MIRAMAR BEACH — Cream cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, apples, dried cranberries, pecans, smoked maple bourbon, maple syrup, jalapenos and green onions on a butterflied pork tenderloin, wrapped in bacon.
Is it the latest entrée selection available at a high-end local restaurant?
Not quite. It was the bite-sized offering at the Destin Rotary Club booth at the fifth annual Eggs on the Beach event at Seascape Resort on Saturday, sponsored by Bay Breeze Patio.
The event, which raises money for Food For Thought and Fisher House charities, featured booths from 28 groups and organizations, including businesses and nonprofits. The cooks tested their chops on a Big Green Egg smoker and provided bite-sized samples to hundreds of people who showed up to the event.
“We think it’s a great event,” said Susan Kiley, who co-owns Bay Breeze Patio with her husband, Wayne Paul. “The Big Green Egg is a cult, and we’re kind of spreading the cult. We’re having fun and raising money at the same time.”
InDyne, a business based at Eglin Air Force Base, had a booth where workers showcased a Cajun shrimp with guacamole on a wonton, garnished with cilantro. Hope on the Beach, a church organization, created a bulgogi (Korean beef) concoction complete with kemp slaw and bourbon-infused bread pudding.
Members of the Destin Rotary Club, which had the impossibly savory cream cheese and sun-dried tomato creation, said it took two weeks to perfect the recipe, which they spent nine hours crafting the day before the event.
Event-goers gave tickets to the booths they thought had the best recipes, and at the end of the day the tickets would be tallied and winners would go home with cash prizes for their group or charity.
Tiffanie Nelson, founder and director of Food For Thought, said her organization relies on the event each year to help provide services for the more than 3,300 children it feeds in Okaloosa and Walton counties.
“It’s a recurring source of support for us ... since our programs are year-round, it’s important to know we have consistent supporters,” Nelson said. “It gives us an opportunity to have a presence. Events like this mean a lot of support for us, which is a great thing.”