11th Annual Chi Chi Miguel Weekend

21 Plus Salute! Adults-only fun presented by the Emeril Lagasse Foundation.

What has become one of the biggest exclusively 21+ wine and barbeque bashes along Florida’s Emerald Coast all started with a small backyard grilling competition.

For the 11th year, Emeril Lagasse Foundation’s Chi Chi Miguel Weekend returns March 30-April 1, 2017.

Founded in 2006 by co-chairs Valerie and Mike “Chi Chi Miguel” Thompson as a small backyard gathering, the Throwdown Benefit Auction & BBQ is now joined by partner events for a full three days of barbeque, golf, shopping, wine and revelry in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Partner events–the Wine Walkabout, Sip N Shop and Golf Tournament–kick-off the festivities on Thursday, March 30 and Friday, March 31. Then on Saturday, April 1, the signature Throwdown Benefit Auction & BBQ returns at 4 p.m. at Churchill Oaks Clubhouse. The star-studded outdoor barbeque competition will feature world-class vintners, pitmasters and celebrity chefs including Chefs Emeril Lagasse and Chris Wilson, musical entertainment by Silverado Pickups and live and silent auctions.

Six teams will take part in the spirited competition, preparing and serving ribs and other dishes to guests. Twelve of Napa Valley and Sonoma’s best winemakers will also serve a variety of select wines by the glass. Local and celebrity judges will vote and select the winning team of the barbeque competition.

A live auction will follow the competition awards, featuring lots including wine-focused trips, a weekend package to see the band Journey, a football weekend with the New Orleans Saints and exclusive wines from participating vintners.

Odds of Encountering Children: Zero. The event is exclusively for adults age 21 and older.

More Information…

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.


The Emeril Lagasse Foundation is a charity headquartered in New Orleans. It also hosts the Boudin, Bourbon & Beer and wine auction and gala, as well as Carnivale du Vin, which will take place in New Orleans on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4, 2017. To learn more visit Emeril.org

– Text & images courtesy Zehnder

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