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  • Stacy Vermylen

Make a difference while having fun!

L to R: Karen White

Kristy Woodson Harvey | Photo by Jay Ackerman

Meg Waite Clayton | Photo by A. Defendi


Two entertaining events that help support those experiencing housing and food insecurities in Collier County will be presented by the Naples Woman’s Club this season. If you want to have fun and help too, check out An Afternoon with Authors and The NEW Culinary Adventure, both taking place this March.

On March 9, An Afternoon with Authors will feature writers Meg Waite Clayton, Karen White, and Kristy Woodson Harvey, all NYTimes and USA Today best-selling authors of fiction. The authors will make a presentation, sign books, and mingle with guests as part of an afternoon that will also feature beverages, appetizers, book sales, and a silent auction. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, addressing a key initiative of the NWC to support the growing need for affordable housing. The event will be held at the Naples Woman’s Club, 570 Park Street in downtown Naples. Tickets, at $150, will be available at

Meg Waite Clayton, author of The Postmistress of Paris and the Last Train to London, set her novels during the years leading up to World War II. Karen White, a prolific writer of 34 books, will discuss three of her best-known books, The Shop on Royal Street, The Last Night in London, and Dreams of Falling. Kristy Woodson Harvey has written nine novels, including The Wedding Veil, Under the Southern Sky, and The Peachtree Bluff Series, which is in development for television with NBC. Guests will have a chance to meet and speak with each author personally; books, available for sale, will be signed by the authors.

L to R: Chef Asif Syed | 21 Spices

Sebastien Maillard at Bistro La Baguette | Photo by Laurel Gail Klein

Vincenzo Betulia | Osteria Tulia & The French


Then later in the month on March 22, food aficionados will enjoy The NEW Culinary Adventure, where 10+ chefs and experts will present their signature dishes, all under one roof. The event is a twist on the very successful Culinary Adventure luncheons of 2021 and 2022 and will be held in the ballroom adjacent to St. John The Evangelist Church in North Naples. Guests will taste tapas-size servings of appetizers, main dishes, and desserts plus wine from the visiting chefs, and watch several cooking demonstrations during the 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. time frame. Participating are chefs such as Vincenzo Betulia of Osteria Tulia and The French, and chefs from Bistro La Baguette, 21 Spices, Café Normandie, Kareem’s, Ocean Prime, and many more. Net proceeds from this event will support grants for agencies addressing homelessness and food insecurity. Tickets for this event are $175 for Travelers, or $250 for Globetrotter Patrons, who will receive a special gift for their added donation.


Afternoon with Authors will be held in the Naples Woman’s Club, 570 Park Street, right off Fifth Avenue in downtown Naples.

Culinary Adventure will be held in the ballroom of St. John the Evangelist Church, 625 111th Avenue North, in North Naples. Guests may attend any time during the 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. time frame and seating will be available for everyone.

Information about both events and the Naples Woman’s Club can be found at


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