Local Chef Serves up Cuisine at BamJam

Local chef Shawn Barrera served up mouth-watering creations this weekend for celebrities such as ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd June 5-7, 2008 at the BamaJam Music & Arts Festival. Barrera, known locally in northwest Florida for his excellent skills as chef and food and beverage specialist at The Resort Collection, makes his debut at BamaJam this year preparing a variety of tasty foods for the musicians backstage in the VIP tents at the popular music festival. As a resort that strives for quality, we are thrilled that this off-site catering event will begin to spread the news that our resorts offer this service,” said Paul Wohlford, V.P. Sales and Marketing for The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach.

With 18 years of food and beverage experience at distinguished resorts, Barrera is creating culinary delights backstage for ZZ Top, Hank Williams, Jr., and Trace Adkins to name a few. Barerra currently manages and organizes all food and beverage functions at The Resort Collection restaurants including Oceans Bar & Grill at Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort, the H2O Bar and Grill at Majestic Beach Resort, two markets, several pool bars, a Pizza Hut and 90,000 square feet of banquet space within the resorts. Barerra earned his culinary degree from the prestigious Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and worked at several nationally reputed restaurants like Patina and Daighilev and the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles before coming to the Resort Collection eight years ago.

“It is exciting to be requested to cater a VIP event of this magnitude and cooking for ZZ Top and Hank Williams, Jr., is a career highlight in which I am thrilled to part”, said Executive Chef Shawn Barrera.

BamaJam is an annual weekend music festival held on 600 acres of land off of Hwy 167 north of Enterprise, AL. The festival features a line up of southern rock bands and famous musicians including, Hank Williams, Jr., Trace Adkins, Tracy Lawrence, Ricky Skaggs, Heartland and others. The three-day event focuses on celebrating music, food and art. Artisans and vendors showcase their talents and wares in the Bama market while musicians keep music flowing in the music lounge. Visitors in the media lounge can find the latest in music, film and technology. A portion of the proceeds from BamaJam will be donated to The Harlon Gilley Small Man Foundation, Inc. and The Jimmy Bowden Foundation, Inc. to provide financial support to help serve the needs of the people of Coffee County and the surrounding area. For more information about BamaJam, or to see a complete line-up of performers, visit online at http://www.bamajammusicfestival.com.

About The Resort Collection
Located on the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches” of Panama City Beach, The Resort Collection entices sun worshippers to relive America’s favorite beach destination including the family-friendly Edgewater Beach and Golf Resort, intimate Majestic Beach Towers and the new “luxuriously sensible” Emerald Beach Resort & Spa. The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach boasts 1,300 full service suites and villas, more than 92,300 square feet of meeting space and 27 holes of Championship Golf at Hombre Golf Club on Florida’s upper Gulf Coast.

Meetings & Conventions (M&C) magazine recently announced its 2008 Gold Tee competition winners, and the Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort was chosen as one of the best hotels for playing golf and holding meetings. The Edgewater Beach & Golf Resort is now a 5 time winner of this prestigious award. This highly respected award is given annually to outstanding golf/meeting properties worldwide. Winners of the Gold Tee Award were nominated and selected by the readers of M&C based on each property’s overall excellence. For more information on The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach, call (866) 203-1164 or visit http://www.resortspcbeach.com.

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