BUTTONWOOD WINERY & VINEYARD
Many of us say we’d like to give up our regular job to follow a dream, but few of us ever reach the point when we forsake the progress we’ve made in one career to start all over in another. Every once in a while, though, you meet someone who has done just that- like our winemaker Karen Steinwachs.
Fidencio is a New Age vintner with an Old World understanding thanks to the prestigious mentors he studied with over the years. Having been nurtured in the Santa Ynez Valley, he has a desire to merge the Old with the New, believing that an innovative combination allows for the best wines. Fidencio grew up with the vines and often calls himself a child of the dirt. Both a farmer and winemaker, he is involved with his grapes from the vine to the bottle. Fidencio not only grows grapes for Esfuerzo Wine, but also manages a number of award-winning vineyards across Santa Ynez Valley, Sta. Rita Hills AVA, and San Luis Obispo County.
As Chef/Owner of Great Events Catering, David is excited about taking all of his professional experience, personalized service, creative flavor profiles, unique presentations and resources to elevate this established Key West business to the next level.
Francesca is from Rome Italy and presently lives in New York City.
“It is my biggest challenge offering you the perfect balance, between history, the passion for cooking, the pleasure of eating, and the world of traveling.”
Originally from North Carolina, Deborah moved to Key west in 2000 after years of visiting. With her creative and colorful strokes, she captures the vibrant and sun drenched scenes, lazy afternoons and simple and charming personalities of such favorite places as Key West, Pawley's Island, Charleston and Havana.
MANGO SEASON JEWELRY DESIGN
by Jennifer Badry
In the summer of 1991, a college internship brought Indiana native Jennifer Badry to Key West, Florida. When the internship ended, Jennifer wasn't ready to give up the island lifestyle and decided to replace her corporate wool suit with a bathing suit. After an international marketing venture in Key West and Miami's South Beach, Jennifer returned to her first love - fashion and design - and became a jewelry designer and founder of Mango Season Jewelry Designs.
KEY LIME PIE BAKERY
Bill Wood is hails from Toledo OH, he moved to Daytona Beach, FL in 1977 where he met his beautiful wife Robin, while living there they raised their son John. When John was old enough to move out, Robin said let’s move to Key West before he moves back in.
Bill and Robin have lived in Key West for the past 15 years. They have owned the Key Lime Pie Bakery since their arrival. John is an avid NASCAR fan and has been known to drive exceptionally fast on a daily basis.
The Key Lime Pie Bakery prides itself on following tradition and keeping with the original recipe from 1856.
Bill’s passion for cooking and the famous Coconut Cream Pie recipe comes from Bills Grandma Boots.
Don’t forget to try the combo Key Lime & Coconut Cream Pie!
SMALL CHEF AT LARGE CATERING
Classically trained chef Jennifer Cornell AKA The Small Chef at Large graduated from New England Culinary Institute in 1993. Originally from Vermont, she has been travelling throughout the Caribbean, Central America, and the Florida Keys for 22 years cultivating her craft within these countries.
Miss Cornell has pursued her love of the seas working as a chef on a luxury live aboard yacht throughout the Caribbean also.
Small Chef at Large Catering , a full service catering company, opened its doors in 2001 and has been successfully catering to the Keys since then.
NINE ONE FIVE & FIRST FLIGHT
Chef Orr has called Key West home for 16 years and is well known locally for his New Island cuisine, an artful combination of fresh local fare, Caribbean spices, Asian influences and French technique. He is a six-time winner of the MARC House Master Chef's Classic and has overseen the culinary programs at several of the destination's most popular restaurants.
He is currently the executive chef at First Flight and Nine One Five, and was previously the sous chef at Louie's Backyard, and executive chef at Roof Top Café, The Reach Resort, and Latitudes.
Chef Eduardo Jimenez began his career under the tutelage of Jovan Trevojavic at Le Perroquet in Chicago. In the 1990s, Chef Jimenez was a member of the opening team of Chicago’s Spruce with Chef and co-owner Keith Luce, and later helped to open Tavern on Rush with Phil Stefani. Those are just a few of the stops on Chef Jimenez’s culinary evolution, which has taken him throughout the country and Mexico. The cooking techniques he learned along the way combined with his unique approach to creative ingredients and impeccable service have culminated in the experience that is Eduardo’s Table.
David Zingg is originally from Palm Springs, California. After high school, he moved to Hawaii where he acquired a pallet for multiple styles of food (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Hawaiian). Known for his creative and adventurous style, Zingg hitchhiked from Portland, Oregon to Florida with just his knives and a backpack. Prior to Bagatelle, he was Chef at the Reach Hotel.
Although Zingg has never had formal culinary training, he was recently named one of "7 hot chefs to Plan Your Next Vay-k Around" by FabFitFun Magazine.
Director of Food and Nutrition Services
Florida Keys Medical Center
Joey is originally from Buffalo, NY. A fresh water conch 4.5 times over (32 years). Came to Key West In 1987 as an intern from Paul Smith’s College as a shucker boy at the Casa Marina Resort, then became a pastry chef when he found his passion.
He later joined the fastest growing company traveling the world opening restaurants. Decided to settle back in Key West and worked with a few well know established hotels and restaurants. He worked alongside with world renowned Chef Dominque D’ermo.
Currently as a Director of nutritional food service with Compass Group / Morrison Healthcare at the Lower Keys Medical Center.
#1 International recording artists and diva's of Doo-Wop,
The Fabulous Spectrelles
are a tribute to the great girl groups of the 60's.
Based in Key West Florida.
Key West's longest running show at 35 years.
Vocalist Libby York has garnered raves from the international jazz press for her performances and recordings, Blue Gardenia, Sunday in New York, Here With You and her latest release Memoir. She has enchanted audiences at venues such as The Kitano, Waldorf Astoria and Metropolitan Room New York City, Green Mill, Jazz Showcase, Winter’s Jazz Club Chicago, venues in Los Angeles, the Netherlands, Vancouver BC and Cafe Laurent, Paris.
Touring internationall for twenty five years
as a classical guitar soloist and composer.
Mateo's performances include the Edinburgh Festival, Yehudi Menuhin Concert Series, headliner on the QE2
and Artist-in-Residence for Florida.
Recordings include Sea Concert, Romance of the Classical Guitar, Classical Lullabies and his new composition Fifty Solos for Classical Guitar. He is the founder of the Florida Keys Guitar Summit