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Private Culinary Experiences in Walton County

A visit to Walton County means something different to every guest, and part of what makes this such a special place is all the tasty cuisine. From 30A to north of the Bay, these communities are filled with incredible restaurants. However, there are also plenty of personal chefs who specialize in serving up gourmet dishes and a truly personalized culinary experience.

A family reunion may call for a custom-made feast. You might be celebrating a milestone event. Or maybe you just want to make a romantic evening a little more special. You can mark any occasion, big or small, by savoring a world-class meal in the comfort of your own home or rental property. Hiring a personal chef is a great way to make a statement and leave a lasting impression. 

So, where to begin? To help you get organized, we’ve highlighted a few of the many local providers:

Chef Dan Vargo of Fine Coastal Cuisine will prepare each dish to suit your specific preferences and dietary needs. With over 25 years of experience, he has gained insight by working in 5-Diamond and 4- and 5-Star restaurants and resorts in Florida, Maryland and Ireland. His signature "relaxed fine-dining" style promotes the concept of making refined cuisine accessible outside of luxury properties.

Chef Vargo has several menus to choose from, or you can opt to create more of a customized meal. Before he arrives, he talks through your vision for the event, adding in suggestions of ways to personalize the experience. And when he’s done, he’ll even clean up and store your tasty leftovers!

Chef Dan Vargo of Fine Coastal Cuisine Preparing Dinner

Dinner Prep with Fine Coastal Cuisine

Focusing on fresh coastal seafood and familiar Southern flavors, Chef Nathan Davis of Polished Chef creates everything from beautiful brunches to multicourse plated dinners for groups of all sizes. He also offers wine pairings to further elevate your dining experience.

One notable specialty is his amazing seafood tower. For this masterpiece, Chef Davis directly sources the freshest seafood from the 30A area and around the country. This includes delicacies ranging from live Maine lobsters and Osetra caviar to mussels Escabeche and Alaskan red king crab legs. The chef’s long-established relationships with oyster farmers enable him to have shipments sent in overnight from both the east and west coasts.

Chef Nathan Davis of Polished Chef

Seafood Tower from Polished Chef

From corporate events to bridal and bachelorette parties, the super-talented team at Marrow Private Chefs creates a distinct presentation to suit the mood of each specific occasion.

Chefs Richard McCord, Ryan McNay and Chris Mongogna combine their respective talents through creative collaboration and an exchange of ideas. Their distinct backgrounds inform the wide variety of specialties – from expertise in pit BBQ and fresh seafood to Cajun and Creole. Whether you need event catering, a family-style shared dinner or a tapas party, they’ll surprise you with a twist on each dish. They can even prepare any seafood that you’ve caught during your adventures in the Gulf!

Marrow Private Chefs

Dinner Prep with Marrow Private Chefs

So, consider turning your beach home into a festive bistro for the day. Take all the work out of the process by letting any of the area’s talented personal chefs come in and handle everything for you. Your time here in Walton County should be all about unique experiences with your closest friends and family. The delicious dishes, artful presentation and refined service will all combine to create a memory that will last a lifetime.

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