Seaside School Fundraiser March 3‑5 – Special Appearance by Chef Emeril Lagasse

Get ready, set and race to help support the Seaside School. The three‑day race weekend includes Taste of the Race pre‑party, the Seaside School Race Expo, and the 15th Annual Seaside School Half Marathon & 5K Run.


Taste of the Race is presented by Chef Emeril Lagasse and Visit South Walton Friday, March 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Seaside’s Lyceum Hall. Participants can pick up packets enjoy cuisine from some of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs, fine wines, craft beer and spirits, listen to live music and get a sneak peak at the silent auction.


All VIP guests will have a special opportunity to take a photo with Lagasse and will also receive a special gift from the celebrity chef. Additionally, VIP guests will be provided entrance into the general admission event. Race registration packet pickup will be available.


Attendees to the general admission event will join Chef Lagasse in person and enjoy cuisine from two of Emeril’s famous restaurants along with some of the Gulf Coast’s top chefs and restaurants including Great Southern Cafe, the Bay, Stinky’s Fish Camp, and Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant.


Enjoy complimentary fine wine from Wine World, craft spirits from Buffalo Trace, and craft beer from Grayton Beer Company while listening to live music.


The festivities continue Saturday, March 4, with the Seaside School Race Expo from noon to 6 p.m. on the Seaside Lyceum lawn, where guests can pick up race registrations, browse vendor expos and bid in the silent auction.


The Seaside School Half Marathon race, presented by Vera Bradley, begins at the Seaside Post Office Sunday, March 5, at 7 a.m. The 5K Run begins at 7:25. Silent auction bidding will remain open up until 11:30 a.m. All finishers receive a designer Vera Bradley tote. Half marathoners receive a custom finisher’s medallion, and both races provide a moisture‑wicking race shirt and coveted goody bag.


Runners Awards will enjoy a post‑race lunch catered by Bud & Alley’s Pizza Bar, 45 Central Wine Bar and Grayton Beer Company with live music by the Forrest Williams Band in the Seaside Amphitheater beginning at 8:30 a.m.


“This is such a fun weekend for such a deserving cause,” says Alicia Butler, director of Seaside School Foundation, which produces the race. “Whether you are one of our veteran racers or are a new participant, we have lots of family friendly festive fun in store for everyone. There is no doubt that our 15th year is going to be the best yet.”


Tickets to Taste of the Race are $300 for VIP admission, which opens at 6 p.m. and $99 for general admission from 7 to 9 p.m. Race registration is $125 for the Half Marathon and $95 for the 5K. Additional online registration fees may apply. Space is limited—advance registration for both races is required.


Registration for the Half Marathon or 5K race does not include entry into the Taste of the Race with Chef Emeril Lagasse, nor does registration for the Taste of the Race include entry into the Half Marathon or 5K race.


The race is produced by Seaside School Foundation. Proceeds from the weekend’s festivities benefit Seaside School, Inc., a small tuition‑free neighborhood public charter school serving students in South Walton, as well as all of Walton County The Seaside School is one charter school serving students on two campuses—Seaside Neighborhood School (grades 5‑8) and Seacoast Collegiate High School (grades 9‑12).


For tickets to Taste of the Race or to register for the Seaside School Half Marathon and 5K Run, visit For more information on Seaside School, visit

‑ Zandra Wolfgram
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