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Local 4413 Chili Cookoff Fundraiser

Professional Firefighters of Walton County Local 4413 is sponsoring a fundraising event here locally on Friday December 11, 2015 at the Ace Hardware in DeFuniak Springs.

$20 to enter your famous bowl of chili/ Have a chance to win prizes and you get 2 raffle tickets for a chance to win a 5 burner stainless steel grill

$8 for a bowl of chili , also get to taste everyone’s chili and vote

Raffle Tickets for a 5 burner stainless steel grill
$3 per ticket
$10 for 4
$20 for 10

This event is to support Niki Davis, one of the wives of our Firefighters here at Walton County Fire Rescue, who is in her final battle with stage 4 cancer. Niki's cancer is incurable and the help she is receiving is to assist her in her final days. Niki was at ground zero the day the Towers came down working and inhaled what's been killing her ever since.

She helped many people in that time of need and now she needs our help. Please help spread the word and create support for this event. Any donation will go a long way. Thank you for all your help and support.

Please contact James Whedon at for any information.

Spring Food Film Festival

Santa Rosa Beach, FL

Santa Rosa Beach, FL – October 13, 2015 – The Local Palate magazine and The Food Film Festival™ will debut The Food Film Festival™ South Walton this spring. The well-known festival will premiere in its fourth city April 8-10, 2016 in South Walton, Florida.

This three-day festival includes food films from award-winning artists, unique meals prepared by the South’s best chefs, and various events celebrating the food, art, and culture of South Walton and the surrounding area. The first night of the festival is comprised of a VIP and welcome party with “A Taste of What’s to Come.” Saturday’s events include “A Southern Culinary + Spirits Experience” plus exclusive screenings of a dozen short films accompanied by dishes and cocktails based on the films. The weekend wraps up with “An American Institution: A Sunday Brunch” where guests are served quintessential American brunch items.

Joe Spector, Publisher & CEO of The Local Palate magazine, is excited to partner with The Food Film Festival™ on this event, “We couldn’t be more excited to host Food Film Festival South Walton. This area of Florida is the perfect backdrop for tasting flavors of the South while watching award-winning films.”

Limited Early Bird Packages for this spring event are available for purchase at 20% off full-ticket price. Group rates and hotel packages are also available.

A portion of The Food Film Festival™ South Walton proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Theatre Company – a foundation to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater offerings.

For more information, Early Bird packages, and volunteer registration please visit

The Local Palate
2014 James Beard nominated The Local Palate is a nationally distributed publication with a focus on the food culture of the South. The Local Palate delivers recipes, details prominent Southern personalities, and discussed Southern food culture all to a national audience. In 2015, the magazine’s fourth year, the issues increased from 8 to 10 per year. Follow The Local Palate on Twitter & Instagram @TheLocalPalate or on For additional information on the magazine, visit

The Food Film Festival™
Born in Brooklyn in 2007, The Food Film Festival™ sprang from the imagination of festival director George Motz, the documentary filmmaker and Travel Channel host behind the award-winning Hamburger America film and book, along with co-creator Harry Hawk. The festival screens exceptional films that showcase the world’s favorite foods and the people, traditions, and inspirations behind them. At every festival event, guests are treated to multiple mouth-watering food films, and then served the featured food for a multi-sensory, full- body experience, right in their seat. The Food Film Festival™ is currently showcased
in New York, Chicago and Charleston, South Carolina and will premiere on April 8-10, 2016 in South Walton, Florida.

Emerald Coast Theatre Company
Emerald Coast Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2012 by Nathanael Fisher, MFA, and his wife, Anna Fisher, M.A. Based in Miramar Beach, Florida, ECTC’s mission is to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater. ECTC operates year-round with a two-fold mission to provide both educational and professional offerings to the Northwest Florida community. Educational outreach includes after school, home-school, and weekend programs for children, touring and staged productions, summer camps, workshops and classes. The professional theater efforts are focused on thought provoking productions, festivals and collaborations as well as acting and improv workshops and classes for adults.