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5th Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival raises $75,000 for The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast 

The 5th Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival held on Saturday, February 24th, 2024, at Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer was another huge success. “We are truly blessed to live in a […]

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The 5th Annual Shrimp & Grits Festival held on Saturday, February 24th, 2024, at Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer was another huge success.

  • The event raised a record-breaking $75,000 and welcomed more than 1,500 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,” Tyler Jarvis, CoFounder/Operating Partner, Bald & The Beard Restaurant Group. “We must continue to seek out opportunities to speak light into the next generation and provide them with the tools to be successful in today’s society.”

The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast is a local non-profit organization whose mission is to promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging, and influence through its programs focused on academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.

  • “We are extremely thankful to Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, all of our sponsors, cook teams, and all who attended for making this year’s event better than ever,” Shervin Rassa, Chief Executive Officer, The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast. “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 sixth year.”

Attendees experienced classic Southern dishes, great drinks, and live entertainment. Local restaurants and chefs competed on the Destin Harbor for the best Shrimp & Grits on the Emerald Coast.

Award winners are as follows:

  • People’s Choice 1st Place: Boathouse Oyster Bar
  • People’s Choice 2nd Place: Knife’s Edge Private Chef and Catering
  • People’s Choice 3rd Place: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast
  • Judge’s Choice Best Shrimp: Ruby Slipper Destin
  • Judge’s Choice Most Creative: Sura Korean Steakhouse
  • Judge’s Choice Best Grits: Boathouse Oyster Bar
  • Judge’s Choice 1st Place: Fudpucker’s Beachside Bar & Grill
  • Judge’s Choice 2nd Place: Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer
  • Judge’s Choice 3rd Place: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Emerald Coast

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