More than 150 guests attended Shelter House’s second annual Palate & Palette Five-Course Wine Dinner and Live Painting Jan. 27 at the Legendary Marine showroom in Destin.
All proceeds for this event went directly to Shelter House, the state-certified domestic and sexual violence center that has been serving both Okaloosa and Walton counties for more than 30 years. Palate & Palette, which raised almost $17,000 in 2017, raised upwards of $33,800 this year, making this Shelter House’s most profitable fundraising event since the organization’s inception in 1985.
The evening featured a live painting and a performance by Jon Moody, an award-winning multi-medium artist from New Orleans. Palate & Palette featured the area’s top chefs, each presenting one course while Moody’s painting came to life before their eyes. The lineup of culinary talent this year included:
• Jack McGuckin, executive chef at Bijoux Restaurant and Spirits
• Nikhil Abuvala, owner and executive chef at Roux 30a
• Wesley True, executive culinary director at The Gulf Okaloosa Island and contestant on Season 13 of BRAVO’s "Top Chef"
• Tim Creehan, owner and executive chef of Cuvee 30A
• Dan Pettis, executive chef of Fuel Restaurant and One20: A Modern Bistro
• Giovanni Fillippone, executive chef at the Vue on 30a, recently featured on "Hell’s Kitchen All-Stars" on FOX
Each of the chef’s unique courses was perfectly paired with hand-selected wines by Republic National Distributing Company, Southern Wine and Spirits and Krutz Family Winery of Sonoma County, California. The event featured an expansive silent auction, which featured trips, dining experiences, gift cards, wine by local artists and more. B-Boy Productions returned this year to provide entertainment with a DJ to command the modern, edgy vibe of the event. As dinners were finished, a live auction was held for guests to bid on the piece Moody had created before their eyes.
“To see the success of this event literally double within just one year is truly incredible,” said Rosalyn Wik-Iovieno, executive director of Shelter House. “The challenge our world is facing with domestic violence and sexual assault has received a substantial amount of attention in the media recently, so it speaks volumes to see our local community recognize that and step up to support our mission.”