Chamber of Commerce's third annual wine gala a crowd pleaser (VIDEO)

Published: Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM.

“Mr. Foy Shaw would’ve loved to have been here tonight,” Hardell said.

Among the night’s offerings were sautéed shrimp over smoked Gouda grits, chicken and sirloin kabobs, smoked grit cakes with braised brisket and red onion relish, barbecued pork finger sandwiches, banana pudding, brownie bites, and tender Peach Albóndigas meatballs in a sauce made of a reduction of Just Peachy, one of Yellow River Winery’s wines.

Joining 14 area culinary partners, wines at 13 tables around the hangar represented five continents, 11 countries and five U.S. states, including Yellow River’s local Florida-made wines.

Dr. Cheryl Jones and Company’s jazz rhythms had attendees cutting the rug with jazz arrangements of favorites like the 1936 Oscar-winner “The Way You Look Tonight,” “Stand by Me,” “Jambalaya on the Bayou” and “My Girl.” As a highlight, jazz musician Saundra Daggs performed her rendition of “Fly Me to the Moon.”

Yort said she and her committee members started working on this year’s gala, themed “Moonlight and Melodies,” in February. The event’s profits would benefit the chamber of commerce’s efforts to advance the Crestview area’s business community.

“Together, we can do much more than we can individually….,” Yort said.

Despite an overall crowd-pleasing experience, one component failed to cooperate: the full moon was rarely visible due to a dense cloud cover, but that didn’t stifle a good time.



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