That’s how, after two decades, ‘Taste of Key West’ will roll onto the Truman Waterfront Pier on Monday, April 13th, from 6 to 9 p.m. A benefit for AIDS Help, the event promises a bounty of beverage and palate-pleasing plates.
According to Jeremy Wilkerson, Director of Community Relations for the Agency, it’s a perfect example of a community assembling and doing what each does best.
During the three-hour event, foodies can stroll a horseshoe of edibles, savory and sweet, along the Waterfront, from appetizers and main course bites to sinfully-rich desserts.
“Every fork lifted, every plate cleared, is due to the generosity of donating food service owners and managers. Over 50 participating restaurants give us their time, staffs and product…chefs create gourmet bites of Keys cuisine…vintages from 100 wineries and vineyards are provided by Republic National Distributing Company,” Wilkerson notes.
Beyond the outcome for the Agency’s Mission, participation can help position a new business and what it specializes in, or just broaden the clientele horizon for an existing one,” Wilkerson states.
“A single bite can result in reservations…a place you’ve walked by a zillion times might become your new favorite. That’s why it’s called ‘Taste of Key West’. The event can be just as much about introductions as it is welcome back.”
“And staging ‘Taste of Key West’ would be unthinkable without our corps of volunteers, who man sales and information booths, direct a seamless flow of hungry, thirsty patrons and even drop by food booths to see if they need anything.”
Admission to ‘Taste of Key West’ is free. Attendees purchase commemorative wineglasses for $6 apiece, and food and wine tickets for $1 apiece, prior to tasting the featured cuisine and vintages. Tickets are then exchanged for foods and beverages “costing” three to eight tickets each. 2015 Commemorative Wine Glasses sell for $5 each. Participants can begin arriving at 5:00 p.m. to purchase their glasses and tickets prior to the gates opening promptly at 6:00 p.m.
Says Scott Pridgen, Executive Director of AIDS Help, “This makes the 20th year we’ve been astounded by the people who help make this evening so gratifying, down to the free transportation to and from. And the Gulf and ocean views sure doesn’t hurt.”
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