You may not be familiar with Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, but I am willing to bet a triple-decker hamburger you know his brothers Mark and Donnie. The Brothers Wahlberg just opened the newest branch of Wahlburgers in OWA, Foley’s 14-acre amusement park, shopping and dining destination.

“At OWA we are always seeking new ways to bring a complete experience to our guests, whether it’s the largest theme park on the Gulf Coast or now the largest Wahlburgers in the U.S.,” said Greg Rawls, OWA’s business development director. “Our research shows that dining is just as important to our guests as a day in our theme park. Wahlburgers brings the value, quality and brand recognition to really spark excitement.”

Speaking of sparking excitement, a menu of sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato tots and hearty burgers should get you fired up. My advice would be to dine after you hit all the roller coasters, not before. Ice cream for the kids and a full bar for mom and dad make this a fun time for children of all ages. Eat responsibly.

Female pitmasters prepare for battle
Every time we turn around, there’s more going on with the World Food Championships coming to The Wharf in Orange Beach Nov. 8-12.

This is the second year of Cowboy Charcoal’s Fire and Ice Women’s Competitive BBQ series, where women’s teams from the Kansas City Barbecue Society fight it out through all sanctioned events from Jan. 1 through Oct. 31. Qualifications through points earned afford the teams the chance to compete in Orange Beach.

On the line is $25,000 in cash and prize packages as well as diamond jewelry. It’s just another reason for you to visit the World Food Championships. Imagine a champion in each of these categories: barbecue, chili, burger, dessert, sandwich, bacon, recipe, invitational steak, seafood and chef challenge.

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Bayou Bash at All Saints Episcopal Church
It’s a chance to eat and cut loose at the corner of Ann and Government streets when All Saints Episcopal Church hosts its annual Bayou Bash fundraiser Friday, Nov. 3. Music, food and fun are on the agenda (that’s an understatement!). This year’s musical act is the jazzy Sean Dietrich Quartet.

Creative Catering by Sean from the local TV show “The Creative Cooks” is in charge of the menu. Cajun pork loin, shrimp and grits, garlic mashed potatoes and green beans are some of the items served. Vegetarian Alfredo will be available for the non-carnivorous. Save room for desserts. A full bar is there to wash it all down.

Silent and live auctions make this a competitive event as well. There will be plenty to bid on, so bring your checkbook. All net proceeds go to community outreach programs, so give as much as you can.

Tickets to this event cost $35. It runs from 6-10 p.m. For more information call 251-438-2492. All Saints is located at 151 S. Ann St.