Community Briefs 8-17

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

BeachWalk Café named a Top Scenic Restaurant

Henderson Park Inn’s BeachWalk Café recently announced it has been named a winner of OpenTable Diners’ Choice Awards for the Top 100 Scenic Restaurants in the United States.

“We are very pleased by this acknowledgment from OpenTable diners,” said Innkeeper Ryan Olin. “We are proud to know that these diners thoroughly enjoyed their overall experience at BeachWalk Café and gave us such high marks. We’re proud to be included in such a prestigious list of restaurants around the country.”

"This list of winning restaurants is much more than a gourmet guidebook for travelers,” said OpenTable Chief Dining Officer, Caroline Potter. “It also represents the very best way for hometown foodies to get in touch with the natural beauty and local bounty of the dining destinations in which they dwell."

Jeff Kaufmann promoted to general manager

 Jeff Kaufmann, Destin resident since 2006, has been promoted to the general manager position at Jim ‘N Nicks of Destin. He has worked in the food and beverage industry for 14 years and has experience at multiple franchise restaurants throughout the local area.

“We are lucky to have such as dedicated and hardworking employee like Jeff,” Dave Hudson, local owner of Jim ‘N Nicks in Destin, said. “I am very excited to see him excel in the general manager position.”

Seascape Resort announces new team member

Seascape Resort recently announced the hire of Carolyn Northcott as weddings and special events manager.

Northcott, a native of Nottingham, England, relocated to the United States to pursue a career in hospitality management. After receiving her associate degrees, she pursued a career with AAA Travel as an independent travel agent.

In 2004, Northcott joined the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort and Spa as the lead concierge, later transferring to weddings and special events.

“I am excited to be a part of the Seascape team,” said Northcott. “With such a beautiful property and amazing amenities, I truly believe we have the perfect venue for an unforgettable wedding day.”

Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront receives Certificate of Excellence

Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront recently announced that it has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide.

“Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront is pleased to receive a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence,” said Toni Richardson, director of sales & marketing at the Best Western Ft. Walton Beachfront Hotel. “We strive to offer our customers a memorable experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.”