The Clearwater Free Clinic is so grateful to have such amazing support of Martinis & Matisse. To the sponsors, restaurants, vendors, patrons, artists, volunteers, committee members and attendees: THANK YOU!!
This year, the 12th annual, there were nearly 800 people mixing and mingling. Attendees sipped Bonefish’s signature martinis and sampled specialties from a dozen area restaurants while viewing over 120 pieces of donated art at the breathtaking FrankCrum Building in downtown Clearwater.
In a traditional auction, a piece is awarded to the highest bidder. At Martinis and Matisse, however, winning takes equal parts interest and luck. It is a Chinese raffle, so rather than actively bidding, participants slip tickets into oversized martini glass located beside each piece. Attendees are given 5 art tickets upon arriving and are given the opportunity to purchase more if they choose. There is no limit to the number of tickets each person can purchase, so the more tickets you place in the glass, the better chance you have of walking away with your piece at end of the night.
Restaurant participants included: Bonefish Grill, Carmel Café & Wine Bar, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Clear Sky Café, E&E Stakeout, En Garde Catering, Guppy’s, Island Way Grill, Marlin Darlin’ Grill, Nauti-Nancy’s, Pensare Italian Bistro, Rumba Island Bar & Grill, Salt Rock Grill and Villa Bellini Restaurant & Lounge.