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Chef Ira Gallon Works with Gulf Shores High School Students to Prepare Special Thanksgiving Menu

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Gulf Shores High School students will get hands-on, real-life food prep opportunity this year from the Hangout chef, Ira Gallon, this Thanksgiving. Students interested in culinary/hospitality profession will learn to prepare the dressing that will be served at the Hangout’s Thanksgiving Day Buffet. Chef Gallon will visit with the students on Friday, Nov. 21 to explain the recipe and the students will prepare on Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week.

“I feel that helping with events such as the Thanksgiving dinner with The Hangout gives the students experience preparing large quantities of food normally made in a restaurant kitchen here in our own classroom kitchen,” said Hospitality/ Culinary Career Academy teacher Lauri Herndl. “They get to practice recipe reading, listening to instruction, timing, and working in teams. Many students already work in the industry, but many don’t. Experiences with working with The Hangout can help students determine if this is the career path they want to take.”

Herndi, who has approximately 85 students in her class this semester, keeps her students busy with several opportunities all year long. The students have also participated in the recent 7th Annual Oyster Cook-Off earlier this month as well as the Hangout Music Festival in May. Other events include the Monster Mash Halloween Social for senior citizens by the City of Gulf Shores, and baked goods the City’s Halloween family fun cake walk.

“It’s such a privilege and joy to work with the students, and watch them learn and practice their skills,” said Ira Gallon, executive chef for The Hangout. “Outside of turkey, dressing is one of Thanksgiving’s most iconic dishes. We’re not asking them to make a simple sauce, we’re working with them on one of the most important parts of the meal.”

The Hangout’s traditional turkey buffet complete with all the fixin’s will include: roast turkey breast with turkey gravy and cranberry sauce, roasted prime rib with au jus and horseradish cream, cornbread dressing, braised collard greens, sautéed carrots with garlic and shallots, brussels sprouts with smoked bacon and pine nuts, Cajun rice pilaf, mac and cheese, mashed sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, warm dinner rolls, salad, cookies, apple pie with caramel sauce and pecan pie with whipped cream.

The buffet will be served on Thanksgiving Day from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. Reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling (251) 948-3030 ext. 500.


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Join us for a traditional Thanksgiving Buffet from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Call to make reservations: 251-948-3030 x500

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Tickets Now Available Online – Terror on the Gulf Cabin Fear to Thrill This Halloween Season


Tickets for Cabin Fear can be purchased here. Tickets for Fright Night can be purchased here.

Join The Hangout for spooks and thrills and enjoy Halloween Gulf-style with The Hangout’s Terror on the Gulf Cabin Fear Haunted House and Fright Night Costume Dance Party. Each weekend through October 31, The Hangout will transform into a haunted destination, and on Saturday, Oct. 25, it will throw the biggest Halloween party on the Gulf to celebrate Fright Night!

Terror on the Gulf presents Cabin Fear offers two haunted trails – one for the bravest souls and a toned down version for kids. Tickets are $7 for the Scary Cabin Fear and $5 for the Not So Scary Cabin Fear. Tickets are valid for one admission on any date. Dates for haunted house are Friday, Oct. 17, Saturday, Oct. 18, Thursday, Oct. 23, Friday, Oct. 24, Saturday, Oct. 25, Thursday, Oct. 30 and Friday, Oct. 31. In addition to the haunted house, The Hangout will feature live music on the Mermaid Stage each night at 7 p.m. with no cover.

On Saturday, Oct. 25, beach goers and locals alike are invited to begin the Halloween celebration early with The Hangout at the Fright Night party. This costume contest and dance party begins at 9 p.m. and will feature DJ Ellux Furor. Tickets are available at The Hangout Retail Store and online for $25 in advance or $30 at the door for ages 18-20, and $15 in advance and $20 at the door for ages 21+. Tickets to Fright Night include admission to Cabin Fear. Fright Night is limited to ages 18+. Dress up in your sexiest, scariest or most original costume to be entered to win $1,000 in cash and prizes in the costume contest.



Spend your football weekends at The Hangout for the ultimate game day tailgate party! Join us every Saturday and Sunday for:

  • Chance to an Ultimate SEC Championship Getaway for Two
  • Chance to Win Two $50 Hibbetts Gift Cards (Saturdays only)
  • Special Game Day Menu & Drinks
  • SEC/NFL Trivia
  • Square Boards
  • Paper Football Tournaments
  • Fight Songs

Visitors will be eligible to enter to win the grand prize–an SEC Championship game weekend package–by registering each game day visit, Saturdays and Sundays only. In addition to game tickets, the winner will receive two nights’ lodging and a gift card to use for travel and other expenses. The grand prize drawing will take place at half time on November 22 during the Alabama v Western Carolina game. Each Saturday, lucky visitors will also be eligible to win two $50 gift cards to Hibbett Sports.

Start your game day off with one of the new sports-inspired cocktails, like The Touchdown, made with vodka, strawberries, coconut water, simple syrup, mint and soda or The Extra Point, made with tequila, lime, lemon, coconut water, simple syrup and soda. While enjoying items on the special game day menu like “No Huddle” Hot Dogs, “Wildcat” Wings, “Redzone” Nachos or the “Special Teams” Sampler, guests can participate in SEC/NFL trivia during game commercials and half times for smaller giveaway prizes. Tailgaters can also compete in the paper football games and square board competitions.

Tailgate Getaways – When your team hits the road, hit the beaches!

Tailgate Getaway

The Hangout is a proud partner in this year’s Tailgate Getaways, we would like to invite you, your friends and family to come join in the fun over 10 great fall weekends beginning the weekend of September 5-7th.

Be sure to join us for the grand finale of the Tailgate Getaway with the 7th Annual Oyster Cook-Off and Craft Beer Weekend on Nov. 7-9.

Here is just a sample of the great Tailgate Getaway offerings:

  • Fantastic 2 night lodging packages at Turquoise Place and The Beach Club, delivered by Spectrum Resorts
  • Special TG14 green fees at The Peninsula and Kiva Dunes Golf Clubs
  • Saturday TG14 game day events & specials at Baumhower’s Restaurant, Compleat Angler Grille and the Pilar Boat Bar
  • Food, fun and entertainment at The Gulf and The Hangout
  • Special TG14 “Pigskin Chicks” events and activities

Visit for more information and to book your upcoming trip!

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