Fisher House of the Emerald Coast

Big Green Egg Cooking Contest Raises $28,900 For Local Charities

Presented by Bay Breeze Patio, the third annual Eggs On the Beach EggFest Cooking Competition raised $28,500 for four non-profit organizations along the Emerald Coast. Event proceeds benefited Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food For Thought, which each received a $12,500 donation. In addition, Team Brock, cooking for the Fisher House, was awarded second place in the non-profit category, earning an additional $1,000 for the Fisher House. First place non-profit cook team, Snorri’s Tandoori, earned a $2,000 donation toward the Air Commando Benevolent Fund and third place non-profit cook team, Rotary Club of Destin, earned $500 toward their community projects. Held on September 26 at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach, the family-friendly event welcomed more than 600 tasters and volunteers who sampled an array of delicacies presented by more than 30 cook teams. “This was our third annual EggFest and we were thrilled to increase the number of cook teams and meet Big Green Egg enthusiasts from around the region,” said Bay Breeze Patio co-owner Susan Kiley. “The success of the 2016 Eggs on the Beach is due to the overwhelming support from our cook teams, sponsors, volunteers and tasters who came out for the fun afternoon. We are honored and humbled by the outpouring of support.” Eggs on the Beach grew to include two charity partners for 2016, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought. The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast provides a home away from home for military families during medical treatment. Within steps of the Eglin Air Force Base Hospital and Veteran’s Clinic, the Fisher House’s 12 guest suites and a caring staff provide lodging, basic needs and support to active and retired military when they need it most. In 2015, the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast hosted 789 guests for 2,297 days and saved military families $229,700 in lodging and transportation. Based in Santa Rosa Beach, Food For Thought has been fighting childhood hunger since 2010 by providing backpacks filled with healthy, easy to prepare foods for students dependent on free and reduced school meals. Food for Thought has grown to provide weekly service to 1,620 students in Walton and Okaloosa Counties.   “We rely on community donations to be able to feed students year round,” said Founder Tiffanie Nelson. “Our partnership with Eggs on the Beach will help fund growing needs in both Walton and Okaloosa Counties.” “We also rely on community donations,” said Fisher House Administrative Director Mia Hughes. “Through the support of Eggs on the Beach, we’ve been able to expand our reach to not only be able to assist families sent to the Emerald Coast for treatment, but also help local military families who unexpectedly experienced a medical crisis with no Fisher House close by to assist them.” A limited number of large and extra-large Demo Big Green Eggs complete with nest (metal stand) and plate setter, which were used during the competition, are available for purchase at a discounted price at Bay Breeze Patio in Miramar Beach. For more info on EggFest and Demo Big Green Eggs, visit Eggs on the Beach. Read More

SATURDAY: ‘Big Green Egg’ Grilling Contest Returns to Seascape

Bay Breeze Patio, an official retailer of the Big Green Egg, will host the third annual Eggs on the Beach EggFest Cooking Competition on Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Cook team registration is now open for the family-friendly event that will raise funds for two local charities, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought. Cook teams of up to six members will compete to win a Big Green Egg or a cash donation to their charity. Tasters will vote for their favorites and determine the winners. Last year, the cooking competition raised $23,000 for the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. “We are humbled by the outpouring of support and involvement in previous Eggs on the Beach events,” said Bay Breeze Patio co-owner Susan Kiley. “This year, we’ve added a second charity,and bigger prizes for both non-profit cook teams and ‘People’s Choice’ winners. We’re ready to put on another exciting cook-friendly competition that is fun for all and benefits our community.” Cook teams will be provided a large or extra-large Big Green Egg for use during the competition. Cook teams are asked to create bite-size portions of their favorite recipes to be judged by the public and a panel of celebrity judges. Each team of up to six will be responsible for purchasing their own ingredients and cooking their favorite award-winning recipes. Bay Breeze Patio will provide the lump charcoal, fire starter, table, tent, paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins and toothpicks. Tasters vote for their favorites, while teams compete for bragging rights as well as the grand prize, a brand new large Big Green Egg. In addition, teams can register as a “Non-profit cook team” and compete on behalf of a local charity. Registration fees are waived for teams competing in the non-profit category. Non-profit cook teams have an opportunity to promote their cause while vying for a cash donation of either $2,000, $1,000 or $500 to be paid to their partner charity. “EggHeads, master grillers, backyard grillers, and everyone in between is encouraged to join the fun and register a cook team,” said Bay Breeze Patio Co-Owner Wayne Paul. “Our goal is create the most fun, cook-friendly and taster-friendly BBQ competition in the region while giving back to our local community.” All proceeds from Eggs on the Beach EggFest benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Food for Thought. Located on Eglin Air Force Base, the Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military families during treatment for serious illness or physical/occupational therapy. Food For Thought is helping fight food insecurity among area children by providing backpacks filled with healthy meals to students in need during weekends, holidays and summer break. For those who have thought of owning a Big Green Egg, Demo Eggs, which will be used during the event, will be pre-sold with nest (metal stand) and plate setter for a discounted price. The Big Green Eggs all come with a limited lifetime warranty. Demo Eggs must be picked up after the event, between 4 and 5 p.m. on September 24 or can be delivered for $75-$100, depending on location. Eggs on the Beach will include tastings, grilling demonstrations, live music by Chris Alvarado, cash bar with beer, wine and sodas, and more. Tasters may also purchase tickets for a chance to win prizes, including vacation stays, dining certificates to area restaurants and more. Guests can also bid on a Mini-Max portable Big Green Egg, ideal for tailgating and camping. Cook team registration is $50 for a team of up to six and each team member will receive a welcome bag, including a commemorative t-shirt and Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rub. Eggs on the Beach sponsor, Abita Beer, will provide complimentary draught beer to cook team members age 21 and over. Taster tickets are also on sale with special advance pricing of $25/adult, $13/child (age 11-17) and kids 10 and under are free. Sponsorships are also available. To learn more, register a cook team or purchase a taster ticket, visit Eggs on the Beach or call 850-269-4666. Read More