Best Chef in the South Gulf Chef Series

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DESCRIPTION: The Gulf Okaloosa Island announces The Gulf Chef Series event featuring three-time James Beard Award semi-finalist for Best Chef in the South, Chef Derek Emerson. All proceeds generated from the tickets will benefit Feeding the Gulf Coast’s Backpack Program, which helps meet the needs of chronically hungry children by providing them with nutritious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available.

Chef Emerson’s unique twist on Southern fare has earned him the reputation of one of the South’s most recognized and revered chefs. He is known for using the freshest, local and regional ingredients in his meals, drawing from his four years as a chef in Atlanta by blending “big city food” with traditional Southern dishes.

At The Gulf Chef Series event, Chef Emerson, who is the executive chef and owner of Walker’s Drive-In in Jackson, Mississippi, and Local 463 Urban Kitchen in Madison, will create a four-course meal paired with delicious wines to perfectly complement each dish. The goal is to broaden guests’ culinary horizons, to delight the senses, and to contribute to a great cause in the local community.

Tickets are $49 for the dinner or $79 for the dinner and wine pairings. Tickets are available on Eventbrite here. Additional information and link to purchase tickets can be found on The Gulf Okaloosa Island’s Facebook page.
Event flyer and headshot of Chef Derek Emerson attached.


About The Gulf Okaloosa Island:
The Gulf is a uniquely designed restaurant destination serving locally-inspired food and beverages in a beautiful waterfront setting. We are passionately committed to offering the freshest, seasonal menus of locally focused ingredients, with a concentration on Gulf seafood and sourcing from our neighboring regional farmers. Our menu changes daily. The Gulf is a casual yet chic seaside hideaway, where the sun, sand & lush beach setting complement the tasty food, drink and friendly casual service. Recline with your toes in the sand, have a seat at the bar or at a communal table, or meander about, enjoy the magical vibes, views and tunes. We spin vinyl, accent our shipping container design with recycled, reclaimed and salvaged building materials and make concerted efforts to practice sustainability and to reduce our carbon footprint. For more information about The Gulf, visit us at and on Facebook and Instagram.