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Pensacola Beach // October 18th & 19th, 2019

Taste of the Beach VIP Dinner


Friday, October 18th

Pensacola Beach’s biggest culinary event is moving to October and you’re invited! The Pensacola Beach Chamber’s 12th Annual Taste of the Beach kicks off Friday night, October 18, 2019 with a special progressive VIP Dinner that will transport diners to four of the island’s best restaurants via trolley.

The evening begins at the Pensacola Beach Visitor Information Center where guests can enjoy a complimentary champagne toast before being whisked away to the first dining destination. Wine will be paired with each course, which will last approximately 45 minutes, and then guests will board the trolley to depart to the next restaurant.

The 2019 VIP Dinner will showcase the following restaurants:

1. Appetizer – Frank & Lola Love Pensacola Café at Margaritaville Beach Hotel – Chef Eric Troup

  • Seared scallops and sticky pork belly with carrots, ginger puree, roasted Brussels sprouts and cilantro foam.
  • Drink pairing: TBD

2. Soup/Salad – Flounder’s Chowder House – Chef Dennis Moore

  • Salad: Crispy gulf oysters served on a bed of Boston lettuce & shaved red onion, olive-cured tomatoes, crumbled Roquefort cheese, pork belly croutons and pepper jelly vinaigrette.
  • Soup: Floyd Flounder’s Phenomenal Flounder Chowder.
  • Drink pairing: TBD

3. Entree – Hemingway’s Island Grill – Chef John Smith

  • Long boat Mahi-Mahi; fresh grilled Mahi served over island rice topped with gulf shrimp, sautéed Roma tomatoes, portabella mushrooms and onions in a roasted garlic butter sauce.
  • Drink pairing: Cake Bread Sauvignon Blanc.

4. Dessert – Crabs We Got ‘Em – Chef Chef Jere Doyle

  • Sweet potato pecan bread pudding with praline crème anglaise.
  • Drink pairing: TBD

There are four departure start times from the Visitor Information Center: 5:30 PM; 6:15 PM; 7 PM; and 7:45 PM. Only a select amount of tickets are available per departure start time. So don’t wait to purchase! Guests are asked to arrive to the Visitor Information Center at least 15 minutes prior to their departure ticket time. Due to limited trolley space, if you miss your departure time you will not be able to board a later trolley.

Taste of the Beach VIP Dinner
$75 per ticket / Cash Bar






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jere_doyle_2Chef Jere Doyle

Crabs We Got Em’
Jeremiah has spent most of his adult life working in restaurant kitchens. For the last 14 years he has worked at McGuire’s Management Group with stints at Flounders, McGuire’s, and currently at Crab’s We Got ‘Em. Jeremiah calls the Perdido area home, having lived here for over ten years.


dennis_moore_2Chef Dennis Moore

Flounder’s Chowder House
Currently the Executive Chef at Flounder’s Chowder House, Chef Moore’s culinary training came from Johnson and Wales, and most of his experience and influences extend from his time in New Orleans at Commander’s Palace and Irene’s Cuisine. Chef Moore’s favorite cuisines are classic French and Mediterranean.


john_smith_2Chef John Smith

Hemingway’s Island Grill
Chef John Smith started his culinary career in 1982 with Global Catering. He became an executive chef in 1984. He moved to Pensacola in 1991 where he began working with some of the top restaurants in Pensacola. He became Executive Chef of Hemingway’s Island Grill in 2009.


Eric TroupChef Eric Troup

Margaritaville Beach Hotel
Blurring the lines between Asian, Cajun and Caribbean flavors, Chef Eric Troup has made his mark on the Gulf Coast culinary community. In the early 90’s Chef Eric migrated with his family to the Gulf Coast. Here, he climbed the ranks of the Hilton Corporation and for the past four years has been the Executive Chef at Margaritaville Beach Hotel where he oversees Frank & Lola’s Love Pensacola Café and Landshark Landing Beach Bar and Grill.