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2015 Oyster Cook-Off Winners

Our judges panel, consisting of celebrity chefs, guest judges, and master judges from the Kansas City Barbecue Society selected the best oysters in three categories from the Crystal Hot Sauce Judges Tent. Judges scored the oysters based on presentation, flavor and creativity in a blind taste test. 2015 Winners Overall Winner: Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf […]

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Autographed Guitar Raffle To Benefit Gulf Shores High School

Would you like to be the proud owner of this Epiphone guitar, provided by the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, signed by artists from the 2015 Hangout Music Festival? InWeekly will be raffling it off during the Cook-Off. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased on in the Merchandise and Tickets Tent located in […]

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Chef Spotlight: Alex Harrell

Some say there’s a science to gourmet cooking. New Orleans-based chef Alex Harrell gives new meaning to the phrase, as a scientist who took on gourmet cooking for a living. “I’ve been at this for many years, but surprisingly my degree does play a role in what I do. How I source what I use, […]

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Chef Spotlight: Matt Bolus

It’s ironic that The 404 Kitchen in Nashville was named simply after the building’s address because what Chef Matt Bolus is doing in the kitchen is anything but ordinary. “I like to ask people what they are cooking in their kitchen’s at home,” said European trained Bolus. “I leave here and I go home and […]

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Lagunitas Music Stage Schedule Announced

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7 11:15 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. HOTEL OSCAR 12:45 P.M. – 1:30 P.M. NEW BREED BRASS BAND 2:30 P.M. – 3:30 P.M. LENNON & MAISY 5:15 P.M. – 6:00 P.M. THE BLACK JACKET SYMPHONY PERFORMING THE EAGLES’ HOTEL CALIFORNIA 7:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. THE BLACK JACKET SYMPHONY PERFORMING THE EAGLES’ GREATEST HITS […]

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Paste Magazine: Pearls of Wisdom: 5 Chefs Share Oyster Tips

Michele Ragussis (NBC’s Food Fighters / Food Network, Province Town, Mass.) Favorite Preparation: Updated stuffed and baked, like a Rockefeller. Shucking Technique: When I shuck, I like to go in the side and pop them. Tips: Make sure you scrub the hell out of them [prior to shucking] and when you shuck, run your finger […]

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Chef Spotlight: Tres Jackson

Tucked along the banks of the Black Warrior River, Tuscaloosa, Alabama is home to one of the tastiest spots in the state, the Epiphany Café, under the direction of Chef Tres (pronounced Trace) Jackson. With an explicit mission of creating a menu that is farm to fork, the dishes at Epiphany are creative and unexpected […]

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Best Recipe Contest presented by AL.com

Do you have a great oyster recipe you’d like to submit for the chance to have your dish prepared at this year’s Cook-Off? AL.com is holding a contest to find Alabama’s Best Oyster Recipe. One lucky winner will have their recipe prepared for everyone to try on Saturday, November 7. Plus, they’ll win passes and a […]

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Chef Spotlight: Irv Miller

Pensacola chef Irv Miller has been paving the way for up and coming chefs and fine dining on the Panhandle for decades and his gratitude for cooking on the coast is palpable. “There’s a smile on my face everyday down here, I think it’s like they say, ‘where thousands live and millions wish they could.’” […]

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Chef Spotlight: Erik Niel

As Oyster Cook-Off fans quickly learn, there are many ways to prepare the perfect oyster, Cajun, steamed, bacon-wrapped, layered in a taco, etc. But for Chattanooga chef Erik Niel, less is almost always more. “My go-to is to crack ‘em open and eat ‘em,” said the Louisiana native from his Easy Bistro & Bar. “I […]

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