Invitation to dinner with John Mariani

An exclusive dining event, A Taste of Seaside, will be held Wednesday October 17, 2012 at Bud & Alley’s Restaurant in Seaside, Florida at 6pm, and you are invited! Local chefs from Amavida, Barefoot BBQ, Bud & Alley’s, Great Southern Café, Heavenly’s, Raw & Juicy, and Shrimp Shack will share their sumptuous creations to benefit the Seaside Neighborhood School Garden, something I have a soft-spot for, as my children (now in college) both attended the school and helped in the initial construction of the garden. To see the garden flourish today at the hands of school children is inspirational, and something many hope can be integrated into schools across the nation. Children need to learn early on where good food comes from, and how to grow good food, but it does take the help and support of the community, and of individuals who care that young students learn these techniques.

John Mariani Food Writer and Author

John Mariani, one of the most famed food writers in the world will be attending this exceptional dinner. We are so fortunate to have him on hand for the reception, sit-down dinner and talk, as he has been called by the Philadelphia Inquirer, “the most influential food & wine critic in the popular press.” For 35 years he has traveled the globe and written about it all—the sights, the culture, the food and the wine—from the best new restaurants in New York to the best old trattorias in Rome, from the vineyards of Napa Valley to the cellars of Champagne. For three decades he has searched out the Best New Restaurants of the Year for Esquire Magazine and has written a wine column for Bloomberg News for the last five.

Bud & Alley’s in Seaside, Florida

John Mariani, a three-time nominee for the James Beard Journalism Award, will be sharing his new book, How Italian Food Conquered the World (Palgrave-MacMillan, 2011). Mariani says, ” It is a rollicking history of the food culture of Italy and its ravenous embrace in the 21st century by the entire world.” By attending this incredible fund-raising event, you will get to take home a signed copy of this fascinating read, and what Colman Andrews, editorial director of The calls. “”Equal parts history, sociology, gastornomy, and just plain fun! How Italian Food Conquered the World tells the captivating and delicious story of the (let’s face it) everybody’s favorite cuisine with clarity, verve and more than one surprise.”

Chef Emeril Lagasse demonstrates to the students of SNS how to prepare and cook the good food grown in the SNS garden!                   Photo:

Robert Davis, the Town Founder of Seaside said, “We are delighted that one of America’s top food writers will visit Seaside and sample fare from our local restaurants. A Taste of Seaside will give our guests the opportunity to meet Mr. Mariani and try the wonderful restaurants offerings that help shape our town.”

Please RSVP Today, October 12,2012 for Dinner with John Mariani by emailing or calling 850-231-5900!

Bud & Alley’s is located at 2236 Scenic Highway 30A in Seaside, Florida, 32459

Book Signing!

Thursday, October 18, 2012, 10:00 a.m. 

Enjoy a complimentary Q & A session and book signing with author John Mariani at SUNDOG BOOKS in Seaside, Florida, as he discusses his book, How Italian Food Conquered The World!

How Italian Food Conquered The World by John Mariani

If unable to attend this most significant event, you can find How Italian Food Conquered The World, here.

View this event in The Sun, local news, here.

About Seaside:

Seaside, built on 80 acres on Florida’s Gulf Coast, has been acclaimed world-wide as one of the iconic examples of New Urbanism.  According to Newsweek, “Seaside—with its cozy, narrow streets, its jumble of pastel colored homes—is probably the most influential resort community since Versailles.”  Seaside is located between Panama City and Destin and consists of over 300 homes, many of them vacation rentals, more than 12 restaurants and eateries, and 41 shops and galleries.For more information, visit or call 850-231-6106

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