It's the 27th Annual Taste of Collier
COMING TO YOU LIVE WITH FOOD, MUSIC, CHEF DEMOS, AUCTION AND MORE!
April 13, 2010– NAPLES, FLA. - The stage is set. The lights are on. And it will be filled with action! It’s the 27th Annual Taste of Collier, a long-standing Naples tradition, sponsored this year by Iberia Bank. The afternoon of food and fun is Sunday, May 2 from Noon - 4 p.m. at Bayfront, located at the corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and Fifth Avenue South. Free parking is available at the former Grand Central Station site.
"Of course, it's all about the food," said Ray Singer, Event Chairman. "But there will also be plenty of things to do in addition to enjoying tasting samples from some of our area’s best restaurants. We’re going to have a live auction with Mayor Bill Barnett and Trey Radel, the former WINK News anchor, and they’ll have some really fantastic packages for bidding. We will also have a full afternoon of live music, an ice carving contest and chef demonstrations. This year, there is also the Bayfront Boat Show. It’s a community event the entire family can enjoy."
Admission is $5 per person, and children five and under are free. Food tastings are priced from $3 to $5 and proceeds will benefit the Collier County Chapter of the American Red Cross, St. Matthew’s House and the ProStart culinary programs for local high school students. This year’s poster and t-shirt artwork was designed by local artist Nora Butler. This year’s musical features include Symon, who plays pop/rock; Mike Simons World Music and The Stacey Allison Group.
This year, the Chef Demonstrations are sponsored by Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery; the Ice Carving Contest is sponsored by Rasmussen College; and Live Auction with Mayor Bill Barnett and Trey Radel is sponsored by Sweetbay Supermarket. Additional sponsors include: Conditioned Air, Bayfront, MarineMax Naples, Millennium Physician Group, Naples Daily News, Naples Bay Resort, Bob 102.9 FM, Mix 104.7, Gator Country 101.9, 98.9 FM WGUF, Comcast, Gulfshore Life, explorenaples.com, Talent! The Agency of Choice, and WordPlay, Inc.
"We are especially pleased to be the presenting sponsor this year for this event," said Anita Tynski, Vice President, Iberia Bank. "It's a worthwhile, community-oriented event with something for everyone to enjoy."
This year, another record 35 restaurants will offer samples of menu favorites, including: Calistoga, Emack&Bolio, Flemings Steakhouse, Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill, Greek Gourmet HBs on the Gulf, Moe's Southwest Grill, Mulligans Sports Grille, Pinchers Crab Shack, Roy’s, Trulucks, Tavern on the Bay, Panera Bread, American Culinary Federation, Seminole Casino, Berts Seafood and Chowder House, Pub at Mercado, Café Luna, Olio on the Bay, McCormick and Schmick's, the Seminole Casino 1st Street Deli, and Stoney's Steakhouse.
With such a variety of participating restaurants, expect a sumptuous selection of treats, including: Santa Rosa Club, Roast Beef Helena, Chicken or Ground Beef Tacos, Chicken or Ground Beef Nachos, Prime Rib Sandwiches, Pulled Pork Sliders, Sliced Tenderloin, BBQ Shrimp, Kanisu with Yuzu Sauce, Thai Curry with Steamed Jasmine Rice, Potstickers, Gyro Pita, Gyro Salad, Grilled Swordfish with Rice Pilaf, Grilled Chicken Satay with Cabbage Slaw, Chicken Penne ala Vodka, Ribs with Pasta Salad, Crab Cakes, Wood Grilled Szechuan Baby Back Ribs, Mix Grill Skewers, Stone Crab Claws and Guacamole and Chips.
Save room for dessert, including: Chocolate Addiction, Raspberry Truffle, Original Oreo Gourmet Cookies, Mammoth Muffins, Baklava, Key Lime Pie, Nitro Ice Cream Pops and Florida Snowballs.