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Inaugural Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball at LuLu’s Destin Feb. 25

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LuLu’s Destin hosts their inaugural Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball, presented by Krewe De Lu Roux, Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m.


Feast on a delicious buffet dinner with a freshly prepared menu unique to the evening, featuring an open bar with select wine, beer and liquor at this all‑inclusive event.


Dress is island elegance. Guests will enjoy a festive evening with live entertainment from Hotwire. The Mobile, Alabama band is known for bringing down the house with their dance‑funk‑Motown setlist.


Join the welcoming and official coronation of the ball’s first Mardi Gras King and Queen. The King is Cory Fosdyck, a senior vice‑president at Merrill Lynch in Destin well known for his community involvement. Fosdyck was the chairman of the Destin Charity Wine Auction Foundation (DCWAF) in 2014‑15. He has served as chairman of the Walton County Chamber, and is on the board of the Destin Chamber. He co‑founded Young Professionals at the Beach, now called YP.


The Queen is food critic, artist, travel writer, speaker and blogger Susan Benton. A world traveler and food industry veteran, Benton founded and is a contributing writer to many publications. She has judged numerous food competitions and is a member of many food‑related professional associations.


“LuLu’s is celebrating Mardi Gras the only way we know how…a real party!” says restaurateur and author Lucy Buffett. “We’ve been hosting a Birds of Paradise Mardi Gras Ball at our Gulf Shores restaurant for the past five years, and it has grown into a highly anticipated, must‑go‑to event. We want the Destin ball to be a night to remember.”


LuLu’s will be closed to the public that night. This event is for ages 21 and up. Tickets are limited, and the all‑inclusive cost is $65 per person. Order online at, call 850‑710‑5858, or stop by the restaurant.

‑ Kay Phelan
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