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Coastal Collaboration Dinner

Wednesday, September 2, 2015 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm




Enjoy an evening with literary superlative and Florida native Vanessa Lafaye, author of Under a Dark Summer Sky. The novel is a historic fiction set in the Florida Keys in 1935 during a devastating hurricane. Our Coastal Collaboration Dinner is exactly 80 years after the hurricane depicted in the book actually hit! Manatee’s most passionate chefs will be creating an exciting menu inspired by the amazing foods depicted in the book.


Featured Chefs:

Gerard Jesse, The Seafood Shack Marina, Bar & Grill
Dave Shiplett, SOMA Creek Side
Derek Barnes, Derek’s
Dana Johnson, Sugar Cubed


Featured Author & Novel

Based on real historical events, Lafaye’s debut novel is at once a love story set in a time of great turmoil and a vivid depiction of a major natural disaster. Under a Dark Summer Sky evokes what happens when people, sweating under the weight of their pasts, are tested to the absolute limits of their endurance.



Tickets are $65 per person (plus tax and gratuities) and include a cocktail reception, four course family-style dinner and a signed copy of Lafaye’s novel. There will also be readings from the book followed by a Q&A period.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Coastal Conservation Association Florida.
RSVP by August 26th, 2015. To RSVP, please call The Seafood Shack at 941-794-1235 or email
Don’t miss out on this unique event!


Wednesday, September 2, 2015
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Neptune Room
4110 127th Street West
Cortez, FL 34215 United States
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