Tickets on Sale Now for Taylor Haugen Foundation’s 9th Annual Savor the Season Fundraising Event

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September 17, 2018
Tickets on Sale Now for Taylor Haugen Foundation’s 9th Annual Savor the Season Fundraising Event
Fine wine and foodie fanatics, rejoice! Tickets are on sale now for the Emerald Coast’s premiere culinary event, the 9th Annual Savor the Season. This must attend event will take place on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Emerald Grande at HarborWalk Village in Destin.
Since its inception in 2009, Savor the Season has become known as one of the top culinary and wine events along the Emerald Coast. Over 800 attendees will line up at 6:30 p.m. to indulge in decadent food tastings and fine wine pairings overlooking the breathtaking views of the Destin Harbor from Emerald Grande’s Captain’s Deck. 11 of the area’s top chefs will each present a uniquely crafted food and wine pairing for attendees to enjoy in a walkabout environment. Guests will also enjoy live entertainment by #1 Billboard Charting saxophonist Michael J. Thomas, exciting silent and live auctions, as well as a fine wine pull.
 The lineup of culinary talent this year includes:
• Christopher Holbrook, Executive Chef at Signature Catering of 30A
• Ruston Johnson, Executive Chef at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
• Lee Guidry, Executive Chef of Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood
• Roberto Hernandez, Executive Chef at Pompano Joe’s Seafood House
• Heidi McAnulla, Chef at Bake My Day
• Mark Eichin, Executive Chef at Restaurant Paradis
• Dan Pettis, Owner and Executive Chef at One 20-A Modern Bistro
• Jimmy McManus, Executive Chef at Grande Vista Bar & Grill within The Emerald Grande
• Gary Palm, Executive Chef at Primrose Restaurant within The Henderson Beach Resort & Spa
• Orion Cordoves, Chef at Cuvee Kitchen + Bar
• Justin Componation, Executive Chef at The Gulf on Okaloosa Island
Each of the chefs’ unique courses will be perfectly paired with hand selected wines, graciously provided by Southern Wine and Spirits. Local spirits purveyor, Timber Creek Distillery, will also be on hand sampling their hand-crafted whiskeys. Guests always look forward to the expansive silent auction and a thrilling live auction where they can bid on extravagant trips around the world, unique experiences, fishing trips, spa treatments and more. The exciting wine pull allows guests to randomly select a fine wine from the display and potentially walk away with a bottle worth hundreds of dollars.
Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased online at   Savor the Season is the biggest fundraising event of the year for the Taylor Haugen Foundation, a local non-profit that helps to build and recognize youth leaders and promote youth sports safety to honor the legacy of Taylor Haugen, a Niceville High School student athlete that tragically passed away in 2008 from an abdominal injury sustained in a football game. The funds go directly towards their Youth Equipment for Sports Safety (YESS) program and providing scholarships for outstanding local student athletes.
For information on sponsorship, contact or call 850-842-9093.
About the Taylor Haugen Foundation:
The Taylor Haugen Foundation was created to honor the memory of the 15-year-old Niceville High School student who passed away after a traumatic abdominal injury sustained during a football game on August 30, 2008. The Foundation builds and recognizes youth leaders and promotes youth sport safety to honor the legacy of Taylor Haugen. They provide awareness, education and abdominal injury protection to secondary aged schools and leagues in contact sports, through its YESS© Program (Youth Equipment for Sports Safety). The Foundation also recognizes and supports outstanding scholar-athletes with scholarships and awards. For more information, go to or find Taylor Haugen Foundation on Facebook and Instagram.