Kate Atkin

Executive Director at Fins

Location:
1600 Harbor Drive South, Venice, Florida, United States
Company:
Fins
HQ Phone:
(941) 999-3467
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Last Updated 2/2/2017

General Information

Employment History

Event Coordinator  - John Ferneley College

Executive Director  - The Sarasota-Manatee Originals

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Be a Vital Part of Florida's Premier Food & Wine Festival Business and Patron Sponsorships Now Available!

"We're elated to have the strong support from the local business community over these past eight years," says Kate Atkin, executive director of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals.
"These forward-thinking companies join us in celebrating the region's culinary distinctiveness. As savvy business people, they understand that the restaurant industry is big business and that The Sarasota-Manatee Originals' independently owned restaurants are a major part of how we promote our region to the world." In preparation for the 2016 festival, festival organizers recently designed a sponsorship campaignwith opportunities for a limited amount of businesses and individuals. Corporate sponsorships start at $2,500, and include guaranteed tickets to The Grand Tasting and other events, business logo inclusion on the festival website, social media, and festival program and event signage. "Festival sponsors enjoy many meaningful perks-including acquiring coveted tickets to events that sell out within minutes," says Atkin. She explains that upper level sponsors (10K above) will be offered industry exclusivity. (See full sponsorship opportunities in attached pdf.) In the past two years, tickets for The Grand Tasting, the anchor event of Forks & Corks, have sold out within the first 10 minutes of the online sale. In response to this, Atkin explains that festival organizers initiated the Patron Sponsorship so that serious Grand Tasting fans could be assured of tickets before the sale opens to the public. This $1,000 initiative offers numerous benefits, including the most coveted-four VIP tickets to The Grand Tasting. Only 20 Patron Sponsorships are available for purchase. Other benefits include tickets to the 2016 Forks and Corks kick-off party, early admittance to The Grand Tasting, a champagne reception at the event, covered seating, a private tour of the museum, and recognition as a festival patron. For more information about corporate or patron sponsorship opportunities, contact Kate Atkin at 941-365-2800; kate@dineoriginal.com.

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Eighth Annual Forks & Corks "A Spectacular Success"

(Sarasota, Florida) Forks & Corks, the four-day food and wine festival presented by The Sarasota-Manatee Originals (SMO), was "a spectacular success," says Kate Atkin, executive director of The Sarasota-Manatee Originals.
"It's officially become one of the most anticipated events in the region."The festival, which ran January 23-26, 2015, featured interactive food and wine seminars, vintner events at area Originals restaurants, a trade tasting for restaurants, retail and hotels, and The Grand Tasting at The Ringling. Atkin says the all-day event at the museum, The Grand Tasting, attracted 1,500paid guests and sold out three minutes after tickets went on sale. "We experienced the fastest ticket sell-out ever," says Atkin. According to Atkin, nearly 300 guests attended these events, which included casual tastings, luncheons, mingling events, and multi-coursed formal dinners. According to Atkin, a main objective of Forks & Corks is to reinforce the Sarasota-Manatee region as a significant culinary destination. "The restaurant industry is a vital part of our community's economic make-up," she says. "Our part is as integral to the big picture as are our beaches, climate and cultural amenities." But Atkin emphasizes that Forks & Corks is still a grassroots event. She says that her team analyzed that nearly 80 percent of this year's ticket buyers were residents of Sarasota and Manatee counties. "Forks & Corks has become an essential part of our local cultural scene. It's a communal celebration of what makes our area so very special," Atkin says, adding that the festival is an important way for Originals restaurants to market themselves to both residents and visitors. "Participating restaurants always report increased revenues immediately following the event," she says. "The Grand Tasting is an invaluable tool to introduce menus and services to hundreds of people who may never have stepped through their doors." Bottom line? "We're still beaming," says Atkin. "It's a great feeling to be part of an event that delights so many people-and raises money and awareness for the community." Next year's festival is January 22-25, 2016. "We're already getting requests from vintners to be a part of it, and from the public to purchase tickets," Atkin says.

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