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SOUTH WALTON, Fla. (February 21, 2017) – Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the largest full-service beachfront resort hotel on Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast, has appointed Laurie Graupner as the new executive chef of Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, the resort’s AAA Four-Diamond restaurant. Chef Graupner joined the Seagar’s team five years ago as a part-time prep cook who quickly learned and moved up as a line cook then earned title of Sous Chef under the leadership of Chef Dan Vargo, the previous executive chef of Seagar’s and newly appointed executive chef of Hilton Sandestin Beach.
“Working closely with Chef Vargo for many years, Chef Graupner shares his passion for locally sourced ingredients and partnering with local purveyors,” said Gary Brielmayer, general manager of Hilton Sandestin Beach. “Building on her experience with Chef Vargo, she will continue to enhance Seagar’s fine-dining experience and bring new and innovative ideas to our thriving culinary team.”
With 14 years of experience in the culinary arts, Chef Graupner has held a wide array of positions in the industry, training and studying alongside a diverse group of chefs. Originally from Menasha, Wisconsin, Chef Graupner moved to Florida to broaden her culinary skills, relishing the opportunity to experiment with the state’s abundant and accessible fresh, local produce and seafood.
“Moving to Florida opened a whole new world of culinary possibilities for me,” said Graupner. “I really enjoy using all of the fresh products available on the Gulf Coast and I’m excited to continue Chef Vargo’s legacy here at Seagar’s.”
Northwest Florida’s longest-standing AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, has been extolled by critics as a premium dining destination. Seagar’s blends its commitment to excellence with attentive service and exceptional menu offerings for an unforgettable dining experience. Seagar’s has long been acclaimed for its 600-label wine list, dramatic tableside food preparation and nightly live entertainment. Seagar’s interior color palette takes inspiration from the restaurant’s beachside location, featuring soft blues, greens, platinum and sandy hues, set in striking contrast to traditional Brazilian cherry and mahogany accents.
For more information about Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, visit HiltonSandestinBeach.com or call 850-267-9500.
About Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood
Northwest Florida’s longest standing AAA Four-Diamond Restaurant, Seagar’s Prime Steaks & Seafood, has been extolled by critics as one of the finest dining destinations in the region. Located in the beachfront Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, Seagar’s blends its commitment to excellence with attentive service and exceptional menu offerings for an unforgettable dining experience. Since the doors first opened in 1998, Seagar’s has made service its number one priority. Best known for its exceptional cuts of meat, Seagar’s proudly boasts 100 percent of its beef and lamb is graded prime, the highest designation of the eight grades given to beef and other meats by the U.S. government. To complete any meal, whether it is steak or seafood, the knowledgeable staff at Seagar’s can also recommend a wine from the restaurant’s more than 600-label collection to best accentuate the selected dish, causing a sensory experience like no other. For more information, or to make a reservation, call 850-622-1500, or visit Seagars.com.
About Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, managed by Sandcastle Resorts & Hotels, is located on the sugar-white sands and emerald-green waters of Northwest Florida’s Gulf Coast near Destin in South Walton, Fla. Northwest Florida’s largest full-service beachfront resort hotel boasts 602 spacious accommodations, more than 40,000 square feet of award-winning meeting space, a world-class spa and state-of-the-art fitness center, six on-site dining venues – including the Emerald Coast’s only AAA Four-Diamond steakhouse – abundant resort recreation options, access to championship golf courses, and close proximity to the area’s best attractions. A place where moments become memories that last a lifetime, there is only one Hilton Sandestin Beach. For more information on the premier hotel, visit HiltonSandestinBeach.com, or stay up-to-date with its latest news and promotions on its Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.