Season Preview: Arts & Eats 2018

Arts & Eats is a series of delectable art-themed parties combining food, art, and interesting locations in Key West —all supporting your creative community.

This is the Arts & Eats preview page. Tickets can be purchased for Arts & Eats events here. 


Vernissage on Cornish Lane

  • Sat Jan 20, 1-3pm
  • Dress for a fashionable stroll on a sunny day
  • Hosted by David Genest & John Huss, Old Town
  • 25 guests / $60

Haven’t you always wondered what secrets are hidden within Old Town’s meandering side streets? Here’s your private invitation to enjoy libations and a plentiful luncheon personally prepared by home-chef David Genest and served at his charming conch cottage and garden art studio nestled on a secluded lane. Discover David’s unique portraits & abstracts prior his spring group show at The Studios.

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Dessert, Stories & Spirits…with Spirits

  • Wed Jan 24, 8-10pm
  • Pirate shirts welcome
  • Hosted by Crystal and Paul Menta at the Key West Rum Distillery, Old Town
  • 45 guests / $50

The streets of Key West still resonate with the spirit of the old pirates who passed through the island. Experience an after-hours, candlelit gathering in Key West’s first legal rum distillery. Sample aged rum as you learn about the island’s rum running past, with stories of smuggling, live mandolin music, and rum soaked cakes. Fine cheeses and other desserts and after dinner treats provided by Cole’s Peace Artisan Bakery.


Mystery on the Orient Express

  • Mon Jan 29, 6-9pm
  • Elegant dress…with a dash of mystery
  • Hosted by Billy Cartledge & Jim Hall, Truman Annex
  • 40 guests / $75

The treasures and traditions of Asia set the tone for this sumptuous evening of art, mystery and intrigue. Delight in Asian-inflected food and drink as you peruse our hosts’ collection of Japanese woodblock prints, Chinese cloisonné objets d’art, Ikebana and other treasures, transporting you to the Far East from the shores of Cayo Hueso. Be the first to discover the secrets hidden in the woodblock prints, and walk away with a fabulous door prize!


An Evening of Conversation with Carl Hiaasen


  • Sat Feb 10, 6-9pm
  • Florida attire encouraged
  • Hosted by Karen and John Hammond, Casa Marina
  • 35 guests / $125

Meet Carl Hiaasen, darkly funny poet of all that is bizarre, corrupt and loony in Florida life, portrayed by him in his famously wicked novels and Miami Herald columns. The celebrated author visits for a rare, intimate evening of flowing conversation and dinner, Florida Keys style, in a stunning, contemporary Conch home. As Carl says, “ If you’re writing satire, you’re trying to stay ahead of the absurdity and sometimes it catches up with you. And this is the year I think it’s catching up.”



Harvey’s Harley Hall Museum

  • Fri Feb 16, 6-8:30pm
  • Biker attire welcome
  • Hosted by former Monroe County Mayor Shirley Freeman and Harvey Server, Old Town
  • 60 guests / $75

Ride on over to an all-American backyard cookout at an historic home on Eaton Street, with the rare opportunity to visit “Harvey’s Harley Hall Museum,” Server’s amazing private collection housing 70 years of Harley Davidson memorabilia. Climb aboard one of Harvey’s Hogs for a photo op and go wild with a temporary tattoo. Burgers and brats with all the fixings are served to order from Destination Catering’s food truck along with all-American beer and Shirley’s High Octane Punch. As Harvey says, “4 wheels move the body – 2 wheels move the soul.” Ride out with biker swag and a custom tee to commemorate the occasion.


Olivia de-Have-a-Bite


  • Sun Feb 18, 6-10pm
  • Dress for a Night on the Town
  • Hosted by Rosi & Jeff Ware, Bob Wood & Jim Morris, Dan Bready & Kevin Dickinson, Stephen Kitsakos & John DeWald, The Meadows
  • 40 guests / $125


Promenade through the streets in your evening wear for this joyous progressive dinner at 3 private homes, all on the same block of Olivia Street in the Meadows! Stop 1 – 6pm for cocktails and appetizers; Stop 2 – 7:30pm for plated main course prepared by Isle Cook Key West and Chef Martha Hubbard; Stop 3 – 9pm for dessert, courtesy of Old Town Bakery, night caps and entertainment at the grand piano with Bob Wood, Stephen Kitsakos and special guests.



Summer of Love Celebration

  • Wed Feb 28, 6-9pm
  • Dress groovy, baby
  • Hosted by Paula & John Tishok, The Meadows
  • 40 guests / $50

The 1960s ushered in a social revolution that helped make Key West what it is today. Celebrate the summer that started it all! A time when love bloomed with psychedelic flowers, and hippies communed with music. Enjoy drinks and fun food, and reconnect with the spirit of the movement with the sights, sounds and fashions of the era.


A Tiger Lily Among Orchids

  • Sun Mar 4, 2-4pm
  • Floral attire encouraged
  • Hosted by Terri and Phil Wilson, Midtown
  • 40 guests / $50

Poetry, Prosecco, and porcelain teacups — what could be more perfect than an afternoon garden party? Nibble on canapés and luxuriate in the wit and wisdom of Key West’s newly named Poet Laureate, Flower Conroy. Play word games in the garden, puzzle over puns, and leave with a treasured keepsake — a signed copy of Conroy’s poetry collection.

MFA Poetry Alum Flower Conroy Named Key West Poet Laureate


Garden Salon at Mockingbird Studios

  • Wed Mar 7, 6-8pm
  • Dress art opening cool with a touch of romance
  • Hosted at the home of artist Eric Anfinson and Emma Starr, Midtown
  • 40 guests / $65

Art lovers mingle in Anfinson’s native garden and newly built studio and gallery as soothing live music fills the evening air. Enjoy epicurean appetizers by Café Marquesa paired with bespoke cocktails by Paul and Crystal Menta using handmade local rum from their Key West Rum Distillery. Guests take home a Mockingbird Studio swag bag curated especially for the event!


A Cabot Cabaret


  • Wed Mar 21, 6-8pm
  • Dress like an artist at leisure
  • Hosted by Paula & Colin Cabot, Casa Marina
  • 35 guests / $60

Regale in the perfect Key West salon evening featuring the witty and entertaining song styling of lyric soprano Paula Cabot and Pianist Colin Cabot in their stunning Casa Marina home. Sample a variety of Spanish “pinchos” and other appetizers, paired with regional Spanish wines, all provided by Cole’s Peace Artisan Bakery.



Both Hands on the Wheel

  • Wed Apr 11, 5:30-7:30pm
  • Dress tropical colors and funky art jewelry
  • Hosted by Pat Timyan and Anne Sunkel, Truman Annex
  • 35 guests / $50

Functional craft and ceramic fine art take center stage at Pat Timyan’s Truman Annex home, with one of the island’s showcase collections of folk, outsider and local art plus a decade’s worth of Pat’s own creations from the potter’s wheel. Local gallery owner and master potter Adam Russell further illuminates the artistic experience with a special demonstration poolside. Get up close and personal with the creative process as you enjoy delicious bites and wine from many regions.


Flaming Conchs: Kindling the Spirit 2.0

  • Fri Apr 20, 7-9pm
  • Illuminated outfits encouraged
  • Hosted by Rita & Fred Troxel; co-hosted by Susan Henshaw Jones, Sugarloaf
  • 70 guests / $70

Back by popular demand. Radical self-expression is the order of the day at the quintessential art and culture festival that takes place in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert each year. One night this spring, we bring the playa to you and stage our own “burn.” Our effigy accepts all offerings, from tributes to loved ones to symbols of things you’d like to eliminate from your life. Dance, drink, eat and enjoy the moment!