It will prove to be a shucking good time at Weeks Bay Plantation’s Oyster Roast featuring Willie Sugarcapps this Sunday, Sept. 10. Tickets are $50 per person and include roasted oysters prepared by Chef Randall Baldwin (of Dyron’s Lowcountry in Mountain Brook) and a live musical performance by our buddies in Willie Sugarcapps. What’s better than Gulf Coast oysters and Gulf Coast musicians?

The event runs 3-6 p.m. and tickets are limited. I know what you’re thinking. You don’t like oysters. It’s OK. For those of you who do not partake there is a “concert only” ticket for $30 per person. Whether you’re eating or not the event is BYOB, so pack a cooler and a blanket or some lawn chairs. They will have soft drinks and water.

Children 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult, one child entry per adult. Phone 251-279-8745 or visit for more information.

2017 Chef’s Challenge a hit for Feeding the Gulf Coast
Mobile chefs brought their A-games to this year’s Chef Challenge for Feeding the Gulf Coast. Last week’s event reported about 600 in attended to support the worthy cause.

Noble South, Café Del Rio, Ralph and Kacoo’s, Stevie’s Kitchen, Cammie’s Old Dutch and Bake My Day were just a few of the participants this year. The competition was stiff but in the end it was Chef Arwen Rice of Red or White who took home the gold in the entrée category with her pork and beef tamales with corn salsa and marinated queso fresco.

Naman’s Catering nabbed the best appetizer. Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama won for best soup as well as People’s Choice. Cammie’s Old Dutch won for best dessert.

It was a qualifying round for the World Food Championships coming up in November, and the judges chose Café Del Rio to represent. This was the event’s 19th year. Let’s hope the 20th will be bigger and better!

The Wharf Uncorked on Sept. 14
A high-stakes weekend begins Thursday, Sept. 14, at 4720 Main St. in Orange Beach as The Wharf Uncorked opens with a kickoff party and a Chef Showdown. Get a front-row view as Chef Brody Olive of Perdido Beach Resort defends his title against Jason Ramirez of Villaggio Grille, Chris Kelly of Driftwood Steakhouse and Justin Cobb of Wolf Bay Lodge.

This is the first of many events, followed by Friday’s “Sip, Sample & Scampi” held at Rouses Market in Gulf Shores with an array of meats, cheese and wine samples from Delicato Family Vineyards, plus a cooking class with Rouses’ Chef Nino. This event is 2-5 p.m.

More than 10 restaurants will curate local wine dinner menus and pairings Friday night as part of the celebration, leading up to Saturday’s Grand Tasting at The Wharf where vendors will have food, wine, beer and spirits all along Main Street and Wharf Parkway.

There’s so much more. Visit for details and ticket prices.