Farmer Profile: Big Creek Farm in Laurel Hill, Florida

Living high on the hog is an understatement for the beasts that roam the over 1200 acres of Mark and Kasia Fortune’s family farm in Laurel Hill, Florida, dating back to the 1800’s. Mark says, “Though the property has been in my family for many generations, Big Creek Farm was just a seed planted fifty…

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Beach Eats: Grilled Royal Red Shrimp Kabobs & Gulf Shrimp Facts

Nutrition Contributor: Caroline Coker I was born in Mobile, Alabama, but also into Louisiana’s seductive food culture, as my biological father grew up in the restaurant business in New Orleans, and my aunts and uncles were (and a few still are) in the fishing and shrimping industry, working in Venice (not Italy), Grand Isle, and…

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Beach Eats: Baked Pensacola Bay Hoppers with Cilantro & Lime

Contributor: Caroline Coker Since my family and I love fresh shrimp, whether seasonal royal reds, brown, white, or on occasion rock, and I was passing by Maria’s seafood in Pensacola today, like a moth to a flame I was sucked in to purchase some crustaceans.  With it being royal red season- the very deep water, salty shrimp caught…

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What Is Sustainable Seafood & Sheepshead Cakes Recipe

Recently, I was asked to appear on our local Gulf Coast television station that covers Destin, Florida to Mobile, Alabama, called BLAB TV, to discuss sustainable seafood, followed by participating as a speaker with a cooking presentation of Sheepshead at So Gourmet Pensacola later in the week. I was working with FloridaMarketMaker.com and UF|IFAS Extension, to get…

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Blab TV-The Daily Brew: Certified Organic vs. Inorganic

Blab TV, located in Downtown Pensacola on Palafox Street, asked that I take part in their round table discussion on their new morning show, The Daily Brew, so of course I said yes! I’m sharing in a conversation about organic vs. inorganic growing practices, and wanted to also include my notes with readers and viewers…

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Pensacola Celebrity Chefs Take On NYC Today, Oct.1 , 2014

 Five  Pensacola celebrity chefs headed back to the acclaimed James Beard House in NYC today,  Oct. 1 , 2014 for their fourth consecutive invitation to showcase the distinctive flavors of Florida’s Gulf Coast. Each of the past appearances has been a sell-out, so they are excited to be back with VIE People + Places in tow,…

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Flatpicking Guitar Magazine Presents Improvisation Workshop for Guitar & Mandolin in Downtown Pensacola

An Approach to Improvisation on Guitar and Mandolin Thursday, April 18, 2013 Tim May and Dan Miller (co-authors of the popular eight volume Flatpicking Essentials Guitar Course and the instructional DVD “An Approach to Improvisation”), will conduct a hands-on, all-level Guitar and Mandolin Improvisation Workshop to be held in Downtown Pensacola, Thursday April 18, 2013 from…

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Emeril’s Florida & A Chicken Salad Kicked-Up Sandwich Finale

When most people living outside of Florida think about The Sunshine State, they think of Miami, Orlando, and Disney World.  I happen to live on the polar opposite end of the state in Northwest Florida on Scenic Highway 30-A in Santa Rosa Beach. SRB is generally located between “The Forgotten Coast” of Apalachicola and “Lower…

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