The Taste of Collier celebrates its 30th anniversary, featuring cuisine cooked up by more than 30 participating local restaurants, from Agave to ZiZi’s. The Naples event kicks off at noon at Bayfront and runs through 4 p.m., serving up a full plate of entertainment along with the other goodies. Events scheduled include the Iron Chef competition, ice sculpture demonstrations, live music and amusements for the kids. This is a great way to learn about new restaurants annd sample some of their best offerings. Some of the offerings include beef Bourguignon and shrimp Provencale from Le Lafayette, stone crab claws from Truluck’s, ceviche and tuna sashimi from Bonefish Grill, and balsamic gastrique with wagu Gorgonzola tortellini prepared by SMH Catering. Domestic, imported and craft beers will be on sale to wash down the delicious dishes. The Taste of Collier is offering a one-of-a-kind commemorative art poster created by artist Nora Butler, who will be on hand to sign her creations.T-shirts will also be available.
The Taste of Collier began in 1983 when a few local members of the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association decided to host an event that would express gratitude for the year round residents that patronize the local restaurants. Thirty years later, many local charities have shared in nearly $1,000,000 raised during the Taste of Collier events. These non-profit organizations that have benefitted over the years include: Collier County Chapter of the American Red Cross, St. Matthews House, Heil Luthringer, MS Home, READ of Southwest Florida, POLO Club, ROTC, Naples Alliance for Children, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI), PACE Center of Immokalee, Catholic Charities and Mental Health Association.
IF YOU GO
TASTE OF COLLIER
When: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28
Where: Bayfront Naples, corner of US 41 and Goodlette-Frank Road.
Cost: Admission is $5 per person; free, children 5 and younger. $3-$5 per 3-ounce tasting portion