Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Grace Peek and Elie Harris

By : Aaron Drake
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“We had been in the same place at the same time many times before without knowing,” Elie Harris says about when she first met her wife Grace Peek. The couple says they first interacted in January 2017 at the funeral of a mutual friend.

“Our friend Becky had been trying to introduce us, but it never quite worked out. It took a few weeks after our first meeting before we exchanged numbers, and since then we have been inseparable,” Harris says.

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Four LGBTQ Central Florida and Tampa Bay chefs on finding their tribe in the restaurant life

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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The idiom “love is love” became a rallying cry throughout the LGBTQ community since the Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in 2015. But for these four gay and lesbian chefs in Orlando, Tampa and St. Petersburg, food is love.

Most of them grew up cooking at the feet of their families. Jeannie Pierola, chef and owner of the Edison Food + Drink Lab in Tampa, learned from her Spanish and Cuban grandmothers. Top Chef Seattle alum and executive chef at St. Pete boîtes BellaBrava and Stillwaters Tavern, Jeffrey Jew, learned from his father and half-Chinese grandfather.

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Many big restaurant chains give dirty money to right-wing, reactionary causes, We show you the places to eat hate-free!

By : Holly V. Kapherr
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Early last year, I found myself on a yacht off the coast of Isla Mujeres with a group of older adults far beyond my own socio-economic status.

The presidential primaries were ramping up and our evening was winding down – champagne had flowed freely and words came easier than they should have. One woman explained her voting strategy this way, no nuance, an open and shut case: “I vote with my wallet.”

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Se7en Bites opens just in time for Pride Week

By : Chelsea Santiago
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ORLANDO – Se7en Bites bake shop is ready to open just in time for Orlando’s Come Out with Pride weekend.

Costumers aren’t the only ones anxious to see the new space open. Trina Gregory-Propst is ready to use the new space she and her wife have created and get back to what she loves most: making people smile.Beginning last year, the bake shop has been completely renovating the 3500-square-foot building located at 617 N. Primrose Drive, including the add-on of an outdoor patio area which adds 730 sq ft of eating space. This is over four times larger than the previous building, though a little less than half of this space has been made in to a complete hot kitchen and complete pastry kitchen – all the better for baking with.

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