As the Official Wine Sponsor for the SRQ Bal Masqué event, Bijou Café’s master mixologists will be celebrating with the creation of a special signature cocktail, the “The Bijou Bal Masqué Bellini,” for sale in the Gossip’s Bar on October 4 alongside delicious fare from Bijou’s extensive menu. SRQ’s “A-Team” of Ashley Grant and Ashley Ryan, along with Kyle Battie and Ivet Atriano worked with photographer Evan Sigmund to illustrate the fashion and ambiance of the upcoming benefit gala and to introduce the signature Bijou cocktail.
Bijou’s creation will be a twist on the classic Italian Bellini cocktail – a sparkling concoction of pureed peaches and bubbly created in the 1930’s by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of Harry’s Bar in Venice, Italy. Named for it’s unique pink color, The Bellini reminded Cipriani of the toga of a saint in a painting by 15th-century Venetian artist Giovanni Bellini. This traditional Italian creation is the perfect way to kick off the Venetian infused evening.
Showcasing gowns from the collections of Theia Couture, Carmen Marc Valvo, Aidan Mattox, BCBGMAXAZRIA graciously provided by Saks Fifth Avenue Sarasota and Venetian artisan-crafted masks provided by I-Tesori, the European atmosphere of Bijou’s Gossips Bar adds an air of mystery and enchantment that will be a hallmark of the event. Bal Masque will be a magical evening filled with mystery, elegant eccentricity, a touch of magic and of course fabulous, food, fashion and performance. The Bijou Café with its elegant European charm and location right across the street from the Opera House is the perfect fit for guests to gather and start the evening on a festive note.”
So on October 4, before Bal Masqué starts at 8pm, head over to The Bijou Café across from the Sarasota Opera House for a festive happy hour starting at 5pm to enjoy a swill of sparkling peachy bubbly and a menu of delights. Bal Masque benefits SRQ Gives Back Partner charities including the Child Protection Center, Circus Arts Conservatory, Suncoast Charities for Children, Suncoast Science Center. “We are thrilled that Bal Masque will support organizations that help children in our community,” enthuses Grant. “What better way to kick off the social season in Sarasota than to don a festive mask, revel with fiends and help the future generation of our area.”