1. Kabuki Cook-Off
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida will host its annual Kabuki Celebrity Chef Cook-Off presented by Arby’s Jan. 25 at Osaka Japanese Steak House in Destin.
Kabuki is a Japanese word meaning theater. Guests can expect a night of theatrics featuring local celebrities who will be cooking for guests, cocktails, and a silent auction. Each chef will dress in a theme of choice for the evening and show off their skills at hibachi tables while entertaining guests.
It will be a night filled with fun, food, friends, Japanese noodles, and theatrics, all to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. Individual tickets are not currently for sale.
2. Gumbo Contest/Silent Auction
The 12th annual Destin Gumbo Contest and Silent Auction to benefit the Destin History and Fishing Museum will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Destin Community Center. The long-running Destin tradition calls on both home cooks and local chefs to pit their gumbo recipes against one another for top prize. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets include a tasting of all the gumbo, a slice of key lime pie and ice tea. There will also be live music and free admission to the museum.
3. Palate & Palette
Shelter House’s second annual Palate & Palette Five-Course Wine Dinner and Live Painting will be held from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 27 at Legendary Marine’s showroom, 4601 Legendary Marina Drive in Destin. Jon Moody, an award-winning multi-medium artist from New Orleans, will create a painting to be auctioned later in the evening. The area’s top chefs each present one course, and B-Boy Productions returns for the entertainment, with a DJ to command the modern, edgy vibe of the event. The event will also feature a silent auction. Tickets are $140 at eventbrite.com.