Annual event benefits hospice services 

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys are collaborating yet again to bring Upper Keys residents the annual Taste Around the World. On Feb. 18, local restaurants will create dishes representing various countries and their unique cuisines.

Partnering with Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, the annual tasting will welcome guests to its third installment at the Murray Nelson Government Center starting at 6:30 p.m.

Taste Around the World will feature dishes from Kaiyo Grill & Sushi, the Green Turtle Inn Restaurant, White Lion Café, the Fish House Restaurant/Encore, Playa Largo Resort and the Hilton Key Largo Resort.

Last year’s defending “People’s Choice” winners, The Key Largo Conch House, is excited to be a part of the event again, said owner Laura Dreaver. After deciding on Spain, the Conch House is tossing around the idea of making paella.

“We have been doing it since the first year, and we think it’s a great organization, so we’re happy to all volunteer our time. We look forward to it every year,” said Dreaver.

The Green Turtle Inn chose Japan and Italy as its culinary inspirations. Chef Ryan Wisely and company won’t disappoint.

“We’re super excited to be doing it this again year,” said Green Turtle Catering Director Amanda Blamowski, after a hiatus. “We decided on making pickled octopus salad and short rib lasagna parmesan with green sauce.”

Authors David Sloan and Brad Berterlli also plan to hold a book signing for “A Local’s Guide to Bloodline: 50 Famous Film Locations in the Florida Keys.” A talent show and silent auction will also be on-site.

The Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys provides physical, medical, emotional, and spiritual support to patients with advanced life limiting illnesses. Through the organization’s palliative and hospice programs and services, patients and their families are provided with compassionate care aimed at improving quality of life.

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