Shrimp & Grits Fest Breaks Fundraising Record for Local Boys & Girls Clubs

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The 3rd Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival held in February at Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer was a huge success. The event raised a record-breaking $40,000 and welcomed more than 1,200 attendees in support of all local club kids.

“We are truly blessed to live in a Community that continuously comes together to support the next generation and invest in the youth of our region. We must continue to seek out opportunities to speak light into the next generation and provide them the tools to be successful in today’s society. Our partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast through charitable events allows us to serve the next generation through their programs and mentorship and we are very honored and humbled to help support their mission,” Said Tyler Jarvis, CoFounder/Operating Partner, Bald & The Beard Restaurant Group.

“Our third annual Shrimp & Grits Festival was a huge success. We are extremely thankful to Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, all of our sponsors, cook teams, and all that attended for making this year’s event better than ever. Every cent raised through this event will make an impact on the over 5,000 youth we serve on an annual basis. Our team is already working on next year’s event, we look forward to an amazing fourth year,” said Shervin Rassa, Chief Executive Officer, The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast.

Ticket holders experienced classic southern dishes, great drinks, and live music from Cadillac Willy. Local restaurants and chefs competed on the Destin Harbor for the best Shrimp & Grits dish on the Emerald Coast.

Award winners are as follows:
People’s Choice (1st Place): East Pass Seafood & Oyster House
People’s Choice (2nd Place): Knife’s Edge Private Chef and Catering
People’s Choice (3rd Place): Local Roots
Best Overall (Judges Award): Knife’s Edge Private Chef and Catering
Most Creative (Judges Award): The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
Best Grits (Judge’s Award): A&A Spice is Life

This event was made possible by these generous sponsors: The Bald and the Beard Restaurant Group, T-Mobile, Silver Sands Premium Outlets, Ben E Keith Co, Buffalo Rock Pepsi, Bayou Cora Farms, Camarena Tequila, RumChata Limon, New Amsterdam Vodka, Diplomatico Rum, Imperial Dade, Abita Brewery, New Belgium Brewing and White Claw.