SARASOTA -- Curious diners and fashion trendsters Tuesday night enjoyed a Taste of University Town Center at The Mall at University Town Center.
The event offered attendees a "progressive dining experience," according to a release from The Mall at University Town Center, and the chance at winning $7,500 worth of giveaways.
Mall marketing director Kim Dominguez said it was the mall's first progressive dining experience where people move from one restaurant to another throughout the event.
"We wanted to keep it small and intimate. We thought that would be best for our sponsors," Dominguez said. The Taste of University Town Center hosted 85 guests.
"We wanted attendees to really experience the restaurants and introduce them to Holcomb-Kreithen Plastic Surgery, Jackie Z and Mayors," Dominguez said. "We're hoping to grow and expand progressive dining here in the future and have all of our restaurants participate."
The night began at Brio Tuscan Grille, where guests were served bruschetta, mini crab cakes and gorgonzola lamb chops before moving on to The Capital Grille.
There they dined on shrimp cocktail and entreés such as the Kona crusted sirloin with shallot butter. It was all washed down with The Capital Grille's pineapple-infused Stoli Doli.
The event ended at Seasons 52 with Belgian chocolate s'mores, toasted almond amaretto and mocha macchiato desserts with a strawberry basil martini.
The event, sponsored by Holcomb-Kreithen Plastic Surgery and MedSpa, also featured fashions from Jackie Z and Mayors displayed by strolling models.
The night capped off with giveaways, including an array of services from Holcomb-Kreithen Plastic Surgery and Med Spa; a diamond pendant necklace from Mayors; a bottle of Estancia Pinot Noir from The Capital Grille; dinner for four at BRIO Tuscan Grill, valued at $200; a Seasons 52 swag bag and a shopping trip to Jackie Z with 10 friends and 10 percent off of the entire store.
To win the giveaways, attendees had to text any or all of the five secret words to the number "82257." The models, who all previously had plastic surgery done by Holcomb-Kreithen Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, had the five secret words and guests had to ask for them. People were also encouraged to ask the models what their "secret" is, or talk to them about what kind of Holcomb-Kreithen Plastic Surgery and Med Spa service they had.
"We picked the five words because those are the five areas we specialize in," said Kristine Hames, who has been a practice manager and certified aesthetic consultant at Holcomb-Kreithen Plastic Surgery and Med Spa for ten years. The five words were body, skin, laser, wellness and face.
Janelle O'Dea, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7095. Follow her on Twitter@jayohday.