First Bite Menu Release Party, Presented by Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs

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Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs

14610 Tamiami Trail North

Naples, FL 34110

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The "First Bite" Menu Release Party is presented by and hosted at the all new Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs and is the official kick-off celebration for Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week.

This premier event will showcase the amazing culinary skills of our local chefs and restaurants, in the backdrop of the stunning Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs. Be the first to taste the 2018 Winter Edition Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week menus and enjoy unlimited "First Bite" samples from over 30 of our participating restaurants.

You can see pictures from the past "First Bite" Nov 2017 HERE and May 2017 HERE

Additionally, the Silent Auction benefits the “Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship” which is awarded by FGCU each year to local SWFL High School graduates attending the FGCU Hospitality Program. Be sure to stop by the tables and leave a bid or two!

SWFL’s hospitality industry is very important to us! In 2017, the “Visit Florida” tourism bureau announced our local restaurant scene was voted the #2 reason why travelers visit SWFL (#1 was the beaches). This has put a strain on our local restaurants with finding qualified staffing. For our food scene to keep growing it needs good people!

With that being said, we have partnered with FGCU to provide an opportunity for our local youth. We have started the first of its kind, Sizzle SWFL FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship.

The funds raised will be awarded by FGCU each year to qualified local SWFL High School graduates wishing to attend the Hospitality Food & Beverage Program at FGCU. We (Food Idea Group) have committed to fund the scholarship with a minimum of $10,000 per year from the “First Bite” Menu Release Party Silent Auction proceeds.

In addition, each Sizzle SWFL participating restaurant to donate $1 back from every Restaurant Week meal sold! This would help pledge an additional $50,000+ a year toward the scholarship!

Only 525 Total Tickets available

$65 - Regular - 6pm Entry General Admission ticket

$105 - Regular - 5pm Entry "VIP" Greg Norman Collection ticket

$85 - DAY OF - 6pm Entry - General AdmissionTicket (SOLD ONLINE & AT THE DOOR)

$125 - DAY OF - 5pm Entry - "VIP" Greg Norman Collection ticket (SOLD ONLINE & AT THE DOOR)

Your all-inclusive 5pm Entry Greg Norman Collection VIP ticket includes:
Entry into the event 1 hour early so you can beat the lines!
One (1) Free T-shirt voucher from the Greg Norman Collection at Miromar Outlets and you will also receive one (1) Free Greg Norman "Shark" hat pin the night of the event.

All GA & VIP tickets include: ---- Complimentary valet parking, "First Bites" from over 25 participating Sizzle SWFL Restaurant Week restaurants, meet & greets with the chefs, all-inclusive craft beers, wine, soda/water, live music entertainment and a chance to bid on the silent auction items to benefit the Sizzle SWFL, FGCU Food & Beverage Scholarship” which directly benefits local SWFL High School graduates who are attending the FGCU Hospitality Program.

Every ticket holder will have the opportunity to vote for the Mercedes-Benz of Bonita Springs Best "First Bite" winning dish!

Once you have ordered your tickets online, you will receive an email confirmation. Please print your tickets and bring them with you to check in. We look forward to seeing you at this most enjoyable fundraiser! Kids under 12 are FREE.

Valet and VIP Entrance opens at 5pm
General Admission Entrance starts at 6pm

We would like to give a warm Thank You to our sponsors, and supporters!


• Florida Weekly
• Cape Coral Breeze
• iHeart Media 95.3 WOLZ
• Gulfshore Life/Business Magazine
• WAYFM 100.5/89.5
• Fox 4 Now
• WAVV FM 101.1
• Univision SWFL
• Naples Daily News
• News-Press
• WGBY 98.1

• Naples, Marco Island, Everglades - Paradise Coast
• Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau
• FRLA - Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
• Great Florida Events #GreatFLEvents
• BlueZone of SWFL

For more information please contact:
239-405-7767 Office

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