GULF SHORES, Alabama – 500 people lined an enormous table in front of the beach pavilion at the Gulf State Park. This invite-only dinner marking the approaching anniversary of the April 20, 2010, Gulf Coast Oil Spill and was a celebration of recovery.
“Supper on the Sand: A Celebration of the Gulf” featured a menu inspired by the farm-to-table concept showcasing Gulf Seafood and local produce. Guy Fieri, host of NBC’s “Minute to Win It” and Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins & Dives” as well as “Guy’s Big Bite”, served as the event’s special guest host. Alabama Governor Robert Bentley, Congressman Jo Bonner and several other elected officials attended the event in support of the Gulf’s comeback.
In the sand, just south of the Gulf State Park Pavilion, a 175-yard-long, white-clothed table stood parallel to the water. The menu included gumbo, oysters, royal red shrimp and crab claws — seafood straight from the Gulf of Mexico. (Click here for the menu)
“The way you do it down here in the South, you take a difficult situation, work together, work really hard and then throw a party,” Fieri said. “That’s my style.”
Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said the event provided an opportunity to “demonstrate to the world that we have recovered, and we’re ready for a summer season.”
Lucy Buffett, owner of Lulu’s at Homeport Marina, called the dinner a “celebration about our recovery. And more than anything, it is about a community of people that come together.”
Everyone around the table had the same message: Welcome back to the Gulf.
“This white sand is as pretty as it’s ever been, these beautiful blue turquoise waters are ready for your feet and we want you to come back to the place you’ve always loved,” said Congressman Bonner.