2015 Eggs on the Beach Raises $23,000 for Fisher House of the Emerald Coast

We’re excited to announced that the second annual Eggs On the Beach EggFest barbecue competition raised $23,000 for the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Held at Seascape Resort on Sept. 26, we welcomed more than 500 tasters and volunteers who sampled an array of delicacies presented by 25 cook teams.

The second annual event exceeded our expectations. We are so grateful for the overwhelming support from our cook teams, sponsors, volunteers and tasters who came out for the fun afternoon. The funds raised help the Fisher House provided added assistance to many military families.Food for Thought team

The Fisher House of the Emerald Coast provides a home away from home for military families during medical treatment. Within steps of the Eglin Air Force Base Hospital and Veteran’s Clinic, the Fisher House’s 12 guest suites and a caring staff provide lodging, basic needs and support to active and retired military when they need it most. In 2014, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast served 690 guests and has already served more than 600 guests this year.

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Kim Henderson, executive director of the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, recently said, “we rely on community donations to be able to assist families staying at the Fisher House and we are extremely grateful of the monies raised at Eggs on the Beach. In 2014, we expanded our reach to not only be able to assist those families, but also help local military families who unexpectedly experienced a medical crisis with no Fisher House close by to assist them.”

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In addition, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company received $500 and a Mini-Max Big Green Egg by earning second place “People’s Choice” award and the most votes among the non-profit cook teams. With the mission to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast Community through professional and educational theater, the Emerald Coast Theatre Company will be auctioning off their prize Mini-Max at the upcoming Lip Sync Battle, Oct. 29 at the Hilton Sandestin. Emerald Coast Theatre Company was among some of the area’s leading non-profits, including Food For Thought, Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation, Rotary Club of Destin, Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and Air Commando Association Foundation, whose volunteers were cooking and serving their favorite recipes to build awareness for these important causes.

The top “People’s Choice” award and judges award winner was Team InDyne for their smoked brisket grilled cheese and smoked tomato soup, earning the team a trophy and large Big Green Egg. “People’s Choice” runner up was team Snorri’s Tandoori who presented chicken tandoori prepared on the Big Green Egg.

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A limited number of extra-large Big Green Egg-Demo Eggs complete with nest (metal stand) and plate setter, which were used during the competition, are available for purchase at a discounted price. For more information on Eggs on the Beach EggFest Cooking Competition visit EggsontheBeach.com. For more information about the Big Green Egg, click here.

Make plans to join us for the 2016 Eggs on the Beach, Sept. 24, 2016.

Winners Announced for 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach EggFest BBQ Competition

The InDyne Cook Team was the big winner at the Second Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition, taking both the Judges Award and People’s Choice Award. Presented by Bay Breeze Patio, Eggs on the Beach celebrated foods cooked on the Big Green Egg.

More than 25 cook teams competed, presenting their best recipes, on a beautiful Saturday at Seascape Resort. Emerald Coast Theatre Company earned second place for People’s Choice and was the highest ranking non-profit team, earning $500 toward their cause. In third place, Snorri’s Tandoori were competing on behalf of the Air Commando Association Foundation and earned recognition for Snorri’s popular ethnic dish prepared on the Big Green Egg.

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Judges Award & People’s Choice Award: Team InDyne

The InDyne Cook Team was the “People’s Choice” winner in 2014 and returned, proving they had not lost their edge. Team members, Christopher Brown, David Hobbs, Dana Cail and Michael Pare, tried dozens of dishes before agreeing upon a grilled cheese brisket with side of smoked tomato soup. The dish, the ultimate “comfort food,” was a crowd pleaser, earning People’s Choice Grand Prize—a large Big Green Egg as well as the Grand Champion Trophy from the Celebrity Judges.

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People’s Choice 2nd Place & Non-profit Team Winner: Emerald Coast Theatre Company

Emerald Coast Theatre Company showed their involvement was no act. Cook team members, Nathanael Fisher, Sherry Londe, Tom Graham and five time cooking champion Dr. Mendy Graham, worked as a team to present an elaborate, flavorful stuffed jalapeno dish. The jalapeno boat was topped with granny smith apple and Gouda cheese as well as slow smoked pulled pork marinated in Dr. Graham’s homemade sweet BBQ sauce. The dish was grilled to perfection on the Big Green Egg and then drizzled with sauce and sprinkled with Gold Dust (Dr. Graham’s own BBQ rub). Tasters could then enhance flavors by adding more of the homemade sauces, choosing from Sweet Smokey, Hot Smokey, Rebelicious (vinegar based), or Liquid Gold (mustard based).

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People’s Choice Award Runner Up: Snorri’s Tandoori

The Snorri’s Tandoori cook team included Nic Dezinski, Michael Agin, Joseph DeCarlis and Snorri Gislason who presented Snorri’s backyard favorite, Tandoori. Snoori regularly makes Tandoori in his backyard on the Big Green Egg and friends and neighbors agree the dish is divine. The Indian dish, which is wildly popular in South Asia and the Middle East, consists of roasted chicken prepared with yogurt and spices.

 

All proceeds from Eggs on the Beach will benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Located on Eglin Air Force Base, the Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military families so the family can be together during treatment for serious illness or physical/occupational therapy.

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The 3rd Annual Eggs on the Beach will be held in September of 2016. Learn more about South Walton’s EggFest at www.EggsontheBeach.com.

 

Dr. BBQ to Attend 2015 Eggs on the Beach Egg Fest BBQ Competition, Sept. 26

We’re excited to announce that Ray Lampe, better known as “Dr. BBQ”, will be our featured celebrity guest at the 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition coming to Seascape Resort on Sept. 26, 2015. A chef, author, and a familiar face on many popular cooking shows, Dr. BBQ frequently serves as an expert judge on the Food Network’s “Chopped,” NBC’s “Food Fighters,” and the Travel Channel’s “American Grilled,” among others. As the Big Green Egg’s spokeschef, Lampe is an expert at cooking foods on the Big Green Egg smoker/grill.

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Lampe has authored eight cookbooks, including his recently published title, “Flavorize.” He has cooked and medaled in over 300 BBQ contests, and in 2014, he was inducted into the “BBQ Hall of Fame.” He is currently writing his ninth cookbook and traveling the country as Big Green Egg spokeschef.

Flavorize Lampe, who has also appeared on HGTV, CNN, Martha Stewart Living and The Howard Stern Show, will be on hand offer expert advice, serve as a celebrity judge and autograph copies of his new cookbook, “Flavorize.”

The 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition will feature tastings by more than 25 cook teams, grilling and product demonstrations, live music by Chris Alvarado, cash bar with beer, wine and sodas, “People’s Choice Awards,” silent auction, chances for prizes, kids’ activities and more. All proceeds from Eggs on the Beach benefit Fisher House of the Emerald Coast located on Eglin Air Force Base.

Dr. BBQ told us “he’s happy to be attending Eggs on the Beach and had heard many good things about our inaugural festival.”

For those who have thought of owning a Big Green Egg, Demo Eggs, which will be used during the event, are on sale now for a discounted price.

Taster tickets are on sale now, featuring advance pricing of $25/adult, $13/child (age 11-17) and kids 10 and under are free. To learn more or to register a cook team or purchase a taster ticket, visit www.EggsontheBeach.com or call 850-269-4666.

How to prepare for a BBQ competition

For those considering entering a team in Eggs on the Beach, Sept. 26th at Seascape Resort, we’ve gathered some tips for preparing for a BBQ Competition. Once you register a team for Eggs on the Beach, you’ll want to use the weeks ahead planning out your menu, creating a budget, and of course, perfecting your recipes.

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Here are tips for preparing for your first EggFest or any BBQ competition:

How Many Team Members Do I Need?

For the Eggs on the Beach competition, teams may have up to four team members. However, you can recruit friends and family behind the scenes. Consider inviting friends, family or neighbors over on Friday for a prep-party. Many hands make light work when prepping sauces, meats and items to grill/smoke the next day.

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What to cook?

Your foodie heart already has an idea of what to make for the competition, so start selecting meat, sauces, and spices and begin practicing your award-winning recipes. Start talking to the local butcher now to ensure he/she will have what you need in time for the competition. There is no limit to the number of items you can cook so consider changing dishes throughout the competition. While the event begins at 10 a.m., the bulk of tasters will attend between 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. so prepare to serve your best recipes during those hours.

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Choosing a Team Name

You’ll need a team name, so get together with your teammates and brainstorm.

Be creative and have fun in picking your team name. Consider a team name that provides a theme for décor. What themes will make your booth eye catching and lure tasters over to try your signature recipes? There are many team names already in use, so check on the internet at www.bbqteamnames.com to get ideas.

 What to budget?

There is a $50 entry fee to participate in Eggs on the Beach, which includes welcome bag for each team member as well as lump charcoal, fire starter, plate setter, 2 tables, a tent, paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins and toothpicks. A large or extra-large demo Big Green Egg will be supplied for each cook team. (These Eggs are available for purchase at a 20% discount if you’ve ever thought of owning your own.) Ingredients including meat prices vary greatly. Some teams spend more as they pursue special meats, spices and other specialty tools. You’re only serving tastings (not a full meal) so consider how many samples one dish may actually create.

What to bring?

Next, you’ll need to think of all the utensils and equipment you use while cooking. Below is a list of some basics that every team should consider:

  • Tongs
  • Thermometer
  • Knives
  • Cutting boards
  • Spray bottle
  • Spatula
  • Pot holders
  • Measuring Bay Breeze Patio Anniversary 2014 043 (2)cups/spoons
  • Lighter/Fire starters
  • Paper towels
  • Trash bags
  • Wet wipes
  • Dishrags
  • Hand soap/Hand sanitizer
  • Water container
  • Coolers
  • Gloves
  • Aluminum pans/foil
  • Coolers/Ice
  • Ponchos
  • Chairs
  • Beverages/bottled water
How to keep food safe?
Visit the FDA website to review food safety and handling. Start by bringing everything perishable in cooler with plenty of ice. Clean all prep surfaces with heavy duty cleaner. Don’t leave uncooked food out on tables.
Wear disposable gloves with handling food. Watch for possible cross containerization between different Bay Breeze Patio Anniversary 2014 043 (2)types of food. Have different cutting boards/plates for raw food and finished food. Bring and use Handi Wipes often.

Remember to invite your friends to share the experience and to vote for your dish.  More friends, means more votes.  Most competitions, including Eggs on the Beach, offer a tickets in advance for a discounted price. We recommend purchasing Eggs on the Beach taster tickets in advance to save $10. The best part is  you’ll have fun and support a great cause. All proceeds from Eggs on the Beach benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast.

To learn more about Eggs on the Beach, register a cook team or purchase a taster ticket, visit www.eggsonthebeach.com. Follow our Eggs on the Beach Facebook page for news and updates.

Good luck and happy grilling!

Registration Fees Waived for Non-Profit Cook Teams at Eggs on the Beach, Sept. 26

We’re excited to be hosting the second annual “Eggs on the Beach” EggFest Grilling Competition on Sept. 26, 2015 at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. Back by popular demand, we are inviting non-profit organizations to register a cook team and registration fees will be waived. As an added incentive, the non-profit team with the most “People’s Choice” votes will receive a $500 donation to their charity.

The non-profit category was a great success last year. Non-profit organizations were able to share information about their cause with tasters and the winning non-profit, the Emerald Coast Autism Center, enjoyed a $500 donation.

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Our goal is make Eggs on the Beach the most cook friendly competition and to support the local community. Proceeds from Eggs on the Beach Egg Fest will benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Located on Eglin Air Force Base, Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military families to be together during treatment for serious illness or physical and/or occupational therapy.

The EggFest draws people who are passionate about cooking and smoking foods on the Big Green Egg, an all-in-one smoker and grill. The day is filled with tasty samples from more than 25 cook teams with attendees voting on their favorites. The winning team takes home a large Big Green Egg and the winning charity receives a $500 donation. Grilling demonstrations, live music by Chris Alvarado, and kids’ activities ensure the event fun for the entire family.

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Bay Breeze Patio provides a large or extra-large Demo Big Green Egg for each team to cook on as well as provides lump charcoal, a fire starter, 6-foot table, tent, paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins and toothpicks. Teams simply bring their favorite recipes and their own ingredients.

For those who have thought of owning a Big Green Egg, Demo Eggs are pre-sold now at a discounted price and will be ready for pick up on Sept. 26 between 4 and 5 p.m. Demo Eggs come with a nest (metal stand) and a plate setter as well as a limited lifetime warranty.

Cook team registration is $50 for each team of four and team members receive a welcome bag with a commemorative t-shirt, Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rub and promotional items from Big Green Egg. Registration fees are waived for non-profit teams. To register a non-profit team, email susan@baybreezepatio.com. To register a cook team, sign up as a sponsor, or purchase a taster ticket, visit www.EggsontheBeach.com or call 850-269-4666.

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Bay Breeze Patio Voted Best In Destin for Outdoor Furniture

We are humbled and honored to be voted “Best in Destin” for outdoor furniture by the readers of VIP Destin Magazine. We’re celebrating our 11th year providing residents and businesses along Florida’s Gulf Coast, including the beach communities along Scenic 30A (Santa Rosa Beach, Seaside, WaterColor, Watersound, Alys Beach, Seacrest and Rosemary Beach) as well as Panama City, Destin, Navarre, and Pensacola, with premier outdoor living spaces.

We love outdoor living and entertaining and really enjoy helping clients select outdoor furniture and home décor. We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us and are grateful for the many friends and clients who have supported us over the years.

We’re proud to carry the largest selection of in-stock outdoor furniture and we are an official retailer for most premium outdoor furniture brands as well as premium grill lines, including the Big Green Egg.

We were honored to join fellow Best In Destin recipients at the Black Tie Gala at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort this spring. Now, we invite everyone to join us for the 2nd Annual Eggs on the Beach BBQ Competition, which benefits the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast, serving our nation’s military and their families. “Eggs on the Beach” EggFest will be held Sept. 26, 2015 at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. We invite you to consider entering a 4-person cook team or purchasing a ticket to be taster. To learn more visit www.EggsontheBeach.com.

Thanks, again, for voting us “Best In Destin”!

Registration Open for 2nd Annual “Eggs On the Beach” Egg Fest, Sept. 26

We’re pleased to announce registration is open for the Second Annual “Eggs on the Beach” EggFest BBQ Competition taking place on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seascape Resort in Miramar Beach. As one of the official Big Green Egg Festivals held around the country, Eggs on the Beach will be a delicious afternoon for the entire family, featuring a cooking competition, “People’s Choice Awards”, tastings, live music and children’s activities.

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Cook team registration is now open and taster tickets are available online. Each team of up to four is given a large or extra-large Big Green Egg to use during the competition. Teams purchase their own ingredients. We provide the lump charcoal, fire starter, table, tent, paper plates, plastic utensils, napkins and toothpicks. Cook teams create bite size portions of their favorite recipes to be judged by the public. Tasters vote for their favorites, as teams vie for bragging rights and prizes, including the grand prize, a brand new large Big Green Egg.

We’re encouraging EggHeads, master grillers, backyard grillers, and everyone in between to join the fun and register a cook team. Our goal is create the most fun, cook-friendly and taster-friendly BBQ competition in the region while giving back to our local community.

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All proceeds from Eggs on the Beach will benefit the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast. Located on Eglin Air Force Base, the Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military families so the family can be together during treatment for serious illness or physical/occupational therapy.

In addition, drawing tickets may be purchased for a chance to win a Big Green Egg and other items donated by area businesses with these proceeds also benefiting the Fisher House. Last year, the event raised $9,100 for the Fisher House of the Emerald Coast and we want to exceed that for 2015!

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For those who long to own a Big Green Egg, demo Eggs, which will be used during the event, will be sold in advance with nest (metal stand) and plate setter for a discounted price. There are 40 Demo Eggs for sale (25 large and 15 XLarge) and all come with a limited lifetime warranty. Demo Eggs must be picked up after the event, between 4 – 5 p.m. on September 26.

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Eggs on the Beach will include tastings, grilling demonstrations, live music by Chris Alvarado, cash bar with beer, wine and sodas, and more. Cook team registration is $50 for a team of four and each team member will receive a welcome bag, including a commemorative t-shirt and Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rub.

Taster tickets are available for the advanced price of $25/adult, $13/child (age 11-17) and kids 10 and under are free. Sponsorships are also available. We’re aiming to exceed that number and we need your help! Come cook with friends to benefit a great cause!

To learn more or to register a cook team or purchase a taster ticket, visit www.EggsontheBeach.com or call 850-269-4666.

Top 5 Outdoor Trends for Summer

We love summer, a time when everyone and everything moves outside! The days are longer; dinner is served from the grill; and cool cocktails taste even better while lounging on the chaise. If you’re considering an update for your outdoor space, here are the top 5 outdoor trends for summer 2015:

1. Outdoor Cooking

This is one trend that never seems to go out of style, especially during summer. What’s trending now is moving beyond basic outdoor kitchen with built-in premium grill to incorporate special amenities including pizza ovens and fire pits for cooking as well as kegerators, wine cabinets, ice makers and under counter refrigerators, providing options that were previously available only to indoor chefs.

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2. Tranquil Backyard Sanctuaries

More and more homeowners want their yards to be sanctuaries. Water features like ornamental ponds, fountains, and lap pools as well as zen-themed rock gardens, sculptures, and decorative lighting are all popular options for creating relaxing outdoor spaces. Of course, all that relaxation requires comfortable seating. There are many advancements in outdoor furniture, including fully upholstered outdoor furniture that looks and feels as comfortable as its indoor counterpart. Seating is enhanced by hammocks, bed swings and outdoor rugs.

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Lane Venture Upholstered Outdoor Furniture

Design Trends

Interior decorating techniques and color schemes are being extended to outdoor living spaces. This season’s cool color is aquamarine. What makes this shade so popular is the calming and cool effect it has, thus forming some really impressive pairs with brighter tones as well as the calm ones. Add a bright splash with accent pillows, cushions, or even an umbrella.

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Tropitone Outdoor Furniture

Landscaping and Garden Trends

Drought and other environmental concerns have led consumers to seek gardening products and methods that are sensitive to the environment. Vast lawns requiring lots of water and maintenance are giving way to low-maintenance, drought tolerant plants, and those in condos and apartments are turning to vertical gardens to maximize growing space on patios and balconies.

Vertical Garden. Source: Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Vertical Garden. Source: Kerrie Kelly Design Lab

Ornate Decks and Patios

Not everyone is scaling down, however. Homeowners with large yards are adding ornate decks and patios as an extension of their indoor living space. According to a 2015 Outdoor Living Forecast compiled by Trex, the world’s largest manufacturer of wood-alternative decking and railing, homeowners want multiple tiers, curved features and built-in pergolas and walls to define various deck areas similar to outdoor rooms that  allow entertaining to flow seamlessly from the indoors.

photo courtesy of Trex & Front Range Lumber

photo courtesy of Trex & Front Range Lumber

These are just some of this summer’s top outdoor trends for backyards, patios and decks. These additions make outdoor living more enjoyable and comfortable, and serve as a great investment, enhancing your home’s value.

At Bay Breeze Patio, we’re passionate about outdoor living. Call or stop by to learn how your backyard can be transformed into the best backyard in the neighborhood.

Trends compiled from Zillow Digs and Industry Edge National Hardware Show, which offers information on product trends and industry insights.

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

June is the month to celebrate and reward Dad. If you’re looking for Father’s Day gift ideas, look no further. At Bay Breeze Patio, we’re full of ideas that will allow Dad to enjoy his backyard or his man cave even more. Here are 6 top Father’s Day gift ideas:

Bison Airlighter – The revolutionary Bison Airlighter is a portable air-driven fire lighter. It jets a 4-inch flame that instantly ignites charcoal and wood, then delivers airflow to spread the flames. For Dads who use charcoal or have a Big Green Egg, this gift will allow Dad to place food on the grill faster, producing delicious results in less time.

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MiniMax Big Green Egg – The delicious results of the Big Green Egg are now possible anywhere. The portable MiniMax is ideal for camping, the pool and the beach, and tailgating.

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Big Green Egg-cessories – If Dad has a Big Green Egg, you’ve got it made! There are all kinds of “Eggcessories” to make grilling and smoking on the Big Green Egg more fun. From pizza/baking stones to the Big Green Egg BBQ Guru (a temperature control so precise, it’s like having your own personal valet), Bay Breeze Patio offers plenty of gifts for Dads who enjoy smoking and grilling on the Big Green Egg.

Fire Tables – Firetainment, Inc. features fire tables that provide ambiance and enable hibachi-style cooking. Available in a variety of designs & styles.

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Grilling Cookbooks – Is Dad stuck in a rut? If so, he may enjoy some new grilling recipes from the experts. We carry the most popular grilling cookbooks, giving Dad new ideas that the entire family will enjoy.

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Tommy Bahama – A popular brand for Dads, Tommy Bahama features a line of high quality outdoor furnishings. Choose from 175 all-weather performance fabrics to complement the hand-crafted outdoor furniture collections. Consider giving Dad a lounge chair and ottoman from the all-wicker, Blue Olive Collection. A sure winner!

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At Bay Breeze Patio, we also carry a wide selection of premium grills along with every size of the Big Green Egg. Come by and see us and we’ll help you find the perfect gift for Dad.

Now Carrying DELTA Heat Premium Grills in Time for Summer Grilling Season

At Bay Breeze Patio, we pride ourselves in offering the best selection of premium grills in and around Destin, Florida. As such, we are pleased to announce we have added DELTA Heat to our family of premium grills.

DELTA Heat products are engineered, designed and manufactured by one of the industry leading premium grill and outdoor kitchen equipment experts – Twin Eagles, Inc. DELTA Heat grills are known for creative design, innovative engineering, precision manufacturing, and impeccable quality. These grills are ideal for outdoor kitchens. Renowned for built-in outdoor grills, DELTA Heat standard grill features include direct heat and ceramic radiant grilling system, 18-gauge stainless steel u-burners, interior halogen lights, mirror polished accents, double lined hood, temperature gauge, 9V electronic ignition and warming/cooking rack. Special features available, include optional sear zone kit and rotisserie (standard on 38” grills).

But don’t take our word for it, About.com recently ranked DELTA Heat #1 among the “Top 10 Gas Grills between $2,000 – $4,000”. Here is what About.com had to say:

“The specifications on this gas grill are fantastic. The heat output is high and even, making for fantastic grilling. The full rotisserie system is versatile, powerful, and very functional. However, it is the construction that gets all the attention here. The amazing design of this gas grill is executed with the highest level of quality control. It is for this reason that manufacturing of this product line was moved from China, back to the United States. Now it can be watched, and made to the most exact of specifications.” Read the full DELTA Heat review online

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DELTA Heat also specializes in outdoor accessories for the outdoor kitchen. From single- and double-side burners to trash, coolers, outdoor refrigerators and sinks, DELTA Heat produces premium products designed with utility and longevity in mind.

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In addition, DELTA Heat produces freestanding premium grill bases (sizes 26”, 32” & 38”) that feature four heavy duty casters, two stationary side shelves, and two with front access doors.

From design prototyping to testing to final productioDHBQ38R-B_DHGB38-B_Front-Closedn, Twin Eagles produces premium gas grills and outdoor kitchen accessories at their state-of-the-art company owned facility in Cerritos, California. The Twin Eagles family consists of passionate, highly trained designers, engineers and skilled craftsmen, producing the highest quality products.

A DELTA Heat premier grills bring a touch of style and functionality to any outdoor kitchen, patio or deck.

Call us at 850-269-4666 to find out more about DELTA Heat or any of our premium grills and outdoor kitchen products.

Happy Grilling!

 

 

National BBQ Month Quiz – What kind of barbecuer are you?

May is National Barbecue Month. At Bay Breeze Patio, take pride in the delicious results that can be achieved when cooking on high performance grills. As a member of the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HPBA), we wanted to share this year’s program to help grillers uncover their BBQ identity.

Do Fire Magic Grills complement your BBQ identity?

Do Fire Magic Grills complement your BBQ identity?

Before you buy your next grill, find out what “What Kind of Barbecuer Are You?” with an online quiz that matches you to your barbecue personality. After answering questions about your barbecue habits, such as:

“What do you look for in a barbecue?”

“What do you consider barbecuing success?”

“How adventurous do you like to get with your barbecue menu?”

Your true barbecue identity will be revealed.

Are you a Master Barbecuer? Or a Barbecue Tenderfoot? Whatever your proficiency, the quiz is designed to help you take your barbecuing expertise to the next level by providing recommendations on barbecue tools, products, technologies, accessories and techniques to help you reach your full barbecuing potential.

Those who take the quiz and share their personalities on Facebook and Twitter have an opportunity to win barbecue-related prizes throughout the month including accessories, sauces, cookbooks and more!

This summer, look beyond what’s already in your backyard. Answer 8 simple questions and find out what kind of barbecuer you are and take your BBQ game to next level. Take the quiz now by clicking on the link below:

http://www.hpba.org/national-barbecue-month/

Happy Grilling!

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Outdoor Living

Mom deserves the best, but it’s often hard to decide on a gift that adequately represents your love and appreciation. In an effort to make Moms in and around Destin, FL very happy, we’ve compiled our top Mother’s Day gift ideas that will make their lives more beautiful, comfortable and enjoyable.

Here’s our top Mother’s Day gift ideas:

Outdoor pillows and rugs – From Elaine Smith to Lane Venture to Lloyd Flanders to Transocean, luxury outdoor pillows are attractive, durable and will make Mom happy by making her outdoor furniture more stylish and comfortable.

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Forever Candles – Life should be beautiful and bathed in candlelight. One of our most popular gift items is the Forever Oil Candle. Available in coastal and traditional designs, these specialty candles make a great gift for the person who has everything. Simply add oil and these candles can last forever.

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Silk Plants – Does your Mom lack a green thumb? If so, consider the gift of silks. From table plants to decorative trees, beautiful silk plants, flowers and trees provide Mom a gift that is green year round and does not require any addition work.

Fountains – Gift the gift of relaxation with a bubbling outdoor fountain that will add beauty and tranquility to Mom’s backyard, porch or patio.

Framed pictures and artwork – From weather resistant outdoor artwork to handcrafted Bovano metal sculptures and wall art, luxury patio décor is beautiful inside or outside the home and makes a wonderful gift.

Accessories for Entertaining – Stylish outdoor plates, serving dishes, glasses, wine accessories, and humorous napkins are just the beginning of the fun in-stock gifts that are sure to make Mom smile.

Outdoor Furniture – What does Mom want? Is it Adirondack chairs for the front porch or around the fire pit? Is it the comfy Lloyd Flanders chaise lounge that she’s been eyeing? Or an upholstered outdoor sectional by Lane Venture? Whatever her dream, Mom is worth splurging (or teaming up with siblings to splurge) and making her dreams reality.

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With such a large selection of great gifts, the hardest part is deciding which one Mom will like best. Call (850-269-4666) or stop by for suggestions to show Mom the love.

Congrats to Melissa Everatt, the 2015 Burger Throwdown Winner

The weather was spectacular as we kicked off the 3rd Annual Bay Breeze Patio Burger Throwdown, March 28. While there were a couple of returning competitors, there were lots of new faces showcasing their culinary prowess for a chance to earn the coveted title of “Best Burger on the Coast.” In addition, we added an element this year. Each contestant was required to incorporate a Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rub in their burger creation. The results were impressive!

Left to right: Matt Alagrin, Brenda Shoffner, Lauren Delgado, Jim Bagby, Dom Damiano

The distinguished panel of judges, included local media, chefs and VIPs:
Brenda Shoffner & Lauren Delagdo, Food Section editors for the Northwest Florida Daily News (Read about Brenda’s experience in her NWFDN column)
Matt Algarin, editor of the Destin Log/burger & beer aficionado
Jim Bagby, executive director of the South Walton Tourist Development Council & taste tester for Perfect In South Walton Awards
Chef Dom Damiano, founder of Fat Clemenza’s

Melissa Everatt wins the 2015 Bay Breeze Patio Burger Throwdown

We’re excited to announce that Melissa Everatt of Tri-State Distributors was our BIG winner for 2015. Melissa knocked it out of the park in all categories–flavor, creativity and appearance/presentation. Her entry was the Fleur de Lis Burger and she went all out with her New Orleans theme. From the Fleur de Lis on her apron to the Mardi Gras beads and purple and green lettuce used to cradle the burger to accompanying Abita Beer, Melissa’s theme and presentation was exceptional. But since flavor was 50% of the score, Melissa had to prove her culinary skills. She started with a ground pork/sirloin patty, which was wrapped around sausage, seasoned with the Easy Breezy Cajun Wayne’s Get Grillin’ Rub and grilled to perfection. Then it was topped with provolone cheese and muffuletta-relish and Creole mustard. Judge Brenda Shoffner even declared “it tasted like New Orleans on a bun”. The scores from the five judges proved Melissa was the clear winner.

Here’s overview of the delicious creations created by each team:
Team 1: Doug Mordecai, Big Green Egg – Cheese Stuffed Burger

Team 2: Jim Ed, Broilmaster – Blue Burger

Team 3: Scott, Broilmaster – Spicy Mushroom Burger

Team 4: Lyden Lewis, FireMagic – Flyin’ Hawaiian

Team 5: Marcela, Memphis Wood Fire Grill, Surf & Turf

Team 6: Jamie Grieve, Fat Clemenza’s -FireMagic Echelon – Lamb Burger

Team 7: Aurora & Aaron of Rollin’ Smoke on Big Green Egg

Team 8: Melissa Everatt of Tri-State Distributors on FireMagic – Fleur de Lis Burger

Melissa’s winning Fleur de Lis Burger

Team 9: Bob Kirk, Big Green Egg – Ultimate Backyard Burger

We invite you to join us next year. In the meantime, save the date for the 2nd Annual Big Green EggFest “Eggs on the Beach” Sept. 26, 2015 at Seascape Resort. Join the fun as a cook team, sponsor or taster!

Save 20% on Lloyd Flanders Outdoor Furniture thru May 1

Lloyd Flanders has been synonymous with premium outdoor furniture for more than 100 years. Specializing in fine woven furniture, Lloyd Flanders has a reputation for quality and durability.

As the Lloyd Flanders authorized dealer in Destin, Florida, Bay Breeze Patio is participating in the Lloyd Flanders Sales Event, which includes 20 percent off all Lloyd Flanders outdoor furniture collections through May 1, 2015. As an added bonus, Bay Breeze Patio is offering an additional 20% off featured Lloyd Flanders collections.

Lloyd Flanders features 25 collections within three categories: Woven Vinyl, Lloyd Loom and Antiqued Teak.

Lloyd Flanders Mesa Collection

The Woven Vinyl Collections are available in a variety of distinctive colors, textures and styles. Lloyd Flanders handcrafted woven vinyl is manufactured from 100% virgin vinyl and features UV inhibitors to prevent excessive fading. Collections, including Flair, Mesa and Tobago, beautifully showcase the offerings of the Woven Vinyl Collections.

Lloyd Flanders Tobago Collection

The Lloyd Loom Collections use Lloyd Flander’s patented weaving process. Each handcrafted piece of Lloyd Loom® furniture is both versatile and durable with upscale design and stylish comfort, making it one of the most popular all-weather outdoor wicker furniture brands available today. The Hamptons, Mandalay and Reflections Collections demonstrate the beauty and durability of the Lloyd Loom Collections.

Lloyd Flanders Reflections Collection

Bay Breeze Patio is hosting its annual Anniversary Event, March 27-28, which will feature outdoor living experts with Lloyd Flanders as well as Tropitone, Lane Venture, Windham & Skyline, Tommy Bahama, Breezesta, Sunbrella and Poly-wood, and special savings will be offered on all featured collections.

For those looking to upgrade their grill or add an outdoor kitchen, the anniversary event will feature representatives from premium grill manufacturers, including Big Green Egg, Twin Eagles, Delta Heat, Fire Magic, Echelon, AOG, and Broilmaster, offering savings of up to 20 percent. Gas log sets by Superior, Real Fyre and Empire will also be discounted up to 20 percent. Or simply explore the truckload sale of florals, trees and artwork to get your patio ready for spring.

The anniversary event will take place rain or shine at Bay Breeze Patio in Miramar Beach from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri. and Sat., March 27-28. Bay Breeze Patio is located at 32 Forest Shore Drive in Miramar Beach, one mile west of Silver Sands Premium Outlets.

We invite you to join us and celebrate the finest in outdoor living!

Brown Jordan Sales Event 10% Off Through March 31st

Brown Jordan is known for producing stylish, award-winning designed outdoor furniture. Brown Jordan’s reputation is built on 70 years as an industry leader in innovation and design. The Brown Jordan portfolio features over 30 collections that range in style and materials. Distinctive silhouettes are hand and machine crafted into high quality furnishings that enhance traditional, transitional and contemporary environments.

During the month of March, Brown Jordan is holding a spring sales event, which includes 10% off already reduced prices on all outdoor furniture collections now through March 31, 2015.

Some of Brown Jordan’s new collections, include Escape, Connexion, Il Viale and Fremont. Here’s a glimpse of the new lines:

Brown Jordan Escape

Escape – A handsome woven collection of lounge and dining furniture. The collection includes versatile modular deep seating, a bar height chairs plus stackable arm chairs and chaises.

Connexion – Cleverly designed for comfort and versatility, Connexion allows the effortless composition and functionality to merge. Connexion’s elegant powder-coated aluminum frame is tautly upholstered with Versatex mesh, and fitted with cushions and pillows in Suncloth fabrics that allow for a myriad of captivating color and pattern combinations

Brown Jordan Connexion

Il Viale – A contemporary modular lounge collection, Il Viale draws inspiration from the vibrant culture of modern Italy distilled through an American sensibility. This deep seating collection features a weather-resistant Resinweave seating with a powder coated aluminum frame and plush Suncloth cushions.

Brown Jordan Il Viale

Fremont – Freemont woven offers a fresh interpretation of the popular Fremont collection crafted using weather-resistant Resinweave fibers in a distinctive weave that lends the warmth and depth of rich texture to this classic European-inspired design.

Stop by Bay Breeze Patio this month and take advantage of these great savings! Or plan to join us for our Annual Anniversary Event, March 27-28 for incredible savings throughout the store.

Annual Bay Breeze Patio Anniversary Event, March 27-28

We’re gearing up for the Bay Breeze Patio Annual Anniversary Celebration, March 27-28, 2015. We’ll be kicking off our 11th year serving the Emerald Coast with the best products for outdoor living. Our anniversary is the perfect time to thank our customers and the community for their support and patronage over the years.

We’ve got an incredible weekend planned, including grilling demonstrations and tastings, outdoor fireplace and log demonstrations, outdoor living and design experts, anniversary sales and more.

The festivities begin at 10 a.m. on Friday with representatives from the premier outdoor furniture brands, premium grill lines, hearth products, and decorative accessories, providing demonstrations and answering questions. Outdoor living experts from Tropitone, Lane Venture, Lloyd Flanders, Windham & Skyline, Tommy Bahama, and POLY-WOOD, among others will be on hand to answer questions and provide expert advice and recommendations.

Tropitone Furniture


The celebration resumes on Saturday at 10 a.m. with demos and sales events throughout the day. At 2 p.m., Bay Breeze Patio will host the Third Annual Burger Throwdown. Local Grill Masters as well as representatives from some of the leading grill manufacturers, including Big Green Egg, AOG & FireMagic, Broilmaster, Twin Eagle Grills, Delta Heat Grills, Wilmington Grills, and Memphis Wood Fire Grills, will be competing for the title of “Best Burger on the Emerald Coast.” (Last year, Jody and Kit’s creative combination on the Wilmington Grill was our big winner, earning the title of Best Burger on the Emerald Coast 2014.) Judging will be conducted by local chefs and foodies, including Dom Daminao of Fat Clemenza’s. Come out and cheer on the teams and sample some of the delicious results of these premium grills.

Throughout the weekend, we’ll feature special savings on outdoor furniture, premium grills as well as electric heaters, firepits, fireplaces and gas log systems by Real Fyre, Superior Fireplaces and Empire Comfort Systems. Silk florals, artificial trees and artwork will also be on sale.

We pride ourselves on carrying only the highest quality outdoor furniture that can withstand the Gulf Coast’s harsh conditions. We offer the largest selection of in-stock patio furniture in the region, including 10 collections of outdoor wicker furniture, from small scale pieces to large cushy sectionals.

The anniversary event takes place rain or shine at Bay Breeze Patio in Miramar Beach, one mile west of Silver Sands Premium Outlets. Event hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. and Sat.

Stop by and see us for this once a year special event, celebrating outdoor living at its finest!

Winston Outdoor Furniture Sale Continues through March 31st

Spring is almost here and it’s a great time to start thinking about improvements to your outdoor space. If you’re ready to upgrade or furnish your patio, deck or porch with new outdoor furniture, now is a great time. Winston Outdoor Furniture recently launched a factory authorized sale featuring up to 45% off its patio furniture collections.

Winston's Belvedere Sling


Winston manufactures a wide variety of Aluminum Sling, Cast and Extruded collections in fashion forward fabrics. As the local authorized dealer, Bay Breeze Patio is offering 45% off in-stock and custom Winston outdoor furniture collections.

Winston's Savoy Cushion Collection


Winston is a great choice for harsh weather conditions like those found in Destin, Fla. as well as the beach communities along Hwy 30A, including Rosemary Beach, WaterSound, WaterColor and Seaside, Florida.

Winston's Palazzo Sling Collection


Winston has been an industry leader and innovator for 40 years. Standing behind its products, Winston offers a manufacturer warranty, which includes a 15 year warranty on frames, 5 year warranty on paint finishes and vinyl straps and 2 year warranty on fabric.

Call (850-269-4666) or stop by our store in Miramar Beach to explore Winston’s diverse selection of stylish, weather resistant outdoor furniture.

2015 Outdoor Living Trends & Color of the Year

Happy New Year! One of the joys of the New Year is dreaming about what we want to accomplish in the year ahead. Many of our clients are considering enhancements to their deck, patio or outdoor living space. If you’re seeking ideas, here are some of the 2015 trends in outdoor living:

2015 Color of the Year - Marsala


1. Earth Tones Are Cool– The 2015 Color of the Year is Marsala, which pairs beautifully with other natural and earthen colors and brings warmth to a room. Pantone notes that Marsala enriches the mind, body and soul, and what better place to incorporate natural colors than the great outdoors. The best part is that Sunbrella weather resistant fabrics are available in colors that incorporate and complement the Marsala hue.

Sunbrella fabrics that reflect & complement the 2015 color of the year

2. Just Add Water – Each year, we see this trend emerge in a new form. Water features are more popular than ever. The soothing sound of water from fountains, waterfalls and bubbling brooks, creates a wonderfully serene outdoor space and reduces background noise.

Lane Venture Upholstered Outdoor Furniture

3. Outdoor Furniture That Looks Like Indoor Furniture –Upholstered outdoor furniture is one of the fast growing trends in outdoor patio furniture. Furniture brands including Lane Venture and Lloyd Flanders have introduced collections that blend outdoor living with indoor designs. By using fade resistant, weather resistant fabrics that are durable and washable, outdoor rooms are as comfortable and stylish as your living room.

Brown Jordan Outdoor Kitchen

4. Outdoor Kitchens Cook- Outdoor kitchens continue as a popular trend throughout the nation. These cooking areas feature all the accessories and niceties of indoor kitchens so you never have to go inside. Refrigerators, grills, smokers, stoves, warming drawers, beer taps, and of course, the kitchen sink ensure outdoor enthusiasts have everything they need to prepare the meal and more. Add a cozy fireplace or fire pit, as well as premium outdoor furniture and create an entire outdoor room.

5. Planting for Privacy – The outside world is hectic so creating a serene and private outdoor space is a growing trend. More and more families are using a living boarder to create privacy and buffer noise. Start with a simple collection of container plants on the deck and build to a solid hedge around the perimeter of your yard.

6. Lighting – Customized outdoor lighting can highlight your garden, pool, walkways, outdoor basketball court, entry way and more. The right lighting not only keeps you safe from tripping on your garden path, it adds a warm, welcoming ambiance and a touch of class.

Are you ready to make your outdoor living dreams come true? Visit us online at www.BayBreezePatio.com or call an expert member of our team at 850-269-4666.

Holiday Gifts – 15% Off In-Stock Decorative Accessories

‘Tis the season to hunt for the perfect gift while in Destin, Florida. Whether your friends and family enjoy outdoor living seasonally or year round, Bay Breeze Patio stocks outdoor décor and patio accessories to make outdoor rooms beautiful as well as functional. Now through Dec. 24, 2014, we’re offering 15% off all in-stock decorative accessories.

Here’s some gift giving ideas:

Forever Candles – One of our most popular items are Forever Oil Candles. Featured in coastal and traditional designs, these specialty candles make a great gift for the person who has everything. Simply add oil and these candles can last forever.

Silk Plants – Is your friend or loved one lacking a green thumb? Consider the gift of silks. From table plants to decorative trees, we carry a diverse selection of silks, making it is easy to give a gift that is green and in bloom year round.

Framed pictures and artwork – From weather resistant outdoor artwork to handcrafted Bovano metal sculptures, luxury patio décor is beautiful inside or outside the home.

Accessories for Entertaining – Stylish outdoor plates, serving dishes, glasses, wine accessories, and humorous napkins are just the beginning of the fun in-stock gifts that are sure to make the party planner on your list smile.

Outdoor pillows and rugs – From Elaine Smith designer pillows to Tommy Bahama branded pillows, Bay Breeze Patio stocks several collections of luxury outdoor pillows, ideal for gift giving and stylish comfort.

Pottery and fountains – Come explore our “pot lot” featuring a wide selection of pots and planters in an array of sizes and colors to match any décor. Or consider the gift of relaxation… a bubbling fountain adds beauty and serenity to any outdoor space.

With such a large selection of great gifts, the hardest part is deciding which one they’ll like best!

Bay Breeze Patio Voted “Best of the Emerald Coast” 2014

We are honored to be voted the “best outdoor furniture retailer” on the Emerald Coast for the third year in a row! We’ll be joining all the “Best of the Emerald Coast” winners at Emerald Coast Magazine’s “Best of the Emerald Coast” event, Oct. 25, 2014 at Grand Boulevard at Sandestin from 6-9 p.m. Make plans to attend, and be sure to stop by the Bay Breeze Patio booth to enter to win a large Demo Big Green Egg and nest ($1,100 retail value).

This year, we celebrated our tenth year in business and it has been fun working with residents, visitors, interior designers, resorts, restaurants and homeowner associations to create the most comfortable, long-lasting outdoor spaces. We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us and are grateful for the many friends and clients who have supported us over the years.

All proceeds from the “Best of the Emerald Coast” event benefit the Junior League of the Emerald Coast and the great work they do in our community. Click here to learn more and purchase your tickets in advance.