known as a top contender voted “fan favorite” on the sixth season of Bravo’s award-winning series “Top Chef,” and more recently he was Garden & Gun magazine’s featured chef at this year’s “Toast of the Town” event in Columbus, Ga. In 2013, he opened Gunshow, his restaurant in the Glenwood Park neighborhood of Atlanta. Gunshow earned the seventh spot on GQ magazine’s list of “12 Most Outstanding Restaurants” in February. Gillespie was named a semi-finalist for Rising Chef Star of the Year by the James Beard Foundation in 2012.

Chef Todd Richards:

Richards, executive chef at The Shed in Glenwood, opened his newest venture, The Pig & The Pearl, at Atlanta Station in August. In 2013, he was honored by the James Beard Foundation as a semi-finalist for Best Chef of the Southeast. He has competed on the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America,” and cooked at the prestigious James Beard House in New York and is a James Beard Foundation member. Richards’ commitment to using naturally raised and grown ingredients is the cornerstone of his culinary philosophy.

Chef Duane Nutter:

Nutter worked as opening consultant for the initial launch of One Flew South, the acclaimed restaurant offering upscale travel-dining in Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. He now serves as executive chef, managing and directing daily operations. Nutter has been praised in a variety of publications including Garden & Gun, Men’s Journal, Delta Sky Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler and Details. He also appeared on “Iron Chef America” and is a James Beard Foundation member. In addition to his culinary talents, he has a knack for standup comedy and is also known as Atlanta’s hilarious “Mad Chef.”

Cooking Demonstrations: Featured celebrity chefs will share their signature southern dishes.

  • “Smokin’ Hot!” prepared by Todd Richards and Duane Nutter: 12:00–12:45 p.m.
  • “Memories in Food” prepared by Kevin Gillespie: 1:15 – 2 p.m.

Book Signing: Chef Kevin Gillespie will also be signing copies of his debut cookbook FIRE IN MY BELLY, named a 2013 James Beard Award Finalist in the Cookbooks: American Cooking category.

“Grand Bounty Reception” and Rhythm & Blues Performance
Featuring Habaka Kay Foster Jackson

Saturday Night, Oct 18 Ÿ 6:30pm–10pm
WSRE’s Jean & Paul Amos Performance Studio
(Pensacola State College Campus)

Following the tasting tents event downtown, the Wine and Food Classic continues Saturday evening at the WSRE Amos Performance Studio with a reception, live auction and rhythm and blues performance. Collier Merrill, restaurateur with the Great Southern Restaurant Group, will serve as emcee and auctioneer.

The “Grand Bounty Reception” will feature culinary creations by Chef Irv Miller of Jackson’s Steakhouse followed by an R&B concert performed by international recording artist Habaka Kay Foster Jackson, also known by the one name, Habaka.

Habaka performs extensively in Europe with a love of music in her blood. She was born in Nashville and is the daughter of Melvin Jackson, a former saxophonist for B.B. King, and Mary Ann Jackson, also a jazz vocalist and dancer who traveled in bands that included Elvis Presley.

According to All About Jazz magazine, “Habaka Kay Foster Jackson reveals the story behind the songs and commits to recalling the path and history of several of the greatest vocalists of all time: Ella Fitzgerald, Cassandra Wilson, Nancy Wilson, Etta James, Chaka Khan, Mahalia Jackson just to name a few, and Habaka is quickly making a name for herself as one of the most sensitive yet demanding voices on the jazz scene today.”

Gulf Power Company is the presenting sponsor for Saturday evening’s “Grand Bounty Reception” and Rhythm & Blues Performance event. Doors open at 6:30 for the reception, and the show will begin at 8 p.m.

Grand Bounty Reception and Rhythm & Blues Performance Sponsor

“Biscuits ‘n Bubbly” Brunch
Sunday, Oct 19 Ÿ 11am–1pm
Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front

The Wine and Food Classic wraps up on Sunday with the popular “Biscuits ‘n Bubbly” Brunch prepared by Chef Dan Dunn of H2O Asian Cajun Grill. It doesn’t get better than poolside fine dining on the beach!

Tickets are on sale now! All proceeds benefit the mission of WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast. Call (850) 484-1054 for event details and sponsorship information. 

All proceeds benefit the mission of WSRE, opening doors to a larger world with quality programming and educational outreach services for every person on the Gulf Coast who desires to be more educated, informed and entertained.

Special thanks to our “Bounty & Barrel” Wine & Food Classic Event Chairs, Gerald and Vicki Adcox! For more information, call (850) 484-1054 or click here to contact us. To take a look back at last year's WSRE's 25th Annual Wine & Food Classic click here.


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