February 2018 Blog Posts


Chef Spotlight: Matthew Basford

Posted on Monday, February 19, 2018

Matthew Basford began his culinary journey growing up in Australia and absorbing techniques and influences from Pan-Asian cuisine. From his very first restaurant job in his teens, Matthew knew he was destined for a career in the world of restaurants and cuisine. He started his culinary journey at Pear Tree Cottage in Greenock, followed by Vintner’s Bar and Grill in Angaston, where he was recognized in the Nestle Junior Chefs of Australia Competition as...

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Vintner Spotlight: Ted Henry of Clos Du Val

Posted on Monday, February 12, 2018

Located in the Stag’s Leap district of Napa Valley, Clos du Val Winery was established in 1972 by two French winemakers, John Goelet and Bernard Portet. Covering 350 acres in California, Clos du Val has been known since its inception for its exceptional productions of Pinot Noirs, Cabernet Sauvignons, and Chardonnays. At the heart of the wine production is Ted Henry, Clos du Val’s remarkable Winemaker. Bringing with him over 15 years of winemaking experience...

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Charity Spotlight: Emerald Coast Autism Center

Posted on Monday, February 5, 2018

The Emerald Coast Autism Center (ECAC) was founded in 2009 as the first large scale non-profit in the Okaloosa and Walton counties to fill a growing need for an educational and therapeutic resource for children with autism. With autism affecting 1 in 68 children in the United States, the importance of having an environment to improve the lives of these children and their families is hard to overlook.  ECAC approaches their student’s education in a...

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