Business Guild celebrates 35 years
The Key West Business Guild, one of the nation's oldest gay and lesbian chambers of commerce, will host a 35th anniversary bash from 7-9 p.m. April 19 at the San Carlos Institute, 516 Duval St. Admission is $20, with VIP seating available for $40.
The guild was founded in 1978 by a group of gay guest house owners, and now boasts more than 450 members. The guild also produces Key West Pride, Tropical Heat, Womenfest, and the Headdress Ball during Fantasy Fest.
The anniversary event starts with a champagne reception followed by a show emceed by J.B. McLendon and the Rude Girl. Kent Henry will share a video archive he produced of all past guild presidents. The event will include a drawing and brief auction, and awards will be given to individuals who have contributed to the gay and lesbian community.
For information, call 305-294-4603.
Restaurateur celebrates new cookbook series
Key West Chef Paul Menta, owner of Amigos Tortilla Bar, will host a meet-and-greet book release party for his new cookbook, "Native Fuel: Key West" at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Key West Garden Club.
The event will also include fresh crops from the famed Robert is Here farmer's market, honey tastings with Dave Lewis, pudding samplings from "The Queen of All Puddings" and greetings from author David Sloan, who recently released "The Ultimate Key Lime Pie Book."
"Menta's 'Native Fuel' emphasizes old and new dishes from Key West and the Florida Keys, with food secrets from local residents, healthy preparation methods and an emphasis on the value of locally produced foods," states a press release. "The intriguing recipes invite experimentation, while vivid photographs present food as art...."
All are welcome to the book-release and signing party Monday evening at the Key West Garden Club.