• Emerald Coast Theatre Company Volunteers Cook Up Theater-Themed Cook Book as a Creative Fundraiser

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    March 01, 2021
    What’s cooking at Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC)? 
    “Recipes in the Limelight: An Emerald Coast Theatre Company Production.”
    ECTC veteran board member Sherry Londe of Miramar Beach and ECTC volunteer Karlene Gentile of Mary Esther collaborated on the development and publication of “Recipes in the Limelight,” a tasty new first-time creative cookbook.
    “When the pandemic shut everything down in March 2020, Sherry Londe found herself wanting to “mix things up a bit in the kitchen.” She had tossed the idea around about an ECTC cookbook the summer before and Gentile had mentioned that if she ever really wanted to create one, she was in. 
    “It became a COVID-19 project for us both,” says Londe. “Karlene’s experience as a printing company owner along with her creative culinary skills were a perfect fit to realize my dreamy idea to fundraise for Emerald Coast Theatre Company.” 
    “This incredible creative project was clearly a labor of love and it shows,” says ECTC co-founder and producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “This beautiful and fun-to-read cookbook is a treat for those who love the culinary arts, plus every purchase supports the performing arts. What a win win!”
    The 312-page ring-bound cookbook features more than 282 recipes by 167 contributors (professional chefs, ECTC fans and art-loving Emerald Coast locals) divided into nine theater-themed categories such as Auditions (cocktails and mini bites), Overture (appetizers), Act I (soups and salads) and so on. 
    Artist Juan Francisco Adaro, 2015 South Walton Artist of the Year and owner of Adaro Art Gallery located in The Hub along Scenic Highway 30A in WaterSound, Fla., “set the stage” for “Limelight” by contributing whimsical, colorful illustrations (seen on the cover and throughout the cookbook). A contemporary painter, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Adaro is known for his large abstract and life size portraits that utilize recycled materials and natural textures.
    The theatrical cookbook also includes timely photographs of ECTC professionals, as well as students from the theater’s Youth Educational performance productions.  
    A limited edition of “Recipes in the Limelight” are being published. They are priced at $25 each. Reservations for pre-orders are now available by emailing Sherry Londe at slonde@cox.net or calling (850) 684-0323. Contact will be made and funds exchanged through a future facilitated pick-up at ECTC’s performance space located at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin in Miramar Beach.  
    Due to generous underwriting, 100 percent of proceeds from the sale of “Recipes in the Limelight” will benefit ECTC and its education outreach programs.
    ECTC was founded in 2012 as a 501(c)(3) theater by Nathanael and Anna Fisher. It operates year-round with a two-fold mission to provide both educational and professional offerings to the Northwest Florida community.
    To make a tax-deductible donation, volunteer or learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, find them on Facebook, call (850) 684-0323 and visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.
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