Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation unveils culinary talent

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Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation unveils powerhouse line-up of culinary talent for the 3rd Annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival

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Miramar Beach, Fla. – Producers of Harvest Wine & Food Festival, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF), unveiled today a powerhouse line-up of culinary talent slated for the 3rd Annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival. Eight award-winning chefs from across the southeast join a roster of iconic Gulf Coast restaurants to provide world-class cuisine to the area’s premier fall wine and food festival.

Festival goers have the opportunity to mix and mingle with the following celebrities throughout the weekend while sampling their famous fare:

Hugh Acheson | Athens, GA
Empire State South; Spiller Park Coffee; Top Chef Judge

David Bancroft | Auburn, AL
Acre; Bow + Arrow

Rusty Bowers | Atlanta, GA
Chop Shop; Pine Street Market

Jonathan & Justin Fox | Atlanta, GA
Fox Brothers Bar-B-Q

Kristen Hall | Birmingham, AL
The Essential

Sam Jones | Winterville, NC
Skylight Inn; Sam Jones BBQ

Kaley Laird | Asheville, NC

Pat Pascarella | Atlanta, GA
The White Bull

Friday’s Al Fresco Reserve Tasting will feature all of the listed chefs with the exception of the Fox Brothers and Sam Jones, both of which will be spearheading the barbecue installation during Saturday’s Grand Tasting along with Back Beach Barbecue. Chef Bancroft will also be headlining a winemaker dinner paired with wines from Catena Zapata on Thursday evening, and many of the other chefs can also be found throughout Saturday’s Grand Tasting.

“As one of the most successful charity wine auctions in the country, we have strong relationships in the wine industry that guarantee we will be pouring exceptional wine at any DCWAF event,” said DCWAF President John Russell. “We’ve been fortunate to have the continued support of several iconic Gulf Coast restaurants and are excited to further elevate our culinary offerings by welcoming celebrated chefs from across the nation to the 3rd Annual Harvest Wine & Food Festival.”

Harvest Wine & Food Festival will also feature some of South Walton’s favorite restaurants while also celebrating the return of a few culinary favorites. More restaurants will be announced in the coming months:


  • Back Beach Barbecue
  • Clean Juice
  • Coastal Kitchen Catering
  • Cuvee Kitchen + Wine Bar
  • Destin Ice Market 30a
  • Evans Meats presents Southern Cheese Selections curated by Brian McMillan of Busy Corner Cheese
  • Jackacuda’s Seafood + Sushi
  • Maple Street Biscuit Company
  • Oysters XO
  • Restaurant Paradis
  • Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood

A three-day affair, Harvest Wine & Food Festival has quickly grown to be recognized as one of the premier fall festivals in the southeast. Patrons are provided the opportunity to sip and savor over 250 world-class wines paired with the best in regional Gulf Coast cuisine, all while enjoying the beautiful beach town of WaterColor.

Earlier this month, DCWAF announced the festival’s 2019 winery headliners. PRIME Cellars, ROY Estate, Bodega Catena Zapata, and Gamble Family Vineyards will all headline this year’s event. Celebrity attendees from each winery will be pouring at the Al Fresco Reserve Tasting and in the VIP tent of the Grand Tasting.

Currently ranked number four “Top Charity Wine Auction in the US” by Wine Spectator Magazine, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) is one of the nation’s premier fundraising organizations, raising money for 16 Northwest Florida children’s charities that assist at-risk youth in the local community by tackling a variety of issues including homelessness, food insecurity, mental health, education, medical care, and much more. In April, DCWAF raised a stunning $3.6 million for its benefiting charities.

About Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation

Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation’s (DCWAF) mission is to connect wine enthusiasts to raise money to benefit children in need in Northwest Florida. Founded in 2005, DCWAF is currently ranked #4 on Wine Spectator Magazine’s “Top Charity Wine Auctions in the US.” DCWAF has donated more than $21 million to Northwest Florida charities by hosting world class wine and culinary events. These funds have impacted the lives of over 90,000 youth, including those afflicted by health issues and abuse. Learn more at or



Kate MacMillan
Communications Manager | Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation | 850.650.3732

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