If you go
Taste of Collier
When: Noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6
Where: Bayfront, 465 Bayfront Place, Naples
Admission: $5 per person; children 5 and younger free
Something else: Free parking is available at the corner of Goodlette-Frank Road and Fifth Avenue South.
Schedule of events
■ 11:15-noon: Jessie Michaels Singer
■ Noon-1:30 p.m.: Hot Damn country duo
■ 12:15 p.m.: “Iron Chef” competition
■ 1 p.m.: Iron Chef competition
■ 1:30 p.m.: Live Wire dance band
■ 1:45 p.m.: Iron Chef competition
■ 2:30-2:45 p.m.: Taste of Collier presentation
■ 2:30 p.m.: Iron Chef competition
■ 2:45-4 p.m.: Live Wire dance band
■ 3:15 p.m.: Iron Chef competition
Prime rib sliders, bar-b-cue ribs, California rolls, gelato, gazpacho, and gyros: It sounds like the menu of the greatest restaurant ever.But this is actually a sampling of all of them: Some 35 of Naples' best restaurants are part of the annual tradition,Taste of Collier that allows you and your family to sample great tastes while helping local charities.
The 29th annual Taste of Collier, sponsored by Iberia Bank, is set for noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 6 at Bayfront Place in Naples, and visitors can enjoy taste treats from Italian ice to German dishes and American favorites. Best of all proceeds go to help local charities — this year, St. Matthew's House, Collier County Chapter of the American Red Cross, ProStart culinary programs for local high school students, Heil Luthringer MS education and support, and Teen Challenge.
"Of course, it's all about the food and this year we're proud to have 35 of the finest local restaurants participating," said Ray Singer, event chairman, in a news release about the event. "Food tastings are priced from $2 to $5, and the variety of foods served are able to satisfy even the most picky eaters. From goulash to scallops, crabcakes to key lime pie and everything in between, we're proud that our restaurants rally their resources to support and donate to our local charities."
The event blends some adult tastes, such as an international wine tasting experience from Republic National Distributing Co., with distinctly kid stuff: There's a bounce house and entertainment from Way Too Tall Torrie. Local rising star, 13-year-old Jessie Michaels, will perform a pre-opening concert for music lovers of all ages up and country bands Hot Damn and Live Wire are onstage during the afternoon.
An "Iron Chef" competition pits local talent against each other; and chefs from throughout the region who will showcase their "Grill Skills" for judging by master chefs from the Caxambas Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.
But now, back to eating. Here is a partial list of restaurants and caterers participating:
American entrees or sides: Aura in the Waldorf Astoria Naples, Calistoga Bakery Café, Famous Dave's BBQ, Flemings Steakhouse, HB's on The Gulf, McCormick and Schmicks, Moe's Southwest Grill, Mulligans Sports Grille, Naples Millers Ale House, Pewter Mug, Pinchers Crab Shack, Real Seafood Company, Roy's Hawaiian Fusion, Seminole Casino's 1st Street Deli and EeToLeetKe Grill, St. Matthew's House Catering, Stoney's Steakhouse, Strip House, Terracina Grand, Texas Tony's and Trulucks
Ethnic entrees or sides: Agave Southwestern Grill, Jaegerhaus Restaurant, Greek Gourmet, Mongello's Restaurant and Lounge and Carrabba's
Desserts: Ben & Jerry's, Rita's Italian Ice