On February 18, more than 130 attendees went on a culinary adventure at the Murray Nelson Government & Cultural Center during the Third Annual Taste Around the World event which raised over $18,000 for Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/HFK).
The event gave guests a rare opportunity to sample and vote on cuisine from eight unique countries prepared by a variety of talented executive chefs.
Awarded by a slight margin, the Playa Largo Resort & Spa was presented with the “People’s Choice Award” for best restaurant for their Peruvian-themed dish. Along with sampling international dishes, guests enjoyed listening to live music during the tasting, shopping the silent auction and experiencing live entertainment during the Follies show. The event also featured a book signing for “A Local’s Guide to Bloodline: 50 Famous Film Locations in the Florida Keys” by authors David Sloan and Brad Berterlli, with 25 percent of sales being donated to VNA/HFK. Bloodline is a Netflix original series that takes place in the Florida Keys.
“It means so much to the staff and patients at VNA/HFK to have such an outpouring of support,” said VNA/HFK Administrator Kathleen Ryzoc. “We are here for the people in our community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I want to thank our valued sponsors, the remarkable talent, especially Ivana Richmond, and everyone involved with Taste Around the World for their generosity.”
VNA/HFK would also like to extend a special thank you to our generous event sponsors: Advocate Home Care, Inc., Allen-Beyer Funeral Home, Century 21 Schwartz Realty, the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, the Joe and Lindy Roth Foundation, Mariners Hospital/Baptist Health South Florida, Mix 96.9 WKEZ-FM, Monroe County, Que Belle Event Production and Marketing, ST Sparks Construction, Village Square and Mr. Keith Young, CEO/administrator of the Medical Center at Ocean Reef. Please save the date for the Fourth Annual Taste Around the World event which will be held on February 17, 2018.