This immensely popular event is considered to be the official lead-in event to the April 24 famous Taste of Key West event, where both evenings for food and wine lovers will see full proceeds benefit the local charitable work that AIDS Help performs throughout Monroe County.
While always guaranteed to be an evening of impossibly chic food, drink and culinary theatre, this year’s Vintners Dinner promises to delight and surprise like never before, thanks to a careful year off spent restructuring. The evening offers a select few ticket holders the chance to dine up close and personal with some of Key West’s best and brightest cooks, providing a rare opportunity for dialogue between diner and chef during a decadent eight-course dinner and wine pairing.Executive Director Scott Pridgen. Pridgen has challenged this year’s chefs to dazzle attendees with food that is impactful and surprising, and which will be prepared live in order for diners to witness firsthand the artistry involved in creating world class cuisine.
A champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception on the patio will commence at 6 p.m., after which diners are invited to journey inside and make their way across six chef’s stations placed strategically throughout the ballroom. Here, leaders from Key West’s most lauded kitchens will prepare and present their particular sensations of the senses served tapas-style. Chefs will discuss each dish’s components and preparation, while representatives and winemakers from some of the top wineries and vineyards will be standing by to talk all things vino-related. Diners may relish the opportunity to learn firsthand how each chef was inspired to create and execute their particular dish, while the small number of available tickets — only five seats per five tables total — ensure an evening of unrushed, intimate enjoyment. After dinner, the evening will conclude outside on the patio with the presentation of dessert.All proceeds from the event are in support of AIDS Help, an organization whose tireless work goes toward promoting awareness, treatment, support, and services to those affected by the HIV/AIDS crisis. Begun almost 30 years ago, AIDS Help has recently expanded its long-revered community services to include exciting new partnerships focused on research and analysis of the trends and dynamics of the HIV virus as it affects Monroe County. Chefs participating in this year’s event include: Alex Beaumont from Casa Marina
John Correa from Café Sole
Russ Ferstle from Firefly
Scott Maurer from Ocean Key Resort and Spa
Jerry Crocker from Latitudes
Richard Tallmadge from The Restaurant Store and Coles Peace Bakery
Henry Christian from Smokin Tuna
Martha Hubbard from Isle Cook
Bill Lay from Catered Affairs
This event, sure to sell out, is a wonderful way for food lovers to begin an epic 48 hours of culinary immersion when paired with a ticket to the following evening’s Taste of Key West food and wine event at Mallory Square, April 16, at 6 p.m. Tickets to the Vintners Dinner can be purchased by visiting www.ahi.ticketleap.com. ¦