Eddie Nickell, co-owner of Funky Monkey Wine Company, Bananas Diner and the soon-to-open Vault Wine Shop, was installed as president of the Central Florida chapter of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association in a ceremony last night. The festivities, which were held at the Pointe Orlando Funky Monkey, included the swearing in of the other board members. The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association represents the hospitality industry in Tallahassee. The Central Florida chapter is the largest in the state.
The Funky Monkey crew feted the members of the chapter with a buffet of the restaurant’s signature sushi as well as roast pork and beef and pasta dishes. Following the swearing-in ceremony, the restaurant put on a show of drag, featuring regular hostess Danielle Hunter and a cavalcade of female impersonators, as well as some real females and some males who didn’t try to hide the fact. I must say, it’s the first drag show I’ve seen with Bollywood dancers and a Mary Poppins impersonator! The crowd, which was made up of folks who can be pretty straight-laced at times, emphasis on the straight, seemed to enjoy it.
Kudos to Eddie Nickell for the great honor, and to his crew for putting on a fun banquet.