‘Good things come to those who wait’ isn’t always accurate.
Tickets are on sale NOW for the April 17th Vintners Dinner, in benefit of AIDS Help. There are no last-minute discounts or walk-ins…so if you’re thinking about attending the annual event, it’s time to buy.
After a one-year “resting period” to regroup and refocus, the Vintners Dinner at Casa Marina, 1500 Reynolds Street, is uncorking what’s being called ‘A Tour Of The Senses,’ according to AIDS Help Executive Director Scott Pridgen.
“We’re looking at this as a passport to the palate,” Pridgen notes. “The landscape of taste has changed. What was once considered exotic can be found in any supermarket produce aisle. So we especially challenged our participating Chefs to make a dining impact on Keys foodies.”
Those participating, and the restaurants they represent, include:
- Alex Beaumont/Casa Marina
- Martha Hubbard/Isle Cook
- Andrew Nguyen/Tempt at THE SAINT Hotelccott Maurer/Hot Tin Roof at OCEAN KEY
- Dave Fuhrman/Great Events Catering
- David Zingg/Spencers By The Sea
- John Correa – Café Sole and Bistro Sole
- Len & Dani & Martina/Better than Sex
- Richard Tallmadge/The Restaurant Store
In the Flagler Ballroom there will be, of course, flowing grape. Representatives from Republic National Distributing Company and winemakers from some of the top wineries and vineyards will be on-hand to pour and discuss their best labels in-depth.
The evening commences at 6pm with a champagne reception. Courses will be presented indoors. It begins and ends the same, with hors-d’oeuvres and dessert served on the patio.
The Vintners Dinner precedes another event offering a bounty of bites and serious sipping — the 21st anniversary of ‘Taste of Key West’, at Truman Waterfront, at the end of Southard Street.
On April 18th locals and tourists can, from 6–9 p.m., sample culinary delights from local restaurants and vineyard wines.
“It’s 48 hours of appreciating good food and wine while spending time with friends old and new,” Pridgen explains. “Great food and drink…smiles, suntans, strollers…plus that waterfront view…it defines ‘Taste of Key West’ in every way.”