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Chef Pete Blohme

Panini Pete’s Café and Coffeehouse, Sunset Pointe & Ed’s Seafood Shed

With a restaurant career spanning over 40 years and a degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park NY. Pete has become a force in Hospitality/Food in the south. After many gigs in Kitchens, Hotels and Cruise Ships. Being a Chef / Owner finally became a reality and Panini Pete’s Café opened in Feb of ’06 in The Fairhope French Quarter. In a few short years Panini Pete’s has become a local favorite due to his commitment to “Put Real Food in his Food” and his Never met a Stranger approach to Hospitality.  Panini Pete’s handcrafted Chef driven sandwiches and burgers have made his brand one to watch. Recently Voted the Number 1 sandwich shop Alabama! The Beignets have also launched this concept to new heights. Garnering a host of positive media attention and rave reviews. Not to mention a regular on the Food Network over the past 10 years. Panini Pete’s has been featured on Diners Drive-ins & Dives, the “Best Of” Diners Drive-ins & Dives, Guy’s Big Bite, Guys Grocery Games & Guest judge on Food Truck Wars with Tyler Florence! Pete has also performed in over 25 live Food Shows while touring with the Guy Fieri Road Show.

“Panini” Pete currently owns & operates 4 PP locations in Alabama and WV, as well as the popular Sunset Pointe a Gulf to table restaurant on the Eastern shore of Mobile Bay. Pete’s Newest acquisition is the Legendary Ed’s Seafood Shed in Spanish Fort, AL. Serving Gulf Coast Classics for almost 20 years now.

MOST importantly Panini Pete is a VERY Proud Member of a group called The MESSLORDS! Who have traveled to Japan, Cuba, Guam, Romania,The Middle East, Spain, Italy and Africa just to name a few of the Military Bases we’ve been to. Serving up some fun and a BIG OL” Fork Full of Freedom to our service Men & Women!! “Panini” also just formed a Non Profit with his longtime friend and Chef Robert Kabakoff.

 The PR Foundation which does Special thing for Special people! Helping Military charities, Special needs people, and no kill animal shelters. Get a copy of Pete’s latest book “Sandwich Life” or keep up with him on his Hot Off the Press Podcast! From Speaking on Capitol Hill about Sustainable Gulf Red Snapper to Slinging Beignets in Chicago to raise money for Hattian Schools. “Panini” Pete works hard to Give Back whenever he can. 

Notable Accomplishments & Accolades include:

CIA Alumni Council Member

Member Best Chefs in America BCA

Founding Member of The Messlords

Number 1 Sandwich Shop in Alabama

KCBS Certified BBQ Judge, Annual Judge at the Jack Daniels World Championship

Former Chef at The University of Alabama “Roll Tide”

Co-Chair “Run for you Knives” 5K CIA Scholarship event

Guest panel Member: Roots Innovate 2017 at The Chefs Garden

Chef Guest advisor James Beard Sustainable Snapper meetings. Capitol Hill 

Co-founder of The PR Foundation

Find and Keep up with Pete on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as Panini Pete!

PaninPetes.com  Sunsetpointefairhope.com EdsShed.com  HOTPPodcast.com PrFoundation.net

My Speakers Sessions

Wednesday, March 28

12:00pm PDT