|Successful Inaugural Debut for the
Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs “First Bite” Menu Release Party!
NAPLES, Florida— (Mon, May 15, 2017)—Attention foodies: With the Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs, Naples Restaurant Week just around the corner (June 1st thru June 14th), the exciting inaugural launch of the “First Bite” Menu Release Party, (May 2nd) was a victory, and broke a record raising a little over $15,000 that directly benefits the Humane Society Naples. Local food lovers gathered together from 5:00 p.m till 8:00 p.m. for the bi-annual showcase, hosted and sponsored by the Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs, and were able to experience first-hand, the best culinary artists Southwest Florida has to offer.
There were a little over 800 people in attendance, including forty-three total food/drink/farm vendors. The attendees had the chance to see all the Restaurant Week menus for the first time, enjoy unlimited tasty “First Bite” samples from local restaurants (see list below for all vendors), meet some of our local farmers, drink all-inclusive craft beer & wine, enjoy live music entertainment, meet & greet with the chefs and vote for the Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs “Best First Bite” winning dish. (The winner was Catch 41 Bar “N” Grill)
*Over $4,000 was raised from the silent auction with donated prized packages, including everything from, a “Brew your own Beer” at Momentum Brewhouse to a “Puppy Jewelry Party” from A Jaron Fine Jewelry, and most importantly, two lucky puppies were able to find their fur-ever homes and were adopted from the Humane Society Naples booth.
$35 Early Bird Special – sold out in the first 45 minutes.
$55 General Admission – sold out five days prior to the event.
$75 Late Arrivals – sold out at the door by 6:30 p.m.
THE 30 FIRST BITE RESTAURANTS
21 Spices by Chef Asif
Ario at the JW Marriott Marco Island
Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar
BRAVO Cucina Italiana at The Mercatto
Brio Tuscan Grille
Catch 41 Bar “N” Grill
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
El Gaucho Inca Bistro
Latitude 26 at the Hyatt House
Lima Restaurant & Pisco Bar
Marco Prime Steaks & Seafood
Real Seafood Company
Ridgway Bar & Grill
Tartine & Tartelette
The Capital Grille
The Oyster Society
T-Michael’s Steak & Lobster
True Food Kitchen
Drinks For The Night
Wine by Direct Cellars
Wine by Cooper’s Hawk Winery
Wine by Taste of Naples Tours
Sangria by Lamoraga Restaurant
Beer and Cidre by Stella Artois
Beers by Bone Hook Brewing Co.
Beers by Momentum Brewhouse
Beers by Bury Me Brewing Co.
Additional Food Educational Booths by:
Circle C Farm
Music for the night by:
Father Al and the Jazz Congregation AND Steve & Winnie
A special thank you to the sponsors:
Presenting title sponsor: Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs
Greg Norman Collection at Miromar Outlets
The Upbeat K9 – Naples
Gulfshore Life & Gulfshore Business
Kagan Law Firm
Valet 1 Parking
Masquerade & Balloons Galore
CVB – Naples, Marco Island, Everglades – Paradise Coast Tourism
Waste Management – Collier County