Martini competition to be held Saturday

4:24 PM, Jan. 24, 2012  |  Written by

One of Cape Coral’s top entertainment events, the 6th Kiwanis Best of South Cape Martini Competition, is Saturday.

It is an opportunity for people to sample martinis, enjoy appetizers and live music. This year’s event, which is from 7 to 11 p.m., features 11 bars and restaurants in the downtown area. Five trolleys will transport people to the businesses. The trolleys will run until 1 a.m.

All proceeds go to the Kiwanis Club of Cape Coral’s “Childhood Hunger Backpack Program” to help children and families in need.

“This event will be a major fundraiser for young children here in Cape Coral,” said Sam Huber, president of the Kiwanis.

People will have a chance to vote for their favorite martini and appetizer.

The participating businesses are Wine & Roses, Royal Key Bar, Leapin Lizard Bar and Grille, Ralph’s Place, Tiki Hut, Cruisers, La Terraza 47, Dixie Roadhouse, Rack’em Billiards, Monkey Bar & Steakhouse and Chicago Pizza.

The $25 tickets can still purchased at Leapin Lizard, 1719 Cape Coral Parkway E., Kiwanis Store South, 708 SE 47th Terr.; Monkey Bar, 1428 Lafayette St.; Wine & Roses, 1404 Cape Coral Parkway E.; and Ralph’s Place, 1305 Cape Coral Parkway E. Tickets also will be available the day of the event in Big John’s Plaza. Approximately 300 of the 1,000 tickets available still remain.

People will also check-in, beginning at 6:45 p.m., and receive information at the plaza.

Wine & Roses will defend its best martini and best food titles.

“I like to do things that showcase the restaurant and do things different every single year,” said Jeff Radke, owner of the restaurant. “We try and do things bigger and better than the year before, but each bar gets better every year.”

The winner for best martini receives $1,000, with $350 for second and $150 for third. There also will be a $500 prize for best appetizer.

Dixie Roadhouse, the country and western bar that opened last year, will be participating in its first martini competition.

“It is a great idea and a great thing for the local bar business,” said Alan Lessard, bar manager at Dixie.

Special designated driver tickets are also available for $10 each for groups of two or more.


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