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Taste of Marco 2009

Sondra Baier monitors a grill-full of kabobs Sunday at the Taste of Marco at the Esplanade where over a dozen different restaurants on hand to serve up samples of everything from bratwursts to pizza to bacon-wrapped scallops.

Photo by MICHEL FORTIER, Staff

Sondra Baier monitors a grill-full of kabobs Sunday at the Taste of Marco at the Esplanade where over a dozen different restaurants on hand to serve up samples of everything from bratwursts to pizza to bacon-wrapped scallops.

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  • Chef Denis Meurgue of Bistro Soleil serves up steamed mussels at the 19th annual Taste of Marco, held Sunday at the Esplanade.
  • Lauren Feinman, owner of The Chef's Express, hands over one of her artful creations Sunday at the Taste of Marco event at the Esplanade.  The Marco Island YMCA held its yearly Taste of Marco event with well over a dozen different restaurants on hand to serve up samples of everything from bratwursts to pizza to bacon-wrapped scallops.
  • Besides food, the 19th Taste of Marco event featured a few activities for children, including a bounce house which seems to entertain Parker Hogle, 2, foreground, and his father Dan Hogle who were visiting from Fort Lauderdale.
  • Minneapolis resident Mel peacock, 4, dives into a big ball of cotton candy on Sunday at Marco Island YMCA's  yearly Taste of Marco event at the Esplande.
  • Despite having her fingers in her mouth, 2-year-old Regan Olivia O’Donnell, center, takes a big bite of a pizza slice held by her father, Nathan O’Donnell, on Sunday at Taste of Marco at the Esplanade. Regan’s family, including her mother Jeanette and brother Braden, 5 months, were among the crowd who turned out for the 19th annual event to benefit the Marco Island YMCA.
  • Sondra Baier monitors a grill-full of kabobs Sunday at the Taste of Marco at the Esplanade where over a dozen different restaurants on hand to serve up samples of everything from bratwursts to pizza to bacon-wrapped scallops.
  • Naples residents Lauren Dibiscegia, left, and Sean Hallihan, right, share a flamingo ice cream dessert The Chef's Express on Sunday at the Taste of Marco held at the Esplanade.
  • Stilts Bar and Grill employee Bhumirag Upudhya checks on his bacon-wrapped scallops Sunday during the Taste of Marco event at the Esplanade.
  • Nancy Phillips, co-owner of Nacho Mama's Restaurant, hangs the last sombrero Sunday on her tent prior to the start of the Taste of Marco celebration at the Esplanade.  Restaurants were not only judged on the quality of their food but on their display as well.  It was the 19th year the Marco Island YMCA sponsored the event with well over a dozen different restaurants on hand to serve up samples of everything from bratwursts to pizza to bacon-wrapped scallops.
  • Boar's Head employee Jose Maya works a grill full of bratwursts, hot dogs and kielbasas at the Publix booth for hungry patrons attending the Taste of Marco on Sunday.  The Marco Island YMCA held its yearly Taste of Marco event at the Esplanade on Sunday with well over a dozen different restaurants on hand to serve up samples of their cuisine.  It's the 19th year for the event.
  • Strawberry shortcake from local caterer the Chef's Express was served inside an inflatable pink flamingo Sunday at the Taste of Marco.
  • Deanna Froman of Fiddler's Creek shared a moment on the dance floor with a crazy flamingo promoting a local restaurant at the Taste of Marco on Sunday, while entertainer Miles Loud, right, provided the music.
  • Crowds packed the Esplanade Sunday for the 19th Annual Taste of Marco event. Twenty island restaurants and food purveyors offered samples of their wares, with all proceeds going to the Marco Island YMCA.
  • Richard van Stockum buys a souvenir t-shirt from YMCA board member Tiffany Homuth at the 19th Annual Taste of Marco Sunday at the Esplanade. All proceeds from the event went to fund the work of the Y.
  • Camille Aylwin of the Islander restaurant serves up a shrimp and sausage kebab with lemon curry at their booth at the Taste of Marco on Sunday. The restaurant also offered something they called 'jammin' jambalaya.'

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