Gulf Drive Café offered Grand Tasting patrons some flavor-packed bruschetta with sundried tomato, chevre pesto and tropical ceviche toppings at the January event. Laura Snow, the restaurant’s event manager, helped strategize the impressive presentation. Insider Perspective: Crunchy, grilled bread with tangy toppings—bite-sized and colorfully adorned—gave tasters an authentic glimpse of the café’s coastal menu.
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Q: What are a couple of tips for prepping for the Grand Tasting?
A: First, make sure you have a big enough van. Make sure to prep plenty of food; it looks terrible if you run out. If you are on the main-traffic, first-floor area, prepare even more. Do not forget to decorate your area.
Q: Do you have a wine pairing suggestion for the dish you served?
A: William Hill Chardonnay.
Q: What have you learned from past Grand Tastings?
A: This is a great opportunity to gain new customers you may not otherwise reach through traditional advertising or word of mouth.
Q: What were some of the best compliments you received about the dish you served?
A: Several people said that they came back for seconds and thirds of our bruschetta. With so much food available, that was the ultimate compliment, that they came back for more.
Q: What is your favorite thing about the Grand Tasting?
A: Meeting all the people, and also getting the team here at the restaurant excited about the event.
Gulf Drive Café and the Kokonut Hut | 900 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach | 941-778-1919 | gulfdrivetiki.com.
Author: Abby Weingarten