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Toast of the Coast: A Food and Beverage Social Series

Toast of the Coast: A Food and Beverage Social Series


Join us for our 8th Annual Toast of the Coast events at The Fish House! The theme for this year’s events focuses on Southern Traditions. Each event in the series will feature a hands-on demonstration from a pro or local with all of the cool stories to share, with fantastic food and beverage pairings. In addition, each event will include a special takeaway to help you re-create the event at home! As we will be continuing to observe health guidelines, social distancing and limited seating, reservations are required. Each event will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m. To reserve your seat, please contact Taylor Dawson —, 850-287-0200.


The series is as follows:



Thursday, September 17: Low Country Boil

A low country boil is the southeastern coast’s equivalent to a New England clambake. Take the fresh shellfish catch of the day, dump it in a giant pot with some vegetables and sausage, and you are halfway to a giant feast for you and your friends. Join us out on The Deck and learn the basics in this class; how to set the table, boil the feast and eat these crustaceans. The boil will feature shrimp, blue crab. In addition, we have four beers featured form Oyster City Brewing Company. Participants will take home their own boil spice mix to get them started on their first event at home. Event cost is $45 per person (plus tax and gratuity).


October 29: Whiskey and War Stories

On Thursday, October 29, Horse Soldier Bourbon will ride across the Florida Panhandle, for a special evening of “Whiskey & War Stories.” The award-winning bourbon brand—which was founded by retired members of the U.S. Special Forces, who were the first to enter Afghanistan, following 9/11—will host this intimate food and spirit event, sharing various parts of their historic journey.


“From BDUs to Bourbon”
In the days following the attacks of 9/11, a detachment of 12 U.S. Green Berets entered Afghanistan on horseback, tasked with mounting an American response to Al Qaeda. At that point, U.S. troops had not trained on horseback since WWII, and the men from ODA 595 were facing a massive, heavily armed Al Qaeda presence in the region. The orders were clear, but the outlook was uncertain. The months that followed would prove to be an iconic chapter in U.S. military history.


As Al Qaeda was gradually driven back and defeated, the legend of the “Horse Soldiers” began to grow. Following their decorated service to our country, the members of ODA 595 eventually retired from the military, but later regrouped with a new vision and a new mission. Horse Soldier Bourbon was born.


“We decided to pursue the American dream we’d fought so hard to defend,” said Scott Neil, a retired Green Beret, and COO, of American Freedom Distillery. “We traveled around the world, from the rolling hills of Kentucky, to the rugged mountains of Afghanistan, and one lesson remained universally true, whether on Wall Street or dirt streets: whiskey don’t care.”


From BDU’s to Bourbon, the Horse Soldier brand has quickly garnered national traction. Their bottle is molded from steel recovered from Ground Zero. The emblem on the front is a rendering of the Horse Soldier statue (titled “America’s Response”) which stands alone at One World Trade, across from the 9/11 Museum. Horse Soldier Bourbon has been featured across top-tier outlets, including: Entrepreneur, Forbes, FOX Business, FOX News, Maxim, Newsmax, and others.


Their story has been told in books and a blockbuster Hollywood movie, but this is your chance to hear it from the men themselves. On Thursday, October 29 at 5:30 p.m. the Horse Soldiers will host “Whiskey & War Stories” at The Fish House, an intimate, closed door event, where they retell various parts of the journey. Obstacles faced, lessons learned, glasses raised.

The menu for the evening, as prepared by Sous Chef, Chad Gorey, is as follows:


Event cost is $65 per person (plus tax and gratuity).


First Course 595 Smash paired with roasted butternut salad

Second Course Horse Soldier Straight Bourbon Whiskey paired with barbecue butterflied shrimp

Third Course Horse Soldier Signature Small Batch paired with pan-seared redfish with mushroom velouté

Fourth Course Horse Soldier Signature Barrel Strength paired with boozy bourbon spiced cake


About Horse Soldier Bourbon: Horse Soldier Bourbon is an All-American, Award-winning, ultra-premium bourbon brand produced by American Freedom Distillery. Horse Soldier Bourbon is hand-crafted with a true sense of mission, service and honor. HSB is sold in stores across 10 US states and online in 30 states. To learn more, please visit:


Thursday, November 12: High on the Hog: A Whole Beast Feast

Back by popular demand, Fish House Sous Chef Chad Gorey will be presenting a Whole Beast Feast — the whole hog — discussing the slow-roast cooking process including a discussion of the cuts of the pig, how to best prepare each, how to dress the beast for a full roast along with the step-by-step instructions for how to roast — including information for your own roaster. Once the beast is complete, it will be offered up family style and served with a selection of Southern sides. We will be pairing the roast with a selection of Woodford Reserve drinks. Participants will take a bottle of Chef Chad’s homemade BBQ sauce made special for the occasion. Event cost is $45 per person (plus tax and gratuity).






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