The Gulf Okaloosa Island: Incredible Food In An Incredible Setting

Published on Oct. 12, 2017

During the October 2017 Destin Business Form, the Destin Chamber's monthly TV show, host Elizabeth Spies, interviews Executive Culinary Director Wesley True and General Manager Jessica Wright from The Gulf. Thank you to Beach Walk Henderson Park, this month’s TV show sponsor. The Gulf is a waterfront restaurant, which sits just beside the Choctawhatchee Bay on Okaloosa Island, allowing guests to come by boat or by car. It offers fine dining in an accessible family friendly atmosphere. During the segment, Chef True, a contestant on Top Chef Season 13, former sous chef for Bobby Flay, and James Beard Award Semi-Finalist, explains how he takes the techniques and creativity from his fine dining background to create an affordable menu, featuring farm-to-table meals, great local seafood, smoked meats, and more. The restaurant’s building is made from recycled shipping containers, giving it a unique architectural style, and many things throughout the restaurant, such as the furniture, are made from reclaimed and repurposed items. It features outdoor and indoor dining and has an upstairs dining room, protected from the elements, but still offering a beautiful bay view, making it ideal for holiday parties and other special events. Children can enjoy ping pong, hammocks, and playing in the sand, and dogs on leashes are welcome. The Gulf is hosting a Wine Dinner on Nov. 16, featuring Chef True’s menu and benefiting the EOD Warrior Foundation. Chef True will cook the meal over an open fire, and the winemaker will be on hand to present the wine selections. A limited number of tickets are available for $75 each. For details, email or visit On Oct. 28, The Gulf will hold a Fantasy Ball in the spirit of Halloween. It will feature aerial performers, contortionists, firedancers, a costume contest, and more. For details, visit In early October, The Gulf started its 8-week gives back series. It is partnering with local non-profits every Tuesday night, from Oct. 3 – Nov. 14, and 10% of that day’s proceeds will benefit the non-profit. For more information, please call (850) 387-1300, email, or visit The restaurant is located at 1284 Marler Ave., in Fort Walton Beach. Thank you again to TV Show Sponsor Beach Walk Henderson Park.