Inaugural Holiday Harbor Hop raises funds for Food For Thought

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Pictured from left are Dan Collins (AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar), Chris Ruyan and Tyler Jarvis (owners of Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer), and Sarah Schmidt and Carley Hammer (Food For Thought).

Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer, Boshamps Seafood & Oyster House and AJ’s Seafood & Oyster Bar hosted the first inaugural Holiday Harbor Hop on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2015, and raised over $500 for Food For Thought Outreach providing over 80 backpacks for children in need. Food For Thought is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides backpacks filled with healthy food for students who are dependent on free school meals.

Throughout the course of the day over 150 guests hopped to the harbor’s three most esteemed restaurants on a complimentary shuttle provided by Sunshine Shuttle and Limousine. Each stop included live music, food and drink specials and the opportunity to donate to Food For Thought.

After the inaugural event’s success, the restaurants have decided to host the event quarterly with each event benefiting Food For Thought. Dates are slated for Sundays, March 6, May 22, Sept. 18 and Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“We were so excited to see the turnout for the Holiday Harbor Hop that we want to keep the momentum going. We hope to be able to increase the amount of money raised for Food For Thought each time,” said Tyler Jarvis, co-owner of Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer.