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What is a Food Crusher?

The Local Pulse Food Crushers were out last night at the Soil to Service Dinner.

What is a Food Crusher? (noun):


Someone that has butterflies in their stomach and is giddy with laughter when food is served to them because they literally have a crush on food.

Someone that has “mention-itis”. It may not be a recognized medical condition, but you will know us when we speak about the object of our crush repeatedly – as in, “Have you been to a Soil to Service dinner yet?”.

Someone that has food on their mind so much that the chances they’ll mention it in conversations to friends and anyone else who’ll listen is 110%.

Someone that shows a combination of excitement, nervousness, happiness, and awkwardness when you ask them to lunch.

Someone that has pupils that grow larger when they see food, kind of like when you see a puppy.

That’s us.

The Local Pulse and Red Iron Design House team are Food Crushers.

And last night we took all this energy and seated ourselves at Emerald Republic Brewery for the highly anticipated second installment of Soil to Service Dinner event.

If you are a food enthusiast, fine dining connoisseur, or like us consider yourself an honorary Local Pulse Food Crusher, then this is the next food experience you will want to have!

We immersed ourselves in the flavors of sustainability crafted by the talented chefs Rusty Strain and Matthew Brown.

This dinner was a one-of-a-kind event featuring locally sourced ingredients from the farms of Pensacola.

Their goal? To make sure you fall in love with food.

Did they accomplish the goal? You bet.

From the first bite to the last, we knew the passion and dedication of this duo and their team; and that they would present a five-course meal that was not only eco-friendly but involved supporting many small local food businesses, and was absolutely a delight to taste and savor.

We asked Chef Rusty Strain what was next, and he announced that Classic Italian was soon to be announced with dates, times and the ticket link.

Follow both Chefs on Instagram at @arustycspoon and @thefarmpcola to be the first to know and to get your tickets!

They are also on Faceboook: A Rustyc Spoon and The Farm on Mobile Hwy.

Check our Facebook page for a full photo gallery of the fun.

Always food crushing,


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Lisa Long has cultivated the skill set of combining big-picture thinking + research + insights + storytelling; then integrating it all into the platform of good news. Besides being a Partner with the Local Pulse, she also owns a social media agency. She is passionate about the success of small businesses and the role that they play; and the community impact they have on culture, tourism, and the tax base. She lives in Pensacola, Florida with her husband, the Chief Deputy of Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, and their English Cream Golden Retriever named Gracie. In the past year two years, she has been recognized and won Community Leader of the Year in 2021 from the Greater Pensacola Chamber of Commerce PACE Awards, EntreCon’s John Myslack Servant Leader of the Year Award in November 2021, and selected as a member of the InWeekly’s Power List 2022, 2023 and 2024. You can find her most days with a cup of coffee, thanking Jesus for her blessings, and being amazed at all the intriguing people she gets to meet. Odds are, she considers you one of them.