What a great ‘Taste of Boca Grande,’ and thanks to all who made it so

To the Editor:

We are so humbled by the amazing support we received for The 17th annual “Taste of Boca Grande.” There are many to thank, and we hope you all know how appreciative we are!

We begin with a “thank you” to the Boca Bay Pass Club with the most beautiful and gracious setting on the island! And to General Manager Tony Zaranti and his staff for their excitement for the event and their professionalism and attention to detail.

“Thank you” to the Boca Beacon for the best advertising and coverage an event such as ours could ever receive. Marcy Shortuse excels with her expertise and innate cleverness describing each menu as only she can do.

“Thank you” to our sponsors, who played a big part in helping us with their financial support. This includes  Seminole Casino Hotel, American Audio, Banyan Tree Yoga & Pilates, BnT Liquors and Fine Wines, BIG W LAW, Boca Grande Real Estate, The BRC Group LLC, Coral Creek Club, Coral Creek Airport and Boca Grande Jet Center, Englewood Bank & Trust, Fugate’s, Galloway Roofing, Gasparilla Pools, Gasparilla Vacations, Grande Aire Services Inc., Gulf Coast International Properties, Gulf to Bay Sotheby’s International Realty, Innovative Marine Structures, Italiano Insurance Services Inc., James Griffith Salon, Key Agency Insurance, McHugh-Porter Builders Inc., Michael Saunders & Co., Paradise Exclusive Properties, Parsely-Baldwin Realty, Phillips Landscape Contractors Inc., Safety Harbor Builders, Shremshock Surveying, State Wide Pest Control Services Inc., Thoroughbred Golf Carts and U.S. Tent.

“Thank you” to the 18 wonderful restaurants! In addition to your food you donated your time and your staff. Not one of you needed to be persuaded, and some of you have been with us from the beginning. We could not do this without you. “Thank you” to The Beach Road Wine Bar & Bistro, Boca Bay Pass Club, The Boca Grande Club, Coral Creek Club, Eagle Grille & Miller’s Dockside, Farlow’s on The Water, Fusion Restaurant, Gasparilla Inn & Pink Elephant, Howard’s Restaurant, Kappy’s, The Loose Caboose Restaurant, Placida Grill, Prime Time Steak & Spirits, Seminole Casino, South Beach Bar & Grille, The Temptation Restaurant, 3rd Street Bistro & Bar and The Waverly.

Our committee is proud to announce that this year we donated $62,750 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank. We are thankful for those within the community who turned out to support this worthy charity!

Sincerely,

The Taste of Boca Grande Board

Brian Corcoran, Dawn Havens, Kathy Hawken, Nick and Helen Kaiser and Tony Zaranti