Being true to her eatery’s name, Siesta Key Oyster Bar restaurateur Beth Owen-Cipielewski served up a shucked specialty at the Grand Tasting in January: Grilled Oysters Casino. Insider Perspective: At an annual event in Southwest Florida that draws a trove of tourists, this oyster dish was a prime seafood introduction to coastal Sarasota.
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Q: What are a couple of tips for prepping for the Grand Tasting?
A: Prep enough food so you have enough until the end. Plan a nice table-scape that represents the style of your restaurant. Bring a dolly to load and unload. Bring something to give to the patrons that will remind them of you later and bring them back to your restaurant.
Q: Do you have a wine pairing suggestion for the dish you served?
A: Something fun and bubbly is a good start, like Chardonnay-based bubbles or Moscato. Sauvignon Blanc is good for the classic wine drinker. For the beer lover, a stout like Guinness would also be great.
Q: What have you learned from past Grand Tastings?
A: Make sure you bring enough food. You do not want to run out early. This is a fun event and your opportunity to shine.
Q: What were some of the best compliments you received about the dish you served?
A: We were flattered by the compliments we received, and we had quite a few people come back for seconds or thirds. We always love hearing that we are their favorite place to come for food, fun, live music and oysters.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the Grand Tasting?
A: This is one of our favorite events. We are always excited to showcase one of our specialties, and we really enjoy checking out what the other great restaurants have to offer.
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