Michael’s Back at Studio b. for Memorial Day Weekend

Sun, sand, and clear blue waves again meet great food and drink on Florida’s northern Gulf coast.  Last April, Michael was hosted by Colleen Duffley, photographer and owner of Studio b. in Alys Beach, for a weekend of fun including fishing for cobia, mackerel, and kingfish, and a dinner for 20 as part of Destin’s 2010 Wine & Dine in Paradise event.  Michael had so much fun that he’s going back over the Memorial Day holiday with a fresh line-up of activities featuring more locally-sourced ingredients (cue the Grayton Beer) — and bringing his family along for the ride.  Studio b.’s creative venue brings together authors, artists, musicians, and chefs to create unique events and experiences for guests. Tickets are limited, but click the flyer below to purchase!

Go Fish: Trolling for Spanish Mackerel, and Gaffing a 40 Pound Cobia on Florida’s Gulf Coast Riviera

We’re here in a quaint, upscale development tucked away behind sand dunes and ammophila grasses called Alys Beach.  Our mission is to prepare a decadent dinner for 20 for the Destin Wine Charity Auction, an annual event that raises money for a collection of children’s charities.  Michael has designed six courses with hors d’oeuvres and dessert that pairs with the wines of Arista Winery and Realm Cellars.  Part of the menu is locally-caught cobia, so we took matters into our own hands on a fishing expedition yesterday. After 25 minutes of man vs. fish, man won. See how the events unfolded below. Now… off to prep!

Michael, Matt, and I arrived in Alys Beach at night, a two hour drive from Pensacola Airport. This is the view from our duplex balcony.

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