Michael R Bales and Dave Wallwork posted in SARASOTA BUSINESS BUZZ.

PRESS RELEASE ! ! ! 16 Restaurants to Make 26th Annual “A Taste of Sarasota” a Tasty Affair … “A Taste of Sarasota” returns to White Buffalo Saloon for 5th consecutive year on Tuesday, June 14 from 5-8 p.m.

Sarasota, FL — “A Taste of Sarasota” will feature the culinary delights of at least 16 Sarasota eateries when it returns to the White Buffalo Saloon for its 5th consecutive year on Tuesday, June 14th.

This appetizing extravaganza, which has been a popular annual staple for 25 years, will feature at least 16 of Sarasota’s most delicious eateries, including White Horse Pub, Pizza SRQ, White Buffalo Saloon, Evie’s Restaurants, Mozzarella Fella, The Cookie Cottage, Baja Boys Mexican Surf Grill, Palermo Pizza, Sundance Catering, Tiki George’s Awesome Sauces, Tropical Shores Gourmet Popcorn, Opa! Opa! Authentic Greek Restaurants, Webber’s Hot Dogs, Sweet Treats & Gifts, Mama G’s Coffee & Bakery, and Goodfellas Cafe & Winery.

Throughout the evening, every 20 minutes, “A Taste of Sarasota” will be raffling off gift certificates from all the participating restaurants.

“A Taste of Sarasota” is hosted by local entrepreneurs Donna Powell, owner of Powell Promotions and Viviah Kehrer also known locally as “Sarasota Sally” who hosts the “Sarasota Sally Dining Club”.

Originally, “A Taste of Sarasota” was always held outside under the sun, but the Gulf Coast’s temperamental weather moved it inside permanently in 2009.

“Good news! It never rains inside.” Powell said. “It’s a pleasure to work with Events Managers Colleen and Ann Marie of White Buffalo Saloon and Evie’s Restaurants. “They and their staff make the whole thing possible.”

Powell said she is expecting more than 400 people to check out the tempting appetizers and scrumptious dishes the restaurants will prepare for “A Taste of Sarasota.”

“The restaurants always outdo themselves every year. The food is just amazing and the variety is out of this world,” Powell said.

Powell said “A Taste of Sarasota” could not thrive without the support of its Sponsors including Ashley’s Food Delivery Service, Shaklee Products, Think Suncoast Real Estate/Palmer House Properties, Your Next Car, Longevity Wellness Clinic, RestaurantsinSarasota.com, and The Automotive Service Garage.

“The support we get from the community and area businesses has always been phenomenal,” Powell said.

“A Taste of Sarasota” is also one of the most affordable events in the area at $8 per person. Plus, each restaurant will be raffling off gift certificates. The proceeds from the raffle will go to support the charitable work of Sahib Shrine.

“We help support the vans that transport children to the Shriners’ Tampa Bay Children’s Hospital every day of the week,” Powell said.

“A Taste of Sarasota” will be held Tuesday, June 14th from 5-8 p.m., at White Buffalo Saloon, 5377 McIntosh Road. For a complete list of participating restaurants, supporting sponsors and to register, go to ATasteofSarasota.com. Tickets are on sale now.