Friday, March 10, 2006

Three Piece Swimsuits?

Sarasota, FL

We have all heard of the one piece, even the two piece swimsuit, but in Sarasota Florida the Convention and Visitors Bureau: Spirit Of Sarasota ( has introduced the third piece of the puzzle...the dining bib! Chefs from more than 30 top area dining venues will gather on Restaurant Week May 16th through 21st to showcase their cuisine with a unique twist: their recipes will include one or more of the spirits products provided by Liquor Group (, including Crater Lake Vodka®, Crater Lake Hazelnut Espresso Vodka®, Mazama Infused Pepper Vodka®, Licor De Banana® and RedRum® Tropical Fruit Flavored Rum. These chefs will be challenged to create mouth watering appetizers, succulent dinners and desirable deserts while using each of these award-winning unique spirits to enhance the outcome. Chefs will interact with the diners, offering cooking lessons, tips and activities for them to participate.

Sarasota and Her Islands are diversely comprised of Sarasota, Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, Casey Key, Venice, Manasota Key, Englewood and North Port. The highest concentration of Zagat-rated restaurants in Florida, mostly independent, locally-owned eateries reside in this region. These restaurants introduced their Iron Chef-esque challengers to their first test at the press day event held on Monday March 13th, as a bevy of reporters including representatives from NPR Radio,, Martha Stewart Living, New Tampa Style,, National Post, The Globe & Mail, Sun-Sentinel, Delta Sky, Continental Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Travel World International,,, Senior Marketplace News, Northern Colorado Woman Newspaper, FL International Magazine and Tallahassee Magazine gathered for their first taste of the event. Needless to say, the large group of reporters left with a belly full of culinary creations and now has many great food stories to share.

The main event starting May 16th however, will encompass thousands of locals and tourists alike, dining on the best that the area has to offer. "These Sarasota Chef’s have really outdone themselves..." says Carinne West, Sales Representative for Liquor Group’s Florida Division "...the spirits they are using to create these marvelous dishes are great to drink, but who would have thought they would also be great to EAT!" All we have to say about foods made with Crater Lake Vodka®, Crater Lake Hazelnut Espresso Vodka®, Mazama Infused Pepper Vodka®, Licor De Banana® and RedRum® is...yummy.

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