Taste of Coconut Point draws crowd

Posted on December 15, 2011


By Jessica DeMattia

The Market Plaza at Gulf Coast Town Center was booming with people attending the Taste of Gulf Coast Town Center, held on a breezy Saturday afternoon.

The event featured restaurants throughout the Town Center, including Pincher’s Crab Shack, Moe’s Southwest Grill, Amore Brick Oven Pizza, and many more.

“It was nice to see what Gulf Coast Town Center has to offer, especially since I don’t get over here that often,” said Catherine Neill of Bonita Springs.

Attendees purchased food tickets for a dollar each, and the money went to the Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida, the only comprehensive child care facility between Tampa and Miami. A final donation count has not been reported.

Neill said one of her favorite booths was the Kilwin’s booth. Kilwin’s was a popular choice for many because they offer candy, ice cream, and more delicious treats.

Laura Margolis, who worked at the Aurelio’s booth, said she was glad Gulf Coast Town Center was having an event of this nature.

“I love going to Taste of the Town, so to see Gulf Coast have a similar event is really cool,” she says.

Tony Lazzara of Estero says it was nice to sample food from all the restaurants because Gulf Coast Town Center is more spread out than Coconut Point.

“The way the mall is built, you’re walking over here to get dinner and over there to get dessert,” Lazzara says, “it was nice to have everything together.”

Margolis agrees. Aurelio’s is the only restaurant in their particular area and not many new customers get over there, she says.

From vendors to customers alike, the event was a rousing success and everybody hopes they do it again.

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