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WSRE's Community Events Catch Baseball Fever

– Local PBS Station Holds Two Fundraisers in October –

Pensacola, Fla. — Local PBS TV station, WSRE announces plans for its upcoming community fundraising events. In anticipation of the November 8 premiere of local documentary “Baseball in Pensacola,” the station is holding two baseball-themed community events presented by the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Step up to the plate and help WSRE hit a home run at the 24th Annual Grand Slam Taste of WSRE Sunday, October 21, 5 p.m. at the Pensacola Civic Center. Tickets are $40 per person. Don your best at the more intimate Diamonds & Duds Dinner, featuring Celebrity Chef John Folse, Thursday, October 18, 6 p.m. at the Sanders Beach – Corinne Jones Resource Center. Tickets are $150 per person. Tickets and more information about both events are available online at

At the Grand Slam Taste of WSRE, guests can sample cuisine prepared by 14 local chefs, taste top-level wines – and new for this year – craft beer and craft spirits, all provided by Republic National Distributing Company. Attendees are invited to mix, mingle and meet local baseball legends as well as celebrity chef and authors James Briscione and Brooke Parkhurst. A silent auction and entertainment by show band “The Tip Tops” will round out the evening. Authors of the 2011 book “Just Married & Cooking,” Briscione and Parkhurst will be on hand to sign copies of their book for purchase and present two cooking demonstrations. Parkhurst, a food writer and native of Pensacola, and Briscione, a New York City chef and Food Network champion on “Chopped” and “Chopped Champions,” used their mutual love of cooking and all things Southern to successfully pursue their ambitions in New York City.

Local Grand Slam participating chefs/restaurants include:
Jim Shirley of Fish House, Mark Murphy of McGuire’s Irish Pub, Nick Farkas of New World Landing & 600 South, Gregg McCarthy of The Grand Marlin, Robert Pettway of Savor Pensacola, Brian Culleton of Dharma Blue, Chris Voorhees of The Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Brandon Milton of Seville Quarter, Erika Thomas of Portobello Market Restaurant and Catering, George Makris of Angus Seafood, Steaks, Spirits, Mike DeSorbo of Culinary Productions; Paulette Martin of Nouveau Pastries and Catering, Alex McPhail of Iron at Marcus Pointe, and Tricia Horton of Jaco’s Bayfront Bar and Grille.

Attendees can show off their best “Diamonds & Duds” for an exclusive evening with WSRE at the Diamonds & Duds Dinner featuring world renowned Celebrity Chef John Folse. Guests will be welcomed with a champagne reception and treated to premium wines paired with a gourmet, four-course dinner prepared by Chef Folse along with some of the area’s top chefs. Local chefs include: Dan Dunn of H2O Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front, Irv Miller of Jackson’s Steakhouse, David Penniman of Classic City Catering, and Gus Silivos of Nancy’s Haute Affairs Catering and Events. Entertainment for the evening is by “The James Adkins Jazz Trio.” The live auction will be led by Teri Levin & Dan Shugart showcasing some very exclusive items.

John Folse, a native of Louisiana, is truly an international chef, restaurateur, and a leading authority on Cajun and Creole cuisine and culture. After opening his first restaurant, Lafitte’s Landing, in 1978; Folse set out to conquer the world introducing Louisiana’s indigenous cuisine to major metropolitan cities such as Beijing, Hong Kong, Paris, London and Moscow. In 1989, He was the first non-Italian chef to create the Vatican State Dinner in Rome. “A Taste of Louisiana” is Folse’s international television series produced by Louisiana Public Broadcasting since 1990. Awarded numerous honors, Folse now oversees a successful media, manufacturing and restaurant empire. R’evolution, his latest restaurant venture, in partnership with Chef Rick Tramonto, opened in June 2012 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in New Orleans.

Honorary Chairs for the events are Quint and Rishy Studer along with event co-chairs Michael Johnson and Bill Campion. The events are made possible by presenting sponsor the Pensacola Blue Wahoos and other sponsors: Polonza Bistro, Republic National Distributing Company, Gulf Power, Michael Johnson – State Farm Insurance, Thomspon & Walden Insurance, Stephen T. Holman, P.A., Express Employment Professionals, John Pharr, CPA, EDN Corp., JP Micro, WEAR-TV, WFGX, Cox Communications, Pensacola News Journal & Bella Magazine, Lamar, YP, Gerald Adcox, Teri Levin – Vinyl Music Hall, Gary Sapp Automotive, Penton House Salon & Spa, John Peacock – Edward Jones Investments, Patricia Windham – Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, Sheila Hale – Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, Patricia Mills Benjamin, Jewelers Trade Shop, Will & Jane Merrill, Dlux Printing, Pensacola Magazine, North Hill Chair Covers & Linens, BBVA Compass, Beré Jewelers, Webb Electric Company of FL, Inc., Emmanuel, Sheppard & Condon and Carmen’s Custom Framing & Photography.

All proceeds benefit the mission of WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast.

About WSRE, PBS for the Gulf Coast
WSRE is a PBS member station that is locally owned and licensed to the Pensacola State College Board of Trustees operating as a service of Pensacola State College. The public broadcasting station has been serving the needs of the Gulf Coast community through programming, educational services and outreach since 1967. WSRE produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of its audience. The Educational Services unit for WSRE serves as the connection to teachers, parents, caregivers and children to extend the rich resources found in public television. For more information about WSRE, its services, programs or available resources, visit


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